Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle.com HERE (Discount Code: CVQFZA)
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Made in: South Korea
What is it?: An Ampoule that aims to improve the overall tone and wrinkles in the skin. Containing Niacinamide (to improve the tone and barrier) + This contains 88% Bifida Ferment Lysate which is also in the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – it’s claimed to be anti-ageing and supports the skin’s barrier, but hasn’t been proven to actively prevent wrinkles from what I can tell. This also contains 3 peptides which help firm and brighten the skin.
Brand Description: The main idea Isntree has when calling this a wrinkle care ampoule is that this helps repair and strengthen the skin’s barrier, therefore preventing the skin from folding up on itself and forming wrinkles (I discuss this more in the Youtube video with diagrams).
Supposedly Good for: All skin types + those who want to improve the overall tone of the skin + help with fine lines.
What I think: Oily + Combo skins can use this as it’s so lightweight + watery. All skin types could use but I wouldn’t recommend to sensitised skins (as this could sting).
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Glass bottle with a dropper (this has some weight to it!).
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Directions: Apply after toning and pat in to help with absorption.
How I use it: I use this in the PM after cleansing + toning. I don’t need to wait long for this to absorb/dry so I can move onto the next part of my routine (usually a thicker serum).
Key Ingredients: Contains 88% Bifida Ferment Lysate – this is meant to strengthen the skin’s barrier + also brighten the skin. And also contains Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, and Rice Ferment Filtrate which are also supposed to improve the tone of the skin.
Other notable ingredients: Niacinamide (skin-barrier reinforcing + pore care + skin-brightening). Adenosine (skin-barrier reinforcing). The Pumpkin ferment provides exfoliating qualities (so improves the overall tone of the skin). This also contains Willow Bark extract (may contribute to the fact that this isn’t particularly hydrating). Beta-Glucan is soothing. Panthenol is also soothing + Allantoin.
The Peptides: Palmitoyl Oligopeptide – meant to improve skin firmness ”by 33% in a month”, Copper Tripeptide-1 – anti-inflammatory + wound-healing, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 – Argireline (”Botox in a jar”)
- So you can see overall this is a product that’s meant to really be a beneficial addition to one’s skincare routine. I can understand why this product would sting if the skin is already damaged + sensitised as I tend to find Niacinamide and/or Copper peptides to be quite stingy + even Argireline, if my skin-barrier is compromised. So I wouldn’t particularly recommend this to those on an intense Retinol Regime.
Full Ingredients: Bifida Ferment Lysate, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Carbomer, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Adenosine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: Very lightweight + watery! Reminds me of the Dear Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop in terms of that lightweight, watery texture that absorbs quite quickly! (Review HERE).
It layers fine and it doesn’t seem to cause me issues texture-wise. It’s not thick + gloopy either.
I would definitely recommend if you want to see how this looks on the skin, to watch my Youtube Video Down below!
You can see it’s literally a water-like texture, it’s not thick or gloopy and is easy to spread with the fingers.
You can see it provides the skin with some glow/dew to it as it starts to settle + absorb. This does not feel sticky or tacky on the skin.
Youtube Video! Swatching + Providing My First Impressions with LIVE swatches + Texture
Fragrance?: No added fragrance or essential oils (also this smells of nothing).
Good Under Makeup?: Yes because it’s so watery
How long have I been using this?: About 3 months. I will be using to completion.
The Effect?: Skin maintained in a good condition. Hasn’t drastically brightened the skin or altered fine lines in the way that a Vitamin C or a Retinol does, but it has prevented my skin from getting in a worse state. But what I do find interesting is that this product is meant to be used on sensitive and sensitised skin, but every time I applied to the skin when it was sensitised, this product seemed to sting, so I stopped using it when sensitive and kept it as a maintenance product to prevent sensitisation – and it works much better that way.
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What I like:
- Very lightweight, watery texture (great for oily skins) + I can move on with my routine fast.
- Highly spreadable and easy to absorb.
- Good to improve the resilience of the skin.
- I like the peptides added, the Niacinamide and the fermented ingredients.
- Didn’t irritate my skin (as long as it wasn’t sensitised in the first place).
What I don’t like:
- Feels a bit stingy if applying when the skin feels sensitised / vulnerable/ irritated.
- Not particularly hydrating or mositurising
- No drastic results (but I do say that this is a good addition to a routine).
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – I think this is a great ‘skin maintainer’. It reminds me of the Stratia Rewind serum in terms of they both aim to improve the look of the skin and just keep it in good condition. I would not recommend to skin that has been sensitised as I find that this product tends to sting if my skin is irritated, but when my skin is behaving normally, I tend to reach for this product because I know it’ll just add that bit of skin protecting boost my skin needs along with a vitamin C or a BHA etc. I think I also find that the texture is lightweight and not sticky, so it’s not hard for me to use this and move onto the next product.
Would I repurchase?: I would as this is a good ‘extra’ in a routine just to provide some added beneficial skincare ingredients to the skin. I wouldn’t replace this instead of an exfoliator or a vitamin C or a retinol, but this is more of a good add-on.
Dupe?: The Purito Centella Unscented Serum (Review HERE) – a calming, soothing serum BUT that is thicker than this!
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
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