I tried many kinds of nose strips when I was a teenager, with more or less results. So when my stressed-out skin developped a few blackheads on my nose, I decided to fight them the Korean way and bought a box of Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Stickers (is Holika Holika constantly trying to break the record for the longest product name ever ?). These stickers belong to a range released this summer to finally get rid of any stubborn blackhead that may remain on your nose.
The box contains 10 strips but you can also purchase them separately, if you prefer. Each strip is wrapped individually in a pink packet with the instructions printed on the back, which is not only more hygienic but also much more convenient to carry with you (think short trip or sleepover ^^)
Once you tear the packet open, your are faced with a pink double-sided nose strip.
Here’s how to use Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker :
1/ Wash your face (or just your nose)
2/ Pat dry with a towel
3/ Slightly dampen your nose, including the wings, with a little bit of water. Be careful not to put too much water, your nose shouldn’t be all wet. Just pat enough water for the strip to stick to the skin.
4/ Carefully remove the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker from the plastic sheet by one of its edge. Try no to touch the sticky side.
5/ Place the Perfect Sticker on your nose with the bright pink side on your skin. Press with your fingers to make it adhere better.
6/ Wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, don’t forget to put on your skin care everywhere else if you washed the whole face 🙂
7/ Gently strip the Perfect Sticker off your nose, starting from one of the wing edges.
8/ Put some moisturizer on your nose.
Sweet Talk :
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Stickers are said to “Remove deep-rooted blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin cells and absorb sebum”.
The Naked Truth :
Before discussing the actual effects of Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker, I’d like to speak about the box and packets. I know it’s probably meant to be cute but, to be honest, I find this pink and blue packaging quite ugly, and this goes for the whole Pig Nose line. It’s hard to believe that it comes from the same brand that released all these gorgeous magic-themed cosmetics 😦 Then, I can’t understand why you would choose to call your cosmetics range “Pig Nose” ??? Even if I set aside the fact that it’s an insult in my country, I don’t get how the promise of having a pig nose sounds desirable in any way. Holika Holika’s explanation is that there’s no blackhead on a pig nose. But I’ve never seen any blackhead on a cat nose either (chin, sometimes, but not nose)…
That being said, let’s get back to the results. I don’t know about the whiteheads, since I don’t have any on my nose, but I wasn’t amazed by the effects on blackheads. Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker did remove a few but it was far from removing them all. Part of the problem is that I don’t have large pores so it’s harder to get rid of the blackheads. But a nose strip that’s supposed to remove the deep-rooted ones should have done the trick, right ?
I didn’t notice any difference regarding the sebum, but the cleanser I used (Baviphat Natural Pure Avocado Facial Foam) already did a great job (and without drying the skin ^^). I agree with the dead skin cells part though, the stripping action does take away dead skin (but so does any other nose strip when you remove it).
So, Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker in a nutshell…
Easy to use ? Yes
Comfortable ? More or less
Effective ? Not that much
Good value ? Yes ($4.19/10 strips)
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Perfect Sticker is a bit of a letdown. It does remove some blackheads but many Western brand nose strips are as just as effective, and you don’t have to pay awfully expensive shipping costs to get them. People with sensitive and/or dry skin should avoid the Perfect Sticker (and most nose strips in general) as it dries out the skin and may cause some irritation due to the stripping motion.