Battle of the Mineral Powders: Innisfree vs Cosrx

With the array of powders available in today’s market, we’re all pretty much spoiled for choice. But as a brand focused on skincare, it’s always intresting to see Cosrx release makeup products – one in particular holding similarities to one of K-Beauty’s cult products: the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder.

So, in true beauty enthusiast spirit, let’s see how they compare, shall we?

Product Description / Ingredients:

A replacement for oil control paper that leaves the skin soft and matte. The double sebum-control system controls the secretion of sebum to keep skin soft and fresh all day long.  Jeju minerals and mint ingredient control skin oil and moisture to keep it healthy.

Can be used as a finishing base powder, makeup fixer for touch-ups, eye primer and as a dry shampoo.

Silica, Corn Starch Modified, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Methicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone, Mineral Salts, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance/Parfum.

Controls excess oil secretion without drying out the skin. The super fine mineral powder adheres to skin lightly just like air and leaves a smooth finish. Contains Centella Asiatica & Rosehip Extract for a mild formula that allows even sensitive and dry skin to use safely.

Can be used as a makeup fixer (finishing powder or eye/lip primer), dry shampoo and deodorant.

Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Corn Starch Modified, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol.

Similarities:

  • Both housed in a small, compact, travel-friendly jar with a sifter and powder puff.
  • Both contain 5g of product.
  • Both powder puffs are of good quality and can be washed to be reused multiple times.
  • Both use silica and corn starch as its base.
  • Both contain mint extract (Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract) for a refreshing finish.
  • Both work well to mattify the skin and set base makeup.

Differences:

INNISFREE NO-SEBUM Mineral Powder COSRX pERFECT sebum Centella Mineral Powder
Includes fragrance, but scent is quite mild. Omits fragrance, but does have a mild "powder" scent.
Contains green tea extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract). Contains rosehip (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract) and centella extract (Centella Asiatica Extract).
Can cause whitecast effect if applied excessively. No whitecast effect, even if heavy-handed.
Mattifies oily skin instantly, but so-so for pore coverage/blurring out appearance of pores. Does mattify skin, but leaves a soft focus finish instead of "flat-matte". Blurs and diminishes appearance of pores well.
Decent longevity/wear-time, but not exceptional. Might fare longer or even for most of the day in drier climates. Wear-time could be better. Retouch needed within a few hours in Malaysia's humidity, but does fare better in drier/colder climates.
Works great as dry shampoo; absorbs excess scalp oil well with no itchiness. Not great as dry shampoo; absorbs excess scalp oil decently, but can cause itchiness.

So... Who Wins?

If I had to choose just one for my often sensitive and combination-dry skin, I’d definitely go for the Cosrx. Why? Well, considering my skin’s prone to itchiness and irritation, I’ve found that the inclusion of centella and rosehip extracts do indeed help to soothe my skin. Also, I personally enjoy the instant soft focus blurring effect this powder has and how it never leaves a whitecast on my medium skin tone.

However, if your skin is super oily, I’d recommend the Innisfree powder instead as it does have a longer wear-time. At market price, it’s also the cheaper option, though both don’t have a large price difference if you’re purchasing from HERMO!

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