Innisfree is one of the popular Korean ‘roadshop’ brand and you can find Innisfree stores all over Korea and internationally. When my sister went to Korea, she found multiple Innisfree stores just in the main Myeong-dong shopping area. Naturally, she came back with lots of Innisfree products and I’m a happy recipient of her haul. My sister who is acne-prone, bought the entire line and I got the travel sizes of the Green Tea Balancing Skin and Green Tea Balancing Cream, a decant of the Green Tea Balancing Lotion for sampling. The full-size green tea serum is also one of her extras.
Today, I’m reviewing the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Line. I took a long time before posting this review as I wanted to thoroughly test these products beforehand. I used this exclusively for my AM skincare routine for 1 month and here are my thoughts.
According to Innisfree website, the Green Tea Balancing Line is meant for people with combination type skin. My skin type wavers between oily to combination, depending on the weather, and I’ve discovered that my oiliness is mainly due to dehydration.
Green Tea Balancing Skin
Green Tea Extract (86.9%), Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
This is a viscous watery toner, almost serum-like in texture. It is refreshing and has a nice citrusy scent that characterises the entire Innisfree Green Tea series. In terms of effects, I’ve noticed that it does add hydration and absorbs fast; a good basic hydrating toner.
Green Tea Serum
Green Tea Extract (75.9%), Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethanol, Glycerin, Betaine, The green Tea Seed Oil (208mg), Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
I really wanted to love this serum. It is much raved about online and it is one of Innisfree’s most popular products. However, after 2 weeks of applying this, I noticed that the first indicators of dehydration on my skin are showing red flags: the fine lines on my forehead are creasing more whenever I raise my brows or frown. I re-examined my skincare routine and finally narrowed it down to this serum. I suspect that the alcohol content is not playing well with the rest of my AM routine and the other products are not hydrating enough for me to use this serum at the same time.
Green Tea Balancing Lotion
Green Tea Extract (87.0%), Propanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
This is a lovely lightweight emulsion. Again, the scent is refreshing and it does not leave a sticky film behind. On especially humid days, it may take more patting to adsorb but it is a very nice emulsion to apply in the mornings. I like it because it hydrates without being feeling tacky or greasy, especially for the AM when I don’t want heavy products on my face. It also plays well with my sunscreen and makeup.
Green Tea Balancing Cream
Green Tea Extract (69.5%), Propanediol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Orchid Extract, Cocoa Seed Butter, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Tangerine Extract, Orange Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Shea Butter, Betaine, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, PPG-5-Laureth-5, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance
And finally, the cream of the series. By itself, it is a lovely lightweight cream. While it is not a gel type, it does not have the greasy feel of traditional creams and does not have the high silicone slip that other lightweight creams tend to have. However, I find that it does not provide enough hydration for my dehydrated combination skin. I need to add more hydrating products (on top of the skin and lotion) for this work as a night cream while in the day, I feel that the lotion is sufficient without the cream, especially when paired with a more moisturising sunscreen.
Bonus, I also sampled the Green Tea Balancing Cleansing Oil.
Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-8 Isostearate, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Propanediol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Fragrance
I like this too. It emulsifies well and takes off my makeup easily with minimal tugging. Again, the scent is refreshing and it makes me want to wash my wash. Motivation to cleanse is VERY IMPORTANT, especially for acne-prone but lazy people like me or an unmotivated teenager.
After testing this line for 1 month+, I can see why Innisfree is so popular. The entire Green Tea Balancing line is a sensory enjoyment every time I apply the products. It feels especially refreshing on a hot day and I really enjoyed using it in the AM.
I like that the Green Tea Balancing line focuses on hydration for combination skin and doesn’t take the harsh approach of eliminating oiliness with harsh products. I will actually really recommend this for youngsters who are just starting out with skincare. I wish that this was available in my teenage years and maybe I would have taken better care of my skin instead of suffering the horrific bout of acne brought on by dirt, grime and puberty hormones.
Green tea has antioxidant properties which works to calm acne prone skin, though I’ll probably need to add some kind of spot treatment for active acne. The products are well thought-out and work well together and the scent and light application will motivate people to start taking care of their skin.
For myself, only the lotion maybe a repurchase-worthy item for me as emulsion is a missing step in my routine and I like how I can just use emulsion to moisturise instead of a cream, especially in the mornings. The skin is a nice toner but I prefer a toner with more active ingredients, preferably one with brightening or anti-aging properties, so I will not repurchase this item.
A great starter kit for combination skin! Super affordable too, especially during Innisfree sales.
|Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cleansing Oil||Yes||Cleanses and emulsifies well.|
|Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin||No||Prefer a toner with more properties.|
|Innisfree Green Tea Serum||No||Dehydrates me|
|Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion||Yes||Nice lightweight hydrating emulsion.|
|Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream||No||Prefer the lotion.|