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17 February, 2014

Second Chances: Innisfree Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack Review

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Here's a fun little tidbit of Hello Pretty Bird history for you: The most-viewed post on this site to date is a crappy review I did of an Innisfree Green Tea Pure skincare sampler set that I wrote in August, all the way back when this blog wasn't even called Hello Pretty Bird (link here if you're curious). At the time I wasn't especially enamored with the Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack sample that came with the set, but since then I've had a few people comment and reach out to me via Twitter saying that they absolutely LOVE it, which made me wonder if maybe I hadn't given it a fair shake. What to do, what to do? Well, why not get a full-sized tub of the stuff and give it a more thorough try?

Innisfree Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack

First, a little background for those of you not acquainted with this product: Innisfree is an inexpensive cosmetics brand from Korea with an eco-friendly vibe. At present there are no standalone Innisfree shops in the United States, but their products are quite easy to source through resellers. The regular retail price for this product would be about ₩13000 (roughly US $12) for an 80mL container, but folks in the US can find it online for around $15-$20 (including shipping!) Not too terrible.

For those unfamiliar with sleeping packs/masks, they're basically just thick moisturizers that one wears over some or all of their other nighttime moisturizers. They help provide extra moisture to the skin and sometimes other benefits. Useful in the winter, eh?

Product ingredients:

Innisfree Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack ingredients

If you can't read the words under the date stamp, sorry. I'm having a hard time reading them too. By the way, if you buy a Korean skincare product and it's dated sometime in 2013 don't freak out - that's the manufacture date, not the expiration date. This particular product is good for 30 months after manufacture and/or 12 months after opening.

Product description from the package:
"Enriched with Green Tea and Green complex from pure Jeju Island, Green Tea Pure revives dry, stressed skin by providing abundant moisture. With its eco-friendly Jeju green tea moisture and vitamin particles, this sleeping pack creates a dewy and translucent complexion and it quenches your thirsty skin during your sleep."

Well, that's terribly unspecific. Jeju Island is a place in Korea by the way, in case you were curious. From what I've been able to gather from reading stuff online and my own personal experiences, this particular range is probably most suitable for folks with oily or combination skin. The various Green Tea Pure components I've used have been very light, and this product is also lighter and more gel-like than some of the other sleeping packs I've tried.

Innisfree Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack texture

I'm not sure how well you can see this, but there are tons of tiny white dots suspended in the sleeping pack. These are not bubbles or microbeads, but tiny capsules of... something. I think they might be Vitamin E, but don't quote me on that. In any case, they're moisturizing and they dissolve when you rub the cream into your skin.

So now that we're past all the basic facts, I guess you might be wondering if I liked it better than the first time I tried it? Well yeah, yeah I do. But after using it a number of times I think it may be too light for my skin type. It's definitely moisturizing and I feel like my skin looked "brighter" after regular use, but I also feel like it absorbs before I even fall asleep, which is too soon for my tastes. I want a sleeping pack that will sit on top of my skin a bit longer during the night, because I feel think helps trap in the moisture from the other serums and creams I so desperately need on my poor, dried-out husk of a face.

With that said, this sleeping pack might be the ideal choice for someone with oily skin or combination skin, because the kind of sleeping packs I favor might be too heavy for those folks and cause them to break out. (Different people's skin is... different.)

One final thing to keep in mind: The whole Green Tea Pure skincare line is heavily fragranced. It's a nice fragrance (green tea mixed with a bit of something fruity), but if strong scents make you sneeze then you probably don't want this sitting on your face all night.

Bottom line: Innisfree Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack is a decent option for folks with oily or combination skin. People who experience extremely dry skin may find this too light for their tastes. Steer clear if you're sensitive to fragrance.

Where to buy: I got mine from cosmetic-love on Amazon (whom I would consider to be a reputable reseller) They also have a shop on eBay, with the green tea pack available here. This product is available from most Korean resellers though, so I recommend doing a bit of price comparison. Just make sure to do your research and read seller feedback carefully before ordering!

What do you think of Innisfree Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack? Do you have any favorite night creams or sleeping masks?

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  1. I have never tried any sleeping masks. I am a side sleeper so I have always been afraid that it would all rub off on my pillow. Thanks for the head up on the strong scent, I am one of those that sneezes at strong scents. Darn my luck......LOL!

