[REVIEW] Laneige Cream Skin Refiner

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review:

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner is one of the newly launched products in late 2018 and the title immediately caught my attention. In Korean skincare world, ‘skin’ refers to a product used after cleansing, or better known as toner (in Western skincare) or lotion (in Japanese skincare). But what interesting about this product is the technology used in the making: Cream Blending Technology™ melts cream into skin refiner while maintaining the content so that the skin is filled with moisture since the first skincare step. So basically, this skin refiner has the nutrition of a cream, hence resulting in the name Cream Skin Refiner.


+ With Cream Blending TechnologyTM to moisturize skin with fresh finish

+ Reinforces skin barrier with rich Amino Acid from White Leaf Tea Water

+ Formulated with mild ingredients to moisturize sensitive skin caused by dryness


Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Propanediol, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol.

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review

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Volume: 50 ml (travel size)

Howto use:

General use: apply proper amount on the face evenly and pat gently for further absorption.

As moisturizing skin pack: pour on the cotton pad and put it on the face, leave on for 2 minutes before taking off and pat gently for further absorption.

As mist: spray on the face when you feel the dryness or after makeup for moisturizing and water-glowing effect.

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review

My Skin Type: Normal with oily T-zone, enlarged pores.

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review:

Aside the Cream Blending Technology™, the main feature is the ingredients. The Laneige Cream Skin Refiner is formulated with White Leaf Tea Water for strengthening rough skin barrier. The White Leaf Tea Water is also extracted with Dutch Extract technology which results in higher amino acid content and provide more moisture for the skin.

Even better, it does not contain PEG Surfactant, animal raw material, synthetic colorant, triethanolamine, fragrance, and has completed the hypoallergenic test, so it is safe for sensitive skin. The cosDNA analysis also shows EWG rating only ranges from 1 to 2, all in green levels.

I bought the travel size which has 50 ml and packed in a plastic bottle (the full size has 150 ml and packed in a frosted glass bottle). The travel size comes with no box and all the information written in the bottle is in Korean. The bottle is white transparent so I can see clearly how much product left inside.

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Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review

The output hole is equipped with a stopper so I can easily control how much product I pour. Although the product I purchase is a mini/travel size, it is not travel-friendly. The product is spilled everywhere on the cap and around the output hole when I bring it in my skincare pouch. This problem still persists even when I tried putting the seal back on, though the seal minimizes the spilling. (please bear in mind that I’m reviewing the travel size one, this situation might not occur on the full-size bottle)

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review

This cream skin is quite runny, and has milky white color. It has very faint scent due to the absence of fragrance. It leaves my skin feels very moisturized and looks glowing after application to the point that I feel it too heavy and greasy for my liking. It also takes much time for my normal-combination skin to absorb.

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review

In the first few days, I tried using it in the toner slot (as a refiner) and put on moisturizer afterwards. However, my skin got too oily in the afternoon so I started using it as moisturizer. I cut off serum on my morning routines so I don’t layer many products on my face, resulting my routines as toner (not using this product as refiner) – cream skin – sunscreen. It still feels rather heavy and takes much time to absorb, but my skin doesn’t produce as much oil as if I wear it as a refiner.

I once tried using it on its own when I was home all day (so I don’t use sunscreen), so I use this both as refiner and moisturizer without layering it. It still felt a little bit heavy but my skin felt kinda dry a few hours later.

I come to a conclusion that this toner-cream hybrid can serve both as refiner and moisturizer. As a refiner, it is more suitable for drier skin, since people with normal to oily skin might find this too greasy or heavy. While the former might need to use moisturizer after using this as toner, the latter will probably get away using this as a moisturizer if don’t mind the long-time-absorption and a little heavy feeling on their face. People with sensitive skin will also benefit from this product, because it is carefully formulated to do so.

Where to buy:

Amazon PrimeeBay | Yesstyle | Cosmetic-love

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