Review: Rovectin – Cica Clearing Ampoule (Is it Soothing?)

Where to purchase: Yesstyle: LINK / Stylevana: LINK / Correelle: LINK / Rovectin: LINK

Price: £29.13

Volume: 30ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A Soothing Gel ampoule aimed at Sensitive Skins containing Rose Water, Pink Calamine, concentrated Cica and Madecassoside to reduce redness, irritation and defend against breakouts.

Supposedly Good for: Irritated and sensitive skin + blemish-prone skin.

What I think: I would agree this works for sensitive and red skins and even blemish-prone skin unless you are sensitive to rose water. Furthermore due to the Niacinamide in here I would not specifically recommend this to broken-skins as it could sting. Oily + Combination Skins could enjoy this lightweight and hydrating texture.


Vegan?: Yes.

Cruelty Free?: Yes.

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months.

Packaging: Plastic bottle with a dropper mechanism. I do not like this mechanism, it’s very hard to get product out (just like the I’m From Mushroom Collagen Ampoule) and I think they should have gone for a pump to expel product easier.


Directions: Apply to entire face area after cleansing. Use morning and/or night.

How I use it: I apply this in the PM after toning (right before a more emollient serum or cream). Due to the dropper not being that great at picking up product, it takes me a longer time to get the right amount of product dispensed onto my skin.

Key Ingredients: Niacinamide: Brightening + Sebum-reducing and Redness-reducing. 73.1% Centella asiatica: Anti-redness and Antioxidant. Madcassoside + Asiaticoside + Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract: Antioxidants and soothing and protective. Panthenol + Allantoin + Beta-Glucan: Soothing and Hydrating/Moisturising. Sugarcane Extract + Chondrus Crispus Extract: Moisturising / Hydrating.

NOTE: If you would like to know the benefits of Cica and its Bio derivatives, then check out my Explanation HERE.

Full Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract (731,088.99 ppm), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Methylpropanediol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Calamine, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Madecassoside, Betaine, Panthenol, C12-14 Alketh-12, Tromethamine, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Sodium Phytate, Asiaticoside, Beta-Glucan, Cyanocobalamin, Tocopherol, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: A lightweight gel-serum. It’s slightly thinner than the Geek and Gorgeous Serums for instance, but it still forms a film on top of the skin once it has dried down. It doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin.

Sticky?: Only if you apply too much product (less is more).

Greasy?: No.

Balls up?: If you apply an oil on top after the film has formed on top of the skin, yes.

  • As you can see, this is a lightweight and transparent serum that smooths over the skin nicely and is cooling and hydrating on the skin.
  • You can see there is a hydrating quality to this product and it does feel instantly soothing as soon as it comes into contact with the skin.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Due to the inclusion of Niacinamide, it may. That’s why I think this works well for sensitive skins (and not sensitised0.

Summer or Winter?: More suited for the summer due to how lightweight this is. But you can apply a thicker cream on top during the winter.

Layerable?: Depends if you are applying a greasy/oily product on top (may ball up).


Video Swatch:

  • As you can see, this is a lightweight, watery serum that will run down the hand.

Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free (This doesn’t smell of anything either).

Good Under Makeup?: I would not recommend it just in case it balls up.

How long have I been using this?: 1-2 Months.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes.

How Long will that take?: 3-4 Months.

The Effect?: Hydrated and cooled skin immediately. Long term: I can notice a slight reduction in redness and how quick my skin flares up, so I appreciate the effect.

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What I like:

  • Cruelty-Free
  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Lightweight
  • Hydrating
  • Soothing
  • Did not sting or irritate my skin
  • Has helped with redness + flare-ups

What I don’t like:

  • Not a fan of the packaging (the dropper doesn’t pick up product that well)
  • A little sticky / tacky (especially if too much is applied)
  • Potential to ball up (i.e. I can’t put greasy or oil-based products on top in case)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (nearly a 3.9)/ 5 – This is a soothing and hydrating ampoule and I appreciate how lightweight it is. I like the effect it has had on my skin, but I do not like the dropper that much (takes a while to suck up and dispense the amount of product I want), and I also find it a bit tricky with it’s potential to pill under certain creams or serums.

Would I repurchase?: No I would not. I’m not the biggest fan of the film this forms on the skin (even if it is very lightweight) due to the possibility of this pilling up on the skin under certain products.

Dupe?: A very similar proudct in terms of key ingredients and aims is the Make P:rem Inteca Soothing Ampoule (Also Fragrance + EO Free): LINK

  • A product that has a similar effect on my skin without the balling up is the A’pieu Madecassoside 2x Ampoule (It is just Madecassoside Extract), Review HERE + LINK.
  • The Ordinary – Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution is another great soothing dupe aimed at blemish-prone skins: LINK (It is also Fragrance +EO Free. Vegan + Cruelty-Free)
  • The Skin1004- Madagascar Centella Ampoule : LINK / Swatches + Review: LINK (It is also Fragrance +EO Free. Vegan + Cruelty-Free)
  • The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is also absolutely lovely for Sensitised Skins even: LINK / Swatches + Review: LINK

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.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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