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Review: Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive

3. September 2015


In the last years many brands have started to release essences containing fermented yeast filtrate, similar to the famous  SKII Facial Treatment Essence. One of these many products has been claimed a good dupe, or even an improved version of the SKII essence: the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence. I tried some samples from this essence in the past and I really did like it back then, but never purchased a full size version. Then, earlier this year Missha announced to reformulate the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (short: Missha FTE), which was called the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive. Many people were not happy about the reformulation. Nevertheless, I wanted to give this version a chance and started to in-cooperate it into my daily skincare routine after I kindly received this from Missha Germany for reviewing purpose. I do not have any direct comparison between the two versions (apart from my weak memory using the samples), but I will do a short breakdown on the new and removed ingredients. As far as I can tell I do like the new Missha FTE intense nonetheless!

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Missha is one of the worldwide famous Korean brands, especially their Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream is one of the most famous BB creams. They have a lot of online stores all over the world and are available in US/Canada, Australia and since some time they even opened up an online store for Germany, and a physical store in Ingolstadt in Germany! The products always come in a very luxurious looking packaging and the design is usually very mature and elegant and I think that it can be liked by almost everyone. The Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is no exception here: it comes in a hard plastic bottle (I think it was a glass bottle previously) with a silver cap, and the cardboard box is made of silver reflecting paper. You can see the lightly yellowish solution through the bottle, too.

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

The Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is a highly concentrated essential essence, which is used as first step after cleansing your face. It rises the skin moisture and radiance level and has soothing and smoothing properties. It claims to have wrinkle repairing and whitening properties. The Korean and English description is included on the cardboard box (you can click to enlarge the image below). A label with the German description is added on the packaging, since I received the product from Missha Germany. The bottle of essence comes with 130 ml of product and has a shelf-life of 9 months after opening.

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Ingredients: old vs. new

The ingredients are listed on the cardboard packaging, but also on the official Missha web pages. The list is also included in the COSDNA databank, and you can check whether the single ingredients are rated positively or negatively. Luckily, the Missha ingredients are safe to use, as you can check here. Since I mentioned the reformulation of the Missha FTE earlier here is a quick info about it. Below, the ingredients of the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence are listed:


The newly added ingredients are marked green. These ingredients are not included in the old version of the Missha FTE. I will go through the properties of these 8 new ingredients in the following:

Betaine: a anti-inflammatory stabilizator, which has calming/soothing properties for the skin

Trehalose: moisturizing properties

Butylene Glycol: has similar properties as propylene glycol, but with a lighter texture; skin conditioning properties and acts as solvent

Disodium EDTA: stabilisator, chelator, and preservative

1,2-Hexanediol: humectant, emolient

Caprylyl Glycol: skin conditioning and moisturizing properties, also a preservative

Potassium Sorbate: preservative

Hexapeptide-9: a synthetic peptide containing Glutamine, Glycine and Proline residues (different amino acids), it acts as skin conditioner/ smoothening

The ingredients which have been removed from the formulation are: Licorice Root Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra), Polyquaternium-51, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, and Pentylene Glycol.

Licorice Root Extract: an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory and skin-conditioning properties, also used for fragrance

Centella Asiatica: skin conditioning and calming/soothing properties

Portulaca Oleraca: anti-inflammatory and skin conditioning properties

Rosmarinus Officinalis: anti-inflammatory, used for fragrance

Chamomilla Recutita: skin conditioning/ smoothening

Pentylene Glycol: anti-inflammatory, emollient

Polyquaternium-51: humectant

When I’m comparing the two lists of the new and removed ingredients I see that mainly ingredients have been changed into ingredients with similar and same properties. So why did they change it at all? My first idea was, that they wanted to get rid of the fragrance ingredients the product had. The new formula doesn’t have a specific scent, or rather smells like many essences with fermented ingredients smell of. The old formulation didn’t have any specific scent to me either. The second idea is, that many people react to specific plant extracts. By removing some of the plant extracts and changing them to synthetic ingredients the risk for allergies is reduced. The third point might be that the cost for the new ingredients is cheaper than the old ones. The last idea seems to be the most likely one :D The only ingredient which is not really replaced properly is the Licorice Root extract. This is such a powerful ingredient considering brightening and anti-aging that it is really sad they removed it. Yet, we do not know the concentration of the Licorice Root extract in first place, so it is not really sure how much this effects the properties of the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence as a whole.

