Innisfree is slowly renewing all of its superfood lines. I thought at first they were literally renewing (like, updating the products) but let me tell you beforehand when it comes to the Blueberry line nothing changed except for the design! I have two products from this line so I decided to check the ingredients, and at first in this cleanser the new version’s website ingredients were different!
So after a long messy week I came to know the ingredients on the website were for a future (unreleased) big version of this product. And no, the big version isn’t different, but since it’s big it has “more” blueberry and glycerin and etc, because they are measured by physical amount and not percentage.
With that out of the way, when I first started using this cleanser (actually even when I bought it) I was expecting it to be like a less good version of the Krave Matcha Hemp Hydrating cleanser. I expected it to be “just a foam” that stripped the moisture a little, but with a low pH would be less harmful for the skin. Well, I must say it did surprise me and it’s way better than I thought!
From the website:
+ Innisfree super food line formulated with superior natural ingredients of super food from Jeju to delivers remarkable value to the skin.
+ For easy and comfortable life, super food line avoids excessive packages and has the reasonable price.
+ Blueberry – PH balance & moisturizing care.
+ Blueberry rebalancing line is to help to make an proper pH balance of skin, which is pH 5.5. Helps to make a proper balance of oil and moisture.
+ Enriched foam cleanser, which helps to regain a proper pH balance of skin and blueberry is a powerful antioxidant.
+ Leaves soft and moisturized skin condition after cleansing the face.
Purified Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin (20,000 Mg), Diglycerin, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Blueberry Extract (500mg), Allantoin (100mg), Butylene Glycol, Orange Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Raspberry Ketone, Sodium Methylcocoyl Taurate, Benzyl Glycol, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Potassium Cocoate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Disodium Edetate, 1,2-hexanediol, Acrylate / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-67, Sodium Acetate
How to use:
1. Add sufficient product and water to your hand and make the bubbles before applying it to the skin and massaging gently.
2. Rinse with warm water. (I like to wet my face first too)
My Skin Type:
Combination (dry U oily T), sensitive, needs elasticity, hydration and moisture.
Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser Review:
The design is slightly different, but the information is exactly the same and by the same order, as you can see. The main design difference is the colors, they are softer and there is no more black. The new design is closer to the version previous to the previous version!
However, this time the sealing sticker has the information of the harvest they extracted the blueberries from! Which is… useless but interesting information. It also makes it easier to call back bad products, should they come, by saying the harvest date along with the remaining information.
It comes in a simple squeeze bottle, but because the foam is really dense it doesn’t get air inside after you squeeze it, so you don’t have to “ketchup bottle shake” the foam down the hole.
The cleanser comes in a “common” foam texture, but as soon as you start bubbling it you can feel that it is way gentler than other foams.
The bubbles are easy to make and a small amount of foam makes a huge amount of bubbles that don’t disappear just by scrubbing, so if you’re trying to decide between the Krave cleanser (gel), the Etude House Soon Jung cleanser (mousse on which the bubbles disappear easily) and this one, depending on your love for bubbles they are all very different.
I did save a little of the Krave cleanser for comparing these two. I must say that other than the visible differences (color, texture, bubbles) the only difference for sensitive skins is that the Krave cleanser actually moisturizes the skin, while this one “simply” doesn’t strip your natural moisture off.
I usually cleanse for only a few seconds, but to see how gentle and “un-stripping” this one is I used it a few times for close to a whole minute, always scrubbing, and it really doesn’t strip the moisture off (though it doesn’t add it either), and doesn’t attack any sensitiveness at all!
And the very first version of this cleanser had alcohol, but it has been since renewed at least 2 times and the 2 most recent versions do not have alcohol, so if you didn’t like the very first version these ones are different.
It has a smell, I’m not sure of what… but sort of like lavender? It’s gentle compared to most cosmetics, but for a cleanser I think it could be softer. It isn’t as strong as some other cleansers, so that’s good.
(both photos are after cleansing, you can see my skin is comfortable and not tense)
Because it is rebalancing, slowly all those gross gunk (aka sebum in the pores) on my skin have been emptying (on “dirtier” days the skin purges out tiny white heads that I can wipe off gently with a towel). It’s a very slow process of cleaning these pores without adding more pore focused products or more pore masks to my routines, but my skin has gotten visibly better.
I’m not doing any more clay masks or peel off masks than usual (around 3 times per week) and don’t have any other products focused on pores currently.
I think progress has slowed down in the past week (there’s only so much a cleanser can do), so I’ll now add something to my routine (like a gentle exfoliator or something).
My skin is less extreme in the dry – oily difference. It can be because I moved and this new city has new air, but since the temperatures and humidity are the same as in my previous city it’s more likely thanks to the skin care.
Before I give my recommendations let me tell you something:
Not all oily skins are truly oily. Sometimes the skin becomes oily because it needs a defense, and so the skin creates oil to make a physical barrier to protect it. Or sometimes it’s oily because it’s dehydrated, again to protect the skin it produces oil (since it cannot produce water).
Knowing that, if your skin is truly oily or combination (with an oily extreme) then I would recommend this cleanser. It doesn’t really clean the pores as a target (like the Innisfree Broccoli cleanser), but by balancing the skin it has a long term result of reducing sebum.
If your skin is dry I would recommend Krave Matcha Hemp Hydrating cleanser instead.
For any other situation I think both cleansers are at the same level and it comes down to your preference regarding moist skin from the go (Krave), or a blank canvas that is also not stripped off of your natural moistness and hydration (Innisfree Blueberry).
For me, I like this one more in the Summer and the Krave more in the Winter (dry season), and this one does feel a little cheaper (as in, less fancy) than the Krave cleanser. But it has the huge advantage that it is indeed very inexpensive! In the end I do like it, and is on my favorite cleansers list.