19 Jul 2016

Is Cheap Good? Review: A.H.C Capture Collagen Ampoule


I found A.H.C when I was on the hunt for a better eye cream, which was how I found A.H.C Private Eye Cream for Face (Season 3). I couldn't find a lot of information about the brand itself, presumably because they are mostly in Korean and not a lot of Mandarin or English speaking websites are talking about it. I was informed by a Taiwanese Facebook skincare retailer that A.H.C, just like Neogence and Dr. Wu in Taiwan, is a popular doctor brand in Korea, which I am not sure if that's true but I was willing to give it a try.

I got two ampoules from the brand, namely the A.H.C Capture Collagen Ampoule and the Capture Hyaluronic Ampoule. The packaging looks aesthetic and professional though, which actually gives me the confidence that this is a doctor brand.


Actually, I was really curious about A.H.C products. It had higher price tags in Korea but the price somehow slashed when it was shipped out of that kimchi land. This ampoule is supposed to retail for KRW 59,000 but sold for ~RM 59 in Malaysia. Isn't it supposed to be at least RM 200? Regardless, Cloud9 Blanc De White Cream and Guerisson Horse Oil Cream were retailed at really high prices as well when they just became popular, but now available at around RM 50-60 so it may justify the difference between the price tag - just to give the consumers a sense that this is something expensive.


Anyway, back to the point: is this as good as it appears to be?

I started using this when my skin feels that it is at its worse some time earlier this year, due to all the work-related stress, midnight oil burning and computer facing. I was testing out the  Pimera Super Sprout Serum around that time, along with this. At about 3-4 months after using this, I must say that this is one of the pleasant-to-use, but expect-nothing-from-it ampoule that I've used. It's neither lifting, hydrating or soothing. If I were to say, it has to be only about nourishing or moisturizing. This doesn't improve my skin in any impressive way. My fine lines and dry lines remain. Maybe I am too old to see any noticeable difference.


This ampoule claims to have fermentation complex to revitalize and instill power back to the skin. Its rich and smooth texture will fill all the cracks between your skin and creates a younger looking face. In short, this is an anti-aging, nourishing and revitalizing ampoule.


The packaging looks really pretty, with golden round body and a convenient dropper.



The texture is a viscous, honey-like but non-sticky clear essence. It is pretty light-weighted and fast-absorbing as an anti-aging and nourishing product. 

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Eriodiclyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Extract, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bamboo Vinegar, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Propolis Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Clycerly Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Disodum EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

This ampoule contains mainly bifida ferment lysate, which is an ingredient you've seen in the famous Missha Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule, and the niacinamide and fermented yeast extract closely follow that. It seems that, this contains a decent amount of the goodies needed to perform its work - to repair and regenerate the skin cells to combat aging as well as to nourish and protect the skin from dryness and environmental aggressors. This contains yerba santa, which is rich in mucopolysaccharides and glycoproteins to moisturize, soothe and protect the skin against dryness.


And then we have a range of extracts from green tea, rice, dandelion, snail secretion filtrate, bamboo vinegar, sesame seed oil, soybean, mandarin, Indian fig, propolis, to bergamot orange. All these are great at anti-oxidizing, soothing, nourishing, repairing, softening and reducing dark spots associated with aging. Apart from that, snail secretion filtrate, soybean and sesame seed oil are water binders to nourish and rejuvenate skin especially premature aging from environmental dryness.

In short, this ampoule is formulated to tackle mature and aging skin with dark spots and fine lines issue arisen from a lack of moisture.

CONCLUSION


Despite its user friendliness and nice ingredients, I don't see a lot of results from this ampoule. It is certainly nourishing and moisturizing, but not actually lifting or firming to an extent where I can see or feel.

For that reason, I won't be repurchasing.

About: ampoule, anti-aging treatment
Purpose: anti-aging, nourishing, wrinkles-care
Best suited for: mature skin, drier skin

packaging: ★★★☆
scent: ★★☆
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★☆
efficacy: ★★☆
overall impression: ★★☆ (doesn't live up to my expectation)



You can get this from: Koreadepart | Sweet Corea | White Skin
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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