The 5th & latest generation of Missha’s famous first essence, is it the SK-II Treatment Essence dupe that everyone claims it is?

Of all the supposed SK-II Essence “dupes” out there, the most famous is probably this Missha Time Revolution First Essence, now in its 5th generation. As someone who considers the SK-II a holy grail, I’m always curious if more affordable options can compare.

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Quick Summary

Water-like texture with no noticeable scentEasy to layer without any stickinessWorks best together with the Time Revolution Ampoule lớn strengthen skin resilience.

What is itThis firming và brightening essence helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, delivers dense moisture, & offers basic strength care. The pure & potent skin-nourishing ingredients provide eight key skincare benefits: clarity, moisture, skin tone, texture, soothing, smoothness, hyperpigmentation, and protection.

How I use itTwice a day after cleansing or exfoliating toner if I’m using one. I pour a quarter amount into my palms and gently pat into my skin.

Best suited forAnyone looking for a hydrating first essence that improves skin resilience. Normal/combo/oily skin types can use this as a hydrating toner as well. Those prone lớn fungal acne should avoid as fermented ingredients may exacerbate symptoms.

Things khổng lồ noteNone, this is alcohol và fragrance-free!

PackagingA frosted glass bottle with plastic lid. Similar khổng lồ other first essence bottles.

ScentNone. It doesn’t smell offensive lượt thích the SK-II essence either!

TextureWater-like with a tiny hint of slip.

FinishNatural finish, not sticky or shiny, it’s lượt thích applying water on skin.

Available For$54 for 150ml on Missha, currently một nửa off; $22 on Jolse; $58 for 2 on Stylevana

Ingredient Highlight

Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Yeast Ferment Extract, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Sodium PCA, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin

The formula has come a long way since the first generation, with a shorter ingredient list that focuses on its star ingredient: yeast ferment extract. Specifically 97% Desert Cica Yeast Ferment. Except one issue, there’s no information on what Desert Cica is outside of Missha’s product description. Sounds like kinh doanh fluff to me!


What we can be sure of though, is that the fermented extract was created using the probiotic Bifida Ferment Lysate, made famous in Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum. EL claims it can help with DNA repair activity, but independent studies also show it can reduce inflammation and skin sensitivity1.

Read more: What’s the giảm giá khuyến mãi with fermented extracts anyways

Other great ingredients include:

Niacinamide, a powerful ingredient that brightens, soothes, reduces fine lines, & increases ceramide production just to lớn name a few. One of my favorite ingredients lớn see!Sodium PCA is naturally found on our skin & helps hydrate by retaining moisture.

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Ceramides, one of the building blocks of our skin’s barrier that helps lock in moisture.Adenosine is anti-inflammatory and can help with barrier repair và even collagen production!

Desert Cica ridiculousness aside, the ingredients are actually pretty good, but that doesn’t answer the million dollar question: is the Missha Time Revolution Essence an SK-II dupe?

Missha Time Revolution First Essence vs SK-II

After testing this for 30+ days, I did not see the same refining & brightening results I saw with the SK-II. I even took a 10 day break from skincare (due to health issues) and hoped that the Time Revolution Essence would help with the resulting dullness, but sadly still nothing.


This isn’t lớn say it’s a bad essence. I did find it more hydrating than the SK-II và I’ve found my skin to lớn be more resilient against retinol and acid usage. There’s definitely less sensitivity, even when I use an exfoliating toner và my Curology in the same routine. If you don’t have terribly dry skin, this essence can double as a hydrating toner too!

These results make sense because at the over of the day, the key ingredient between the two products aren’t even the same! SK-II uses Galactomyces ferment filtrate, which is shown to lớn reduce melanin synthesis2, minimize the appearance of pores3, & strengthen skin barrier4 – all changes I’ve noticed while using the product.

I think the biggest issue here isn’t whether the the Missha Essence is an SK-II dupe, it’s that the two never should’ve been compared in the first place, it’s lượt thích comparing apple and oranges! Both have their pros và cons, go with what best fits your skin needs and budget instead.

Read more: Is SK-II worth it? Which products to try & which to skip

Missha Time Revolution First Essence vs IOPE Bio Essence

IOPE uses a different strain of fermented ingredient, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, which interestingly is what Missha used in its previous formulas. According to lớn manufacturer info it helps moisturize và nourish the skin, but there’s also promise that it can help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin5 in our skin.

As with the Missha, I found the IOPE hydrating with regular use, but didn’t seen any improvement lớn skin resilience. I did get good brightening results masking with the IOPE though, something I haven’t been able khổng lồ replicate with the Missha.

Full review: IOPE Bio Intensive Essence Conditioning review

Again, different key ingredient, different benefits, hence different results. Between the two, I personally prefer the Missha Essence.


Missha Time Revolution First Essence vs Secret Key

Now the Secret Key is my favorite affordable essence và the closese I’ve found khổng lồ the SK-II, và that’s because both feature Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate as their key ingredient. Missha & Secret Key both also include Niacinamide & Adenosine, so again it all comes down to lớn which features you prefer.

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