Is the Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence worth the eye-watering price?

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Isn’t it lust-inducing?!

I first learnt of the Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence while I was watching Gothamista’s video in which she used this essence in her morning skincare routine during the summer of last year. When I saw this product, I was attracted to it immediately and knew that I’ve gotta get it (Do you believe in lust at first sight? That’s how I felt about this product!). However, I went online to search for reviews on it and couldn’t find much information (probably because it’s kinda a new product). My lust for it also kinda stalled when I saw its price on Sephora (US$145 for 120ml!).

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Literally my reaction when I saw its price!

Like the handsome stranger that you met briefly on the train ride during the morning rush hour, the memories and the feelings of that encounter with this product got pushed to the back of my mind as months passed by. It wasn’t until September last year (in 2017) that my friend asked me if I wanted anything from Korea as she had another friend who’s going there for a holiday. Immediately I thought of this product and asked her to haul one from Lotte Duty Free shop for me.

Ingredients

Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin

If you just look at its ingredients list as above, you’ll note that this product is basically made out of glycerin (a humectant) and green tea extract (a strong antioxidant).

How does the Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence fare?

Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence is described as a skin-enhancing essence sourced from single extract, antioxidant-rich green tea that has been naturally fermented and aged to pre-tox and purify skin before ageing occurs. The antioxidant-rich green tea was harvested from AMOREPACIFIC’s Dolsongi tea garden on Jeju island. The handpicked leaves used to create the original single extract are fermented for 50 days, aged in traditional Korean earthenware for another 50 days and extracted for 24 hours, using the patented Full Body Extraction, to create a concentrated skin superfood. The fermentation process really maximises the potency of the EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in this green tea extract. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant which protect cells from damage.

See the video below from Amorepacific on this product! I swear this advertisement is so effective and makes me want to rush out to buy it immediately!

 

Even though I’ve had this product for around 6 months, I only really started cranking down to using it seriously around the end of January this year (2018) since I was using the Sulwhasoo First Care Serum previously. So I’ve been using this product both in my day and night skincare routines for around 1.5 months and I’m ready to share my thoughts of this product with you.

Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence is similar to a First Care Essence/ Serum in that you’ll need to use it in the first step after cleansing your face. For the first 2 weeks that I was using this product, I only pour out a few drops from the glass bottle and pat it into my skin. However, I later decanted it into a plastic spray bottle to spray it all over my face instead. There are 2 main reasons why I do so. Firstly, the product is extremely liquid, almost water-like, and I would find it seeping out through the gaps of my fingers. D*mn if I’m gonna let my floor gain all these anti-ageing super anti-oxidant benefits instead of my skin! Secondly, my 3 year-old daughter is now extremely curious about the “magic” potions that her mama keeps on the dressing table. She likes to pretend that she’s using them the same way as her mama does. To my absolute shock and horror, I caught her trying to shake the glass bottle of this particular product (that costs US$128/ US$145 a bottle, mind you!). For my own peace of mind and my daughter’s safety (in case she breaks the bottle and gets cut by the glass shards), I decided to decant it instead.

Anyway, as I was saying, the product is extremely liquid and it smells of tea (like duh!). I literally feel like I’m spraying my face with tea everytime I use this product. My initial impressions of this product was that it is lightly hydrating, softening and seems to help boost the absorption rate of my subsequent skincare. To be honest, I didn’t really see much results for the initial 2 weeks that I was using this product. I was just enjoying the sensorial experience of using this product. After 4 weeks, I find that my skin was significantly softer. I wanted to test if this new texture of my skin was due to this product so I stop using it for a few days just to see if there would be a difference. I noticed that although my skin still looks relatively ok, the feel of it was really quite different. Although my skin still feels smooth, it didn’t quite have the velvety softness that it had before.

However, the pressing question is this: is the difference in the softness of the skin a big enough factor for me to repurchase, considering its price? To be honest, I’m not certain either. Currently, I’ve got 3 new essences in my stash that I’ve not tried out yet. I’m not sure if the performance of those essence would be better than this essence but, they are certainly cheaper than the Amorepacific one. To date however, it is the best essence that I’ve used before. I might do a comparison post of all the essences that I’ve tried sometime in the future.

Where can you find it?

I asked a friend to purchase it from Korea. It retails at US$128 (120ml sized) at Lotte Duty Free shops.

Alternatively, you can also purchase it from Sephora (USA) or Nordstrom Online. It retails at US$145 (120ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

Review – Heimish All Clean Balm

Hey guys! So, I’ve disappeared from my blog for a while but now I’m back with another review of a skincare product that I’ve been using since Oct 2017! Heimish is a Korean brand that is most famous for their All Clean Balm (also the product that I’m gonna review today) even though the brand also releases other makeup items such as eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, makeup base etc. This product was highly raved by Gothamista in one of her skincare videos and I couldn’t resist checking it out to see whether it is really a dupe for another famous product – Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (Read my full review of Clinique’s Cleansing Balm here)!

As usual, the ingredients for the product are below for your reference:

Ingredients

Ethylhexyl palmitate, cetyl ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, polyethylene, PEG-8 isostearate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract, freesia refracta extract, iris versicolor extract, jasminum officinale (jasmine) extract, lilium tigrinum extract, leontopodium alpinum extract, nelumbium speciosum flower extract, narcissus pseudo-narcissus (daffodil) flower extract, rose extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, amyris balsamifera bark oil, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, juniperus mexicana oil, boswellia carterii oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, tocopheryl acetate, 1,2-hexanediol.

