MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist | Review

I have just recently finished my second small bottle (can?) of the Missha First Treatment Essence Mist. My first impression of the product was, this is just water. I felt like a dummy spraying my face. But alas! I am a convert! I have just noticed a difference in the overall look of my skin and I like it! I’m sure it’s a combination of products in my skincare routine, but the mist has become something I feel like I need to do, and contributes to this amazing glow I feel I have. 

Now as I said, when I first started using it, I thought it was just water, and what’s the point of misting your face– it doesn’t do anything… well I was also using it wrong. It’s called “First Treatment Essence Mist” for a reason; you’re supposed to use it first! I was using it somewhat last, and kind of like a refresher during the day. When I started using it first thing after cleansing, that’s when I started to notice a difference. 

MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist

MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist
MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist
MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist
MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist
MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist
MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist saturated on skin


Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Niacinamide, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Betaine, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Beta Vulgars (Beet) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cornus Officinaus Fruit Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Bambusa Vulgars Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trethylehexanoin, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Raffinose, Polyquaternium-51, Water (Aqua), Tromethamine, Lactobacillus Ferment, Adenosine, Ethylhexyglycerin, Acetic Acid, Lactic Acid, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol 


Now the first thing I noticed was the word whitening and I was very hesitant to try this for this reason alone. I have no interest in “whitening” or “bleaching” my skin, but I do have some acne scars/hyper-pigmentation that I would prefer not be present on my face, and I find that Korean skincare products are one of the most effective ways to rid myself of them. That said, the skin “whitening” ingredients that I noticed right away were the licorice root extract and niacinamide, which are 4th and 5th on the list, respectively (meaning it is the 4th and 5th most concentrated ingredient in the product). So you’ve got yeast first, some form of ginseng/yeast hybrid (?), propandiol is just a solvent that helps the product get into your skin, and then the licorice root extract and the niacinamide.

Since there are a ton of ingredients listed, I think it’s safe to say the licorice root extract and niacinimide are in low concentrations and likely more in line with brightening vs. whitening, which IMHO are different things; brightening being the evenness of your skin tone (and that glow!) and whitening as in wanting to make your skin lighter. That’s how I think of it anyway (if I’m wrong, any Korean beauty skincare guru, feel free to chime in! I find that people who want to whiten their skin will use much more effective products, specifically made for that purpose). I find that this is the case for many Korean skincare products which is why I continue to use them without fear of bleaching my skin. The only thing relatively legit I found about yeast, the first two ingredients, is that it’s used in cosmetics (hair products as well) for its moisturizing properties, and also has use in wound healing. 

What MISSHA says:

The First Treatment Essence Mist is a must have item for dry and rough skin. This hydrating essence mist is convenient and easy to use – perfect for on-the-go!

Use the mist spray for instant soothing and moisture boost. Already have makeup on? Simply spray over your makeup for the same effect.

Also provides wrinkle repairing and whitening benefits.

Contains NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor) and Fermented Yeast Extract to provide basic skin care, including skin balance, moisture, and elasticity.

Now for my experience

So when I started using it correctly, I noticed that you really have to apply this liberally. I felt like it was water because I would mist it about four times on my face and proceed to the next step in my routine. Once I really started saturating it, it looked a lot less like “just water” (and I subsequently ran out much quicker). I usually use this directly after washing my face with liquid black soap, which leaves my skin squeaky clean; and I mean squeaky! My face is left feeling pretty dry afterwards, and this mist is just the perfect boost of moisture for my regularly oily skin; not too much, not too little. This is also perfect for me because I do not typically use a moisturizer; my skin is just too oily. 

Is it hydrating? 

Yes, for me it is, right after washing my face. 

Does it provide wrinkle repairing and whitening benefits? 

Well, I’d have to say no to the wrinkle repair as I’ve still got these crow’s feet and partially visible forehead wrinkles and since I’ve gone through two 50 ml cans of it. I do see my complexion brighter, not whiter. This can also be from the combination of products I use. I’m not sure if this would brighten my skin tone on its own. 

I don’t use this during the day anymore as a refresher mist, just because I don’t need to. 

As someone who turned my nose up at facial mists, I am a convert! This has me wondering what other facial mists out there are as awesome as this one makes me feel.

I received these mists as a gift but the 50ml size will run you $20.00 and the 120 ml one is $35.00 on Sokoglam.




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