Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask Review

I love Innisfree (see my Innisfree review category) and I was fortunate enough to get a couple of the new Real Wash Off masks for review purposes from Jolse.  I also purchased a couple of wash off masks , the Black Green Tea Wash Off Mask and Real Quinoa Wash Off Mask.  I have already reviewed the Real Peppermint Wash Off Mask (review here) and I have used their wash off masks in the past ~  I loved the discontinued Innisfree masks ~ Jeju Sudachi Soothing Mask  and Jeju Fermented Leaven Mask

  • Real Grapefruit ~ Scrub type wash-off pack for smooth and brilliant skin. Gentle exfoliating effect with salt.
  • Real Peppermint ~ Clay type wash-off pack for clear and calming skin with moisturizing texture.
  • Real Quinoa ~ Dense and nutritious wash-off pack for elastic and moist skin.
  • Real Rose ~ Self heating wash-off pack for smooth and glowing skin. Fragrant and nutritious texture

Each Real Mask comes  in a 100 mL tub and I have all but the Rose version, as I am allergic to rose.

My skin type and concerns:  Oily but aging.  Blemish prone, pores, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

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All of the Real Masks are in a compact brown tub I with a brushed finish, silver-tone screw off lid. This comes in a box and the product does not have a seal, but it does have an inner lid.  This mask does not come with a spatula.  The packaging is very similar to their Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay masks

This mask reminds me very much like the discontinued Jeju Fermented Leaven Mask in its texture ~ very creamy and fermented.   Now to me, the scent is really nice – a woody-sweet-spice scent, which after looking at the ingredients, I can see where that is coming from.  This has a lot of oils in it ~ spice and wood notes of pine, rosemary, lavender, nutmeg, ginger, thyme, clove, cypress along with citrus and citrus-smelling oils, like bergamot, may chang, citron, lemon, grapefruit, orange and tangerine.  The scent also has a bit of a “boozy” fermented aroma to it, which is most likely due to the grains in this product.  Some people might really hate this scent, but I love it ~ I really enjoy fermented scents like this.

Ingredients of Note

This mask contains 3 types of super food grains: This contains .5% of Quinoa (5003ppm) has exfoliating properties that will help cellular turnover and renewal and reveal new, healthy skin.  Quinoa can speed up the cellular turnover rate as it contains enzymes that will exfoliate and it is a powerful antioxidant, full of vitamins ~ such as A, B2 and E ~ minerals, peptides and amino acids.  Oat bran (10%) helps clean your skin and your pores and helps combat blemishes.  Oats contain polysaccharides, which helps relieve dry skin, rashes, itchy and dull skin and flakiness.  Salvia hispanica (chia seeds) are an antioxidant and is used to hydrate your skin. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, so it will help calm your skin as it is an anti-inflammatory. 

Fructooligosaccharides, also known as d-beta fructan, is a plant sugar and will aid your skin in absorbing vitamins, minerals and will moisturize. It is reported to have anti-inflammatory benefits as well.   Pullulan will instantly help tighten your skin and temporarily improve your skin’s texture.  Three moisturizing and hydrating ingredients are in this product ~ Olea europaea (olive) oil is full of antioxidants, such vitamins A and E, and helps reduce inflammation, prevents acne, doesn’t clog pores and helps soften and condition your skin.  Glycerin helps with healing of wounds, is an humectant, sealing in moisture, maintains the skin’s water balance on an intercellular level, which makes the skin look healthy, moist (not dry and scaly), soft to touch, and is also an emollient, leaving your skin looking radiant and supple.  Betaine is an amino acid that is a humectant and anti-irritant, providing silky smooth skin and soothes and calms skin.  

Centella asiatica is a common herbal ingredient that is used medicinally to help speed up wound healing, such as blemishes and skin rashes. It also helps minimize the appearance of pores.  Houttuynia cordata is a medicinal herb that is found in a lot in Asian skin care products. It is an antibiotic, which helps with preventing infection from skin problems, such as blemishes.  It also has powerful detox properties, is an astringent and anti-inflammatory.  This also contains spearmint oil, which helps detox and absorb excess oil and lavender oil, a great anti-inflammatory oil while balancing the oil production of the skin and also helps speed up wound healing. Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) has antimicrobial effects and prevents bacteria from infecting pores.

