Essence & skincare: a match made in heaven or just a gimmick? I am still not sure. I have tried a few skincare items by now from the brand and I like some and overall they really aren’t too terrible. That said, they are also not the most effective skincare items I have ever used. I think the brand can be lovely if you are looking for products that do just enough but aren’t groundbreaking. A product that fits perfectly in that sense is the one we are reviewing today. The Essence Daily Drop of Energy Ampoule face serum is nice, but it really isn’t anything too special either.
Skincare review: Essence Daily Drop of Energy Ampoule Face Serum
With how affordable this brand is, you really can’t complain too much I feel. At €3.99 for this little bottle it isn’t too terrible if it ends up not working well. Not as badly as if this were much more expensive, but of course, even when a product is cheaper, I’d still like it to work well. With this I was a bit confused as to how to use it at first so it took some time before I felt impelled to put it into my skincare routine. But once I figured it out I found this is best used mixed into another product rather than by itself.
What does this face serum have to offer?
Let’s start with why this was confusing to use. I bought this online. There was no other packaging than the bottle itself and all information on the bottle were printed in orange like the bottle. Not helpful. In the end I figured out that this is supposed as a serum by itself. You can use the white button on the top (which is a silicone/ rubber like stopper) that allows you to control how many drops you use. According to the instructions you only need a few drops to make your ski feel smoother and more radiant.
What does this product do?
In order to understand a little bit of what we are working with, let’s have a look at the ingredient list first:
INGREDIENTS: AQUA (WATER), PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, POLYGLYCERYL-6 CAPRYLATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, ALLANTOIN, XYLITOL, SODIUM PHYTATE, ALCOHOL, SODIUM CITRATE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRIC ACID, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BENZOIC ACID, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE).
A few things stand out to me here: it mainly consists of water and glycerin as much affordable skincare does. The vitamin C is also high up on the list as it is the third ingredient. So that promise is made good on. However, this product also contains fragrance. I am not against fragrance per se, but it smells too strongly I never like it. And this smells very zesty indeed.
Because of the strong smell and the fact that my dry/ dehydrated skin likes Vitamin C products if I mixed them into another product rather than directly onto the skin, that’s how I have been using this. The bottle is quite small so if you were to use this by itself you may end up over using it as it sinks into the skin rather quickly. So I used this in my morning routine and have been using it to amp up my morning time serum.
My final thoughts
Do I find the Essence Energy Ampoule face serum to be very effective? Not really as I am not seeing much difference in my skin since I added this. Perhaps because I have to mix it into another product, maybe because it just isn’t perfect for my skin, but this product is just an add on and not one I feel I necessarily needed to add. My skin can do without it, even though I generally like using Vitamin C in my skincare. Now granted, I am not a skincare expert, so I can only come at this review from a consumer usage based experience, and while nice it is just an extra step that I feel is completely unnecessary.
Would I recommend the Essence Energy Ampoule Face Serum?
Nah I don’t think you need this. I quite like the packaging as it is indeed easy to just dispense a few drops, but I feel this product just isn’t giving me exactly what I need. It adds a step to my skincare routine that I feel I can do without and the bottle is so small that it will be easy to go through. If you have sensitive skin this may also be one you stay away from as it can be a bit full on if you try using it by itself.