Skincare

Innisfree Skin Solution masks x6: mini reviews and top picks

July 16, 2015
Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)
Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)

Back when I made my first order from Innisfree, I grabbed a buy-5-get-5-free deal on their Skin Solution line of sheet masks. I tried 6 different kinds, which is the majority of what they offer, and tried to pick them out based on skin concern and ingredients. I’ve tried the Pore, Trouble Care, Moisturizing, Hydrating, Whitening and Total Care, and I’ll be touching on each of them and picking out my favorites.

Just so you know, Innisfree offers a handful of different sheet mask lines, including the Skin Solution, It’s Real Squeeze, Second Skin, hydro gels, ampoule/sheet mask sets, and smaller masks for concerns like acne spots and pores around the nose. I’ve tried a couple from the extensive It’s Real Squeeze line, which I wrote about here, and this more recent order was my first chance to try the Skin Solution masks. They’re regularly priced at $1.50 per mask, which is on the affordable side of things (the It’s Real masks are just a bit cheaper at $1.20).

The Skin Solution masks come with organic, unbleached cotton sheets, and there’s always plenty of essence in the packet. I hate to throw it away, so I have applied it to my face with my hands for a few days after using and tossing the mask itself, or I’ve simply folded up the mask after using it once and used it a second time the following night. The amount of essence in there works out really well for two mask applications. By using it up over two uses, I can also guarantee that the packet doesn’t sit open for more than 24 hours.

All of the masks include a little bit of fragrance, but it’s very light and more often than not I simply don’t notice it.

Innisfree Skin Solution Pore Mask
Innisfree Skin Solution Pore Mask

Innisfree Skin Solution Pore Mask ($1.50)  * top pick

The Pore mask is advertised to tighten pores with tannic acid. It also includes hyaluronic acid to moisturize, panthenol to improve skin’s barrier function, and Innisfree’s “green complex” of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camelia leaves and orchid to condition the skin. I found it to have a subtle but fresh scent – eucalyptus, maybe? I’m struggling with hormonal acne, and this mask actually seemed to minimize and calm the breakouts that I had going on at the moment. It dries down relatively quickly once I remove the sheet and did seem to make my skin look calmer and happier, so it’s definitely one I’d buy again in the future.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tannic Acid, Tangerine Peel Extract, The green Tea Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Lavender Oil

Innisfree Skin Solution Trouble Care Mask
Innisfree Skin Solution Trouble Care Mask

Innisfree Skin Solution Trouble Care Mask ($1.50)

While I wasn’t initially sure what the Pore mask would do for me, I did think I’d get good use from the Trouble Care masks, which specifically target breakouts and redness. The special ingredient here is propolis, which has antiseptic properties and is a good source of antioxidants. Hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and “green complex” are also in here. These were nice, but I was surprised to find I enjoyed the Pore mask a lot more. I just didn’t see this do much for my acne. The fragrance is honey-like.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglutamic Acid, Propolis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, The green Tea Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Innisfree Skin Solution Moisturizing Mask
Innisfree Skin Solution Moisturizing Mask

Innisfree Skin Solution Moisturizing Mask ($1.50)  * top pick 

The next two, the Moisturizing and Hydrating formulas, were difficult to differentiate just based on the website descriptions. The special ingredient in the Moisturizing mask is a ceramide, though it sits pretty low on the ingredients list so I wonder if that is what’s really doing the heavy lifting. While the other masks in this line have a clear essence, this one is milky white. It feels substantial to the touch and does remain a little sticky on the skin once the sheet is removed, though it does eventually fully sink in. I’m not totally sure what makes this one special just by looking at the ingredients (though the list seems to be more complicated than a lot of the others), but I liked it a lot and found it made my skin feel great.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycereth-26, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, C14-22 Alcohol, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Tangerine Peel Extract, The green Tea Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Ceramide 3, Camellia Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Fragrance

Innisfree Skin Solution Hydrating Mask
Innisfree Skin Solution Hydrating Mask

Innisfree Skin Solution Hydrating Mask ($1.50)

The Hydrating mask advertises the inclusion of hyaluronic acid, although this by no means the only mask that has it – I think they all do. And truth be told, this one didn’t do anything special for me. It helped soothe redness a bit, and did have a cooling effect. I liked it, but in the future I’ll opt for the Moisturizing formula instead. Interestingly, the ingredients list for this one is a lot more simple, and the essence also feels more lightweight on the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, The green Tea Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Innisfree Skin Solution Whitening Mask
Innisfree Skin Solution Whitening Mask

Innisfree Skin Solution Whitening Mask ($1.50)  * top pick 

“Whitening” isn’t a buzzword that’s very popular in Western skincare, but I just wanted to point out that this mask doesn’t seem to be for lightening the overall skin tone. Rather, it features niacinamide, which helps lighten dark spots and redness from acne, and will generally help skin appear brighter and more even. It also enhances skin’s elasticity, texture, and barrier function. This is a slightly heavier feeling formula that takes some time to sink into skin, and it did feel quite calming and hydrating. The subtle scent is slightly sweet, and reminded me of nectar. This one is another favorite of mine.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Tangerine Peel Extract, The green Tea Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Innisfree Skin Solution Total Care Mask
Innisfree Skin Solution Total Care Mask

Innisfree Skin Solution Total Care Mask ($1.50)

In trying a new line of masks, reaching for the “total care” option seemed like an easy way to go. This one includes a lot of the same good stuff that’s in some of the other masks: niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, the “green complex,” and panthenol. It is indeed a nice mask and I’d say it’s hydrating, calming, and has a thicker essence that takes a little time to fully sink in. The subtle scent is fresh and pleasant. For whatever reason, though, I actually preferred some of the other more targeted masks and would go for those over the Total Care in the future.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, The green Tea Extract(Catechin 0.01ppm), Prickly Pear Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

 

Top Picks: 

My favorites of the bunch were the Pore, Moisturizing, and Whitening masks. I wouldn’t have been able to predict that these would be the standouts for me!

There are still two Skin Solutions that I haven’t tried yet: Lifting and Wrinkle Care. I’ll check those out in the future.

 

Innisfree has a great global site, and I’ve been enjoying quite a few of their products. Are you a sheet mask lover, and have you tried any of these before? What are your favorite masks? I’d love to hear!

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