Hello everyone ~
After a quick poll that I had in my personal Facebook account about which product should I review first (you know how great I am in procrastinating so yeah, I need that kind of motivation: people’s opinion LOL ~) this product came up as the most requested. So yeah, girls I’m listening to you! Here’s the review of the cult favorite, every Korean skincare lovers’ Bae and ‘It’ product: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum ♥
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
Netto Weight/Content: 80ml
Where to buy: W2Beauty.com
Price: $28.89 – NOW IN SALE FOR $27.39
The 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
This product comes in a green-themed box, which everything printed on it is using soy ink! I love this concept of Innisfree that makes even the packaging eco-friendly by using recyclable and degradable material.
Another great thing is that you can find the product description along with the ingredients list on the box written in English! Maybe because this is a global best-seller so they include them aside the Hangeul description. Wish all Korean products and brands are to follow this trend as now people start to concern more on what they put in skin!
The product itself is hold inside a green plastic bottle. The cap however, is also made of plastic but I found them can’t hold to the pump tightly. I do think this product is travel friendly because it’s lightweight – not heavy like glass bottle – and not easily broken, but I recommend you to put this on flat surface/inside its box while bringing the product along so that the bottle won’t be upside down that the cap falls off and causing spillage all over your stuff.
Now let’s get into the product. The serum is clear, translucent in color but it has a tinge of brown/yellow in it. It has a pretty strong scent, like the blend of green tea and citrus? Kinda remind me of the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea EDT, but this one is more citrus. I love how runny the constituency of this serum, it’s so lightweight and can be absorbed into the skin quickly without leaving greasy feeling/film/stickiness behind. All the product completely gets absorbed into the skin not long after you rubbed it in. Amazing eh?
Even though the name is ‘serum’, this product is meant to be used before toner. Yes, BEFORE. After reading some reviews online – be it in blogs or forums – some people wear it in the wrong way. I am not very sure if this product is a pre-essence/booster, but according to the how-to-use and description from Innisfree, this product was meant to be applied first after you cleanse your face to boost up moisture and prepare the skin for the next steps – so I assume this one is a pre-serum, not the regular serum/essence that was meant to use after toner.
This serum gives you a nice plumped skin effect, but not greasy looking at all. One pump is enough for the whole face. Definitely great for people with oily skin which want a lightweight pre-serum. People with dry and normal skin might think it’s not enough as a pre-serum, but don’t be fooled by its thin texture – it hydrates your skin deep inside! However if you demand a richer pre-serum for a very dry skin or winter time, then this one is not for you.
After wearing it religiously for the past two-weeks in night time, I can see my skin is now looking more radiant (not brighter, sorry) and not dull at all. My skin looks so healthy and plumped right now, pores are not really visibly smaller but I can tell they look less scarily big and dehydrated right now.
This product causes me tiny bumps and outbreaks in weird places. At first I thought it was not because of this serum, it might be something else as I was trying out several new products throughout the week. But after continuing the use, I found new pimples started popping out in places where I don’t apply the other new products (doing patch tests for them), while this product is what I used all over my face. Boo-hoo!
When I started to analyze the ingredients, nothing was wrong. Yes it has pretty high alcohol content in it but my skin accepts alcohol like it’s nobody’s business, so the alcohol is definitely not the bad boy for now. If you’re allergic to alcohol, then stay away from this product.
Next what came to my surprise was the essential oils. This green tea seed serum uses green tea extract as the main ingredient but there are also essential oils to add benefits to the skin. As seen above in the ingredients list, please let me list down the oils inside this serum here:
- Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil
- Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract *
- Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (bergamot) fruit extract *
- Citrus Paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract *
- Citrus Tangerina (tangerine) fruit extract *
- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) fruit extract *
However, these oils (*) appear to be causing photosensitivity to occur if exposed to UV rays according to this post by a site about essential oil. Easily translated, your skin may get sensitive to the sunlight by wearing this serum in daytime. If you’re doing it right (putting this serum in the first step of your skincare routine) and wear sunscreen on top, plus you have no sensitive skin like mine, maybe your skin will just be okay.
I read several people complained why their skin appeared to be darker after using this serum and…this is the answer! I won’t say everyone got to be photosensitive by using this product in daytime, but better to be aware of the presence of these oils if you have troubled or sensitive skin.
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum is a nice pre-serum with high green tea & antioxidant content in it. It’s fairly cheap and works quite great, by penetrating deep inside your skin and hydrates it well. With the runny and lightweight texture, it is very suitable mostly for people with oily skin type which want a moisturized & hydrated skin without heavy/sticky/greasy feeling. However, the presence of some fruit extract may cause photosensitivity if exposed to sunlight therefore I suggest you to wear this at night time only. Unfortunately this product gave me outbreaks too, but it seems to work wonder on another people so you may want to give it a try first! :)
If you want to get this almost-sold-out-everywhere product with an ease and no fuss, go grab it from W2Beauty.com! They seem to always have stocks of this product and selling it in reasonable price, plus you will get FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!
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What do you think about this serum? Have you tried it? Share the thoughts in the comment box below. Okay I should be away and prepare myself for tonight’s date, Toot’s going to pick me up in 2 hours.
Happy weekend ♥ xo