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Apart from the newly added and the removed ingredients the key ingredients of both formulations are the same: yeast ferment filtrate, also known as “Pitera”. The Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence contains two types of yeast ferment filtrate: Saccharomyces and Bifida in a concentration of 80%. Yeast ferment filtrate is nutrients-rich. It contains many vitamins, amino acids and proteins and helps to improve the moisture level of the skin. Other great ingredients of the Missha FTE are sugars, like Raffinose and Trehalose, which have moisturizing properties and ingredients like Niacinamide and Lactid Acid, which have brightening properties.

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
I’ve been using the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive since I received it 8 weeks ago almost every day twice (morning and evening routine). From time to time I switched to the May Coop Raw Sauce alone, mostly I used both together. There is no scent / light fermented scent.  The consistency of the Missha FTE is water-y. It is clear and runny, but absorbs into the skin quickly. It feels the skin hydrated and smoothed instantly, like a thin film on the skin. I really like this feeling and it makes you want to touch your face constantly. The overall face looks brightened and less dull. Adding other products on top works nicely and doesn’t cause any flaking at all.

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Unfortunately, I cannot compare the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive to the old version directly, but I really love how this product works in my skincare routine. It leaves the skin with a nice feeling and -having tried the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence before- I can say that I prefer the Missha FTE. The Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence has a much more intense yeast ferment scent (contains 90% of yeast ferment filtrate) and yet doesn’t leave the skin as smooth as the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intense does. I’ve bought the COSRX Galactomyces 95 White Power Essence recently, but have not tried it yet (this one has even 95% of yeast ferment). I will be comparing it to the Missha FTE Intensive for sure. In terms of wrinkle-care I do not know how much the Missha FTE impacts on this, since every change will be also an effect of my whole skincare routine. Adding products with moisturizing properties is never wrong if you want to prefer skin-aging though. And the Missha FTE does definitively moisturize and brighten up my skin instantly and makes it feel super smooth. There are so many brands these days, each with their own yeast ferment filtrate essence that it can be difficult to decide for a specific one, but considering the price the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is definitively preferable to the SKII Essence. The Missha Time Revoltion The First Treatment Essence Intensive retails for 38.90 € from the German Missha store (49.00 US$ from Missha US!).

You can also get this product from:

W2Beauty for 38.50US$ (use coupon berries10 for 10% off and free shipping) for 18.01€ for 28US$

Btw.: Missha Germany also deliveres outside Germany. So if you are somewhere in Europe it might be faster to consider ordering from them instead of Korea. My package arrived after 2 days, which is awesome when thinking about the 2-4 weeks of waiting when ordering from Korea :D Take a glance at their webpage, instagram, and facebook and support the spreading of Korean cosmetics within Europe! Also, Missha is one of the Korean bands which are against animal testing!


Just as a short reminder: All products mentioned and reviewed on this blog are of my personal opinions. This product here was sent to me for reviewing purpose by which doesn’t influence me in providing my honest opinion on the products.


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  • Joan 3. September 2015 at 18:10

    I’ve been waiting for this review! Thank you! I wonder why people have been against the reformulation since most of the additional ingredients were tacked on to the very end of the list. I can’t wait to try this for myself some day!

    • Frl. Schnee 4. September 2015 at 0:49

      I tried to finish off the writing as soon as possible, since I knew you were waiting. Hoping this review was helpful for you. I agree about the reformulation. In the end it is about the last 20 % of the whole product anyways…which is not much per single ingredient after all.

      • Joan 4. September 2015 at 1:23

        You’re a dear. Thanks!!

