Is this as good as SK-II Facial Treatment Essence?



For years, I’ve been hearing all these amazing things about the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence but there was one thing that always put me off, and it was the price tag.

Having problematic skin means that I’ve tried tons of different skincare products, some of which were very, I’d go as far as to say unreasonably expensive. Years a go, I came to a conclusion that pricey doesn’t always mean better or more effective. This is why I was very hesitant about trying the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence– especially since this is isn’t a moisturizer or a serum. Finally about a year and half a go, one of my friends convinced me to try it and I gave in.

Here’s the thing about this treatment essence; while it can be a lovely addition to your skincare routine, it will not give you too many visible results. I use this essence after cleansing, but before serum/moisturizer. It has a very watery formula and I like pouring a few drops in my palms and then gently pressing it into my skin. First thing that I noticed after a week of using this treatment was that my skin felt incredibly smooth. Second thing I noticed was that some of the sebaceous filaments around my nose and chin started to fade very slowly, and the occasional redness also didn’t seem to be a problem any more. And this just about sums it up. Yes, my skin felt amazing after every single use, but I did not see any improvement in anything else. However, once I started running low (which did take a while, one bottle lasts for ages!), I actually did consider buying another bottle of the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence because it worked so well with my then-extremely sensitive skin. That was when I came across Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence and I thought to myself, “could this be a possible dupe?”.

Seeing that the price was substantially lower and that it had great reviews, I decided to give it a try. Here’s the surprising part: I liked this stuff just as much as the SK-II Treatment.

Looking at both products, one thing is obvious: the packaging is almost identical and I’m guessing the “dupeage” here was very much intentional. I have to say that in terms of formula and feel they also seem identical. They’re both fragrance-free, however, I do detect a hint of natural scent in the SK-II Treatment Essence (think fermented water). Here’s an ingredient list of both:

SK-II Facial Treatment EssenceSaccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate(90%), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/ Eau), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid.

Missha Time Revolution First Treatment EssenceSaccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (80%), Propanediol,Glycyrrhiza Glabra ( Licorice Root Extract ), Niacinamide, Polyquaternium-51, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Raffinose, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Chamomile Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Tromethamine, Water, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

As you can see Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence has a lot more ingredients, but none of them seem to be alarming. Missha Treatment felt absolutely the same on my skin, and after I’ve used it for a while, I have to say that it is hardly possible for me to differentiate between these two products. Both leave my skin feeling very smooth, both help with redness and with minimizing the appearance of sebaceous filaments around my nose and chin. SK-II Treatment sells for $150.00 for 150ml (5oz) and is made in Japan, Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence sells for $30.00 (right here) for 150ml and is made in Korea.

Okay, now that we’ve established that this is definitely a dupe, what can these two do for your skin exactly? They will not bring you dramatic results, they will not erase or diminish any wrinkles, spots or hyperpigmentation, they will also not improve your skin’s texture. They both will, however, soften and slightly brighten your skin. These are nothing like harsh toners- they basically feel like water on your skin, which means that they’re both ideal for those with sensitive skin. As you know, I’ve been on Retin-A for nearly a year now, and there’s a lot redness, dryness and sensitivity that comes with the use of prescription tretinoin and both of these essences felt incredibly soothing on my skin.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is lovely, but if you’re thinking of trying it, don’t expect miracles. I think that Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence is a perfect dupe, and comes at a much better price point.



  • Reply
    Kiki Rampone
    January 8, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    It’s awesome that you found a cheaper dupe of that product! I’ve never tried either, but they sound great :)

    xo Kiki

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    Chaste and Beautiful
    January 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Well, it definitely sounds you have spotted some terrific dupes and I loved the packaging. It feels great to read your blog after a while. I have been so busy lately. :)

    Chaste &

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    January 9, 2016 at 12:15 am

    I got a SKI II product in this month Miss Tutii box. Cant wait to try and blog about ths box! its amazing:)

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    January 9, 2016 at 1:52 am

    That sounds wonderful! I’ve been enjoying your blog posts so much… I’ve been shamelessly stalking your “recipes” section of TT because one of my New Year’s goals is to eat better, healthier food, and every time I see your recipes, they look so good!

    Thank you for your wonderful posts!

    Savannah xx

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      Paula @
      January 14, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Aww thanks so much Savannah! You’re so sweet! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the recipes section, I’m very happy to hear that!

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    Dagmara Klich
    January 9, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Wow! $150 for a bottle of tonner is incredibly expensive! It’s great that you found a much cheaper alternative that suits your skin as well :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      January 14, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      That’s the thing, this isn’t really a toner. It’s really hard to describe this product but it’s sort of like a smoothing essence or something like that. I love the Missha one though so much, I think they’re both pretty much identical :)

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    Danielle Beautyblog
    January 9, 2016 at 6:59 am

    These both sound lovely but I would definitely have to pick the Missha one for the price! Nice dupe!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

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    Paula Loreti
    January 9, 2016 at 11:53 am

    The missha time revolution seems a little better and the price is more affordable!

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    August 24, 2016 at 12:36 am

    This comparison is great! I know most of us who have heard about SK’s essence coveted it, but ruled it out because of price. I will definitely purchase the Missha version in the future.

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