  2. I've never tried anything from Innisfree's Green Tea line before, this ones looks nice. I'm not really a fan of strong scents though so maybe I'll just buy the sample size of it first. ^^;

    I'm currently using the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack and I have to say that I really love it. It smells amazing and does its job- whenever my skin gets dry from stress I use it and the next day my skin feels normal again.

  3. I was actually thinking about purchasing the cream a little while ago, but decided it wouldn't be hydrating enough for me in the winter, so I'm glad I held off on it. I think I'd consider it for the summer though, based on your review and what I've read so far. Thanks for sharing!
    Oh, and Cosmetic Love has their own store site, too:

  4. I am on the hunt for a thick, moisture rich sleeping pack for my normal/dry skin - fragrance is not a problem. Do you have any suggestions, or places I should start looking? Thanks!

  5. Nice review. Green tea products are great for oily to normal skin which is why i always avoid it as I ahve dry skin, but my husband have oily skin,so we always need to buy combo..I guess he would love this cream.
    thanks for the share ♥

  6. If you're iffy on strong scents I would definitely recommend getting a sample first. It does smell really nice, but I can see it giving some people the sneezes. I think I saw some sample packets for cheap on RoseRoseShop a while ago...

  7. Haha, well, I have a feeling that I end up rubbing some of it into my pillow too. But this is definitely not the cream for you if you perfumey skincare makes you sneeze.

  8. I think you're right, I'll probably end up reaching for it more in the summer! I tried a sample of the cream and I like it, but it's definitely not moisturizing enough for winter (on my skin, anyway). For oilier skin or summertime use it might be worth a shot though.

  9. I like TonyMoly Intense Care sleeping pack a lot, which I reviewed here:

    Also, Laneige Water Bank sleeping pack is nice and seems to be sort of a cult favorite. It's more expensive than TonyMoly, but Target recently started selling Laneige so it's easier to get ahold of. I'm *think* this is the same thing rebranded with a slightly different name for Target:

  10. I love the way green tea products smell, I wish they were just a bit richer because my skin gets drier as I get older! Oh well. Your husband probably would like it. :)

  11. Awesome! Thank you very much, I will check them both out.

  12. I heard they're vitamin E capsules, not sure if I believe it but I'll take it. :) I'm really surprised at this product because despite the super heavy fragrance I really do like it! My boyfriend calls this one "my favorite one" haha. Glad you gave it another chance =)

  13. Ha! I love how you started this post. Nice review. Thank you :-)

  14. I'm guessing they're Vitamin E because of the whole "vitamin particles" thing in the description, plus E is on the ingredients list. But truthfully, it's probably Vitamin E mixed with a bunch of other stuff to keep it suspended. But whatever! As long as you like it it doesn't matter what kind of "vitamin particles" they really are. :P

  15. Hmm I have never used a sleeping mask before. I usually just use my moisturizer. I would love to try this!

  16. Great review as always :) I also wasn't sure what the speckles were (my guess was the 'green tea complex') but Vitamin E sounds good too hehe. And I love your pictures! We are totes *nsync ;)

  17. Thanks! I guess it could be the "green tea complex". Whatever that actually is. :P Either way, they break apart when I rub them so I'm not too worried about it!

  18. Sleeping masks in general are definitely worth a try! I use them a lot during winter because the radiators really dry my skin out. I posted about this yesterday, but Target just started carrying Laneige (another Korean brand) and they have a sleeping mask that's quite popular.

  19. I will have to check out the one at Target. Thanks!

  20. Lol oh gosh I have no idea. Just a random stab in the dark! But yes I think it's legit... after all, it looks pretty, smells nice and feels great, so I take it as a win! :)

  21. hi!

    almost everybody is happy with Laneige sleeping pack.but this product has colourants like Blue 1, Yellow 5..I read somewhere they are substances that should be avoided in cosmetics.

  22. I was skeptical of this product, as my penpal sent me a sample packet of it in the mail as a gift, and after trying it and not exactly feeling refreshed, I set out to see how it was treating other people. I may consider a more prolonged use and see how that ends up. Thanks for the insightful review, it's been helpful.

  23. Glad it was helpful! I'd say give it a few tries if you can. It took me a few times but now I like it a lot. :)

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  25. I have gotten a free sample of this and loved it! Having sensitive skin that gets really oily due to hot and humid weather (w/o enough hydration), I have found my aqua cream to be inadequate for keeping oil at bay when I sleep. Thesample II'vetried was light enough to not cause a breakout and yet keeps my skin hydrated such that it is for once clean of oil in the morning!


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