So I have talked a bit about the differences of essences, serums and ampoules on this post, where we talked about the ever famous Korean skincare routine.  Again, an essence is very similar to what we commonly refer to as a serum in the West. In some cases they’re the same but usually a serum has a higher concentration of beneficial ingredient. An “ampoule” is generally used to describe a serum-like product with an even denser concentration of beneficial than a serum, but again, sometimes the terms are used interchangeably. It’s not uncommon to have an essence, serum and ampoule in a routine or more than one of any one of the individual product types. They are generally designed to target specific issues, such as hyper pigmentation, dullness, signs of ageing or acne. There are few lines that have you apply the essence after the emulsion, but in most cases, the essence comes first. Now let’s talk about the ampoule of the hour. Some call it the Korean version of Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum but at almost half the price, the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule may be a great night treatment option without breaking the bank.

One of my k-beauty fave, the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule is one that you can actually compete with the ever famous and which I’ve been using also for years, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. This is one lovely beauty product that you can credit for a dewy glowing and clear complexion. The key ingredient for this anti-ageing serum is Bifida Ferment Lysate, a fermented yeast that visibly reduces signs of ageing and improves skin elasticity and protects the skin. When applied topically, it’s been shown in at least one study to reduce skin sensitivity and increase the skin barrier’s ability to repair itself. This serum has developed a cult following due to its ability to repair and hydrate, giving you luminous smooth and even-toned skin with regular use. The formula may be powerful, but its gentle enough for use on even sensitive and acne-prone skin. This is definitely one of Missha's star products!



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 

*STAR INGREDIENTS: Contains Fermented Bifida, Lactobacillus and Lactococcus for improved, healthier skin. Bifida Ferment strengthens skin's barrier to prevent damage from harmful environmental factors. Lactobacillus Ferment contains Peptide and Vitamin B12 for improved, healthy skin condition. Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate has protective and antioxidant properties to moisturise and improve skin barrier. 

It’s quite a beautiful list isn’t it? But to my surprise,  there’s nothing awful hidden in there. No real irritants or acne inducers. Also has a pH of 4.5-5. Quite impressed!

*Bifida Ferment Lysate – Usually taken as a probiotic, there’s not an incredible amount of information out there for when this is applied topically. It’s said to increase skin resistance against physical and chemical aggression and decrease in skin sensitivity while conditioning the skin. Many products contain it, like  Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair, Lancome’s Genifique and YSL’s Forever Youth Liberator to name a few, pretty much in everything.

*Niacinamide – (NCA – a form of vitamin B3) Can improve skin’s elasticity, amplify its barrier function, and help to correct PIH and other inflammation. However, while I’m a huge fan of Niacinamide, I wouldn’t layer it or use it directly after any sort of AHA/BHA. While it doesn’t do damage, it can flush the skin. If you have incredibly sensitive skin, you may want to rinse off your exfoliant before applying it.

*Tripeptide-1 – Acts as a positive regulator of cell proliferation and increases collagen fibers, specifically Collagen III, most proficient in younger skin. This sucker greatly effects the appearance of wrinkles and smooths out the texture of the skin.

*Tripeptide-10 Citrulline – Increases the cohesion in collagen fibers uniformity, making for more supple skin. 

*Sodium Hyaluronate – Sodium Hyaluronate (sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid)  is largely found in the dermis at young ages, but slowly decreases with age. Hyaluronic acid’s main selling point is its ability to hold up to 1000% of its weight in water, which gives the skin volume. Due to its powerful plumping effect, this is pretty much the ultimate moisturiser.

This actually came in a purple packaging with Korean descriptions on it. This bottle is also made of sturdy glass. It comes with an eyedropper cap that twists off. The eyedropper is also made of glass and it dispenses an even amount of product, I'd say it's the perfect pea-sized amount. The glass bottle has this really pretty gradient/ombre effect, a purple-pale pink (ish) colour. It's very eye-catching, and I love the way it looks. The bottle is approximately 4.5" tall including the stopper.I think it's quite sleek, practical, and also very pretty! 

The scent is also very subtle, kind of reminds me a bit of the scent my compact cushions have, but it's not overwhelming at all. Smells clean and pleasant actually. Ampoule is definitely thicker than essence, but slightly thinner than a serum. I'd say the texture is comparable to some sort of oil, but with less viscosity. It leaves dewy feeling on the skin, slightly tacky to the touch. So it’s a relatively thick serum that’s surprisingly easy to apply to the face. Initially sticky, but absorbs into the face. 

This ampoule can be used at day and night. Use it after the toner or essence and before your lotion or your moisturiser. Get an appropriate amount (I normally use 3-4 drops) and gently spread onto face (patting in to aid absorption) until fully absorbed. For better results I'm using this ampoule after The First Treatment Essence Intensive which was often compared to a HG Japanese product I’ve been using for years, the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

Ampoule is more expensive than serum, it is more lightweight, and penetrates into the skin faster. It can also be used before applying makeup for longer lasting results. Ampoules usually contain botanical extracts, vitamins and enzymes in different combinations (with no preservatives or chemicals). A good ampoule has effects on hyper-pigmentation, dry or oily skin, acne, and also ageing. Despite it's relatively thin consistency, the Missha Night Repair is actually really moisturising.  I usually dispense half the amount in the dropper and apply it to my face during the morning and night.  I can honestly feel the difference in my skin the next day. My skin feels moisturised, soft and supple - as if I've injected life back into it.  It is easy to massage onto the face and absorbs after a few seconds. I have no trouble applying other skincare or makeup on top. 

After using the product consistently for a couple of months now, I do feel like some of my acne scars have faded by a little bit and my skin looks clearer. I have seen my skin’s tone even out significantly since using this, texture included. It should also be mentioned, this works fabulously at locking in moisture. Again, loaded with antioxidants, retinol, and niacinamide, Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is quite effective. 

So if you want something that’s brightening, calming, slightly moisturising, prevents ageing, has a luxurious glass packaging with spillage protection, stellar ingredient list with no irritants and a great price for a quality serum then try out this one.

Sokoglam, for a limited time, if you purchase a full-sized Missha Ampoule, you’d receive a 140 ML Missha First Treatment Essence (for free). Which is brilliant! Click here.

You can also get this from, here.

So have you tried this ampoule before?

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