Skincare

Innisfree “It’s Real Squeeze” masks: Green Tea and Kiwi

November 20, 2014
Innisfree "It's Real Squeeze" mask in Green Tea
Innisfree “It’s Real Squeeze” mask in Green Tea

I stopped in an Innisfree store when I was in Asia, and walked away with a few small items including these two “It’s Real Squeeze” sheet masks in Green Tea and Kiwi. I used both of them in the last couple of weeks and wanted to share my thoughts. I didn’t know much about these when I bought them as I can’t read Korean or Mandarin (as I was in Taiwan at the time), so I was flying blind but was definitely excited about diving into Asian sheet masks, which I purchased for the first time while on that trip.

Now that I’m at home on my computer, I can see that the Green Tea version is intended to be soothing and moisturizing, which is pretty much what I had guessed while examining it in the store among the many other options that Innisfree offers. They have an impressive wall of masks in the store that were pretty mysterious to me thanks to the language barrier and I guess I was attracted to a key ingredient that felt like a safe bet.

I LOVED this mask. It was a very saturated cloth with a clear essence, and didn’t smell like much. It was moisturizing, and it did a stellar job at toning down the redness in my skin. Once I removed the mask, the essence didn’t feel too heavy on my skin and I just massaged it in and let it sit for a bit before applying a few more skincare items and going to bed. It seemed to stay a bit sticky so I just layered a bit of an ampoule and eye cream on top and patted on a little night cream. I really enjoyed how this made my skin feel both during the night I used it and the next day, and would love to repurchase it in the future.

Innisfree "It's Real Squeeze" mask in Green Tea (click to enlarge)
Innisfree “It’s Real Squeeze” mask in Green Tea (click to enlarge)

Thankfully, they do have the ingredients and basic instructions printed in English at the bottom of the package.

Online, I’ve found that if I want to buy the mask again I can find it at Innisfree’s global site ($1.20 for one mask), BeautyNetKorea ($4.73 for 3 masks), or KoreaDepart ($5.55 for 5 masks).

I believe I paid the equivalent of about $1 per mask in Taiwan, so I’m happy to see they’re available for a similar price now that I’m in the US, though it’d certainly be nice if we had physical Innisfree stores.

Innisfree "It's Real Squeeze" mask in Kiwi
Innisfree “It’s Real Squeeze” mask in Kiwi

The second one I picked up was the Kiwi mask, and the brief line on the package says that it’s refreshing and keeps skin smooth and clear. This one is very saturated in a white, milky fluid, and it has a light, fresh scent. It might smell like kiwi, though I wasn’t totally confident in ability to identify the scent. It gave my skin a sensation of warmth, but not in a bad, burning sort of way. It was comfortable to wear. I have to say I’m not as enthusiastic about this one compared to the green tea mask, as it felt more sticky and I didn’t really see any results in my skin. I didn’t even find it to be particularly hydrating. I followed it up with some basic (but not too heavy) skincare products, and my face continued to feel sticky the next morning.

Innisfree "It's Real Squeeze" mask in Kiwi (click to enlarge)
Innisfree “It’s Real Squeeze” mask in Kiwi (click to enlarge)

I’d be interested in trying out other masks from Innisfree’s extensive line, but I wouldn’t retry Kiwi. This one’s available from the same sources as the Green Tea mask, which includes Innisfree’s global site ($1.20 for one mask), BeautyNetKorea ($4.73 for 3 masks), or KoreaDepart ($5.55 for 5 masks).

Innisfree Volcanic Ash Mask
Innisfree Volcanic Ash Mask

I covered this one in a recent empties post, but I also thought I’d mention the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, as it’s a free sample I received from Innisfree during that same shopping trip. I got one use out of the packet and I really enjoyed it. I usually find clay masks to be fine for my nose but generally too drying for the rest of my face, but this one felt both effective yet gentle. I also really liked the slight cooling sensation it gave. Innisfree sells this in different sizes for different prices, but the big 200 ml pot costs $25 at Innisfree’s global site so it won’t break the bank. I might consider getting this one during the summer months.

 

Have you ever tried Innisfree’s products before? What are your favorite masks? I’d love to hear!

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