I am back! Sorry for the long hiatus, I have been insanely busy cos of my summer module's report deadline. Thankfully it all went pretty smoothly, and all is good :)
I am finally reviewing the IOPE BIO ESSENCE. I mentioned in one of my earliest post that I was going to review it, but after using it for 8 months, I feel that I have really felt its effects. Iope is one of my favourite skincare brand. Although it is a more mid range brand and it's products can be pretty pricey, but I think it is really worth it for the quality I am getting!
I really was quite excited to try this out because it was being marketed as an SKII dupe, or an even better version of it. So many Korean girls were using it and of course being a sucker for marketing and anything that promises to give me translucent skin, I had to get it. I cannot remember how much I got this for, but I think it was about 70 000KRW? I got the larger sized bottle (which they do not carry anymore)
I have to be completely honest here but I did not feel a significant change in my skin when I first used it. I did not experience the 'skin condition is restored in 3 days' claim.
I guess it is because my skin is fair to begin with? So I did not feel significant brightening/ tranclucent effects? IDK
What I liked about it though, is that is is lightweight and it feels very comfortable on the skin. It is also fragrance free, scent free I should say. This would be good for those who like SKll but cannot stand the smell of it. I do think it would be suitable for those with sensitive skin as well.
I think it is pretty moisturising and it feels so confortable on the skin cos it's sooooo lightweight.
I think as I used it for a longer period of time, I started seeing its effects.
Say Hi to my bare face
As you can see, my skintone is quite evened out. All the sallowness/yellow tinges are generally less obvious (except when I am ill or am very very tired).
As for it's pore refining properties, I cannot comment too much on that because my pores are genetically large, and no products will significantly reduce it's size unless I go for laser treatments.
As a whole, I am really loving this product! I think it has made my skin more resillient in general. Meaning that I can do more 'damage' to my skin without it suffering too badly. I was sleeping an average of 4 hours per day for the past week, plus I was quite ill. My skin still looked pretty decent and this would never happen in the past. Most breakouts heal quite quickly and relatively scar free.
My skintone as a whole is generally smoother and more refined ^^
I use it both day and night, after my toner. I like patting it in with my hands, although it is recommended to use a cotton pad. But whaever floats my boat right? hehe
I would recommend this for those who want to try out SKll but lacks the budget, or for those who wants to brighten and even out their skintone!
*credits to all pictures