If you know anything about K-beauty, you’ve likely already heard about SK-II’s signature Facial Treatment Essence. Pretty much every celebrity, affluent influencer, and their mothers swear by it. But there’s a downside: it’s expensive as heck. We’re talking over P12,000 for a 230ml bottle.

Luckily, you can always count on the skincare community to find a cheaper dupe and they’ve long identified its more affordable twin: the Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence. Even our own customer reviews confirm this. According to BeautyMNL regulars, this featherlight essence gives them the glowiest skin of their life. Sure, it’s still pretty pricey at P2,700, but if it delivers the same results as a P12,000 cult-fave, then that’s an investment and a steal in itself.

Curious to see more? Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know.


Lav, age unknown, Sensitive Skin: “A GREAT ADDITION TO MY SKINCARE ROUTINE. Pros: a) Did not irritate my skin. b) No scent. c) Visible results a week after. My skin is even brighter and plumper. Improved the tiny bumps and healed my post-acne patch in my skin faster … It’s like “Glass skin” minus the use of facial oil and N amount of sheet masks, and a good source of sunlight. As a result, I also use this on my chicken-skinned armpits.” Sharon, 39, Sensitive: “i miss this SK-II dupe! … the first skincare product that amazes me how [much] a watery essence can do so much for my skin - brightening, hydration, nourishment and overall improvement of my skin issues.” Kat, 21, Combination Skin: “I apply it right after I wash my face because it has such a thin consistency. I believe my skin absorbs it faster that was and my skin now has such a nice glow after using it for a month! I think it also lessened my eyebags … You dont even have to use much because a little goes a long way.”


This K-beauty bestseller is powered by the same stuff that powers SK-II’s famous miracle water. It’s made with 90% fermented yeast, which is a potent extract taken from Himalayan purple barley. Known to quickly plump up skin, refine uneven texture, and reduce pigmentation, it delivers that glowing “glass skin” effect in just a few weeks.

With a consistency so light, it almost feels like water. This allows the formula to rapidly absorb into the skin and retain moisture for longer. As a result, it helps restore elasticity to dull, dry complexions. Enhanced with niacinamide and adenosine, this luxurious essence also provides visible brightening and energizes skin, so you look younger and healthier overall.


To maximize its effects, this product is best used morning and evening, immediately after cleansing. Not only will it absorb deeper, it’ll also help prep your skin to better receive the rest of your skincare!

APPLICATION: Dispense 3-5 drops of essence onto your palms. Using gentle pressing motions, evenly pat the product over your entire face until it has fully absorbed.

The Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence is available on BeautyMNL for P2,700. Shop it right here.

CREDIT: Top image from www.sk-ii.com and @missha.official.

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