Review | Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam & Toner, and Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Greetings, guys!

Are you visiting South Korea anytime soon? Do you like Innisfree or at least curious about the brand? Are you still in search for a good facial wash, toner, and/or moisturizer?

In this post, I’m going to feature three Innisfree products I got in my trip to South Korea last November 2016.

  1. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
  2. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
  3. Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Innisfree to me

I wasn’t actually a big fan of the Innisfree brand. It was just last year that I got myself an Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder via Beauty MNL. I chose it among the various options, as I know Koreans to have good skin and as makers of the best organic skin care products out there.

(Well, I liked how the mineral powder didn’t cause me any break-out, but I didn’t repurchase due to coverage – just plain white loose powder, and because application is messy, and product is pricey for the size.)

My trip to Myeongdong

Anyway, back to my trip to Korea last year, I got so excited when I saw Innisfree outlets all over the place! I told myself I’d be hoarding before I fly back to Manila. And so, on our second day, we started shopping in Myeongdong and my happy hour began!

Click this to read about my my shopping experience in Myeongdong.

Cleanse, tone, and moisturize

Because I believe that beauty is skin deep, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are more important to me than putting nice make up. So, when I entered the biggest Innisfree store I could find in the area (there were many stores in that street alone!), I began scanning the shelves for a facial foam, toner, and moisturizer.

The three items below were my picks and I’ve been using them for six months now (yes, they lasted that long and I think they’d still do for 3 more months!):

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

Promise: Purify pores and cleanse dull-looking skin.

Price in Korea: 5,600 KRW (PHP 237.08)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 517.00

My review: Well, being a writer, I fell for Innisfree’s promising words of fighting off sebum with its Jeju Volcanic pore line. Basically, that’s what we need facial foams for – to purify pores and keep us from having dull-looking skin, right? Well, after using this product for 6 months, I can say it lived up to its promise. With just a small amount of foam, my face feels really clean and purified after every wash. Texture is thick and really foamy when applied to wet face.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner

Promise: Enriched with volcanic cluster and green complex from pure Jeju island, this line helps control excessive sebum for soft skin.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,189.00

My review: I couldn’t live without toner ever since I discovered just washing your face is not enough. A toner is supposed to remove excess oil that would lead to sebum build-up in your face, and that’s exactly what this Jeju Volcanic toner does. It has a distinct smell, but not as strong as the toners I’ve tried before. I like how it leaves my skin matte after every use – ideal before applying moisturizer. I’d definitely repurchase even if ordering it online now would cost a lot (should’ve hoarded in Korea)!

Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Promise: Whitening pore line takes care of your skin tone, dark spots, and skin texture for transparency.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,356.00

My review: After removing all traces of oil in your face, you should close your pores with a good moisturizer. The reason I didn’t get the Jeju Volcanic Pore Lotion is that I fear it wouldn’t give my skin the moisturizing it needs (since the line is supposed to fight off sebum). Well, I could be wrong with that statement, yet I was right for choosing this pore sleeping pack! It looks strange, but smells nice – a bit fruity. This sleeping pack doesn’t leave my skin oily and it, indeed, improved my skin tone and texture, as it lightened dark spots.

I like that Innisfree puts a one liner promise to their products. It helps buyers identify which among the many Innisfree products would solve their skin problem. It can also mean the brand knows each of its products so well, right? The pressure is on them to live up to each promise they’ve put in the label.

I couldn’t think of any cons for all these three products other than the price, as there are a lot of much cheaper options. But as for me, I’d stick to Innisfree products because they are organic, don’t seem harsh to the skin, and effective for my oil problems. After all, you should be investing in good skin products, right? Especially since we are talking about face here!

Brace yourself for the Before and After photos below!

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BEFORE (Nov 2016)

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AFTER (May 2017)

That’s it, guys. More beauty product reviews coming up. Don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize every night before you sleep!

TRAVEL Korea | This is how cheaper make-up and other beauty goodies in Seoul are

One highlight of my trip to Korea is going to Myeongdong to shop for beauty essentials. I called them essentials to justify the need for me to hoard some, haha! But kidding aside, cosmetics, masks, toner and facial washes are, indeed, unbelievably cheaper in Seoul!

Since my birthday is fast approaching and I thought I may only visit Korea once, I might as well make the most of it and get myself a piece of the brands expensive here in Manila.

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Innisfree, It’s Skin + Tony Moly

In the photo, you’ll see the items I bought on our first night of shopping. For the second time, we went inside Urban Kiss and I got two more items: an eyeliner and lip tint.

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Urban Kiss Real LipTone Tint + Skinny Fixx Pen Liner

Let me present you with the breakdown of how much I saved on these items:

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I couldn’t find any price of Urban Doll Kiss Skinny Fixx Pen Liner, but isn’t the 2,889.55 PHP enough to make you believe it’s really CHEAPER in Seoul? Especially the sleeping pack and toner.

Stay tuned for my beauty reviews of these products!