I had never tried an essence before and was curious by this mysterious liquid. My Internet research tells me SK-II makes the gold standards at over £100 for a bottle I searched for a dupe. My search led me to Missha’s Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx at a fraction of the cost.
In the UK, if you said the word ‘essence’ in a skincare context about five years ago; you would have seen a sea of confused faces. To this day, the purpose of this product still confuses me. In my head, an essence sits somewhere between a toner and serum, and prepares your skin for the next steps by hydrating and depending on the formula using gentle active ingredients.
Missha is an interesting brand from South Korea; it has a massive product range. However, several products look VERY similar to well known and expensive products. They must have a division working on dupes! However, some reviews tell me some of the dupes work better than the original that Missha sought their inspiration from.
I bought Missha’s Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx for two main reasons:
- The ridiculous price
- It got a range of good reviews from people with different skin types.
Missha has released a couple of versions of this product, and I will be looking at the Pro-Ferment version.
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx product claims and ingredients.
The product has a range of antiageing claims. These claims include moisturising, hydrates, brightens, reduces wrinkles, and improves elasticity.
Key ingredients include:
- Fermented Cicaenzyme – for moisture and rebalancing
- Pearl reef extract – to help with exfoliation – it’s dissolved in vinegar so no texture!
- Rice extract – to add a boost of vitamins.
- Niacinamide – to help with brightening, it’s an all-rounder ingredient that is found in many products these days!
How I used the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx
I started off using this product day and night, but for reasons that will become clear later, this was firmly relegated to nighttime use only.
As I said in the introduction, an essence sits somewhere between a toner and a serum. Typically it has a consistency slightly thicker than a toner but will have a low concentration of actives. I am going, to be honest, generally, I can’t use that many products on my face, so I had to experiment a bit to get it to work (my skin has a low saturation point).
How I used this product in my routine
CeraVe Foaming Face Wash > Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence > A313 Retinol Pommade or The Ordinary Mandelic Acid.
On the days I used the mandelic acid I would finish off with a moisturiser (apologies I can’t remember what one I used!). I would generally have two nights with retinol and one with acid.
The usual way to apply an essence is to place a small amount on your hand and pat till dry – almost like splashing cologne on. Alternatively, you can douse a cotton pad with the essence, apply to your face and pat in with your hands – but this method uses much more product.
My final thoughts
First things first, Missha did a fantastic job with the packaging. The Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx comes in a frosted glass bottle which helps to give a luxury feel to the product. The lid is a mirrored coated plastic, but the overall aesthetics scream premium! The top of the bottle has been fashioned as a dropper, and this helps you dispense an accurate amount, rather than having an open top and eyeballing whatever gushes out.
On first applying this essence, your skin feels immediately hydrated and a little later plumped out. For this, those on the drier side would probably love this. The product does what it’s supposed to; prepare your skin for your serums.
The formula of Missha’s Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx is elegant. The consistency is somewhere between a toner and a serum; however, it is still very watery. The product takes no time to absorb into the skin; leaving it perfectly smooth. Patting the essence into your skin helps the product absorb quickly, I prefer to apply a serum right at the point when the skin is still moist, but the product appears to be all but gone (I hope that makes sense?)
I found that the Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx helped following products sink in much quicker; a penetration enhancer, if you will. However, I think my skin has a low saturation point, i.e. my skin will only drink up a limited amount of product before it can’t absorb any more. This product brings me close to it (sadly).
The reason why I stopped using the essence in the morning is that I had to be very careful in the type and amount of product I was applying. Firstly, my skin would if I applied too much, I would be left with a pool of product on my combination skin. Secondly, no matter what I teamed this product with, my t-zone would look incredibly oily within 2-3 hours; rocking up to an early morning meeting with an oily visage is not a good look!
So sadly, Missha’s Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx was firmly relegated to evening use only. Given that the essence contains Niacinamide, I was surprised that my oil production was so high given that this ingredient is supposed to help manage oil production. However, I will say that I notice that some products with Niacinamide can have this effect.
However, it could be the fermented enzyme that could be causing this? When I purchased the Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx the product description had said it was for all skin types. However, after looking at Missha’s website, it appears this is recommended for normal to dry skin types. I have to agree with the latter description; a normal or drier skin type would probably drink this product up without the issues I had.
After using this product, I noticed that my skin looked better in terms of plumpness and a softer feel to it. I’ll be honest over prolonged use I didn’t see any brightening effect – however, given that I try so many products the brightening result of the Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx could have been masked.
It is worth noting that this product does not have any scent to it.
Ultimately, I think the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx is a really good product; however, the formula is not for my combination skin. I really wish it was!
I think that an essence in my head is an extra step which is not necessarily needed. However, it is a nice step, so I will be hunting down essences that are formulated for my skin type. In summary, it’s bougee!
At the time of writing, you could buy a 150ml bottle of Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx for about £30 from Yesstyle.com.
As this product is not for my skin, I would not repurchase. However, it is a very good product, and those with normal or dry skin might love this!
With the overall plumping effect after continued use, those with fine lines may enjoy this essence too!
One last thing, bravo to Missha for the packaging. For the price, I am not sure that you would get something that looks this premium!