16 Dec 2015

Review: Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack


This is a long overdue review on the Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack from Innisfree. I am supposed to write about this sleeping mask 6 months ago but I was... you know... "too busy" hence the delay. Anyhow, late is better than never, right?

So the Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack is the first Korean sleeping mask that I'd used. I used to use only Japanese or Taiwanese products before I was exposed to Korean brands such as Nature Republic and Innisfree. So, I didn't know that Korean skincares have such a high quality with very affordable prices. I always thought that brands in Watsons, Guardian and Sasa are meant for someone below 30s. And when I am 30++, I will have to use more expensive brands in Parkson, never imagine one day that I will order skincare products online or buy from a concept store.

I know that sounds idiotic, but that is how "underdeveloped" and "backward" beauty industry is in Malaysia. They are not competitive enough to offer us with more brands, better deals and discounts, due to low demand and supply. And even lower demand due to higher prices. Even Dove shampoos that I loved so much in the past are imported from Thailand! Does that mean Malaysian women are not spending enough or willing to spend on skincare then? I am not sure. But let's hope for an improvement in the near future.



Sorry for the grumbles. So let's get started!


Basically, I learned about the Innisfree brand when I was picking up some Korean sheet masks from GooGoo at Sungei Wang. They sold it for RM 8.90 per piece (PS: Innisfree mask is available at Innisfree local store for RM 4.00 per piece). Despite the price, I still bought two because I was quite attracted to the design and brand concept. That's how I first met Innisfree, and slowly fell in love with the brand that I nearly bought all products that they featured. Which means, more reviews' coming!


Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask

The mask itself is very good. It is similar to the texture of My Beauty Diary Mask with skin-fitting material that is so light-weighted yet is able to hold a lot of essences. I will talk about the masks in a separate review later.

The sleeping pack is equally pleasant too. Innisfree hadn't opened any local store in Malaysia the time I learned about this brand, so I didn't get the chance to buy its products locally. Instead, I bought it with an agent I know from Facebook, and most of them are masks including the Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack, as you can see from the picture below:


my Innisfree hauls

Fortunately though, some 2 months later Innisfree opened their first store at Sunway Pyramid, so that I no longer have to buy their products online. The good news is, Innisfree Malaysia has prices similar to Innisfree in Korea. Many Korean brands such as Nature Republic, The Face Shop and Skinfood that enter the local market price their products way too high, sometimes even twice as high than their Korean market prices. 

Besides good price tags, Innisfree Malaysia is also good in the way that it gives out free gifts with every purchase of RM 120 or RM 210 and above. You can also get RM 1 for each empty product containers that you recycle, as well as free VIP gift set with a purchase of RM 600 within 6 months period. Last month I even notice that I have money credits, which means I can get RM 1 off my next purchase with my previous purchases of RM 100 (or RM 2? I don't know the formula). It is a good news for shopaholic like myself who love receiving free gifts and enjoy discounts XD. Although sometimes I can get cheaper prices online, I still love buying from local Innisfree due to all these benefits.



Back to the Wine Jelly Sleeping pack, it is the first few product that I got from Innisfree. It is claimed to nourish and smooth your skin. A blogger even claims that this is the only sleeping mask where she can still feel its presence when she wakes up the next morning. This sorts of remind me of the first sleeping pack I used when I was studying in Canada - the Rose Night Jelly from Beauty @ Nature, which has now been reformulated and rebranded as Naruko. Honestly, I like their older version better.  




Since I have good memories with this Beauty Nature Rose Flower Facial Night Jelly EX, I expect the Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack to be like the Naruko one. In my old memories, Sleeping Pack is meant to make you happy and stay moisturized when you sleep, sort of like your old Teddy bear, so I expect the same thing from this wine pack. Turns out, old memories are meant to be beautiful, and non-replaceable. This wine jelly pack doesn't give me a similarly good experience although it is still a really nice product to use.


Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack
The Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack comes in a jar of 80ml, and has lasted me for about 4-6 months. I use this quite frequently in the beginning (about 3-4 times a week), and then kinda ignore it past 4 months at about 3-4 times a month. 

This should be the upgraded version from the previous one. The previous wine jelly pack should be more translucent with jelly-like texture. This newer version is more like pudding with a memory gel function. As you can see, the jelly pack has a very smooth surface. No matter how hard I stir it, it will always go back to its pre-stirred status and settles down at the bottom the next few hours. 

The mask is very watery although it looks kinda creamy (just like your pudding dessert). It spreads smoothly on my skin, and will sink in within seconds of gentle massaging. It provides immediate firming and nourishing effects that is not greasy whatsoever. At night, I just scoop a handful and dab it on my face in a circular massaging motion. The next morning, I will wake up with soft and supple skin


Source: irena-u


CLAIM

This hydrating wine sleeping pack creates a clear and resilient jelly-like skin with its shape-memory barrier. 

#hydration
#antioxidation
#smoothing
#supple and firm skin



INGREDIENTS 
(click here for Cosdna analysis)

Water, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Cyclohexasiloxane, Wine Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-16 alcohols, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance


INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

Water is listed as the first ingredient, which is expected for a sleeping mask priced below RM 50, although I personally like using waterless product like the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Limited Rose Edition. It is like drinking compact juice vs. diluted iced juice, if you get the difference. 

