Review: THE PLANT BASE – Time Stop Collagen Ampoule

Can be purchased on Yesstyle (affiliate discount link): HERE

Made in: South Korea

Volume: 20ml (very little but this is an ampoule so you’re supposed to use a little at a time – I’m not like this however so I may run out quite quick).

Price: $28.14

What is this?: An ampoule that has ”76.52% mushroom extract to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.” I would say this is a skin brightening, hydrating and conditioning ampoule.

Panthenol/sodium hyaluronate and macademia seed oil are mixed to hydrate the skin with aloe and centella to calm redness. Contains a ‘patented’ ingredient that’s a mix of liquorice (brightening), persimmon leaf and botanical extracts that contain antioxidants to soothe and strengthen the skin.

Good for: All skin types. In particular oily/easily-congested skins I Think would appreciate this. Those in hot and humid weather too, because this disappears into the skin so quickly and doesn’t hang around/make me sweat. I do think ageing skin or skin worried about fine lines could benefit (but this won’t ‘cure’ wrinkle woes in my opinion).

  • This I don’t think will be hydrating enough for dry skins/very dry skins – but if you add this into your moisturisers, this could be very compatible as it may provide some added skin benefits.

Packaging: Plastic bottle with a plastic screw top.

Directions: Use morning and night. Use it alone in the ampoule step or mix with other products like your moisturiser to amp up the effects

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How I use it: I apply this at night. I either apply it before a moisturiser or I apply it as my top-layer moisturiser by layering this on x2 on very hot/humid nights. I could apply this in the daytime as my serum step (I don’t differentiate ampoules to serums really) – so I cleanse, tone, serum/ampoule – sunblock/moisturise (int he AM / PM of summer).

Packaging – plastic screw lid which already picks up product upon unscrewing – similar to the skin food honey Propolis screw top.

Key ingredients: Hericium Erinaceum (Mushroom) Extract(76.53%) – they say this stimulates collagen? However this does contain a Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) derivative which probably helps with this collagen production and anti-wrinkle effect.

Also: Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate and Centella to heal, calm and hydrate the skin. Adenosine (conditioning), Ascorbyl Phosphate and Vitamin E (antioxidants). Licorice root extract – brightening and skin conditioning.

More skin conditioning/humectants: Peptides. Cholesterol (emollient, skin conditioning), Aloe Vera (skin conditioning). Beta-glucan – skin conditioning. Allantoin (conditioning). Morus Alba bark extract is conditioning and Diospyros kaki leaf extract (skin protecting). Mushroom extract (skin conditioning).

NOTE: Also contains Caramel (colourant) and Castor oil which are…meh.

IMPORTANT: Skincarisma have a full breakdown of the ingredients list: HERE

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Full Ingredients list: Hericium Erinaceum (Mushroom) Extract(76.53%), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Glycerin, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract(180 mg), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrylate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Polyacrylamide, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Allantoin, Acetyl Glutamine, Panthenol, C13-14 Isoparafin, Dextrin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Caramel, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-7, Beta-Glucan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Pantolactone, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Cholesterol, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Ceteth-5, Ceteth-3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate

Fragrance?: I don’t see essential oils or ‘fragrance’ added.

That caramel added colour gives this ampoule a brown look. I wonder what it looked like without the dye?

Texture: It has that sort of slime residue between your fingers like snail mucin. Really spreads out easily – I can rub this in and my skin just drinks it up/soaks it in beautifully. I really appreciate how light, absorbing and near-watery this product is while providing skin benefits. No heaviness or stickiness here.

Looks like it’s going to be very thick but this absorbs so fast and sinks right in. Easily spreadable.
Very shiny glossy feel but this absorbs super quick.

Good under makeup?: Yes

How long have I been using it?: 1 month

The Effect?: Plumped out and moisturised/hydrated my skin. Because of this plumping effect, fine lines get smoothed out. No drastic change to the skin but hydration is what I want out of my products. I do think this is ‘cooling’ and ‘calming’ to the skin.

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Plastic bottle. Came in this elegant box with a glossy finish.

What I like:

  • Absorbs fast (can hurry with my routine)
  • Can layer
  • Love the packaging – the pipette already has product picked up when you unscrew the lid.
  • The laundry list of lots of skin-beneficial ingredients. I like it when products are stuffed with beneficial ingredients. Of course i can’t say what the % is, but at least the company wanted to add good ingredients (suprised niacinamide isn’t in this – but liquorice root extract is).
  • No essential oils
  • This does hydrate my skin – it does feel like a drink of water
  • Doesn’t pill or ball up
  • Good under makeup
  • The texture is almost slimy it’s so smooth, so I really like the texture.
  • No fragrance/strong fragrance
  • Hydration
  • Pleasant light texture
  • ‘cooling’ and ‘calming’ to the skin (no irritation).

What I don’t like:

  • Caramel colourant added (unnecessary)
  • 20ml is very little (however this has lasted me a bit over a month and I’m still using it AND I do 2 layers of this a night.

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – a pleasant ampoule/serum. I think skin that is 1. easily congested and 2. oily would adore this as it is very light. The fact that this absorbs fast and isn’t sticky to me is great. Not a fan of some of the ingredient choices, but it hasn’t irritated my skin so i’m happy. Great to add subtle hydration to your routine without piling on moisturisers and serums on top.

Would I repurchase?: This was given as a PR sample. However I would purchase this product as I was eyeing this for a long time before I was given it. I’ve heard good things as this was featured on Sokoglam.

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