4 Jun 2016

Review: Innisfree Whitening Pore Eye Cream

Today we're gonna talk about this best-selling eye cream I got from Innisfree Sunway Pyramid. Actually I was looking for the Eco Science Eye Cream, which was an award-winning eye cream in 2013. However, the Store Advisor there recommended me this instead, claiming that it has more functions in it like whitening, moisturizing, nourishing, and fine lines reducing (wrinkles care). This is also labelled their best-selling items in store. Finally, I'm convinced and brought this home. Let's see what it does to my eyes area!

The packaging and presentation are very appealing. It is sweet and simple. It promises whitening (better skin tone and lesser dark spots) and wrinkles care (firming and moisturizing).

Instead of putting them in a jar, I appreciate how Innisfree designs them in a pump bottle. It is much convenient and hygienic that way!

A closer look of the texture: it's pretty creamy but not too heavy, still fairly blendable and smooth

However, if you see closely, the eye cream is actually quite greasy and will foam a greasy layer on your eyes. There is also some mica (shinny particles) in it if you look at the second picture.


Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Propanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Arbutin, Squalane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyisobutene, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Peg-60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyacrylate-13, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Mica (Ci 77019)

{good ingredients, the Jeju essences}

credit: Innisfree World


The main ingredient used here is satsuma mandarin peel extract, instead of water, which is a good thing because it means that this eye cream is undiluted and is made of high concentration of active ingredients. Tangerine peel has been historically used in China to soothe bloating, bronchitis and breathing difficulties. It is also part of the citrus family where we know contains a lot of skin whitening vitamin C. This tangerine extract is therefore a naturally-derived alternative of the super ingredient vitamin C with skin whitening and melanin-reducing properties. Arbutin and ascorbyl glucoside (VC) are also added to strengthen the brightening effects of this eye cream.

And then we have shea butter, squalane, ceramide, adenosine and a lot of emollients and moisturizing factors to do the wrinkles caring and fine lines reducing. Although keep in mind that those ingredients are meant to only temporarily soothe your wrinkles and fine lines. I never come across any research or articles claiming that shea butter, squalane or ceramide can actually reduce your fine lines and wrinkles. They are moisturizing agents, they are not fillers!

Finally, we are topped with some Jeju Essences (green tea, camellia, orchid and cactus), ingredients commonly present in almost every Innisfree products to add to the antioxidizing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effects of this eye cream.

Most ingredients here are safe, though concerns may arrive for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin with that amount of plant extracts added with some flagged comedogenic and irritating. Do remember to patch test before buying, especially if you have extremely sensitive eyes area.

In short, this eye cream is a nourishing, rich antioxidants and emollients packed eye care product that is designed for individuals starting to show first sign of aging or is troubled by dark eye circles. While I do not believe in any over-the-counter miraculous cure for fine lines or dark eye circles, I think this can nourish and moisturize the dry skin area around your eyes to prevent or mitigate further appearance of fine lines and sagging. The mica can also help to reflect light under your eyes to make your dark circles appear less intense.


I know some of you are like me, desperately trying to look for a hundred buck (~RM 100) solution thinking that you can solve all your lifestyle-related signs. Yes! Life-style related signs. After all, what shows up in your face, be it dark spots or acne, are exactly what's going on inside your body. So no matter how much eye cream you use or how hard you massage your eyes area, the annoying dark circles and fine lines will stay as long as your lifestyle remains. 

If you ask me has this Innisfree Whitening Pore Eye Cream done anything amazing for my eyes, I will tell you very honestly no. No. In fact, no eye cream has ever done wonder to my eyes, because I never persuade myself to sleep earlier, take less coffee or remember to moisturize the dry areas around my eyes adequately. I never change, so they don't either.

But, I wouldn't say that this Innisfree eye cream is obsolete. It does smooth and soothe the dryness and tiredness around my eyes, but other than that, I don't see much whitening, dark spots reducing, dark circles fading and fine lines reducing from it. Maybe the mica might reflect some lights to convince myself that my dark circles are less obvious but whenever I wash my face the two scary bruises are still there. My fine lines also stick around stubbornly. Another thing that sets me down is its texture that turns really greasy on your thin eye areas that would take some time to absorb. It causes me some milias, but not a lot.

In conclusion, this is a decent nourishing-and-firming eye care products without any impressive performance on dark circles improving despite its whitening claim. Honestly, if you don't have sensitive eyes area, maybe just your light facial cream will do the soothing and moisturizing job really well. And if you are looking for something that will somehow reduce your fine lines, I would seriously recommend something else. This particular Innisfree one is, in my opinion, slightly above its deserving price (RM 115) (i.e. expensive) and I will not repurchase any after finished it. It doesn't cause me major problems, but it doesn't bring me any impressive benefits either.

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★☆
texture: ★☆
ingredients: ★★★☆
efficacy: ★★☆
overall impression: ★★ (doesn't live up to my expectation)

You can get this from: Innisfree Malaysia | Koreadepart | Testerkorea
[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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