Hi girls! I’ll be blogging about 3 Innisfree Orchird products from the I’ve been using for the past fortnight.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Innisfree is a Korean beauty brand “that share the benefits of nature from the pristine island of Jeju for your beauty” (quote from Innisfree Singapore Facebook).
I’m in my late twenties and believe in investing in anti-ageing skincare early. Innisfree Orchid line caught my attention with its myriad of benefits-from anti-wrinkle, brightening, nourishing, firming, pore-care and improving skin elasticity.
The Orchid line is an anti-aging range of skincare comprising of Orchid ElixirTM reaped through a hot-water extraction process. Now, not every orchid species makes the cut. AMOREPACIFIC R&D Centre selected Jeju Cold Growing Orchid from 60 different types of orchids native to Jeju Island. This particular species posses vitality to blossom in harsh winter conditions and after several years of research and development, Orchid ElixirTM is successfully formulated. Its powerful anti-oxidant properties, along with skin-activating ingredients work to rejuvenate sullen, haggard complexion and restore skin’s natural self-defence abilities for healthy and luminous skin.
The Orchid range is free from parabens, mineral oil, synthetic colorants, imidazolidinyl urea (formaldehyde releaser), and ingredients from animal origin.
Packaged in varying shades of gorgeous purple, the Orchid line consists of a gel cream, enriched cream, intense cream, eye cream, massage cream and hand cream. The tubs for the facial skincare products are made using plastic, so its light enough to pop it into your luggage when you travel. No accompanying spatulas though.
The Innisfree Orchid Gel Cream ($43 for 50ml), designed for normal to oily skin, is my current favourite daytime moisturiser. The first thing I noticed is its appealing light floral fragrance and pretty light violet hue. Its light-weight texture makes it suitably smooth for facial massage, and is easily absorbed into the skin, keeping it soft and supple. It does not clog my pores and hence I really wanted it to work for me as a night-time moisturiser but unfortunately it wasn’t hydrating enough (I sleep in air-con).
I received samples for the Enriched Cream ($43 for 50ml) as well as the Eye Cream ($43 for 30ml). The Enriched Cream, is meant for normal to dry skin, has a richer texture compared to the Gel Cream. Again, I adored the texture as it’s perfect for my facial massage routine. It sinks into the skin readily and provides adequate hydration overnight. Sadly, it clogged my pores significantly, so I had to stop using it. I also find it feels slightly tacky after application for a few minutes hence I’d stopped short of recommending this for daytime use, as you may feel it’s too heavy for Singapore’s weather.
Ingredient list (from Innisfree website):
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Squalane, Arbutin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Adenosine, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, The green Tea Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Pea Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kaolin, Polysilicone-11, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Jeju Orchid Extract 250mg)
The eye cream is a steal! This is the my first encounter with a 30ml sized eye cream (most other companies have only 15ml pack size). Once again, Innisfree got its formulation spot on- light, easily absorbed by skin and adequately hydrating. After several weeks of use, I’m glad to announce that it does not cause milia seeds. My only grouse is that lifting effect is minimal, hence I’ll stick to my usual Lancome Regenerie Yeux Multi-Lift Eye Cream.
Ingredient list (from Innisfree website):
WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, SQUALANE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, ARBUTIN, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAFFEINE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ADENOSINE, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, LAURIC ACID, MYRISTIC ACID, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, STEARIC ACID, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, XANTHAN GUM, PALMITIC ACID, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYISOBUTENE, PROPANEDIOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE
To sum up, as I do not have wrinkle nor fine lines, I can’t comment on how well Gel Cream and Enrich Cream work for these functions. My complexion is slightly more radiant than before, but my large pore size remained unchanged. The enrich cream is not for me as clogs my pores, but the gel cream works superbly well for the daytime and I’ll continue to purchase it until I find something better.