Product Review| War Paint Skincare Papaya Enzyme Collection + Oil Defense Serum + GIVEAWAY

by West Parsons on July 5, 2014 · 13 comments

in product review, skin care





As someone with problem skin, I can attest to trying tons of products with various active ingredients. But the one  ingredient I always come back to is alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs work to exfoliate, helping to increase turn over of new skin cells, evening your completion, fading dark spots due to acne, flaky dry skin, and other problems. So when I was contacted by War Paint Skincare and saw the number of products listed for the gamut of skin issues (i.e. oily, aging, hyper pigmentation, etc.) we all will experience at one time or another, I was game.

Papaya Enzyme Cleanser ($27)
This 7.5 oz liquid cleanser comes with a foaming pump which helps those, like myself, who may be heavy handed when pouring anything, to regulate how much product is used. Two pumps were enough. Typically, I massaged the foam in and allowed it to sit on my face for a few minutes while I brushed my teeth. When using cleansers that contain AHAs, I typically allow it to sit on my skin. I like to believe this gives the enzymes time to breakdown layers of skin so that the toner and moisturizer are readily absorbed for fading of dark spots.

Papaya Enzyme Toner ($27)
I find that many toners tend to be drying and require the immediate follow-up of a moisturizer, especially those with AHAs. This toner is a little different and almost seems to have a moisturizing factor. There wasn’t any burn nor much tingling.

Enzyme Night Cream Price ($46)
A little goes a long way. In fact, a little too much of this paired with the enzyme toner can result in a sticky mess — for me, an oily, sticky, mess. With that said, I am partial to night time moisturizers ladened with AHAs because they remain on the skin all night long. When you sleep, that is your body’s time to repair and uncontrollable bodily functions do occur (i.e. going to sleep with smooth skin and waking with Mt. Rushmore on your chin). But when taking preventative measures, like moisturizing with an AHA cream, it gives your skin a fighting chance to awaken sans extra blemishes in the AM.


Oil Defense Serum ($33)
I didn’t have any expectations for this product because I have such oily skin. Hardly anything ever stops the oil from bleeding through within an hour. I originally tried this serum’s use on one-half of my face just before going to bed. The next morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find the side of my face, which the serum was used, to be significantly less oily than the side with moisturizer only.

I figured I’d try using the serum again under make-up. I applied moisturizer > serum > tinted moisturizer > mineral finish. I must admit, there was a 2-3 hour delay before any oil began to bleed through. I made it through an entire church service and wasn’t glistening upon benediction 😀 lol.  And when I did blot, my makeup actually stayed on my face and didn’t come off on the blotting paper!

The photo below is my makeup application before church.


FOUNDATION: BB Dream Fresh + MAC Mineralize Skinfinish  LIPS: Clarins Joli Rouge 701 + NYX Butter Gloss Apple Strudel BLUSH: NYX Cinnamon MASCARA: Covergirl Flamed Out


Though the War Paint Skincare website could contain more information that will be helpful for skincare newbies to make an informed decision (i.e. listing ingredients, detailed recommended use, product size info, etc), overall, I think this line is worth a try. I prefer aggressive and highly concentrated AHA products, but this line’s gentle nature is just right for those new to AHAs. For instance, there is a blemish to the left of my nose that I had been heavily concealing. Since using this product, it has almost completely faded away. Y’all, this blemish was so bad that I had to dress it up as a mole — if you a saw me at the hair show in Atlanta this Spring, you may have seen it lol. Yes, it was still making appearances months later #JustDisrespectful!

In addition to using this skincare line for the last 3 weeks, I have also increased my water intake (preferably Evian) and I’m continuing to maintain use of an exfoliating mask weekly. I can attest to all of these things working to improve the texture and condition of my skin — this is coming from someone with major skin issues.

For readers of CoabV, War Paint Skincare is offering 20% off using VIXEN at checkout and FREE SHIPPING on your first order!

The giveaway below is for a skincare set which includes a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer selected by the winner from any product line (i.e. papaya enzyme, oil defense, vitamins c). Good luck!

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Pamela Benjamin July 5, 2014 at 11:42 am

Hope to win so I can try the facial cleanser.

Saniel July 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Left a comment. Great products

Samantha July 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

entered using email, Liked on facbook and commented

Stephanie Jules July 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Your skin looks fab. Hopefully I too will be able to try these skin care products.

Marie Young July 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I signed up with my name/email and I’m sharing the giveaway photo on my FB fanpage – GOODLOOKNOUT.

Good Luck to me (speaking it into existence)!

RANDI COOK July 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I already had liked your Facebook page but found this entry right here on your blog! 😉

LaToya B. July 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

I hope I win. This looks like a very good product

Cindy Ray July 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Liked both fb pages, tweeted, and left this comment.

Cece Dixon July 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I entered using email, then I clicked the FB likes and left a comment 🙂

Harlem July 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I would love to try the oil defense serum, my t-zone is always so shiny

AmeeraNakisha July 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

It looks like a good skincare line, your skin looks gorg!

I entered via FB, Twitter, comment and Email!

BlackAsphodel July 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I like the FB, pages, shared the FB post and tweeted.

Lauren July 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

I am new to this skincare line. I have had years of experience with high end lines.
A fam member was selling this so i tried a cleanser. It reminded me of
the cool creamy gentle feeling of having a facial(my favorite spa service)
My skin was “happy” with the non-irritating, calming feeling of the gentle
creamy cleanser. As i suffered all of my teen/adult yrs so far with very ”
confused” skin, i found this line so far to be very pure&soothing.
I decided2try The enzyme nite cream after i had a bad clogged pore outbreak
from an $85 cream my facialist pushed on me. I have to confess i put it on without
even washing my face when i 1st got it&i felt again, the smooth, cool refreshing
feeling. My skin said”ahhh!”. I tried the peptide serum&so far Im not sure
Iove it. Im so concentrating on getting rid of my dry skin from the sun
& old clogged pore problem right now. I feel like Im on the right track
with this line. I also tried the tinted moisturizer&i feel its more of a
foundation since i dont use much makeup. But i mix it with the enzyme
cream(which i LOVE for daytime) and it gives my skin a nice even look
when I need it.
Im a tough customer, been around alot, 45 y.o now&i dont have time for
the BS from facialists, trying Sephoras pricey creams to return all of them,
& being “taken” by promising saleswomen.
Im very happy to be able to try these affordable products, and Im pleasantly
surprised at how my skin is loving most of them so far. My next one will
be another enzyme product. I just feel like they must have some perfect
Ph to them. They’re gentle&i guess Im repeating myself, “soothing”
to the skin.