Sunday, May 1, 2011

Update on Ettusais Medicated Skincare Range & Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I am loving my currently skincare regime. It is cheaper than the previous SK-II range, and is working better!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 30ml, $90

I use this beauty essence right after Ettusais's Dual Effect White Shooter. It contains mainly Squalane, a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to Natural skin lipids, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential oils like Lavender, which provides a boost of moisture to depleted skin. It claims to 'instantly penetrate the skin surface to help replenish it. It works at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors'.

Hygienic drip bottle

Just like essential oil


I really love how the concentrate smells. The lavender scent is really soothing, not too 'organic', not too overwhelmingly sweet. I feel relaxed when I apply this. I apply this like how the SA taught me. I put 2 drops of the oil onto my fingers, warm them by rubbing my fingers together, then pat the essence over my whole face. Although this essence is just like an essential oil, it absorbs quickly into the skin, and does not leave my skin oily, sticky, or anything. I apply this only at night. The next morning, my skin looks and feels smoother. I do see the difference before and after I use this concentrate. Although this concentrate is a little overpriced in Singapore, I think it is quite worth it, as I only use this once a day at night, only 2 drops, so I see this lasting for more than 6 months probably!!

Ok, now let me update on the Ettusais Medicated Skincare range… For my original post of this range, please read it here.

Pore care wash, 125ml, $30

My 1st impression: This facial wash is very foamy and seems to cleanse really well. Skin feels smooth and pores seems smaller... or am I thinking too much? But skin definitely looks clearer. I like the smell of the cleanser. Smells herb-y... or maybe its the scent of medicated skincare…

Update: My 1st impression stays. Skin is clean and clear after using this foamy cleanser and I still like the herb scent! I think this cleanser will last pretty long because I only use a small amount each time. Great cleanser at a great price!

AC skincare version up extra, 85ml, $37

My 1st impression: The softener looks like emulsion, but feels quite watery on skin. Takes a while to be absorbed into skin, so requires a little massaging. No visible effect yet, but texture feels light and not sticky/ oily. Skin feels fresh after application. 1-1.5 pumps to be applied with hands.

Update: I have now gotten used to massaging this into the skin. I use 1 pump of this now. 1/5 bottle used after 3 weeks. This is going to last long. Skin is moisturised after use. I do not think this product work wonders on its own, but I do believe it is an essential step in the Ettusais regime, as the Dual Effect White Shooter might not be moisturising enough on its own.

White shooter dual effect, 170ml, $43

My 1st impression: This is a toner + moisturizer. This is applied after the softener Version up extra. Although texture is watery, it feels moisturising after application. It takes a while to be absorbed. Quite fresh on skin. SA told me that if I want to apply any essence I should apply it after this. For night time, I might want to apply an additional layer of moisturizer if I sleep in an air-conditioned room. So far so good but nothing extraordinary yet. I pump 3 pumps of this onto facial cotton and pat the product into skin. For better absorption, I follow with my usual mini facial massage.

Update: I enjoy patting this onto my skin with facial cotton as it is so convenient to use. A toner + moisturizer! Skin can feel a little sticky after use, so it is vital for me to apply the Medicated Acne Nighttime Defense to smoothen out the skin. However, the strange thing is, although this product feels a little sticky on skin, my skin feels less oily in the morning the next day. I am thinking that it is good in sebum control, that is why it is good for skin that is prone to acne!

In the morning, I apply the SK-II Cellumination Essence after this. At night, I apply Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

Medicated acne nighttime defense powder, 8g, $40

My 1st impression: Easy to apply and removes any dewy/ oily feeling after moisturizer application. I don't like the smell of it though. There is a faint, weird smell as I apply it. I really can't describe it, but I just don't like it.

Update: Like I just mentioned, this step is VITAL in my current skincare range. It really removes any dewy and sticky feeling after moisturizer/ essence and controls oil on the face. Furthermore, it seals in all the goodness of the products I use before that and I think that is why my skin looks better than before now! I think even if I decide to change the regime when I finish all the products, I will still repurchase this powder. The 'faint, weird smell' no longer bothers me as I have gotten used to it.

In conclusion, this regime is the best one I am on so far, even better than the SK-II and Laneige one which I raved about earlier on. SK-II is really too expensive and Ettusais' oil and acne control seems better than Laneige. My colleague recently commented that I look fairer recently =)

Yes I know I am going to try something else again after this, even though Ettusais is working so well for me, but for one thing I am sure… I will definitely repurchase products from this range sometime again!


Jacqueline said...

I have a sample of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, thanks for reviewing. I will take mine out to try!

galpal.hi said...

I love Midnight Recovery. I've been using it for a while now--I think close to a year. I think that it's well worth the money spent.

Thanks for your review!


InsideOut Elle said...

I am dying to get teh Kiehl's Midnight Recovery. I think it would be a nice addition to my night-time skincare since I basically don't have a morning skincare routine at all ^^;;

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge Ettusais fan too! :) Do you mind that I ask if your skin used to be oily too? I have oily skin hence I'm afraid to use new facial products as I'm worried about pimples popping out...

ashura said...

My skin is more of the combination type. I have oiler t-tone and dryer cheeks. Won't say too oily or too dry :)