The hours that I spend seated whilst Jei does my hair are the most expensive hours ever – no, it’s not cos she charges an arm and a leg; instead, it’s because I’m always browsing all the magazines they have, and then I get totally beautyjunkie-flashed by product porn. The advertisements, the editorials and the advertorials – holymotherofbeautyproducts! Yes yes, I know, sucker much. Out comes the iphone, and I’ll be happily snapping away what I want to buy, which is about 75% of every beauty product featured. #shutupandtakeallmymoneynow
When I was there in April, I flipped through the Beauty Issue of Ceci (magazines usually have a theme per issue, or at least some iconic yearly Fashion Issue or Beauty Issue). The magazine apparently did some huge-ass survey across China, Korea and Thailand to find the top products of each category in each country. Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Serum was listed as the top selling essence (or serum) in Korea for 2012. (or something close enough).
Being the typical Ko’ho, I zipped off and bought myself one bottle. Ok I lied. I bought two bottles.
- The packaging itself is simple enough – a short fat bottle with a pump dispenser system. Two pumps is sufficient for the whole face.
- The scent is heavenly! I’m loving it cos it has a slight tinge of mint (?) with green tea (vaguely – I’m not perfumer). Essentially, it smells really herby and refreshing at the same time.
- The texture is lightweight without being too runny (just slightly watery), and can be spread easily on the face.
- It is easily absorbed, but on a comparative basis, Hera’s Preperfection Serum was absorbed about 20% faster.
- It doesn’t leave a sticky feeling, but again, on a comparative basis, the aftermath of applying Hera’s Preperfection Serum felt more like nothing.
- It doesn’t leave a greasy film either – my skin felt more moist, and the fine lines were less obvious.
- Generally, it’s a nice lightweight essence that you can apply every morning cos it doesn’t feel too heavy.
- But since I’m a beauty nutjob, I actually did a test – I applied this on the left half of my face and Hera’s Preperfection Serum on the right half for 2-3 weeks.
- The result?
- Hera side: finer pores, slightly more radiant skin, slightly firmer skin, and smoother skin- there were less bumps (which I would classify as: potential pimples/small pumples/clogged pores)
- Innisfree side: slightly more radiant skin, but more bumps on the Innisfree side. I had some pimples along my jawline as well, cos I tried to squeeze out the bumps/whiteheads. Note: I wouldn’t really call this an outbreak though.
- Now I’m not sure if it’s because the Innisfree product is supposed to work this way ie it expels all the dirt from inside first, before healing your skin (La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Dup works this way), or am I just not adapting well to the product, the same way I can’t take to Laneige’s Whitening range nor the Sleeping Pack.
I’ll continue trying it for a couple more weeks cos I actually like how this product smells and feels. Will update again! 😀