Time for a Review! Missha’s Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence

by Sheryll on July 2, 2013

Hey everyone! Long time, no see. I’ve been super busy planning my summer vacation, and the countdown has officially begun! Only 7 more weekends and Johnny and I will be on our way to see 2 new countries: Malaysia and Singapore. I’m so excited, I can’t even deal. Going on vacation gives me something to look forward to, and I’ve been on cloud nine since the final tickets and hotels were booked. I can’t wait! I bought an amazing new bathing suit from a store in Dongdaemun, and I’m already starting to put together travel outfits in my head. Seriously, travel is a life changer. If any of you have any tips/must see/must eat suggestions for either country, please let me know in the comments.

So about 2 months ago, one of my awesome and amazing readers told me about my now holy grail product. I call it my miracle water, made out of angel tears. It’s changed my whole life (AND my skin)! Without further ado, let’s get into a review of the Missha Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence.

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So, first things first, what exactly is the Missha Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence? It’s an essence, but not in the typical serum-y type essence. It has the consistency of a toner. What makes it different than a “regular” toner is that this essence is meant to be moisturizing, instead of an astrigent. Are you looking for a product that will give you even, glowing, radiant skin? Well, this is the shit for you.

The Missha First Treatment Essence is a dupe for the highly popular and highly expensive SKII Facial Treatment Essence. The SKII version runs about $155US for 5oz. Insanity. I bought both the essence and night serum together in a gift set at my local Missha store for roughly $68US dollars. If I had waited a few days until the Missha day sales (always on the 10th of the month), I would’ve gotten both for even cheaper. A GREAT deal, in my opinion.

Both the SKII Facial Treatment Essence and the Missha First Treatment essence are made from a type of active fermented yeast. The one used in the SK product, called Pietra, is made from the extracts of the sake fermenting process and is patented. No one knows the exact formula. The Missha product uses a beer fermentation by-product called Fissione, and it’s from the same family, although not the exact same as the Pietra formula. It has been said that the Missha product actually contains better ingredients than the SKII formula, and it’s also paraben and mineral oil free.

What is this magical fermented yeast product supposed to do? Well, according to Missha, it controls the turnover period of the skin, giving you tighter, firmer, less oily, glowing, and clear skin. And I can tell you that it has definitely done all of those things, plus some.

Now, before you ask, yes…this product is touted as a “whitening” product. Rest assured, I have not started, nor will I EVER lighten or bleach my skin. What I’ve actually experienced is that my skin has started to GLOW. Like, glow from within. My skin tone is even and my dark spots have faded. I’ve been using it every day and night for the past 2 months and I assure you I am the same exact color that I was before I started. Allow me to use a quote by Fanny Bourdette-Donon, who works in international PR for Dior Perfumes, to explain exactly what I mean by this whole “glow” thing:

“…I used to be so against whitening products. In Africa, all of these women were killing their skin trying to become whiter, and I hated that. But when I had to work on the press kits at Dior for Diorsnow D-NA Reverse White Reveal Night Concentrate, I had to test it to know what I was going to talk about. I became obsessed. Yes, it’s a whitening product but it’s not about being whiter or changing the color of your skin; it just brings light to your face. I’ve never experienced that before in my life. My face literally changed. I had discoloration before, where my cheeks were darker than my forehead, and since I’ve been using this, everything has evened out. Honestly, all of these little dark spots went away.” Fanny Bourdette-Donon, for Into the Gloss

(ps if you aren’t reading Into the Gloss, what are you doing with your life?! Best beauty blog EVER)

Back to what I was saying…I, like Fanny (even though she used some crazy expensive Dior stuff), have experienced this whole “bringing light to your face” phenomenon using the Missha First Treatment Essence. I, again, have not, in any way, experienced any lightening of my skin.

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So, exactly how are you supposed to use the Missha First Treatment essence? It is advised that you apply the essence IMMEDIATELY after you finish washing your face. And by immediately, I mean like 5 seconds after. There’s a Korean theory that states your face is most ready to receive all of the benefits from your essences and serums 5 seconds after you finish washing your face, while your pores are still open. Of course, I never count, but I do try to apply it immediately as possible. They also suggest to use a cotton pad, but I always feel like cotton pads waste too much product, so I pour a bit into the palms of my hands and apply it directly to my face. It absorbs immediately, and doesn’t leave the skin sticky or tacky.

