If you know me, then you know that I'm obsessed with everything from Korea to Japan, and basically everything kawaii (かわいい, pronounced [kaɰaiꜜi]; "lovable", "cute", or "adorable"). So it probably comes as no surprise that Innisfree's Cherry Blossom Tone Up Cream is currently my favourite face cream - don't even get me started on the packaging.
What Is A Tone-Up Cream?
K-Beauty covers a wide range of (sometimes quite strange) products, but in this instance, a "tone-up cream" is actually pretty straight forward. According to Ben Neiley from The Klog, these creams are designed to clarify your skin tone.
"Tone-up products are specifically made to balance and brighten skin tone as well as fight hyperpigmentation and discolouration. If you’re looking for products that brighten and even out skin tone, you should make sure to keep this term in mind for future products."
Now that we've clarified that (pun intended), let's get into exactly why I'm loving this face cream.
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I often use the ICONIC London Illuminator under my foundation when I want to shine to the gods, but the Cherry Blossom Tone Up Cream is a stellar alternative to add a subtle, yet noticeable radiance to an everyday look if an illuminator is too hardcore for you.
I'm also a sucker for penny-pinching and products that are multi-use, so $36 for this Innisfree Cherry Blossom Tone Up Cream is a damn dream (plus, it's the most popular in their brightening range).
The consistency of this cream is a very silky, gel-like cream (perfect for combo-oily skin)
It has ultra-hydrating and brightening properties & makes an ideal makeup primer
This cream defends from environmental aggressors that cause accelerated ageing
It's a dream for blemish-prone skin as it contains congestion-fighting ingredients
This formula helps to protect & support the skin's delicate barrier