In a previous post, I compared 4 different Hada Crie models. That post was actually meant to be an initial review post, but comparison alone took up way more space than I expected so I had to do the review separately lest that post be mistaken for a thesis paper.
Just as well, as it gave me more time to collect samples and give a better-formed review.
Disclaimer: No subjects were harmed in the process of gathering samples, although some subjects had to be cajoled, prodded or poked to allow experimentation to take place.
With that out of the way, I present to you at long last…
The highly anticipated review of Hada Crie Hot & Cool N2000!
All the fancy-schmancy gadget reviewers do unboxing, so that’s where we’ll start. As they say, don’t reinvent the wheel!
– Instruction booklet (34 pages of Japanese instructions, 10 pages of English instructions)
– Summary card
– Hada Crie unit
– 2 cotton rings
– Power adapter
Somehow, I feel happy when I see anything that is “Made in Japan”. My brain somehow equates it to quality and safety. Are you the same way?
Right above it, it says “Do not rinse under water“. The metal piece you see at the bottom is the titanium plate, which your hand must maintain contact with for Steps 1-3.
THINGS I USE
I think almost everything is quite self-explanatory, except maybe the spritz bottle. Before the start, after every step, and at the end, I will spritz water from the bottle on to the tissue to clean the metal plates.
The unit is going all over your face, so keep it clean! Also, remember that the unit cannot be rinsed in water!
HOW I USE IT
While it’s great that we don’t have to use any specialized products with Hada Crie, it also presents a new problem.
What to use at each step?
At the start, I was super confused trying to decide when to use what, so if you’re the same, hopefully this will give you some place to start!
However, I’m still experimenting to find out what products work best for my skin – switching cotton pads, toners, trying out step 2 without cotton pad, etc.
The key is to experiment and find out what works best for your skin!
To prep your skin for Hada Crie, make sure you start with a relatively clean face. This CANNOT be used to remove makeup!
Position the cotton pad over the plate and snap the cotton ring over it. Slowly soak the cotton pad with your toner of choice. Not too little that it will make gliding the device over your face abrasive, but not too much that it will ooze liquid when you press it against your skin either.
It hurts like a BIATCH if it gets into your eye.
True story. (not mine though XD)
Here, I’m using Thayers’ Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera (what’s with the long name T_T). I got it because I saw that it’s highly raved on iHerb, with a high rating and close to 2000 reviews. They have a range of different ingredients (lavender instead of rose, etc) and the toners frequently go out of stock!
It’s definitely very gentle but I don’t know if it’s effective for use with Hada Crie. Will explain more later.
Oh, if you plan to buy stuff from iHerb (they’re great for health supplements!), you can use my code HOC858 for up to $10 off your first order :)
When you turn the gadget on, the default setting is the lowest strength and “Warm Cleansing” mode.
I have translated it here:
To change the level, just press the “Level” button accordingly. It is recommended to use it on the Low setting for your first time.
Step 1 releases positive ions into the skin and draws out the impurities. Which is why it’s called “Cleansing“.
This model is called “Hot and Cool”, and for steps 1-3, the plate turns warm, but just ever so slightly. It’s more like barely-lukewarm to me.
Short pulses emitted as the gadget glides across the skin. As there are ions released, make sure that your hand is in contact with the plate at the back. Anyway, you will know if you are not holding it right. The vibrations will stop and it will emit warning beeping sounds.
The way Hitachi advises to use the gadget is:
From the center of the face, glide the device outwards and upwards. I like to move it in small circular motions as I move it out and upwards as well, because that was what my facial therapist used to do and also gives me the feeling that it’s more “stimulating”, if that makes sense.
I try to keep the device on my skin during the vibrations and lift it off my face to reposition during the short break in between the vibrations because I imagine the vibrations are when the ions are emitted. (not backed by facts though. just my imagination lol)
1. It is possible to use the device on someone else (like a lazy husband, for example), but you must maintain skin contact with that person for the ions to flow. Break contact and the device will stall. Tried and tested and was quite amused lol.