This mask contains a lot of gentle and nourishing  ingredients, but it does have some oils in here that could be irritating for some skin types.

Ingredients: water, avena sativa (oat) bran, glycerin, methylpropanediol, cellulose, alcohol, betaine, 1,2-hexanediol, chenopodium quinoa seed extract (5003ppm), magnesium aluminum silicate, carbomer, tromethamine, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, salvia hispanica seed (chia) extract, centella asiatica extract, houttuynia cordata extract, xanthan gum, dehydroxanthan gum, propanediol, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, ethylhexylglycerin, fructooligosaccharides, saccharide hydrolysate, disodium EDTA, pullulan, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, citrus unshiu peel extract, orchid extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, allantoin, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, cupressus sempervirens leaf/nut/stem oil, litsea cubeba fruit oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, lavandula hybrida oil, citrus medica vulgaris peel oil, pinus sylvestris leaf oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil , thymus vulgaris (thyme) flower/leaf oil, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) leaf oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, phenoxyethanol  cosDNA analysis


This mask has a very thick and creamy texture, with bits of oat and grain flecked through-out it which I think will be good for a very delicate and gentle exfoliation. As I mentioned earlier, this smells so good (but like everything else, scent is subjective…)  I just dab it onto my face and then wait…

How To UseAfter a facial wash, spread an adequate amount over a clean and dry face, away from the eyes and mouth. After 5~10 minutes, cleanse using lukewarm water.  Recommended use: once ~ twice a week


After applying to my face, I was very surprised at how very cool and refreshing this is on my skin ~ that was unexpected, but I supposed this is due to the spearmint oil in here. Just like the Peppermint Clay mask, this felt wonderful on my skin. I had this on for about 10 minutes and it doesn’t dry down completely.  It gets a bit gummy and the bits of the oat and quinoa turn white as they dry.  The photo below shows a freshly applied Quinoa mask (left) and after 10 minutes (right).

I rinsed off well and used a massaging motion for a light exfoliation, taking advantage of the grains.  Now, for someone with oily skin, I feel that this mask is better suited for when my skin is chapped or dry from the cold winter winds and air.  It is very soothing, yet refreshing at the same time and it doesn’t dry out my skin, but actually adds moisture.  It provides a light exfoliation action with the seeds and oats, so if you have dry or sensitive skin, this mask could be the one that you might like to use.  I also felt this helped clear out my pores and whereas it didn’t tighten it as much as the Peppermint Clay mask did, it did improve the texture of my skin and my skin did feel very soft and smooth.

Final Thoughts

Innsifree Real Quinoa Wash Off Mask provides a gentle skin care solution for exfoliation and moisturizing.  For my oily skin type, I could use this daily without any issues ~ for those with drier skin types, this could be one that you could use 2 times a week to help keep your skin balanced, clear and moisturized.  I am not sure I will repurchase this product as it is so light and gentle for my oily skin type; however, this is a quality item and I love the scent and the gentleness of this wash off mask.  If you loved Innisfree’s Jeju Fermented Leaven Mask, you should try this one as I think it is the 2.0 version of the Leaven mask. 

Please Note: Innisfree does use a lot of fruit and herbal based oils, that could cause irritation to your skin.  If you aren’t allergic to the ingredients but have sensitive skin, you should make sure you can use these ingredients by skin patch testing.  I usually first apply the product to my arm and if I do not get a negative reaction, I then apply it to the side of my cheek, close to my hairline.  For masks, just leave it on for the recommended time period and then rinse off.  I normally wait a few days and if I have no adverse reaction, I will incorporate it into my skincare routine.   Everyone is different, so you should talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you are unsure.

You can purchase 100mL tub of Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask for around $13.00  USD ~ prices fluctuate due to the Korean Won and USD daily price adjustments.   Have you tried any of the Innisfree Real masks (past or current ones)?  How did you like them ~ which ones did you try? I will be reviewing the Grapefruit one next ~ and that is more of a scrub than a mask ~ stay tuned for that!

image credit from jolse



3 thoughts on “Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask Review

  1. I saw those on Jolse and was really interested in them. I defenitely need to check this one out and wait eagerly for your review on the Grapefruit one, as that one is also on my list.

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