May 27, 2015

Product Review: Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence

      I love beauty products with spring thermal water in it. I know that my skin absolutely loves thermal water. When Innisfree came out with their new Jeju sparkling mineral essence line, I knew I had to get my hands on one of the products in order to try it out. The entire line consists of a lotion, toner, essence, cream, skin essential, sparkling mineral powder, and a mineral facial mist. I decided on purchasing what I thought was the most unique product out of the entire line, which is the sparkling mineral essence. Why is it unique? Because it literally foams when you dispense it!

Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence, 2.4oz
Price: $22-27

This essence, formulated with Jeju sparkling thermal water, delivers abundant minerals and moisture into your skin while providing a perfect solution for sleekness, brightness and elasticity simultaneously. Apply an appropriate amount (3 centimeters in diameter) onto face and neck then gently smooth for better absorption.

onsen-sui (73.6%), propandediol, glycereth-26, butylene glycol, alcohol, glycerin, water, carbon dioxide, achillea millefolium extract, citrus unshiu peel extract, niancinamide, orchid extract, camellia sinesis leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, dimethicone, sodium methyl stearoyl taurate, squalane, ammonium acryloyldimethytaurate/vp copolymer, chondrus crispis (carrageenan), phenyl trimethicone, polyglyceryl-2 diisoterate, propylene glycol, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, hydrogenated lecithin, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.


      As you can see from the swatch, when the essence is dispensed from the canister, it comes out as a frothy foam. After it's spread out, it turns into a normal serum like texture. I use the serum after my fermented essence (currently IOPE's Bio Essence) and before my moisturizer. Knowing how my own skin reacts to thermal water, I was expecting the serum to calm down any redness in my skin as well as soften the texture of my skin. It definitely did that. I noticed that any redness in my skin was reduced after applying the serum. The great thing about this serum  is I think it's really good for all skin types including sensitive. It is relatively scent-less (the ingredients list fragrance as the last ingredient, but I can't smell anything when I smell the essence) and it doesn't sting or burn my face at all. I definitely don't think you even need a full pump of this product. One full pump is a lot of essence and my skin couldn't absorb the product fast enough. I do half a pump and it's plenty. In conclusion, I highly recommend the essence!

  • PROS: scent-less, great for sensitive skin, unique texture, 
  • CONS: not travel friendly, hard to dispense a lesser amount.

Concluding Remarks

      As always, Innisfree is difficult to purchase in the US. I bought the essence from ParcelPuppy, which is a site that specifically helps beauty lovers around the world purchase products that are not available in their home country (see my full review of the site here). The essence is also available on Amazon, ebay, and most other beauty sites that sell Korean beauty products as well such as Korea Depart and W2 Beauty.

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