I recently finished my small bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I wasn't ready to splurge $100 for another small bottle. Instead I headed to Soko Glam and ordered the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence ($49 at Soko Glam). It's about half the price of SK-II with more product. I read this post on Beautiful with Brains comparing the ingredients of the two products. Was I just enamored with all the hype? I started using the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence back in 2013 (see my first post about it here) and used it consistently for almost three years. Last year I took a 6 month break because I didn't want to spend so much on getting more. I realized how much I missed it so I picked up a smaller bottle set last summer and just finished that small bottle (2.54oz) last week. The standard size bottle of SK-II essence retails for $179 for 5.4oz. This bottle of MISSA is about 5 oz and costs only $49. No brainer right?
Well I didn't mind paying the price as long as I knew the ingredients were good. Until I read that blog post and realized that Missha's essence actually had better ingredients that were more effective. The key for using essence is hydration and I found that using an essence twice a day, morning and night that my skincare was absorbing better into my skin. The key product in MISSA's essence Is Niacinamide, a Vitamin B3 component that improves skin elasticity, helps to increase moisture levels, reduce fine lines an wrinkles, diminishes dark spots and brightens skin. All things that I need and want in my skincare.
I just started using the Missha essence for the last two days so this review is more of a first impressions, rather than full review. I'll update you guys as I continue to use it. I will say the SK-II essence feels more of a "weighty" liquid and the Missha feels more liquid like water. (The both are a liquid but Missha's feels more fluid.)
I found out that SK-II's essence contains a lot of water and preservatives. Is it no surprise why I am leaning more and more these days to Korean Beauty products for my skincare! This improved version called "Intensive" also removed licorice and alcohol from the ingredients for better efficacy.
My skin feels so good and hydrated after I use the Missha essence. I use it after cleansing and toning and put two to three drops in the palm of my hand and press that into the skin on my face. I also rub the tops of my hands after I press it into my face to keep my hands looking young as long as possible. They say you can see results in two weeks so I'm excited to continue to use my Missha essence to see how my skin progresses. A little goes a long way and this one bottle should last me for most of the year. I'm saving $130!
You can read on the Solo Glam site on why this essence is one of the three Holy Grail Essences. I also loved shopping on Solo Glam because you can checkout using your Amazon account so it was very seamless and easy to shop. I received my product in just a few days from ordering! I also picked up the Missha face mask and another mask so I'll review those as I use them!
Purchase the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence at Soko Glam.