2 years, 5 months ago

The Inkey List! Have you tried their products?

I’ve heard a lot about the Inkey List since the brand launched in the UK. I thought it was just another skin care brand trying to do the same thing as Deciem did with The Ordinary at low prices, but from looking at their products an ingredients, not only do they offer some active ingredients that The Ordinary don’t, several of their products also aren’t single note serums.

For example, their Hyaluronic Acid also has two peptides:

Their retinol serum has retinol, HPR and peptides:

Even the usual critial beautypedia site has good expert reviews on their products:

I’m still stocked up with various The Ordinary serums so haven’t been able to try the Inkey List. I’d be very interested to hear of any feedback from the BH members if you’ve tried this brand. If you have, please leave a comment with the product used and your thoughts. Thanks in advance! 🙂

For those who are curious, you can buy The Inkey List from Sephora Australia, Cult Beauty, ASOS to name a few places.

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  • 1 month, 2 wks ago

    I’m currently using The Inkey List’s Collagen face serum, which has Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, and 4 peptides etc. I was previously using The Ordinary’s Buffet. I think the Inkey List is slightly stickier (probably because of the glycerin) and I prefer the texture of the buffet. Buffet also has more active ingredients. I bought this inkey list product on a whim without doing a detailed comparison but I now think TO’s Buffet has a superior formula and texture.

    I’ve started on the Bakuchiol moisturiser but haven’t used it long enough to form an opinon yet.

  • 7 months, 1 w ago

    I have extremely sensitive skin and I take reactions to almost every product i put on my face but I thought I would give this a try after seeing a skin specialist reviewing it on ITV.
    I have been using it for over a month now and omg what a difference this had made to my dry flaky skin (result of not being able to wear moisturiser)
    I don’t know if it’s because it obsorbs right into the skin almost immediately I don’t take a reaction or what it is exactly buthe I will say this I am totally amazed at my new non dry flaky skin and at 50 I can’t believe I might just have found the perfect stuff for my face
    If like me you are allergic to everything then please give this a try and I hope it works for you like it has me

    • 7 months, 1 w ago

      Which The Inkey List product are you referring to? It is not clear from your post which one you are talking about.

  • 7 months, 2 wks ago

    Still absolutely love Snow Mushroom but I have a water “pancaking” routine right now where after a hydrating toner I mist and then top that up with two squirts of the Polyglutamic Acid and then a sheet mask, followed by two hydrating serums, oil and a water-based cream. Routine is variedly only slightly with other actives at night but love my skin right now since I started doing this for the last two months. My skin is tip top – I’m so happy with it. Go bare faced now and get mistaken for wearing foundation! When I do use foundation, it glides on like a dream.

    Polyglutamic Acid has a clag paste texture but holds x4 water than hyaluronic acid. Serious talk: I don’t know why so many brands tout hyaluronic acid as some wonder ingredient – it’s pretty basic and cheap ingredient, and problematic when not accompanied with damp skin or environment. I’m so bored with it. I will say this though, Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid formulation is ace but the quantity is far too little, even at its cheap price point. I am not sure the quantity price ratio is the consumer’s favour.

  • 1 year ago

    I’ve not heard of them. We are getting a Sephora in my home state very soon.

  • 1 year ago

    I still haven’t tried anything myself, but have got my husband on to the Inkey List’s multi-biotic moisturiser and he’s impressed. It contains pre and pre, pro, and post biotics and is good for strengthening the skin barrier. My husband has dry sensitive skin that gets itchy and is reactive to many products. He says the multi-biotic moisturier is the only thing that doesn’t even tingle when applied after a shave, when his skin is most sensitive. Even things like QV intensive/Cerave moisturising lotion will still tingle a little for him after a shave but not this. It has a faint dairy smell (probably from the yoghurt powder) but nothing disgusting. I’ve now bought another two bottles for him as it doesn’t seem to last long – 30ml is gone in about a month.

  • 1 year ago

    Snow Mushroom is so good. Took me by surprise. About the only thing I like from this brand. The rest is mediocre on my skin (dry skin type).

    They have also released a haircare range that I might check out later.

  • 1 year ago

    Reviving this super old thread as I’ve recently been trying Inkey stuff and just thought I’d pop up some thoughts in case anyone else was wondering about this brand.

    TL:DR version – I am incredibly impressed.

    I got two kit boxes from Look Fantastic late last year, but didn’t have time to try them out (we were moving house and then Christmas and a load of family problems going on). I have the acne skin box and the old age skin box – I’ve been using mainly the acne box as my skin has gone a bit crazy recently so thought it might help. I’m 41, but still have terrible acne (my 70 year old mother still gets it too, so its in our genes), and for the last few months its been terrible (set off by hormones as I was pregnant). My skin is like a different person! The redness has really calmed down, the spots, congestion, lumps, bumps and just general unhappiness has really reduced down to minimal levels – I can’t remember the last time my skin was this clear – it looks like normal skin with a few spots, rather than just horrific acne angry skin like normal.

    I think the Salycilic acid face wash and the overnight spot treatment have made the most difference (I’ve been using the overnight treatment in the day as well to start with, but recently I’ve had to go out in the day and it doesn’t work under make up so now my skin is much better I’ve only been using that at night), the niacinamide has helped with the redness and the general formulations of everything, along with the hyaluronic acid have helped not dry it out heaps – generally I find skincare goes in one direction – if its treating spots its dry it out at all costs, if its treating ageing and lines its pile on the heavy rich things – this spot range seems to be really hydrating, my skin is so happy!

    I’ve been using the retinal eye cream from the old age skin set, and that seems to be nice on my eyes, but to be honest, I’m just blown away by the spot set.

    I now need to stock up on it all – I also want to track down the Snow Mushroom moisturizer, as the peptide moisturizer that came in the set hasn’t been a winner for my skin, so that might suit better as its more for redness apparently so might work (I’ve been using either my Sephora Matt moisturizer or holy grail Rochy Posey Duo moisturizer, as that previously turned my skin around, but that was before pregnancy which set it back to square one).

    The bottles aren’t huge (apart from the face wash, I think its a good size bottle), but for the prices I’m very happy. Highly HIGHLY recommend 🙂

    • 1 year ago

      Thank you for sharing your experience on the products, Hilary! So glad that your skin has been responding so well. I have used salicylic acid, niacinamide, retinol, hyaluronic acid products but not the Inkey List`s versions yet.

  • 2 years, 2 months ago

    In case anyone prefers to shop local without buying from overseas online retailers, Sephora has The Inkey List Bakuchiol now:


  • 2 years, 4 months ago

    Ive decided I don’t like the collagen serum.
    It hasn’t done much for me however I do like the q10 and this will be a repeat buy for me.

    Vitamin C serum is interesting. It’s a silicone base and quite a high percentage. I do like it and it is a good vitamin C. My issue is that once it’s on nothing else you put on will absorb into the skin. So it’s a last step but I like to put my vitamin C on first. ….

  • 2 years, 4 months ago

    Looks like there is also a new Ceramide Night Treatment.

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