Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream is one of the most versatile eye creams I’ve used. Its formulation makes it great for all ages and for the same reason, it’s also suitable for day and night use. Read on and see if this Korean-made eye cream would suit your skin profile.
What Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream Promised
It’s all about hydration in its marketing claims.
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream is concocted with a blend of green tea extract and green tea seed oil, and is said to “deliver moisture and nourishment deep into the skin”. Let’s find out if the promise holds true!
What’s Great about Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream?
1. Light and Lasting Hydration
When you dab Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream around your eye area, you would notice how light it feels on the skin. Despite the light texture, it was able to provide sufficient and lasting moisture.
Looking at the ingredients, I noticed that this eye cream contains quite a few moisturizing elements including Green Tea Seed Oil, Caprylic, Glycerin and Shea Butter.
I applied this eye cream at 9am today. It’s 6pm now while I’m writing this and the eye area still feels moisturized.
Full Ingredient List: The green Tea Extract (62.9%), Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), The green Tea Seed Oil (638mg), Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, C14-22 Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Arachidyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Shea Butter, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Tangerine Extract, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, Arachidyl Glucoside, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Water, Kaolin, Tocophersolan, Palmitic Acid, Poloxamer235, Poloxamer338, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
2. Comfortable After-feel
I’m not sure why some described Innisfree Green Tea Eye Cream as a thick cream. Indeed, it is a cream but I would not categorize it as being thick or rich. In fact, I love how quickly this eye cream absorbs into the skin.
Can you see that the area where the eye cream was applied shows no stickiness or excess grease? All that was left behind was a light film of moisture barrier that protects my skin from the elements.
As such, I have no problem using Green Tea Seed Eye Cream during the day as I didn’t have to wait too long for the product to get absorbed before applying my makeup.
3. You get double the quantity from Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream!
Most eye cream comes in 15ml quantity. Innisfree is super generous to provide twice the amount. The photo below shows how much is left of this eye cream after using it for more than half a year.
4. Cheap especially if you get it from duty-free shops
Innisfree Green Tea Eye Cream was priced at around $35 from the retail store. I got mine at just $26 from a DFS shop in Singapore Changi Airport. It’s considered relatively cheap even when compared to drugstore eye creams, especially given the generous quantity. See what else I bought that day at the airport.
5. Don’t worry about milia!
I wasn’t confident in most skincare products from Korea because of some bad experience I’ve had. Way before Korean beauty products entered the international, I had the opportunity to try some in my 2006 trip to Korea. There, I bought back a luggage load of beauty products.
Unfortunately, one premium-tier eye cream that I bought from Faceshop gave me milia. Some other face products (BB cream and moisturizer) from Etude House also caused me to breakout.
So far, Innisfree has worked very well for me. That’s why you see me reviewing their products more often than other Korean brands. Back to this topic, I didn’t get any milia from using Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream.
What’s Bad about Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream?
1. No Extra Benefits
For most skincare products, I like it that the product offers at least one extra benefit other than hydration, such as skin brightening or firming. While Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream contains antioxidants which are known to be great in counteracting premature aging, I didn’t notice any permanent improvement in fine lines or skin firmness.
To be fair, I’ve yet to find an eye cream that does more than hydrating no matter what promises they made. So, Innisfree isn’t exactly lagging behind her competitors…yet. Just that it didn’t give me a compelling reason to stay with this eye cream.
2. Hygiene Concerns
As with most skincare that comes in a pot, hygiene is a concern since finger comes into contact with the product every day. But I believe commercial products like these should have enough preservatives to prevent contamination. Still, wouldn’t it be great if more eye cream comes in a tube or dispenser, like SANA Namerakahonpo Plumping Eye Cream.
I like the consistency of Green Tea Seed Eye Cream and how I can use it on both day and night. Its’ generous quantity also means that this eye cream would last me for a very long time.
While I enjoy using the eye cream and can see myself finishing the tub, I do not think it’s great enough to stop me from wandering off to other similar products. At my age, when fine lines under the eyes are starting to show up, I really want an eye product that can plump or firm up the area. I’m not even sure if such a product exists, but I will not give up searching for it. LOL!
So, who would I recommend this green tea eye cream for? Given its light texture, I think Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream would work great for those with normal to combination skin. It may also suit folks who don’t have fine lines or dark circles to deal with. If mom isn’t overly concerned with her eye wrinkles, you can consider sharing this hydrating tub of green tea goodness with her. Rating: 4/5
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(This post was first published in March 2018, and updated in Dec 2019 after I managed to empty the large tub).