Umm, I haven’t posted a new kbeauty review here since July omg. I’m super busy with my job and freelance beauty writing, but I have a lot to say still!
To hopefully keep up with the blog a bit better I’m going to experiment with a shorter, more concise review style. I’m trying to write this, take the photos, and do the code in 1.5 hours, so here we go! EEEP!
Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser Review
I bought this cleanser from Jolse back in May and have used it on and off since then. Mostly off because I don’t love it.
About the brand: Innisfree is part of the Amore Pacific group and sells itself as a Jeju-centered, eco-friendly brand. Honestly…it’s a mass-market skincare brand with nice marketing, let’s be real. Fun fact: Innisfree is maybe going to open a New York City flagship in 2017, something I learned from the Beauty Recap!
What it is: a water-soluble, second-step cleanser. Start with an oil cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen, then use this.
Where to put it in your routine: in the second cleanser slot. Need a basic outline of when to use your products? Here you go:
Past second cleanser reviews
I’ve reviewed a fair number of second-step, water-soluble cleansers (Glossier Milky Jelly and CosRx Good Morning are my favorites btw):
- 8 low-pH cleansers that didn’t work for me
- CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
- Makeremake, the kbeauty brand that only sells cleansers
- Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Back to the Show
Ingredients: water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, glycerin, diglycerin, diethylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, benzyl glycol, orange peel oil, potassium cocoyl glycinate, potassium cocoate, citric acid, lavender oil, sodium chloride, ethylhexylglycerin, butylene glycol, allantoin, disodium EDTA, raspberry ketone, 1,2-hexanediol, blueberry fruit extract, C10-30 alkyl acrylate, polyquaternium-67, sodium acetate, isopropyl alcohol. CosDNA analysis.
Ingredient breakdown: this cleanser has incredibly gentle surfactants (my skin would tell me if it didn’t), some moisturizers, and pH adjusters. Cleansers are washed off quickly, so I don’t feel like there’s a need to obsess over ingredients beyond that unless you have specific trigger ingredients you need to avoid. What’s most important is how it tests.
What type of skin might like this: I have oily-to-normal, acne-prone skin and this cleanser was a bit too moisture-donating for my skin. I suspect that dry skin might love this.
Smell: Have you heard about how perfume company Byredo released a perfume called Unnamed that you’re supposed to name yourself so that you don’t go into smelling it with preconceived notions of what it’s supposed to smell like? (it smells great on me btw) I bring that up because if this cleanser were just called “cleanser” people would more easily recognize that it smells like citric acid (or lemons if they’re an Innisfree fangirl/fanboy and really want to like it). Not my favorite and a major letdown.
Price: $4 (plus shipping) to $10.50ish (with free shipping)
What’s good: a small amount bubbles up nicely (I’m hesitant to say foam, but it could end up foamy with the help of a bubble net). You don’t need much to get a nice face full of bubbles. It’s dead cheap. The ingredients are gentle enough that even my cleanser-hating skin likes them. The moisturizing formula could be good for normal skin in winter and dry skin year-round.
What’s not good: this cleanser requires a lot of rinsing for me, and I have the benefit of NYC’s fantastic, 7 pH, not minerally water. I end up rinsing and rinsing, it takes more thought and effort than I want to give it in the morning. I don’t love the smell.
Will I repurchase it: no, I really don’t enjoy using this cleanser — see how little I’ve used of that tube since May. Although it’s solid, I have plenty that I like better for my skin and this doesn’t thrill me. I don’t want to settle for anything less than cleanser [freal] love.
Did I miss anything important? Tell me in the comments and thanks for reading!
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