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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Quichồng Summary

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

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

How I use itTwice a day after cleansing or exfoliating toner if I’m using one. I pour a quarter amount inlớn 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 khổng lồ fungal acne should avoid as fermented ingredients may exacerbate symptoms.

Things lớn noteNone, this is alcohol và fragrance-free!

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

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

TextureWater-lượt thích with a tiny hint of slip.

FinishNatural finish, not sticky or shiny, it’s like 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, Bifidomain authority 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 menu 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 hàng hóa description. Sounds like marketing fluff khổng lồ me!


What we can be sure of though, is that the fermented extract was created using the probiotic Bifidomain authority 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 & skin sensitivity1.

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

Other great ingredients include:

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

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Ceramides, one of the building blocks of our skin’s barrier that helps loông xã in moisture.Adenosine is anti-inflammatory & can help with barrier repair và even collagene 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 and brightening results I saw with the SK-II. I even took a 10 day break from skincare (due khổng lồ health issues) and hoped that the Time Revolution Essence would help with the resulting dullness, but sadly still nothing.


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

These results make sense because at the kết thúc 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, và strengthen skin barrier4 – all changes I’ve sầu 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 like comparing táo and oranges! Both have their pros và cons, go with what best fits your skin needs & budget instead.

Read more: Is SK-II worth it? Which products lớn try and which to lớn 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 and nourish the skin, but there’s also promise that it can help prevent the breakdown of collaren và elastin5 in our skin.

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

Full review: IOPE Bio Intensive sầu 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 & the closese I’ve sầu found to the SK-II, và that’s because both feature Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate as their key ingredient. Missha và Secret Key both also include Niacinamide and Adenosine, so again it all comes down to which features you prefer.