REVIEW: Laneige Cream Skin Refiner

Raise your hand if Youtube made you buy it! Now available in Canada, I purchased the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner/Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer shortly after it first launched. I was very intrigued by the reviews of this product, for it seemed like a thoughtful product with a simple yet effective formulation.


A two-in-one formula that preps and softens like a toner and moisturizes like a cream for maximum hydration benefits in one simple step.

Using Cream Blending technology™, Cream Skin contains the same moisturization as a jar of cream, made into the lightweight texture of a toner. The specialized white tea leaves are harvested once a year and grown in the shade, meaning more amino acids to strengthen, moisturize, and soothe skin.

Clinical Results: In a consumer testing study of 30 female participants aged in their 20’s:
– 86.67% of respondents perceived a rich feeling of moisture when applied
– 90% of respondents felt the product relieved skin of dryness after 2 weeks of usage
– 93% of respondents felt skin was moisturized after use after 2 weeks of usage


Price: $43 CAD
Amount: 150ml

  • Canadian/U.S. Name: Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer
  • For all skin types
  • Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture skin concerns
  • Lightweight Liquid
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil
  • Contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances
  • White Leaf Tea Water: Rich in amino acids to strengthen the skin barrier, moisturize, and soothe


Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl- 10 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Disodium Edta, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol

Total number of ingredients: 15

From my -skinthusiast- perspective…

This toner is mostly emollient focused, so it is on the slightly richer side of hydrating toners/essences, while incorporating Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and Tocopherol (vitamin E) for antioxidant benefits. Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is also anti-inflammatory and helps reduce pore size (yay), so despite the non-super fancy formula, don’t let that deter you from thinking the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner doesn’t pack a good punch to your skin! The claimed standout ingredient is that this product uses White Tea Leaf; Liah Yoo did an informative video on why this form of Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is more special.

Moisturizing: Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Propanediol
Antioxidant: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol

INCIDecoder breakdown


USAGE: 2 layers in the morning after cleansing.

TEXTURE: Thin, like water!

APPLICATION: Shake, apply nickel-size amount with hands. Since it’s watery, I apply fast.

SCENT: None.

FINISH: Surprisingly moisturized, as if I just finished applying a moisturizer rather than an essence.

SHORT-TERM RESULTS: Skin is relieved of dehydration and feels softer.

LONG-TERM RESULTS: Helps maintain moisture throughout the day.


The Laneige Cream Skin Refiner is an impressive product in terms of quality, quantity, innovation and results! It a simple product, but performs like nothing else in my skincare routine. When I need that big boost of moisture without using a lot of layers, the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner is my go-to. I think any skin type can benefit from this product, provided you use it according to your specific skin needs!


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I hope you found my review helpful and informative!

xo, M

7 thoughts on “REVIEW: Laneige Cream Skin Refiner

  1. […] Aside from the abundant amount of Rice Extract, I always love me some good ol’ Niacinamide for an extra boost! I’ve said it multiple times and I’ll say it again, Niacinamide is a great multitasking ingredient for brightening, strengthening the skin barrier, and minimizing pores. This toner also is filled with a handful of humectant and emollient ingredients, making it a toner on that will have more of a light residue than a fresh, barely-there finish. In my experience, it would sit between the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner and The Laneige Cream Skin Refiner. […]

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