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This Vs That: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence VS The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum

This Vs That: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence VS The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum

Yes, ladies, hydrating your skin is non-negotiable, and a good serum can also take care of pesky blemishes, fine lines, dry patches and more importantly, bring back the glow to your face! If you’ve been following us, you’ll know that Korean beauty products are all the rage these days. Made with natural ingredients, these magical creams and serums transform your skin and make you want to hoard up on these all the more. In this post, we take a look at two similarly priced K-Beauty serums, compare their pros and cons, and help you choose the one you should be tossing into your beauty bag right away. Have a look.

Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence

1 face serum

This water-based formula (that costs Rs 2,200) is fast absorbing, softening and plumping up the skin instantly. It also has anti-ageing properties that make the skin brighter and more firm. The Jeju Lava seawater in it will give your skin a powerful dose of moisture, and create a barrier of sorts that doesn’t let your skin dry out too quickly. It also relieves any itchiness and smoothens skin. Apply this after cleansing your face thoroughly and gently massage it onto your face and neck for better absorption. Use this once in the morning and once at night.


  1.  It’s not sticky.

  2.  Absorbs easily.

  3. Two pumps are enough for one use, so it lasts long.

  4. It doubles up as the perfect primer, so your foundation blends easily onto it.


  1. It works out expensive for many.

  2. You still might need a face moisturiser, if your skin is too dry.

  3. This cannot replace your night cream.

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum

2 face serum

This K-Beauty serum has a lovely brightening effect on the face. Infused with white daisy extract this serum brightens the complexion and gives your skin a healthy dose of moisture. Priced at Rs 1,990, regular use of this serum will take care of that dullness in your complexion and make it clearer. It also contains white lupin seed that will make your skin radiant and glowing. Apply it day and night on your face and neck, and softly pat for better absorption. Bonus: it is formulated without additives like parabens, tar colourant, animal-sourced ingredients, mineral oil, talc, polyacrylamide and paraffin.


  1.  The water-based formula absorbs easily.

  2. Tackles tired skin and brightens it up with just one use.

  3. The pump bottle makes it convenient to use


  1. Also proves to be expensive for many.

  2. You HAVE to cleanse your face thoroughly and use micellar water before applying this serum.

  3. Testing beforehand is a must, as some natural ingredients don’t suit everyone.

The Verdict

Still confused? Just narrow down on what your skin needs. For me, the clear winner is the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence. It works as an instant pick-me-up for my skin and not only does it hydrate my skin well, but also leaves a luminous glow. I highly recommend this essence to anyone with combination skin - it’s easy to use and one that shows satisfactory results. With this in my beauty bag, I feel my skin is well taken care of.

Published on Feb 12, 2018
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