October 7, 2013

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

It’s true Hada Labo is available in the US now and Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser is one of the first products I tried from the brand!

Hada Labo is known for its famous Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion in Japan and its collection of skincare injected with three kinds of moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid that not only hydrates skin but helps it retain moisture! Hada Labo Tokyo is an extension of the Hada Labo line that is available here in the US now and exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.

In 2011 Singapore started to get the Hada Labo Skincare Collection so I was surprised it reached our shores so quickly or even at all for that matter. However, this is new packaging so it could easily be overlooked. Japan markets it as a “single drop can lock up an ocean” meaning it can retain moisture easily. Super Hyaluronic Acid is supposedly able to retain 12 liters of water. According to marketing a single bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid is sold every four seconds in Japan. It’s understandable why as Super Hyaluronic Acid has been a staple part of my skin regime for a while now and it is truly a miraculous product.

Let’s take a look at the cleanser!

Hada Labo Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($11.99) is equivalent to products like HadaLabo Tamagohada Daily Face Wash as it is a rich, thick creamy foaming cleanser created with Hyaluronic Acid to remove dirt and oil and provide essential moisture.

This is a collagen-like Japanese cleanser which has a rich creamy texture that lathers into a heavy foam. It has a slippery feel on skin as you massage it on and is free from alcohol, mineral oil, and parabens. It deep cleans skin so coming out the cleanse you’ll find your face is squeaky clean yet not dry or stripped of essential oils!

Hyaluronic Acid Plus is something that appears in the original Japanese version of Hada Labo products. This is a powerful hydrator that offers more moisture than regular Hyaluronic Acid so skin feels incredibly soft and smooth while retaining moisture.

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser Swatches

I’ve used Tamagohada Face Wash for a while now or some form of Hadalabo Foaming Facial Cleanser with my Clarisonic in the AM and have always been more than pleased with the results. It doesn’t dry my face out, it leaves my skin supple, soft, and nicely hydrated and removes makeup, dirt, and oil easily.

I love that I can now get these products right here in the US!

If you’ve been dying to try Hada Labo now is your chance as you can just hop on over to Ulta or Ulta.com and grab yourself some.

Learn more at hadalabotokyo.com

Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser 5

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Chelsea

    I’m not super familiar with this brand, though I’d heard of it, but looking at the ingredients it looks really good for sensitive, dry skin! My interest is piqued…

    • Mimi

      It’s a Japanese brand! Japanese skin care products are primarily really nice 😀

  • Erica

    Hey Muse, I wonder why haven’t you “muse approved” this product?
    I enjoy reading your reviews about japanese cosmetics, I’ve been using some japanese brands, such as Maquillage and Chifure, and so far I’ve been loving them!
    What are your favorite japanese brands?

    • the Muse

      hi erica…I’ve tried a TON of Japanese cleansers like it so they kinda all sorta of perform the same exact way it isn’t unique enough to Muse Approve it.

      Happy to hear it 🙂

      I love MJ (who doesn’t?), KATE, Lavshuca, Magie Deco, Esprique Precious, Excel, Jill Stuart…and SO many others 🙂

  • Stacey

    Any noticeable or ingredient(s) difference between the US and Japanese versions?

    • the Muse

      japanese version is a bit thicker, creamier, and has more of a slippery feel during the cleansing.

  • Libby

    Super excited about this! I need another cleanser like I need the flu….but I cannot resist HadoLabo! Thanks for the awesome news, Muse!

  • Olivia

    Hi Muse,
    Is this face wash the same as the Hada Labo Gokujyun Face Wash?
    I also have the same question as above, are there any differences between the versions?
    I have the face wash, milk & lotion and I love them! I looked at their line, seems like its only a few items. I don’t think they have the lotion they are so famous for either.

    • the Muse

      gokujyun cleansing (not the foam or oil) is thicker in my experience and has a more slippery texture. But outside of that they are pretty similiarr but I feel that way about most Asian collagen washes…they all have a thick, creamy texture, create a ton of lather, and have that fine, slippery feel on skin. The SHA Lotion is called Replenishing Hydrator and is now in a pump style bottle. I’m using it for the past two weeks and will review soon but so far it’s a bit different when compared to the Japanese version. Hope this helps.

  • Olivia Lin

    Thanks for the link! I didn’t realize that was the US lotion version. I kind of just browsed it really quickly. The addict inside me wants to buy it ASAP! I see it on drugstore.com as well, but I know I shouldn’t buy =(
    I can’t wait for your review on this. Would love to know what the difference is!
    I do love the fact that it has a pump, I wish the Japanese version had that. It would definitely help keep the product longer lasting

    • the Muse

      i’m still testing it olivia but will update as soon as I can. Yeah, the packaging is completely different from the Japanese version and the name as well since it is called Hydrator now instead of super hyaluronic acid. as soon as I finish testing I’ll do my best to compare them in a post.

  • Divadebbi

    Hey Muse!
    I had never heard of hada labo and received it in a Glam Media goodie bag.

    I am also crazy about it and was ecstatic when I researched and found out how modestly priced the line is. I went to ulta and purchased the plumping gel and serum with Retinal. Spectac!!!!!

    I highly recommend you try them!


  • jenn f

    the rebrand for US prod is very interesting. the look feels more generic whereas the asain look is very pharmaceutical look. i think i prefer the asia look