2. If you try to use the gadget on it’s own without a cotton pad or anything, the plate will warm up, but vibrations won’t start. Kinda amazing how the gadget knows…
For Step 2, you can use either:
- Lotion + cotton pad OR
- Thicker lotion (serum/emulsion/gel types) without cotton pad
I’ve been using it with the cotton pad mainly because I don’t have any lotion thick enough. I wanted to use up stuff I can find at home first. This gadget already sucked up so much $$$ so I have to save every yen possible! D:
Use a new cotton pad and soak it with your lotion of choice. I try to use lotions that are moisturizing. After all, this is the “Moisture up” step!
I think Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion is super well-known, so no need for me to introduce it. But for the uninitiated, here’s a commercial on YouTube. The trademark scene is at 0:11, with skin so plump and bouncy!
This step releases negative ions which penetrate the cuticle layer to optimize moisturizing. Again, your hand needs to be in contact with the plate.
The vibrations this time are long pulses instead of the short pulses in Step 1. As before, I keep the device in contact with my skin during vibrations and reposition during the breaks in between.
For Step 3, you can use either:
- Sheet mask OR
- Milky emulsion type lotions
No need for cotton pad in both cases.
I have only used it with sheet masks, not emulsions. I brought a stash of My Beauty Diary masks to Japan that I bought on my trip to Taiwan, so that’s what I used here. The good thing is that it is cheap and quite common due to its popularity (or is that just in Singapore?)
But I do find that this mask was a bit too thick for my liking. I feel like the ions cannot properly penetrate the thick cotton!
It’s also absolutely DRENCHED in essence, so as I glide the device across my skin, the essence will keep dripping T_T It’s really quite annoying because the essence is quite sticky. I think it’s one of the rare times there’re complaints of too much essence in masks, eh?
Both positive and negative ions are released in this step, so keep that hand on the titanium plate! The pulses are extremely short for this step.
I feel that using the mask for just 3 minutes is quite a waste, so after this step ends, I usually keep the mask on for another 10 minutes or so before proceeding on to Step 4.
My favorite step! At least during summer. I think I’ll hate it in winter cause it’ll be freezing cold, lol. Subject F hates this step though. Like, really hate it. Insane. I don’t understand why. It’s so cooling and soothing!
For this step, the plate on the back is used. When this mode is selected, it will take about 10 seconds for the plate to rapidly cool to about 10 degrees below the current room temperature. After it beeps to indicate that it’s ready for use, 1 min 50 seconds remains to pat the plate all over the face to close them pores!
Yeah, this is my favorite step because the coolness supposedly will help close up and shrink pores. It’s also the main reason why I shelled out money for this model instead of the cheaper CM-8xx ones!
No ions are emitted, so there is no need to be mindful of how you hold the device.
The end of this step also marks the end of the 11-min full course. I do the full course about once a week. On other days, I do the “Daily course”, which comprises of Steps 1, 2 and 4.
It is possible to do the full course every day as well. It is recommended that for Step 3, use the sheet mask a maximum of two times a week. The rest of the time, use emulsion type lotions instead.
So how did the samples look like? The skin’s before and after?
I have them all!
We will be mainly discussing a certain “Subject F”‘s results, since my own are quite… boring. But I will include bits and pieces of my own results on occasion.
First up, the cotton samples from Step 1 (I know I said 14 samples previously, but just take what you can get! :D)
The first day, I used Muji’s peelable cotton pads. These are super thin and I thought the thinness would be great for the ions to easily penetrate.
I was super disappointed after I saw how clean it was lol.
As I looked at our cotton pads, I was mentally comparing it to what I read in this blog post, which is a review of the older version of the model I bought.
Look at her results!
Really, I was uber disappointed! Neither mine nor Subject F’s cotton pads look anything near hers!
I really contemplated returning the gadget and maybe getting the one she used instead (the older CM-N1000). Could it be possible that the gadget performed even worse after the “upgrades”? The saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” really came to mind.
I was agonizing over it the entire day, and decided in the end to give it another chance.
