I love wearing tone-up creams as it instantly brightens up my complexion and coupled with hydrating sunscreen and my favourite sebum-controlling powder for my T-zone, my base makeup is basically done. While I have encountered numbers of tone-up creams for the past 10 years since I’ve started using K-beauty brands, the most concerning feature of this product is how it can cause dryness after prolonged use; at least according to my own personal experiences.
Another issue with using tone-up creams is the intensity of the white cast it provides especially with my medium skin tone, some products can be too opaque and hard to blend even with the use of beauty tools like sponge or brushes which resulted unnatural overall look.
So what I’m looking for in a tone-up cream would be a subtle toned up look, comfortable finish and works well under my sunscreen application and this Jeju Cherry Blossom Tone-Up Cream from Amorepacific’s brand Innisfree might be just the one that I need.
What’s good about this moisturiser?
Basically, it’s pigmented cream thanks to Titanium Dioxide contained in the product; ingredient that you see mostly in physical sunscreens but it’s without UV filters so there’s still the need to apply sunscreen on top of it.
Contains Jeju cherry extract to help brighten up the skin with Betaine as the hydrating agent in the product, do expect this cream offers a hydration supposedly suffice for your skin.
How to use?
Cleanse, tone and use your treatment essence, serum or ampoule then apply this tone-up cream prior your sunscreen or SPF-powered base makeup.Start with small amount and adjust accordingly. Depending on your skin type, you can mix with a regular moisturiser if it’s still not hydrating enough for your skin type or concerns.
Capacity: 50ml – About 2 to 3 months of daily use depending on your usage but I actually finished this in 6 months as I’ve been alternating this with my other tone-up creams.
Water / Aqua / Eau, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Polysorbate 80, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Diisostearyl Malate, Trisiloxane, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Fragrance / Parfum, Polyacrylate-13, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Edta, Polysorbate 60, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Silica, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil
The product comes in a pretty, minimally designed pink and white box with English product description printed on one of the sides with full ingredients list for your reference.
Period After Opening (PAO) is 12 months like most regular Korean moisturisers so just make sure to keep away from light and heat.
As you can see in the above photos, the product comes in that pretty light pink tub coupled with light grey lid with the brand logo debossed on it. At the back of the tub, there’s the product description although in Korean but not to worry as you can get further information on Hermo or the brand’s website.
The tub was sealed with plastic material and there’s no separate inner lid so make sure to twist the outer lid tightly while on travel.
There’s the Expiration Date embossed at the bottom of the tub in the EXPYYYYMMDD (Year-Month-Date) format so definitely write down the opened date for this product on your skincare journal; I’m assuming you have one like myself or simply just write on the product for quick reference.
Of course, the cream is in the light pink colour, lightweight cream and goes on nice and even once spread over the facial area. The cream leaves a slightly matte finish and still comfortable even on my dehydrated skin.
As you can see, the tone-up effect is rather subtle and looks natural to my preference and I would apply a simple colourless sunscreen for UV protection on top of it to maintain my overall complexion. To avoid my oily T-zone turning greasy midday, I usually apply loose powder for a velvety finish.
There is a subtle, kind of fresh floral scent to the cream but it doesn’t linger.
Overall, I give this cream 4/5. I do loved it throughout the time I was using it for my daily skincare routine. It doesn’t make my skin feeling dry at any point of the day unlike most tone-up creams I’ve tried from other brands and the texture is just nice and smooth; very easy to blend along my facial area which is totally my ideal product. Also, I love the floral scent very much!
When it comes to the brightening effect however, I haven’t really seen any difference even after finishing the whole tub but I’m the type of skincare enthusiast that rely on concentrated essences, serums or ampoules for a much apparent result anyway so I’m just glad that it does the job well and doesn’t irritate my sensitised facial area.
While my first purchase of this tone-up cream was on its own, I’ve decided to get another and this time in a box set that comes with a mini toner and lotion. I actually loved using the lotion underneath the tone-up cream as it provides extra hydration which I appreciate a lot as my skin is feeling a little bit dehydrated these days.
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