I think that this product would be suitable for all skin types. I personally have combination skin that changes from month to month. I’m currently experiencing a dry forehead with an oily nose and chin. It’s definitely helped calm down the oily parts, and has helped moisturize the dry areas. I didn’t experience any breakouts, and the difference in my skin was noticeable in about a week.

Have any of you tried any new cosmetics lately? Any recommendations? I’m always looking for something new to try. My latest skin issue is pesky heat bumps from this TRAGIC, TRAGIC heat and humidity we’re experiencing in Korea now. Sigh. It’s always something, right?!

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Eileen July 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Wow your skin IS glowing- you look fabulous. I will be passing thru the airport this Saturday so have your recommendations at hand- ditto for me return trip thru as well.
As I am living in Dalian, China I plan on a weekend visit to Seoul in the near future rather than an airport run. Thank you for some GREAT product recommendations- can hardly wait to go made with my wallet.

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

yaaay!!! Let me know how you like it, Eileen!

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Lynn Ariele July 3, 2013 at 12:13 am

Welcome (in advance) to Singapore! To be honest, it’s not mad exciting on our island but the touristy things can be fun if you come with an open mind and low expectations. In terms of shopping, Korea wins hands down so spend more time sightseeing and stuffing yourself with local delicacies!

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I cannot WAIT to get in Singapore. Also, SUPER excited about Sephora. There isn’t a Sephora in Korea, so I definitely need to stock up on my Urban Decay, Philosophy, Too Faced, Smashbox. I cannot waitttttttttt!

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j July 3, 2013 at 2:17 am

as usual, your enthusiasm totally piqued my curiosity about the product! since Korean companies give out crazy loads of samples, do you know what might be the difference between The First Treatment Essence and White Cure Super Essential Toner?

thanks!

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Hi J! I haven’t heard anything about the white cure super essential toner, but all of the stores here in Korea definitely give samples so give it a try!

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Kai July 3, 2013 at 5:37 am

Hi Sheryll!
I’m from Singapore and I’m a BIG fan of your blog. Your reviews were all really useful and I enjoy reading them. :)

It is really hot in Singapore right now. I was in Korea during mid-June and it was cooler there as compared to Singapore. Most of us back here wear shorts and flip-flops and strut around in them. :) Sunblock is an essential!

In Singapore, you can travel around easily by buses or MRT, both of which are very extensive and accessible, though it gets exxtreemlyyy crowded during peak hours. Cabs on the other hand are expensive. :(

As for eating, do try to visit the hawker centres here! We do not have any street side stalls like Korea, but we do have many good and cheap eats in hawker centres. Some of the food that I particularly love are: satay, roti prata, rojak, hokkien prawn noodle, BBQ stingray (spicy!), nasi lemak and chicken/char siew rice! I drool just listing them down.

Also, it is the durian season right now and durians are available in both Singapore and Malaysia. I love the smell and taste of it! It is not pungent to me like some described. Do try it if you haven’t!

I can’t wait for you to see my country! ^^

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hi Kai! Thank you so much for reading, and thank you SO much for your recommendations. I’ve been stocking up on sunblock since I found out I was going to Singapore, since I’ve heard the sun can be especially brutal there. It’s on sale periodically at Olive Young and I’ve been slowly stock piling. I think the thing I’m most excited about is the food. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE FOOD! To be honest, I’m tired of eating Korean food all the time, soooo this is going to be a much needed, and delicious break.

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Jasetyn July 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

CONVINCED. I am going out next Wednesday (the 10th! Thanks for that information!) and snatchin up this stuff! I have been using the oil cleansing method exclusively since reading the guest post on your blog and it has done amazing things for my skin. Thanks!!!

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

YES!! TOMORROW!! GO GO GO!!!!!!!! Missha day = the best day! And oil cleansing is AMAZING. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner.

