Isntree Hyaluronic acid moisture cream review

Hey guys, 

Yesterday I checked out this new Korean skincare store in Town Hall, Sydney called Boniik. What was really interesting about this new store was that the brands that it stocked were ‘legit Korean skincare’ brands – as in, they were brands that dealt specifically and primarily with the skin, emphasising on the use of as many beneficial natural/organic ingredients as possible (not all natural ingredients are good for the skin/not all synthetic ingredients are good for the skin) – it’s up to the individual to test and determine which works best for them.

Price: $25 AUD /60ml from Boniik store.

When you purchase Korean skincare and makeup, most of the time the selling price (the prices they are sold at) cost more (or way more) than the prices offered online. In the store, CosRX has the biggest price markup in my opinion as I have not purchased any other brands in the store. They offer Klairs and Huxley as well, which are two popular Korean skincare brands.

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Box seal
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Tube seal

The packaging is simple and reminds me of pharmacy/chemist moisturisers such as sorbolene cream. Simple and straightforward.

It is described as

a daily moist cream providing rich moisture to dry skin’

Short and simple once again.

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Animal testing free
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Ingredients list


Overall, there’s a lot of plant extracts involved. I’ve picked up some ingredients that sound long and confusing and unusual.

  • Methylpropanediol is described as ‘an organic glycol that functions as a solvent in beauty products and cosmetics’. It is not an active ingredient itself but is commonly used in aiding the delivery of active ingredients.  [Source]
  • Capriylic/Capric triglyceride As a dispersing agent, it helps enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other active ingredients contained in a solution so that they become evenly spread out and fully absorbed by the epidermis’ [Source]
  • Polysorbate 60 is ‘a thickening agent and oily liquid used in cosmetics and skin care formulas “to dissolve in a solvent in which they would not normally dissolve‘. [Source]
  • Carbomers are ‘thickening agents that help control the viscosity and flow of cosmetic products. They also help distribute and suspend insoluble solids into liquid, and prevent the oil and liquid parts of a solution from separating. They have the ability to absorb and retain water, and can swell up to 1000 times their original volume when dispersed in water’. [Source]

*Each individual’s experience with this skincare product will differ. If in doubt, consult a skincare professional. 

Overall comments

For once my skin did not break out from trying out a new skincare item. The formula itself is quite scent free as there is no added fragrance.

Also, this product is animal testing free so that’s another plus!

I’d definitely want to return and purchase more items, especially from Isntree as they are affordable – the only thing is, they seem to be a small brand as they don’t come up much on the net when I search it up, which is a shame for the quality of product they are producing at that price. However, I’ll have to see if the rest of their products live up to this ‘simple and straightforward’ quality of this moisturiser.

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Samples included with the purchase
Aromatica is a known cruelty free Korean brand

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!



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