22 Jul 2017

A Failed Dupe for Primera Mild Peeling Gel - Review: Innisfree Oat Mild Moisture Peeling Gel

I screamed in joy when I first opened and used this Moisture Peeling Gel from Innisfree because I thought "wow! I've found the cheaper alternative for my beloved Primera Mild Peeling Gel!". But this excitement only lasts for a couple of days because my impression towards this Innisfree Oat Moisture Peeling Gel worsens as I use it, where I have to declare finally that this is a failed dupe for Primera Mild Peeling Gel! Read on to find out why below!

Innisfree Oat Moisture Peeling Gel is a product under the brand's superfood line, which kinda resembles the concept and packaging of Muji skincare, so you get this plain white tube worth of peeling gel by paying only RM 25-35. It has 100ml of product inside, which is 50ml less than Primera Mild Peeling Gel.

The Peeling Gel has a clear, viscous, gel-like consistency that is meant to slough off dead skin cells while you are massaging it across your skin. The problem lies within the texture! The Innisfree peeling gel can never seem to form an uniform layer on your skin when you try to massage it on your face. It will always stick together, like gum paste or something, so you can never let it to work through your skin evenly without using an excessive amount of product. It is totally different from Primera which will break down into even gommage jelly on your skin that can reach even the deepest corner of your face!


Water, Glycereth-26, Steartrimonium Methosulfate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Carbomer


First 4 ingredients of both products are the same (Innisfree uses glycereth-26 whereas Primera uses glycerin), the rest are different. Innisfree actually contains more alcohol in its peeling gel, although it doesn't smell anything like alcohol at all. It also has carbomer, which is a viscosity-controller to achieve its texture, an ingredient that is not present in Primera.

In short, the skeleton should be more or less the same, only the fillings are different. Innisfree uses mainly orange peel oil (fragrance), chia seed extract (which can absorb 9 times its weight in water, moisturizing), centella asiatica (soothing, wound-healing), houttuynia cordata (anti-microbial), geranium oil (fragrance, anti-bacterial), cacao (blood circulation stimulating), oat kernel (moisturizing, soothing), and so on. Much less impressive I would say than Primera that uses a lot of sprout extracts and botanical ingredients.


In order to get it to work, I either need a lot of product, 2-3 times more than Primera's equivalence, or simply don't feel a thing during and after the exfoliating process. And since the gel sticks all together I cannot seem to get it through the corners around my nose, making it difficult to make a proper exfoliating and deep-cleansing. In short, except for the scent, nothing in here resembles the efficacy of Primera.


I am made to understand the true meaning behind "you get what you are paying for". For Innisfree, RM 30 / 100ml worth of peeling gel sounds like a great deal vs. RM 110 / 150ml for Primera. However, if you take into account $ / ml, then it would have to be RM 45 / 100ml. Considering the fact that you need 2-3 times more product than Primera per use, then it is already RM 45 X 3 = RM 135. Totally not worth it! Primera also has better texture, works better and is less abrasive on the skin. Yeah, Innisfree Oat Moisture Peeling Gel fails me this time.

- nice packaging that resembles Muji's style (I like Muji!)
- cheap

- impractical texture
- ineffective

Overall impression: ★
Repurchasing: ☆
You can get this from: Hermo Malaysia | Memebox | Koreadepart
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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