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jane July 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

wonderful sheryll!

i’ve so wanted to get this product ever since you mentioned it some time back. unfortunately, i never had the opportunity to pick up my own bottle and alas, i’m back in the US for (most likely) good. great review and your skin looks beautiful :-)

jane

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Hi Jane! Thanks so much. I’m pretty sure Missha has a US site that ships in the States! A LOT of their stuff is on sale! Check it out!

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PA July 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I think I need this product in my life. Thanks Sheryll!! I love your makeup and skincare reviews :D

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Thank YOU for reading!

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Linn July 4, 2013 at 4:30 am

You totally look so BADASS on that picture!! And it is amazing how well BADASS goes with “angel tears on your skin”. :) I also love the First Treatment Essence, although I thought the smell was a bit weird at first, but after I was over my initial OMG-Sulwhasoo-swoon and tried the First Treatment again, I did not notice the smell as much. Perhaps I got used to it or imagined it the first time! :)

I never have time to try any new products, I am totally busy with trying your products lol!!!

Your posts are SO inspirational!!! Thank you!!!

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi Linn!!! <3 <3 <3! You know, I never really noticed the smell at first, but now that I’m towards the end of my bottle, the scent is a bit stronger.

And sigh, I hear so many good things about Sulwhasoo but those prices. CRYYYYY

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Victoria Kim July 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hi! so nice to hear from you again!
Missha has cheap, good-quality dupes for so many expensive brands.
The Style Beautiful Tint – orange (stupid name) is a dupe for Benefit’s chachatint.
The Time Revolution purple ampule is a dupe for the Estee Lauder night repair ampule.
Their eye cream in a golden jar is a dupe for the Sisley eye cream.
Their Body Balm is a dupe for Take a picture-it lasts longer by Benefit.
The Signature Technical-Up mascara is a Lancome mascara dupe.

As a high school student, I love looking for affordable dupes for the highly expensive products that I would probably never buy (seriously, why would you pay $500 for a 30ml jar of moisturizer?) so I’ve done a LOT of research on these things xDDD

More good dupes would be:
The face shop-oil cut primer balm(?)-dupe for Benefit’s Dr.Feelgood.
Tony Moly-party lover gel eyeliner-dupe for Bobbi brown gel liners.
Etude House-Fresh Cherry tint (pink)-dupe for Benefit Posietint
Missha-BB cream Boomer (it’s not a bb cream but a glow base)-dupe for Mac Strobe cream
Missha-Glow tint lip balm-dupe for Dior Addict Lip Glow balm
Innisfree-Eco Real color lip gloss (summer sky)-dupe for Benefit California Kissin’
Aritaum-Aritaum Cushion tint (Summer)-dupe for Mac lipstick (Morange)
Nature Republic-Argan Oil hand cream-dupe for L’occitane shea butter hand cream

…I really need another obsession now.

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

YOU ARE MY HERO! And I will also never, ever have money because of you. Also, I’m going to email you soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Denise July 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

Hello from Malaysia! Which part of Malaysia will you be going?

Ask me anything about my country and I will try my best to answer them! :) :)

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hi Denise! I’ll be going to Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Any recommendations?!

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beautifuldokidoki July 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hi Sheryll! I can’t remember when I started reading your blog, but I really love your writing! So, I nominated you for this award! (The Versatile Blogger Award) You can check it out here: http://beautifuldokidoki.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-versatile-blogger-award.html This essence from Missha looks really intriguing now! I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Hada Labo products, specifically their Shirojyun line, but they are amazing! :)

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thank you so much! I haven’t heard of Havo Labo products, but I’m going to check out some reviews! Thanks for the recommendation.

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Winter Sundays July 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm

First of all. . .thank you! My skin has been a hot mess since I moved to Korea in February. Especially my face. Le sigh. The good news is that there is a Missha in my neighborhood and I will be mosying on down there on the 10th. A sister needs some glow to her skin. Pronto.

Second, I am going to either Malaysia or Vietnam for winter break so I will be watching for your Malaysia posts. I have heard only good things about Reggae Mansion in Kuala Lampur. First read about it on Megan Starr’s blog. Supposed to be a dope hostel. They have a bar and roof parties and also a tour operation so even if you don’t stay there might be worth checking out. If you are in Penang – Seven Terraces looks to be a beautiful spot. Maybe a good place for a drink? It’s on my list if only to check out the decor. Last but not least CNN’s online travel section recently did a write up on Malaysia’s Top 40 foods.

