[REVIEW] Innisfree Derma Formula Micellar Cleansing Water Fresh

Innisfree Derma Formula Micellar Cleansing Water Fresh Review:

I have had the habit of double cleansing since years back, after I switched from a make-up removal cleanser to using micellar cleansing water. I started using micellar cleansing water because I like how gentle it is to the skin. However, it does not seem to address my other skincare needs for oily skin which is why I have a separate cleanser for this.
I was only aware of a particular brand of micellar water all these while and had been using it faithfully. It was only in the recent couple of years or so when I start to learn more keenly about Korean skincare that I realised their skincare regime recommends double cleansing.

So Koreans probably make pretty good micellar water, won’t they? And when I subsequently came across a Youtuber comparing the brand of micellar cleansing water I use against a Korean brand, with the latter containing less chemical ingredients, I made a mental note that I should try out one.

And came this day when I was browsing the shelves in Innisfree when I saw this micellar cleansing water that says “with hyaluronic acid” and “for oily & combination skin”. So although this is not the one that I saw recommended in the Youtube video I mentioned, I decided it may be worth a try based on its label. This derma line was released by Innisfree some time around the 4th quarter of 2017. It has another variant “Moist” that is meant for dry skin.


+ A slightly acidic micellar cleansing water that thoroughly removes skin impurities and makeup residues, leaving skin feeling refreshed without the tight feeling.

+ The low molecular hyaluronic acid fills the skin with moisture after cleansing.

+ It contains subacid ingredients that help balance the pH after cleansing and ensures a refreshing natural fragrance.


Water, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Orange Yu, Sodium Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Oryza Sativa, Lavandula Angustifolia, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate

Innisfree Derma Formula Micellar Cleansing Water Fresh Review

Volume: 250ml

How to use:

1. Take an appropriate amount on the cotton pad and gently wipe the entire face and point make-up along the skin. To remove point make-up, press gently for 10 seconds before wiping out.

2. It is a no-wash cleanser, but you can finish the routine with lukewarm water or mild second cleansing.

My skin type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging

Innisfree Derma Formula Micellar Cleansing Water Fresh Review:

The cleansing water comes in a no-frills brown translucent bottle. It does not come in a box. There is only a sticker over the cap which reads “Natural Benefits of JEJU”. I like its simplicity, somewhat like how a cosmeceutical brand would package its product.

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Innisfree Derma Formula Micellar Cleansing Water Fresh Review

The first thing I noticed on opening is the scent. It is strongly scented. It is a citrusy kind of smell. Nothing offensive where my sense of smell is concerned, but I would prefer if it is more subtle. So this is something to note for those who are adversed to fragrance in your skincare products. And it lingers on the face for some time after application, unless you do double cleanse and the latter cleanser should wash away the fragrance.

Innisfree Derma Formula Micellar Cleansing Water Fresh Review

It is watery, and I am not sure how to take a photo of it to show. I always use a cotton pad with the cleansing water. This is to make sure the make-up and any other dirt and grime come off my face thoroughly.

Although micellar cleanser is not meant for waterproof makeup, namely mascara, I have no issue this to do so. What I need to do is to press the cleanser-induced cotton pad on the lashes for say about 30 seconds or so and gently wipe off thereafter.

This Innisfree micellar water is able to do so, just as with the earlier brand I had used. So relative comparison-wise, nothing spectacular. But on its own, given it is not meant to remove waterproof makeup, it does score some points here.

Caution though, to not get the micellar water into your eyes. It happened to me twice, and stung my eyes. Nothing that cannot be resolved with rinsing it off with tap water, but it is not a nice experience.

The conclusion is that I like it. It is cheaper than the non-Korean cleansing water I was using and the moisturizing effect is apparent. It is a big bottle that can last a reasonable period. I like the after-feel, where the skin feels smooth and refreshed.

My skin does indeed feel moisturized and I like to think it is the hyaluronic acid working its effect. It does not leave my sensitive skin flushed which some cleansers I had tried in the past do.

In this case, it should do well for anyone who does not wear thick or waterproof make-up and do look to non-tightness of skin after cleansing. Since I do not put on thick make-up, I am not able to comment on this.

But as to whether I will repurchase, I am not sure. There are simply too many brands out there to be explored. It could likely remain in my radar list if I do decide to go with something familiar.

Where to buy:

eBay | Cosmetic-love | Yes Style

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