Note that this product contains shea butter. So if you are super prone to congestion or are allergic to any shea butter content, maybe you would like to test out samples of this product first before you commit to a purchase.

How does the Heimish All Clean Balm fare?

Heimish All Clean Balm is a cleansing balm that claims to remove all forms of makeup, especially heavy makeup, easily and thoroughly. You’ll need to use a spatula to scoop a small amount and massage balm over dry skin. The balm will transform into a light oil and you should start to see your makeup dissolving. Add a splash of tepid water to turn this cleanser into a milky fluid and then continue massaging it. Rinse off the milky fluid thoroughly by using lots of water. You shouldn’t need to use an additional face cloth to remove it.

It has a small spatula included in its top cover!

A white balm that feels quite solid to the touch!

True to its claims, I find that this cleansing balm really aids in destroying makeup easily and thoroughly. The convenience of not needing an additional cloth to thoroughly remove the cleanser itself (unlike some cleansing balms) means that I should be reaching for this product often right? Unfortunately, there is one big (to me at least!) con about this product that prevents me from reaching for it too often. That is also the reason why I took such a long time to give you guys this review. I find that this cleansing balm has a very very weird smell! You know, I was surprised that nobody has ever mentioned it in all of the reviews that I’ve seen. Heimish described the scent as spa-like with a “natural” scent but honestly there’s nothing spa-like about the scent of grease. Yes, this product smells strongly of the grease that comes from drains/ sewers behind restaurants or food stalls! I’m not a big fan of scents in my skincare products and I don’t actively seek out nice-smelling ones either. However, there are some scents that I really need to brace myself for and this is one of them. Therefore, even though this product works perfectly fine, I wouldn’t be rushing to repurchase it anytime soon.

However, I do realise that different people react to scents differently and you might want to give it a good sniff before you buy. Otherwise, it’s a really good makeup remover that comes with a reasonable price!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from iHerb Online. It retails at S$21.10 (120ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

Review – Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum & Cream (NEW)

I’d spoken highly of Dr Jart’s Ceramidin Cream before (Read full review here!) and I was so intrigued when I found out on Instagram that they had came up with an improved formula for their cream as well as a NEW product, which is the Ceramidin serum. I had a hunch that both would work well for me so I bought them without much hesitation.

As per my normal posts, I’ve included the ingredients list for both products as below.

Ingredients for Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream (NEW formula):

Ingredients for Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum (NEW product):

How does the Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream fare?

If you look through the ingredients for the NEW formula of the Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream, you might notice that it has included additional ceramides. The original formula only contains Ceramide 3 (aka Ceramide NP) despite its name while the new formula includes Ceramide AP (aka Ceramide 6), Ceramide AS (aka Ceramide 5), Ceramide NS (aka Ceramide 2), in addition to its original Ceramide 3. I had also noticed that my new favourite ingredient, the super anti-inflammatory Tumeric Root Extract, was thrown into the mix as well. Therefore it could be said that I was expecting great things from this product.

Well, after using this product consecutively nightly for one month in Singapore, as well as day and night for 10 days in the freezing winter conditions in Northern China, I can confidently tell you that this cream has indeed met or even exceeded my expectations. All of my original thoughts on this product still stands, with the interesting observation that this product seems to sit well on my makeup during daytime now. I’m not quite sure if it was due to the super dry and cold weather in China that I can comfortably use this in the daytime without affecting my makeup though. I just know that it’s crazy how nourished, hydrated and soft my skin looks and feel in sub-zero temperatures after using this product. If you are suffering from dull dry skin this winter, I would highly recommend that you get your hands on this product asap!

How does the Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum fare?

The Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum is a NEW product in their Ceramidin range. In fact, if you are interested, Dr Jart has also released a whole new range of Ceramidin body products and apparently, they are highly raved in Korean beauty circles.

Anyway, back to this product. It has the same smell as the Ceramidin Cream (a light mildly herbal scent, nothing offensive if you are worried) with the exception being that it is much much lighter in texture than the Ceramidin Cream. Although it does not have your typical watery hydrating serum type of texture, its light gel-cream texture sinks rapidly into the skin while instantly hydrating your skin, leaving it feeling substantially nourished and protected. It’s quite amazing that despite its relatively lighter texture, you can definitely feel that it is a hydrating powerhouse. Immediately after application, I can literally see my skin plumped up and it looks brighter and feels so soft. Although I typically won’t recommend that you use a serum without a moisturiser on top to lock in the goodness, I kind of feel that with this product, you might be able to get away with using it alone if you have oily combination skin.

The Ceramidin Serum has a light gel-cream texture!

Using both of these products together while I was in China for my sister-in-law’s wedding has definitely saved my skin from drying out. In fact, my skin felt so unbelievably soft and smooth that even my husband had asked to use my products (Haha!).

In Conclusion…

My combination dry skin loves both of these Ceramidin products and I think that using them together seems to magnify their hydrating and nourishing powers. If you have dry skin, you’ll love these products. If you have oily skin, you might find the cream a little too rich and would like to explore using the serum instead.

Where can you find it?

I bought these products from Qoo10.sg. The prices of these products has a range of around S$36++ to S$40++ on that platform. It is not available in Sephora Singapore yet. I bought the Ceramidin Serum for S$36.90 (40ml sized) and the Ceramidin Cream for S$45.90 (50ml sized).

Thank you for reading!