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

oooh, thanks so much! I have my accommodation all sorted, but I’m definitely interested in doing a tour, so I’ll check it out. and OMG that Seven Terraces hotel looks BEAUTIFUL. Sigh. And thank you for the heads up on the CNN travel article about Malaysian food. EASILY the thing I’m the most excited about!

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Winter Sundays July 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

You are very welcome!! I am not even gonna front. I narrowed down my vacation choices to Malaysia and Vietnam for the food. Like that’s it. Plan is to land. Chill. Eat. Chill. Repeat. Get back on the plane.^^

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Sheryll July 15, 2013 at 8:59 am

girl, throw some shopping in there to and that’s EXACTLY what I plan on doing lol! I don’t want ANY stress!

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Kerry July 7, 2013 at 8:03 am

Yes! I also love this stuff and really enjoyed your review. I think your “glow from within” perfectly captures what it does. Your skin looks spectacular, by the way!

I just recently started reading your blog and I’m hooked. I hope you have an amazing vacation!

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Hi Kerry! Thanks so much for reading. I just started reading your blog, and I love it!!!!

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Renata July 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

Everytime I read your posts I die wishing to live in Korea as well! hehehehe!

I love Korea skin care products, but they are not very accessible because I live in another country. Thanks god there’s ebay in my life.

I would like to know if you know some korean skin product good for healing (or something like that) acne scars! That would be helpful!

Sorry for my english. Portuguese is my mother language :)

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hi Renata! Renata is actually my middle name. What a coincidence! To be honest, I don’t have a lot of info about fading acne scars, but I will say that the First Treatment Essence definitely has helped with a lot of my hyperpigmentation and has definitely evened out my skin tone, so maybe you could try it out! I get this question a lot, so I’ll definitely be doing some research and picking up some items in the future.

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Renata July 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

Thank you very much! :)
I’m looking forward to it :)

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yessy July 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

Haii sherryl,
I like to read your post on your blog. Especially this, korean skincare & cosmetics. Have nice summer vocation in that tropic countries :D

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Sheryll July 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Hi Yessy! Thanks so much for reading.

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Atun July 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

Hi! Greetings from Malaysia! I really wanted to try Korean skincare products since my skin are not reacting to any brands I used to use before i.e. nivea, olay, b.liv, clinique, bla bla…. I tried few of your recommendations and my skin looks better now. Many thanks.

But i really have dry skin… do you have any recommendations for korean moisturizer? I googled but none seems to work on me. My skin are super dry, for your information.

And although you are only coming in 7 weeks counting… hehehe…. welcome to Malaysia! We have quite crazy weather here… its kind of hot and humid. For your info, we just went through a really bad haze (because of land-clearance fires from Indonesia) and although it clears at end of June, I don’t know how to say this, but the remnants of haze lingers in few places. So don’t forget your moisturiser and scrub and mists or anything to keep your face hydrated. ^^

If you plan to go to Penang, do visit Penang Hill! I love that place because it’s quiet and relatively cooler than other places (ha!). Plus, you can see whole Penang on top! Do try David Brown restaurant there but for locals like me, the foods are quite pricey (just to warn you, since you might want to save money to shop!).

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Pamela July 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hi Sheryll!

Chanced upon your blog recently because im heading over to Seoul this fall for an exchange semester with Yonsei and i decided it was high time i did some research! Ended up on “korean cosmestics” (shame on me too i know haha) and your reviews are really handy!

Anw i’m from Singapore and i do hope that you’ll enjoy your stay here! Don’t be afraid to try the local food in the neighbourhoods e.g. the Bedok 85 hawker centre, Chomp Chomp, Lau Pa Sat — you’ll get an insanely good meal for cheap.

If you need tips on what to eat, scroll to ladyironchef.com :)

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Sheryll July 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hi Pamela! Thank you for reading. And thank you so much for your recommendations. I went to the website you suggested and it’s WONDERFUL! Thanks so much again!

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Leigh July 14, 2013 at 2:15 am

Hi Sheryll~ Love your skincare recommendations! I bought a set with the Missha essence and night repair. I usually use Etude House Wonder Pore Toner after cleansing, but with these new products I am confused about the order of application! Can you help me out?

