When I finally found a seller on Amazon that would ship Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence to Canada, I bought it immediately. This stuff has such a huge internet presence, I knew I had to try it out.
This essence has a very watery consistency and is meant to be used after toner, but before serums and other treatments. I just use it in place of toner most of the time. I shake a bit out of the small bottle opening into my hand and smooth it over my face. Then I pat it in gently until it’s mostly absorbed.
It contains saccharomyces ferment filtrate, a fermented yeast extract that provides brightening benefits for skin. 80% of this treatment essence is saccharomyces ferment filtrate. The rest is a combination of vitamins, plant extracts, plus a couple hydrators, preservatives, and penetration enhancers. The niacinamide helps promote even skin tone and brightening as well. If you have sensitive skin, you’re in luck, no fragrance or alcohol! Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is formulated to brighten. I feel like it helps give my skin a bit of extra radiance (when used on a regular basis).
Ingredients: Saccharomyces ferment Filtrate, Bigida Ferment Lysate, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Polyquaternium -51, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Betaine, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Pirper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Trehalose, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Clycerin, Raffinose, Tromethamine, Acetic Acid, Lactic Acid, 1, 2 – Hexanediol, Caprytyl Glycol, Hexapeptide – 9 Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
So what can I say about this essence that hasn’t already been said a thousand times by other beauty bloggers? Well, not a whole lot. It’s a good product and I like it. It’s well formulated for all skin types and should work well for sensitive skin without causing any irritation or breakouts. My skin just looks better when I regularly use products with saccharomyces/galactomyces ferment filtrates.
I do have one complaint about it though. When compared with the Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence (review HERE), I find that it just doesn’t soak in quite as well. The Cosrx essence soaks in completely in very little time, whereas I feel like the Missha one just…doesn’t… It seems like there is always a tiny bit left on the surface. This leaves skin feeling a bit dewy and I feel like it prevents other products from fully soaking in on top. I can see how this would be desirable for dry skinned ladies, since it provides a dewy look and maybe slows product absorption a little bit. But I prefer my skincare products to “disappear” into my skin, not sit on the surface. I think I’m going to transfer it to a spray bottle and see if that helps. Maybe I’m just using too much?
So overall, Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is a good product that will appeal to a wide range of people with a wide range of skin types. It will especially appeal to those with normal to dry skin. But if you prefer “barely there” skincare, then you might like the Cosrx Galactomyces 95 better (it’s cheaper too!).
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is available in 150mL bottle (approx. 5oz) for $21USD on Amazon. You can also find it at Urban Outfitters or Target (for a higher price).
UPDATE: I used up the rest of my bottle by using it as a mist instead of smoothing it on with my hands and I definitely preferred it like that. But I still like the Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence better.