8 Jun 2017

Review: Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack in Kiwi, Rice, Aronia, and Bamboo

Innisfree renewed its capsule recipe packs recently to remove some unpopular flavours and add some new ones. It also redesigns its packaging so that it is sealable now. You can now keep it for a few months instead of 2-3 weeks like it was before. The new design also allows the mask to be kept fresh and uncontaminated as it is not exposed to an open air.

There are twelve lavours in total, namely bija & aloe, aronia, bija & tea tree, volcano, rice, pomegranate, red kiwi, canola, green tea, bamboo, aloe and seaweed. Among them, aronia, red kiwi, and bamboo are new flavours. Junkee like myself is pampered with choices. After going through the flavours and their respective functions, I finally settle down with aronia, red kiwi, rice and bamboo. I also bought the limited edition 100ml of the bija & tea tree for my boy friend but I don't want to open it yet before I finish using my other clay mask.

Let's look at them separately:

Innisfree Bamboo Capsule Recipe Pack
(Sleeping Mask)

This is a sleeping mask made of bamboo to soothe and hydrate the skin. The texture is really soft and moist in the form of soft gel. It gets absorbed easily into the skin with simple massaging. Since it is a sleeping mask, you can leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning. Alternatively, you can also apply it as a normal cooling mask and then rinse it off after 10-15 minutes for a baby soft skin. 

(CosDNA Analysis)

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panthenol, Dipropylene Glycol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fructooligosaccharides, Tetrasodium Edta, Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Caramel, Propylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Ceramide Np, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 42090


I wouldn't say that this has done an amazing job hydrating or soothing my skin, but I must say that it is much better than most soothing gel I have tried out there. It is many times more hydrating than Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, The Face Shop Bamboo Soothing Gel and also Mamonde Rose Soothing Gel. Innisfree has a bigger version of bamboo gel so I think this is a smaller version of that one. I think if you are looking for a high quality, low-irritation, and hydrating soothing gel, Innisfree bamboo is a good choice for you.

Ingredients-wise, we have algae, green tea, cactus, centella asiatica, bamboo, and panthenol, all of which are known for its skin moisturizing and soothing properties. Actually there is nothing really to talk about here, because Innisfree shares more or less the same set of ingredients (and of course technology). There isn't any harmful ingredients, alcohol or mineral oil that many people are concerned about, so I think the formulation as a whole looks really promising.

Innisfree Aronia Capsule Recipe Pack

This is a sleeping mask that is made of aronia to soften, hydrate and nourish the skin. This is slightly more nourishing and "gellish" than the bamboo flavour, but not as hydrating and as softening. The interesting thing about this mask is that despite calling itself "nourishing", this mask has a gel-like consistency and feels really lightweight on the skin.

(CosDNA Analysis)

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Methylpropanediol, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Glycereth-26, Peg/Ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Peg/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Carbomer, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Aronia Arbutifolia Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Peat Water, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Fructooligosaccharides, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Trisodium Edta, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, BHT, Ceramide Np, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate


Can you see the similarities between the ingredients list of the bamboo and aronia? Except that this doesn't contain bamboo, but aronia. BHT, a controversial preservative is also added here. I won't say that the ingredients are not good, but they symbolize their prices (RM 10 / 10ml) so don't expect miraculous results and amazing ingredients.

In term of performance, I don't enjoy using this as much as the bamboo one. I find the bamboo pack doing a good job soothing and hydrating my skin whereas aronia gives less impacts. My skin feels a bit tacky but not really moisturized, refreshed or plump after using it. I think dry skin will like this more, but not so much for normal or oily skin.

Innisfree Red Kiwi Capsule Recipe Pack

This is a creamy scrub mask that combines the moisturizing benefit of a nourishing mask and the exfoliating benefit of kiwi seed to revitalize and soften the skin. Since it is very nourishing and rich, you are meant to wash it off after leaving it on for 15-20 minutes.

(CosDNA Analysis)

Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed, Alumina, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceteareth-25, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Sorbitan Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fructooligosaccharides, Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Laureth-7, Caramel, Propylene Glycol, Ceramide Np, Acacia Senegal Gum, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 17200


This scrub mask is quite hard to judge. Personally, it is not my favourite, but I can see why some people might like it. It contains shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil and many more skin nourishing and repairing ingredients. These are the things that will plump up your skin, making it radiant and moisturized. I don't think this is as exfoliating as it claims, even though the kiwi extract inside is a natural skin brightening ingredient. Nothing in here can really brighten up and rejuvenate the skin. Maybe the vitamin C components but those are pretty insignificant. And I don't think you should count on the kiwi seed to do the exfoliating job.

Performance-wise, I don't see any brightening benefit after using, but my skin does appear more radiant due to the use of nourishing ingredients. The result will go away when my skin gets dry or less nourished over time. The consistency is also not one of my favourites so I don't think I will repurchase after I finish this.

Innisfree Rice Capsule Recipe Pack

This is a sleeping mask made of rice extract to revitalize and brighten up the skin. It is a moist paste that looks like cooked sticky rice cake. Not easily absorbed by the skin so it will suit normal to dry skin better.

(CosDNA Analysis)

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Cetearyl Alcohol, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fructooligosaccharides, Disodium Edta, Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide Np, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol


My favourite out of all of these. This mask looks and feels like sticky rice cake or DIY rice mask, and it really does a good job brightening up and moisturizing the skin. My skin looks dewy, radiant and plump the next day, as if I have pumped a lot of moisture into it. I think this is helpful at winter night, where you can achieve a really bright and chok-chok skin the next morning with its unique moisture-locking consistency. Alternatively, you can use this as a wash-off mask if you have oilier skin type and doesn't like its stickiness.

I like the scent and performance of this better than Cosrx Rice Sleeping Mask, but I think Cosrx has lighter and better consistency that is suitable for all skin types.


I think these Innisfree capsule recipe packs are really cute, convenient, and skin-tertaining little things. They are perfect as gifts or for skincare beginner. In fact, one of the earliest things I bought when venturing into K-beauty was these Innisfree capsule recipes.

However, if you are talking about serious skincare benefits, then these may not meet your expectations. I think individuals above 25s, or have massive experience with skincare products, or have more problematic skin might not want to waste their time and money on these, unless if you just buy them out of curiosity or to desire to collect. I don't even think they can replace my normal sheet mask in term of skincare benefits. The rice is a good one, but the rest are quite "meh". You can of course buy them if you wanna try out different mask flavours, or use a mini first before venturing into their full size products, like the volcano mask, bamboo mask, green tea mask and so on.

Won't say that I am disappointed, but was not impressed.

older version of the Innisfree Capsule Recipe Packs

- cute, convenient and practical packaging
- great variety
- affordable prices
- perfect as gifts

- results are not impressive
- may not suit all skin types

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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