8 Apr 2018

Review: Make P:rem Hydrate Me Micro Ampoule Essence (with Micro Essence Toner)

I finished my Laneige Water Bank Essence EX and several other moisturizing serums like Huxley Oil Essence a few months ago. So I bought this Make P:rem Micro Ampoule Essence (which came with a complimentary 75ml Hydrate Me Micro Essence Toner) after reading several Insta-reviews raving about it. Besides, Make P:rem has a lot of amazing products that I like such as the shower mask, clay-to-foam mask, sunscreens, PHA sleeping mask and so on. But for its moisturizing serum, I am regretted to say that I am still not impressed even after using it for a good 4-5 months.

Let's read on to find out why below:

I prefer hydration over moisture, which is why I didn't go for the Micro Oil Serum in the first place. I thought this Hydrate Me Micro Ampoule Essence will be like the Huxley Oil Essence, or Laneige Water Bank Essence EX, but no it isn't. There is no sparkling effect, or refreshing sensation. The Ampoule Essence is just a boring liquid that leaves no impact on your skin when you apply, as if you haven't applied anything at all. Even the Micro Essence Toner feels kinda refreshing and hydrating, but not the Micro Ampoule Essence.

The Micro Ampoule Essence is a bouncy, slightly-viscous liquid that gets absorbed into your skin easily. It leaves behind a tacky and slightly dewy finish on your skin. I normally apply this after the Micro Essence Toner, before a cream. I find that the Micro Ampoule Essence doesn't work well with many layers so I always avoid applying multiple serums or heavy cream on top of it. It has a pleasant herbal scent, which reminds me of Klairs Supple Preparation Toner.


Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Rubus Arcticus Callus Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower OIl, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Polyglycerin-3, Propanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Octyldodeceth-16, Tromethamine, Adenosine, Polyglyceryl-`0 Oleate, Lecithin, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lysolecithin, Phytosterols, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Saccharide Isomerate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Polyglutamic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Brassica Campestric (Rapeseed) Sterols, Cholesterol, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Ceteth-3, Ceteh-5, Sodium Citrate, Ceramide NP, Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Parfum)


Key ingredients here are rooibos leaf extract, fennel leaf extract, thyme extract, niacinamide, arctic raspberry extract, apple fruit water, olive oil, lavender oil, scot's pine oil, and so on. This is an essence full of antioxidizing oils and many green extracts that are beneficial for the skin. Its major ingredient rooibos is high in flavonoid, which makes it a powerful anti-aging agent for the skin. It can protect and soothe the skin from external aggressors and free radicals damage. Thyme is an occlusive, which means it forms a protective seal on your skin to lock in moisture. This, along with several other botanical oils, help to lock moisture and contribute to its"dewy but tacky" finish. Niacinamide and apple fruit water, on the other hand, helps to even out and brighten your skin to reduce skin dryness-related flakiness and dullness.


I have tried this many times in different environments and days, but still didn't find it impressive. I tried using it with lightweight toner, thicker toner, and even applied it on bare face, but either way fails to work well. It still leaves a tacky finish that I don't like. And there is nothing in that makes my skin feels hydrated or supple. It is just a thick essence toner kind of product that feels quite "meh" on the skin.


Now, let's have a quick look at the Micro Essence Toner:

I like the Toner much better than the Essence. The Hydrate Me Micro Essence Toner is a lightweight, watery, non-viscous liquid that feels refreshing and hydrating on the skin. It is perfect for the Korean 7-skin method, and can also be used as a facial mist for quick go-to hydration.

The ingredients are more or less similar to the Essence, except that this contains far less amount of the botanical extracts and oils. Main ingredients is water, apple fruit water, and basic moisturizing components. It also has radish extract instead of niacinamide for additional brightening and anti-oxidizing benefits.

Both products claim to have micro trans moisture technology, but only the  Toner feels like having moisture channeling deep into my skin whereas the Essence is all stuck on the surface.


I think it is pretty clear that I don't like the Essence, only the toner. I think it is really generous for Make P:rem to give a complimentary toner for every Ampoule Essence purchase, but maybe that is just because the Essence isn't selling well? I don't know. But its Toner is something I really enjoy, and might repurchase. I think it is quite similar to Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, except that the ingredients are totally different. Make P:rem one relies more on botanical extracts and oils whereas Klairs uses beta glucan to minimize chances of skin irritation.

I think those living in colder environment or those with drier skin will enjoy this Ampoule Essence. I own so many moisturizing serums, even the Huxley Oil Essence is a lot better than this. And of course the super lightweight Laneige Water Bank Essence. If you like Laneige, then you may not like this one. In the end, it all depends on your skin condition and skin type to decide what kind of moisturizing serum you like.

- reasonably priced
- mild and nice herbal scent
- loads of antioxidants rich botanical extracts and oils

- tacky finish
- not very hydrating, maybe moisturizing for dry and flaky skin

Overall impression: (toner - ★★★★; essence - ★★)
Repurchasing: (toner - ★★★☆; essence - ★)
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