In case you’ve never heard of this cult product before, the Missha ampoule gained popularity several years back when people started touting it as a lower-priced dupe for Estée Lauder’s wildly popular Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (AKA the number one selling repair serum in the world). And since then, the Missha serum developed its own following of devotees for its long roster of proven anti-aging ingredients. And that is one reason that this serum caught my eyes.
I have never used a Estée Lauder before, and the reason is that they are insanely expensive!! So I thought of giving this a try. Not that this Missha serum was cheap but definitely a lot cheaper than the Lauder one. And that huge(literally) list of interesting ingredients made me give it a try… at least once!
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule a.k.a. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule.
Claims – Promises to give you –
- Dewy, supple and clear complexion
- Reduced signs of aging
- Improved skin elasticity
- Skin repair and hydration
- Luminous smooth and even-toned skin
Basically its an anti-aging serum that claims to brighten and smooth aging skin.
Best suited for – Aging skin, all types.
Price – 2500/- INR for 50ml.
Packing – Comes in a very elegant and feminine looking dropper bottle.
Ingredients – Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycereth-26, Juniperus Chinensis Xylem Extract, Sorbus Commixta Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Betaine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ceteth-3, Ceteth-5, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sea Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20. Cyclomethicone, Grifola Frondosa (Maitake) Mycelium Ferment Filtrate Extract, Ophioglossum Vulgatum Extract, Carbomer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Yeast Ferment Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acacia Arabica Stem Bark Extract, Adenosine, Dimethiconol, Xanthan Gum, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Octyldodecanol, Cyclomethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Dextrin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Manilkara Multinervis Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Macadamia Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Retinol, Cholesterol, Beta-Sitosterol, Lecithin, Panthenol, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Ceteth-24, Choleth-24, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Ubiquinone, Cetyl Phosphate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Biotin
Do not use if – : You are sensitive to ferments, silicones, triethanolamine, botanical extracts.
Fragrance – It has a mild spicy fragrance which fades away almost immediately.
When and How to use – Please check out my blog – Recent Skin Confession and Routine
Why is this product compared to Estée Lauder Night Serum?
This cult Korean serum with almost fifty ingredients, is definitely not for minimalists. Like its Estée Lauder counterpart, Missha’s ampoule prominently features bifida ferment lysate, a type of yeast that’s proven to help offset the oxidative effects on skin and improve skin elasticity (it’s the second ingredient on both lists.) Both also include hydrating hyaluronic acid and lactobacillus ferment. Missha’s actually has even more anti-aging ingredients, like niacinamide and retinol, along with an additional three ferments to help fight the effects of sun and pollution. And all this in the price tag of 2500/-INR while its Estée Lauder counterpart costs around 7900/-INR for the same size.
The ampoule itself is very light, almost runny when you dose it out. It comes in a glass bottle with a plastic dropper. A few drops(4-5 to be precise) was enough to cover my whole face and neck in a fine film of moisture that absorbed in under a minute, leaving my skin feeling dewy and moisturized but not sticky. In the morning, my face felt supple and dewy but still clean, like I could skip my typical morning face wash if I wanted to and I did. The ampoule did not cause any stinging or tingling sensation, even when I used it around my eye area and I ditched my eye-cream for this one.
To end with, I am still using the product and being a pretty big bottle for a serum, I see it going for another month in my night routine. I started using the product at a time when I was having a lot of skin issues. Frequent breakouts, cystic pimples and dark spots were the most common sight on my skin. I changed my skin routine totally and reduced my night routine to minimal from a 10-step regime. And this has been my go-to night serum for almost two months now. At times when I feel that the weather is too humid for my skin I just stick to toner and this wonderful serum. All I can say is it has worked wonderfully for me. I did not get up with breakouts on my skin and my skin has this lovely natural glow which I love flaunting!
In Summers, you could probably get away with using just this at night like I have been doing.. In winter, it’s a wonderful nighttime layering product in between hydrating mists and creams, enhancing both texture and bounce.
Is it a Re-buy?! – I haven’t found any drawbacks to this one! So this one shall be in my routine for a while.
Do let me know if you have used this one and how it worked for you 🙂
Till next time… Keep Glowing! <3