After cleansing, do you use a toner THEN the essence, or just skip toner?
Do you use both the essence and the night repair together?

Thanks ^^

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Sheryll July 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi Leigh! Of course!

So, I wash my face, then I use my toner, as I’ve read that using a toner opens up your pores and makes it easier for the serums or whatnot to penetrate the skin…if this is true or not, who knows, but it works for me! Then after my toner, I use the essence, then the night repair at night. In the day, I just use the essence then apply my regular moisturizer. The First Treatment essence isn’t really a toner, it just has that same liquid consistency. I hope that helps!!!

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Melissa July 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Not to mention that the humidity in Singapore is one hell of a capital H. Brave up! You’ll enjoy the cleanliness and how structured this place is. Or so I believe :)

There’s nothing much and those attractions are super touristy. The only one I will recommend is “Gardens By the Bay” – go for all but if you want to pick one, go for the cloud observatory. There was a reason I went for that. It was too hot that day. Enjoy the food and the shopping!

Hope you’ve found a great place to stay. Happy travels

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Sheryll July 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for your recommendations. I’m going to look up the Gardens by the Bay now.

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Susan July 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hi Sheryll,

I recently came across your blog because of a search on Korean skincare. Your one post on your day and night routine is so helpful and funny. I’ve enjoyed reading your other posts as well. Since I’m a newbie, this is probably a very dumb question, but do you still use a toner along with this essence or is it good as a toner replacement? If you still use both, what order do you apply them?

Thanks!

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Sheryll July 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Hi Susan! I use both. I wash my face, then use toner, then the essence. The essence doesn’t really replace a toner, it’s more of a nourishing/skin brightener. It won’t get your skin super clean like a toner will. According to Korean skincare, a “regular” toner will open up your pores and make it easier for your essences and serums to penetrate the skin. Plus, with this gross weather we’re having in Korea, a toner is a NON-NEGOTIABLE. lol!

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Popgirl July 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hello from korea!

I am korean, and I live in seoul :)
Your look is so beautiful and cool. eye brow and red lips, all of your style are awesome!
and I like your all review and pic.
I manage facebook beauty page “Hotdeals In Korea” that deliver latest trend in korean beauty & fashion.
I share your work at https://www.facebook.com/hotdeals.korea :)
Thanks for your great review!!

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Sheryll July 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thanks!

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Stephanie July 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi! I bought the Missha The First Treatment Essence about a month a go, and sadly it hasn’t done the miracles I have heard others have had with the product. I have oily skin, and it remains so, and my pores are still large and I still have hyper pigmentation from acne. It hasn’t done a significant change to my skin. Do you have any advise? I’m sorry to burden you, it’s just that I’m really disappointed, and I don’t want to give up hope in this. Thank you.

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She-Ler August 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Hi Sheryll! I’m a huge fan of your blog as well as Korean cosmetics! Love all your reviews! Just gotten my hands on the missha essence…….cannot wait to try it!

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She-Ler August 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I’m from Singapore by the way..let me know if you need any travel tips in Singapore…will be more than happy to help!

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m00nlite January 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

nice and honest review

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Zie February 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Omg….I just came back from Missha store and search for some review on their product and found this blog! Your review is really tempting….feels like wanna go back to the store and buy this on! lol

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Sheryll February 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

GET IT! Trust me. You won’t regret it!

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Jude May 31, 2014 at 9:59 am

Hey! I know this review’s almost a year old, but I have a question for you! Do you still use this, and if you do, do you use it in conjunction with the OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum? I’ve been loving the serum (got it in large part due to your review of it) and I just got a crap ton of samples of this Missha toner…but I’ve heard that niacinimide and Vitamin C are a bad mix. So I’m wondering if you’ve ever used them together and if so, what your experience has been.

Fantastic blog, one of my favorites, and I so wish I had your life!

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Sheryll June 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Hi Jude! I haven’t used the OST serum with the Missha essence, so I don’t know how they would react together. I love using the OST serum with the Benton aloe toner though. I haven’t used the Missha essence in a while because I’m always testing new things, but it’s still remains one of my all-time favorites!

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