Sample Saturday: Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream Review
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Do you have a favorite brand? One that you go back to time after time for repurchases or to discover their new product lines? I have a couple of favorite brands and if you read my blog often, you might have found that Innisfree is one of them. Some people say it's brand loyalty, but I like to think that it's an attraction. A chemistry, so to speak, between most of my favorite brands' products and my skin that just works well. Still, every once in a while I'll come across a product from 1 of my favorite brands that just doesn't work for me. It happens and you know what, it's okay.
I got a bunch of these Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream samples from some of my past hauls. This cream is one of those Innisfree products that just didn't work for me. It's not exactly the kind of face cream I was looking for as it did not provide me with the benefits I wanted. It does have some ups and downs. I think what it comes down to is it really just depends on personal preferences.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream
Product Description: A moisturizing cream formulated with eco-friendly Jeju green tea and green tea seed to keep the skin moisturized all day long. It can provide deep moisture and nutrients to the skin. This product is free from parabens, synthetic colorants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, and imidazolidinyl urea.
To Use: Take a good amount and apply it evenly onto the skin for the moisturizer step.
Ingredients: The 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.
Please Do Not use if: you are sensitive to any of its ingredients.
Packaging: The packaging for the full size product looks just like the picture on the travel-size sample pouches. I really like these travel-size sample pouches from Innisfree. They come with little lids, so you can reseal the product easily. I wish all samples are like that.
Scent: This cream smells a lot like the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. It's got that fresh, herbal, green tea mix with hints of perfumey scents. It's definitely strong and may not be suitable for everyone. However a lot of people, like myself, either like or don't mind the scent.
Color: The cream is white in color.
Texture: The cream is a really soft cream. It is light weight, not too thick but not really liquidy either. More like a good in-between consistency.
My Thoughts: I thought this Innisfree Green Tea Balancing cream would work great for my combo to oily skin. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way. I like that the cream is lightweight and doesn't feel thick. It applies easily and absorbs fairly quickly. It does have a strong scent, which some people might not like it. However, I think it's because I use the Green Tea Seed serum that I'm just used to the scent.
The issues I have with this cream are that it can make my T-zone more oily at times, it doesn't really do anything else other than moisturize the skin, and it just doesn't wow me or my skin.
The first issue came after I started my full face trials. I noticed that the cream will often leave a shine on my face. The cream doesn't feel oily when I apply it but for some reason it makes my T-zone more oily than before. It's weird and maybe my skin is just unique, but that totally put me off. The second issue is more of my preference. I like facial creams that do more than one thing. Most creams these days do that. They moisturize, brighten, tightened, have anti-aging care, trouble care, etc. However, this Green Tea Balancing cream didn't do anything else on my skin except to provide moisture. It left me wishing for more. The last issue is kind of connected to issue #2, it's again more on preference. The Green Tea Balancing cream doesn't stand out from other facial creams on the market. It doesn't make me feel like I'm going to miss out if I don't get it. There was nothing to keep me wanting more of it for my skin.
-easy to use
-strong scent, might not be suitable for everyone
-can cause certain areas of the skin to become more oily
Michelle's Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ♡ ♡
Final Thoughts: I wished for more from this cream and what it delivered wasn't what I expected at all. I didn't like that it made my T-zone more oily and I wished this cream would provide more benefits. It's nice that it moisturizes, but so does thousands of other facial creams on the market. It just didn't stand out for me.
Would I purchase the full size in the future? Probably not. I can do without the oily t-zone. Do I think this is worth a try? Maybe. Everyone's skin is different. This cream might have made my T-zone oily but it might not do that to yours. It'll probably be more worth it to try a sample first before getting the full size. For those who are sensitive to scents, it's probably best to give this a skip.
Where to purchase:
-InnisfreeWorld.com (full size)
-Yesstyle.com (full size) (sample size)
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