I thought perhaps it might be the type of cotton pad used. The Muji ones are very soft, while the ones she used looked like they had an exfoliating texture.
So I went out and bought new cotton pads! The ones that I bought are rated #1 on @cosme, a very popular beauty products review website in Japan.
Well… sorta dirtier?
My own are quite depressing:
You must be thinking, “Crazy girl! Face clean also want to complain!”
Haha! But I am DEAD SURE that there’s lots of dirt hidden in my (and Subject F’s) pores! Which led me to conclude that Hada Crie wasn’t doing its job.
To be honest, I was quite upset for a while because I thought I just wasted $400 on something that didn’t work :(
But I went to analyze everything again, discussed it with Subject F, did everything to shake off the heavy feeling that was hanging over me.
I thought about how her cotton pads look:
The middle cotton pad is how it looks when she uses the toner normally, and the one on the right is when it is used with Hada Crie.
Then I thought about *my* own cotton pad. My cotton pad is always clear after using toner! So maybe my skin isn’t as dirty in the first place?
Or maybe it’s the product (Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid with salicylic acid) she used that’s super effective? My toner always felt a little too gentle.
I was so determined to confirm this new theory that I set out to buy the exact same toner the person used. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to test it yet because I had to specially order it from USA and it’s on it’s way to me!
The second thing that made me give up the idea of returning the device is that although I couldn’t see the results, I could feel it.
As ridiculous as it sounds, I didn’t think to touch my skin.
I thought I could just see the results from the cotton pads alone lol. So I was surprised when I touched my cheeks by accident and found that they were obviously more “Q” (or plump, if I were to say it in English). It really felt “bouncier” and like it was boosted with moisture!
After that, I felt a bit better and gave up the idea of returning the product.
I’ve talked about dirt removal and moisturizing. How about pore minimization, the reason I splurged on this model?
Let’s look at the following figure:
Photos were taken under the same lighting, on the same couch, in the same position, same facial expression, same angle. i.e. conditions were as identical as humanly possible.
I adjusted both photos to be of the same scale (using the size of nose as guide) so that comparison is fair. Apart from that, I didn’t alter the photo much so that it doesn’t skew the results.
As you can see, the pore size didn’t really change much. Phooey :(
Notice that the pores are less spread out and more clustered? It’s as if the skin firmed up, which is why they are closer together!
Or is it just my imagination?
You be your own judge.
I had quite a roller coaster ride of emotions with this device. From being super confused as to which model to get, super excited to try it, extremely disappointed when I thought it didn’t perform, agonizing over whether to return it, and now hopeful of its potential.
I blame it all on the price tag.
If it’s just $40, I would just curse and chuck it aside if I thought it didn’t work. But it’s almost $400!
So do I think it was a good investment?
I’ve had it for just slightly under a month, so I think it will be hasty to flat out say for sure. But if I had to comment based on the current results, I would say that the lower-end models (N810 or N820) would have sufficed.
I am 100% convinced of Hada Crie’s moisturizing abilities. I have experienced it for myself and can heartily recommend Hada Crie for its moisturizing abilities.
However, my main motivation for getting this model is because I wanted the pore-minimization effect, but as of the current results, it has not delivered.
But as I stressed earlier, it’s still too early to really tell. Which is why I’m still holding out for it to work! PLEASE WORK! The pores on my nose really needs help! ;___;
I will keep using it and if anything post-worthy comes up, I will be sure to do a follow-up post.
In short: I highly recommend CM-N2000 for it’s moisturizing properties. Pore minimization effects remain unknown at this point.
This post was lengthy, but I hope this post was helpful and gave you a better of this model and Hada Crie in general!
If you have any questions after digesting both my posts on Hada Crie, post away! I consider myself somewhat of a Hada Crie expert after so much research for purchasing and writing the posts lol.
If you have any experiences with Hada Crie, please comment and share! I would really love to read about it!
16 Jan 2014: Added a follow-up post to N2000.
Adding this info because I have been frequently asked…
Where to buy
or if in Japan, any major electrical store like Yodobashi or Bic Camera (they only carry the latest models though).