With my skin being as dry and thirsty as it is, I tend to load up on a range of moisturizers and serums in my nighttime routine. After discovering asian beauty, I was introduced to a new product type that was designed for sealing in all those layers just before bed: sleeping packs. Innisfree’s Green Tea Sleeping Pack was my first ever experience with this type of product, and I’m overall pleased with how it turned out. I’m definitely on the path towards having a variety of sleeping packs in my skincare wardrobe, as this product sparked a desire to try out even more.
Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.
What is it?
Innisfree’s Green Tea Sleeping Pack is an occlusive moisturizer that will seal in any earlier hydrating and moisturizing layers. It should be applied at the very end of your PM routine. The pack needs to be massaged into your skin in order to dissolve the little white beads contained in the gel.
- Size: 80 mL
- Price: $13.19 CAD +shipping
- Texture: A slightly transparent whitish gel with small white beads
- Scent: Innisfree’s ‘green tea’ scent, not representative of real green tea
- Packaging: A wide green jar with a twist off cap
Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Betaine, Niacinamide, Citrus Unshiu (Satsuma) Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica (Japanese Camellia) Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera (Prickly Pear) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Lactose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sucrose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.
CosDNA breakdown. Dimethicone scores a 1 for comedogenicity, and carbomer scores a 1 for irritation.
This sleeping pack comes in a medium sized jar with a nice wide opening that makes it easy to access the product. The inner wall of the jar actually goes straight down and there’s no lip on the underside of the rim for product to get trapped under, which is great. I’m a fan of Innisfree’s packaging aesthetic, my only qualm with this one is that the printing on the jar has worn off over time and it looks pretty sad now.
The scent is the same as Innisfree’s other green tea products. It is a refreshing ‘green’ smell on the lighter side, though the fragrance may be too much for some people. I like the smell, but it doesn’t smell like actual green tea.
The sleeping pack itself is a semi-opaque white gel that goes transparent once you spread it out. The gel also has tons of little white moisturizing beads suspended (unevenly) in it. These have to be broken and massaged into the skin, so this pack cannot just be spread lightly and patted in. It sinks in extremely well though, and I absolutely love the finish when it dries down. It really feels like it seals everything in and leaves my skin feeling plump and soft without being greasy.
I’ve been very happy with using this sleeping pack overall. My skin when I wake up in the morning feels like it’s fully absorbed all the skincare layers from the night before. The surface is soft and dry with no residues from product that hasn’t sunk in.
I do have a problem with the moisturizing beads, though. Number one, I really don’t like a product that absolutely has to be massaged in. I prefer to pat my products in, and while I do enjoy some facial massage once in a while I don’t want to be forced to do it just to apply a sleeping pack. Understand that this has nothing to do with the effectiveness of either application method, it’s purely a personal choice due to my rosacea. My redness is caused by abnormal vascular structures in my face, and any expansion of those vessels or increase in blood flow is going to inevitably bring some redness with it. Massage stimulates blood flow, and while that can be really great for growing out your nails, it’s not so great for my face.
Number two, I often have difficulty fully massaging in a couple of the beads. Sometimes one or two of the beads will shrink to a fraction of a grain of sand and then refuse to completely dissolve. So I sit there rubbing this tiny spec around and around trying to get it to sink in. Super annoying when I already have issues with the massaging application.
Would I Repurchase?
As much as I enjoyed the results of this sleeping pack, I have to say no to a repurchase. The issue with massaging is a deal breaker for me, and without the beads I would absolutely be grabbing a back up.
If the moisturizing beads aren’t an issue for you, then I can fully recommend this pack, because it was totally lovely as a product otherwise. Sinks in and stops the rest of your skincare from escaping, definitely a good idea if you are a fan of a longer routine.