Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist Review

I bought my first Missha First Treatment Essence 3 years ago when I was in Seoul for my honeymoon. They’ve since reformulated and is now “Intensive Moist.” I decided to try it again to refresh my memory and see if the new one was any better than the old! 

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What It Is

Missha’s Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist now contains 90% (the previous version had 80%) fermented yeast, which is its key active ingredient. It is supposed to repair damaged skin and even out skin tone. Use after cleansing and before treatment for best results. You get 5.07oz for $49 and is purchasable via Soko Glam. Note: Soko Glam offers a 40% off sale on Missha products from time to time so if you have patience you can score some good deals! 

Ingredient Analysis

Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Water, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Niacinamide, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-51, 1,2-Hexanediol, Adenosine, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid

I ran the full list through COSDNA and there were no significant findings for safety, irritation, and acne. So far so good!

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This essence is nearly odorless, but what I smell reminds me very faintly of sake. It’s very watery and absorbs into the skin easily, which reminds me of the SK-II essence. I didn’t feel anything with one layer, but once I applied 2 or more is when my skin felt sort of tacky. It wasn’t sticky, but just like there was a layer of product sitting on my skin. It didn’t feel soothing or replenishing the way the Klairs toner or Su:m 37 essence feels.

Just like with the old formula, this didn’t work its magic on my skin. I know there are plenty of other users who swear by this, but it just didn’t jive with me. I haven’t noticed any difference in tone or texture and actually my skin is pretty bad right now. It has been bumpy, spotty, and sensitive since being ill, and it hasn’t improved.


Unfortunately, Missha’s First Treatment Essence was a miss. I’ll finish off the bottle, but will remember not to purchase again. I’ll be reviewing its partner, the Night Repair Ampoule, on Friday so come back then!