  • Yuri 4. September 2015 at 0:15

    Great review!
    I also own this product, albeit the old version.
    I’ve got a question though: How do you apply it? Do you just pour it onto a cotton pad? I feel this way I waste so much product, but if I just pour it in my hand I end up drizzling it all over the place, which isn’t very ideal either. :/

    • Frl. Schnee 4. September 2015 at 0:48

      I pour it into my palms, but not too much. Better repeat it twice with tiny amounts than wasting it all over :D

  • Winnie 4. September 2015 at 3:26

    I really liked the thorough review you made. I’m a total newbie with beauty products, but I’m been more interested in Korean lately, especially with the brand Missha. I recommend the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule Serum. I heard it”s pretty good and I have a sample of it that I plan on reviewing soon. Your blog looks so cute, so in love with it <3

    • Frl. Schnee 8. September 2015 at 20:54

      Thank you! :)I heard great things about the night activator ampoule, too, and I also have a bunch of samples for it. Looking forward to read about your impressions :) Thanks for reading my blog, too!

  • Joanne 8. September 2015 at 15:32

    Is the texture the same as the May Coop? I really like the May Coop. I’ve only ever tried the BB Cream from Missha so I’m very curious about their skin care.

    • Frl. Schnee 8. September 2015 at 17:17

      The texture is more watery than the May Coop Raw Sauce. I didn’t use them together first in order to see the effects of each product, but now I’m using both together (first Missha FTE then Raw Sauce). They work great together as well.

  • Valeria 5. November 2015 at 2:35

    you use every day by day and before sleep right? everyday?

    • Frl. Schnee 5. November 2015 at 9:52

      you’re right. but I’m using moisturizers and serum after I’m using this, too.

  • MJ 19. November 2015 at 8:06

    Hello! I love your reviews. I was wondering, do you use this essence after a toner? If so, which one? I recently purchased this essence plus the COSRX AHA BHA clarifying treatment toner. I hope they go well together.

    • Frl. Schnee 23. November 2015 at 16:20

      Yes, I used to use the COSRX Toner previously, at the moment I’m using Elisha Coy Moist UP Hyalurone Ampoule Toner. Usually I’m using a pH adjusting toner like these as first step, then I use my actives like vitamin C or BHA serum. Afterwards I use the First Essences followed by other serums/creams etc.

  • Candy 21. November 2015 at 18:19

    Hi i am
    Just wondering why the packaging is different i have my intensive first treatment essence but in the old pckaging glass bottle kinda oval shaped but with the word i tensive just like the photo here on your blog

    • Frl. Schnee 23. November 2015 at 16:22

      I don’t know, maybe there is a difference between the batches in Germany and the ones from other countries. But I thought they have changed it in general…

  • Marta 12. March 2016 at 13:16

    Hi! I really want to try this product! Thanks for the review! :)
    Do you use it after the toner and before the serum or do you use it as the toner?

    • Frl. Schnee 12. March 2016 at 13:35

      I use it after toner and actives like vitamins. Wait some minutes and apply the first essence and then other essences/serums/creams. I hope this helps you :)

      • Marta 12. March 2016 at 13:43

        Yes! Thank you ❤

  • Marta 12. March 2016 at 13:44

    Yes, thank you! ❤

  • Fakhriyya 21. August 2016 at 8:07

    Hello Im very confusing about price difference between sites. the first want to buy beautynetkorea theres price 26.79usd. Then I saw that misshaus offer 40.9usd. After that yesstyle 43.61usd. iherb price 27usd .Which one i believe please check out there is huge difference

  • Lisa 23. December 2016 at 3:19

    HI! I’m just wondering. Is it okay for me to skip toner after applying this essence? Thanks :D

  • Susan 29. July 2017 at 19:24

    Thank you for the great review! I read your review before purchasing this Missha Treatment Essence a couple weeks ago. I recently started using it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that well on my skin so far.

    I wrote a part 1 review here, feel free to check it out!

  • Rutuja 9. February 2018 at 1:28

    Why is the one I got transparent like water and not yellowish like I see in the pic. Is it because it was on offer in the current sale.

    • Frl. Schnee 9. February 2018 at 10:08

      Did you also buy the “intensive” version or the “moist” version. The liquid itself was more on the clear side. It may be due to lighting as well. Also the intensive version contains a lot of plant based extracts which can cause slight variations.