Review: Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence

I think I’ve gone slightly overboard on my first care product spree – basically, first care products are what I call those that you apply onto freshly-cleansed face. At the moment, I’ve got the following on my dresser – Sulwhasoo First Care Serum, Hera Preperfection Serum, belif Numero 10 essence, Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum  no wonder I’m running out of space heh. The latest to join the pack is this from Innisfree (yes I seem to be actively amassing an Innisfree army)

Innisfree Soybean Essence

Innisfree Soybean Essence (1)

Innisfree Soybean Essence poster yoonaSupposedly the new and much-better version of the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum – damn, I got suckered by the China-Chinese sales person.

Innisfree Soybean Essence poster

Innisfree Soybean Essence (2)

Innisfree Soybean Essence (3)

I say…

Now I’m not sure if this should be classified as a first care product or a toner, cos its consistency is in between both products – not very watery but not full-on gel though.

  • It’s about 20% more watery than the Laneige Perfect Renew Skin Refiner.
  • It doesn’t have much fragrance, which doesn’t bother me much.
  • The bottle feels nice to the touch cos of its frosted finish, but unlike the IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning, this is plastic so it’s not as heavy. It’s at a lower risk of breaking, but I wouldn’t go all butter-fingered just yet.
  • It’s quite quickly absorbed, requiring perhaps 10-20 seconds more of patting for it to be fully absorbed.
  • It left my skin feeling relatively bouncy and moisturised, maybe 10-25% more than usual, and doesn’t leave much of a sticky residue.
  • My skin was also slightly smoother by about 5-10%, nothing super spectacularly, but hey, at least no outbreaks.

I personally didn’t see any superb improvement in my skin condition, and prolly wouldn’t buy a repeat bottle once I’m done with this. In fact, I actually saw and felt more results with the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum.


4 thoughts on “Review: Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence

  1. Great review~ I would love to know how the Innisfree Soybean Essence compares to the IOPE Bio Essence you’ve raved about – I am currently using IOPE’s bio essence and a friend actually said that the soybean essence is better?! o.O

    • Hi Kimmy,

      For my skin, I couldn’t see any visible difference after using the Innisfree soybean, but after using the IOPE, I (and my friends) could see a visible difference – clearer and brighter skin 🙂 but then again I guess it also depends on your skin type 🙂

      • I have used both and will have to say IOPE Bio Essence is the better one. But Innisfree Soybean Essence is really good too. It is also $20 cheaper than IOPE. So I’d say why not keep switching between both :). I’m also using the green tea seed serum. Haha… I think I’m also going overboard on the first care products. 🙂

  2. I’m really curious to know how you find the Innisfree serums compared to Sulwhasoo first care and Hera preperfection. I have the Hera serum, but am trying to change to more natural products. I have combination skin with a very oily t-zone and just turned 30. Any thoughts/recommendations you could share based on your experience with these products? Thanks 🙂

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