However, I am pleased to find that squalane comes as the third most contained ingredient. Squalane is a skin-identical ingredient (something found between skin cells known as intercellular matrix) with repairing, deep moisturizing and anti-aging benefits. It can also promote blood circulation and enhance cell renewing process. Having said that, most benefits you get from this wine jelly sleeping pack such as better skin texture, suppler and firmer skin are mostly contributed to the squalane here.

After some emollients and slip agents, we then have wine extract. I am pleased that wine extract is at least listed as the first most contained extract (I don't count squalane as an extract) in this jelly pack. You know sometimes we are so disgusted with products that are marketized under certain ingredients (cheese, goat milk, pearl etc those fancy stuffs, just to illustrate), actually don't contain or only contain a little bit of those ingredients, right? 

The major benefits we get from wine extract comes from resveratrol. Resveratrol is a potent polyphenolic antioxidant found in red grapes (which make red wines). It is among the most effective antioxidants with excellent anti-inflammatory property to calm and soothe skin irritation. It is also found to reduce premature aging, wrinkles and fine lines. Sounds pretty cool, isn't it? Having said that, we should use more red wines products in addition to only drinking then!

A few other botanical extracts included in this jelly pack are common extracts found in most Innisfree products. They are camellia sinensis leaf extract (green tea > moisturizing), citrus unshiu peel extract (tangerine > brightening), opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract (cactus > moisturizing), orchid extract (anti-aging), and then camellia japonica leaf extract (camellia > nourishing). These present in almost every Innisfree skincare products, so I think even though it is good to have them, they are not the stars in this product, and are not the reasons why I buy this wine jelly pack, so I will skip that.

Despite the goods, I will have to warn you guys about some really alarming stuffs I found from the ingredients list. If you look through the Cosdna analysis I include here, 5 ingredients are found to be potentially acne-triggering whereas 1 might result in skin irritation. On top of that, 3 ingredients (disodium EDTA, benzophenone-5, and phenoxyethanol) are averagely hazardous, which means long-term usage might cause mild skin damages. Apart from that, I also have no idea why benzophenone-5 is added here. It is a uv filter which are commonly found in sunscreen. What is it doing in a sleeping pack though? Although it is also added to shampoos and bath liquor to improve the stability of the products, can't Innisfree find something else to replace this? Is disodium EDTA alone insufficient to stabilize the product? So, good news for the normal to dry skin folks with no sensitivity concern but bad news for those with acne and sensitive skin problems.



VERDICT

Packaging ★★★★
Texture ★★
Scent ★★★
Ingredients ★★★★
Performance ★

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, the Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack is a sweet-looking and pleasantly smelled, affordable and nourishing bedtime product. It is not expensive, priced at half of Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, it would be a great option for those with dry and normal skin but are reluctant to spend a fortune on sleeping mask. Ideal also for individuals sleeping in air-conditioned room or living in a dry and cold country.

Any age groups can use this. It is affordable and light enough for teens and young adults, but also contain enough anti-aging and anti-oxidizing benefits for those in their 30s or even 40s. It provides a shape-memory barrier to your skin, making it firm and supple the next morning you wake up. Although it might be a bit tacky, it definitely is not sticky or thick. It is just the memory gel that holds your skin membranes together. Though, based on my ingredients analysis, I would suggest people with sensitive and troubled skin to stay away from it. If you want to try it, at least apply some on your face or neck or wrist before buying because I don't want you to end up throwing it away.

My personal experience with this sleeping pack is rather mixed. I bought this with nostalgia, in the hope that it can bring me back to my old Canadian school days, where I often lie on the bed trying to fight the chillness and dryness in the air. BUT, summer night (year-round summer) in Malaysia is a different story. It is hot, it is humid, I have normal skin and I don't live in an air-conditioned room (I totally can't take air-cond that produces cold winds). Turns out, the wine jelly pack smells and feels really nice to use at the beginning, but this passion fades very quickly as well. 

First 3-4 months, I used this at least thrice a week. Then it became like a routine, where I just HAVE to use it. You see, I cannot waste, and it will expire within 6M or 12M (I think it is 12M) so it has turned into some kind of routine. It is just like how you are so excited to go to school the first day, then it becomes a torturing routine in the remaining of your child/teen-hood. It is too tacky and too boring for continuous usage, especially if your skin is not that thirsty in hot summer nights. BUT, if you live in a cold and dry country, I believe this mask will do wonder to your skin. It will glide on smoothly on your skin, feeding it with feast and instantly quenching your thirst. Give me more! Give me more! Your skin will scream.


As for effectiveness, I think this sleeping mask fulfills its four major claims, i.e. hydrating, firming, protecting and anti-oxidizing. Upon applying, my skin immediately feels tight and firm that is also very nourishing and hydrating. It might stick to your hair or leaving a tacky finish if you don't pat it until full absorption, but the tackiness is manageable. I advise that you alternate this with another lighter sleeping mask and use it depending on your skin condition for best result.



You can get this from: Innisfree Malaysia
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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