1 May 2018

Review: Manyo Factory Galactomyces Niacin Special Treatment Essence

Manyo Factory was quite popular last year. Almost all Instagrammers I followed are sharing (and raving) about their products, especially this Galactomyces Niacin Special Treatment Essence which is said to be a cheaper and better alternative to SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Manyo Factory even compared it to SK-II (vaguely) on their website and claimed their products a winner in all aspects!

Intrigued, I bought two to try out. One for my boyfriend, and another for his friend.

Below are their thoughts after using the product for close to 6 months now.

Manyo Factory Galactomyces Niacin Special Treatment Essence is basically a serum made of fermented yeast extract and niacinamide. The rich vitamin and mineral contents in yeast such as vitamin B, P as well as calcium, iron, zinc, iodine, and folic acid provides a lightweight nutrient fortress for your skin. It moisturizes your skin, boosts its immunity and protects it from harmful radiation and external aggressors. It will also accelerate collagen synthesis hence making it suppler and firmer over time. Niacinamide, on the other hand, is my favourite skin brightening and elasticity-improving star ingredient. It helps to clear out my freckles, even out my skin tone and make my skin suppler and more resilient over prolonged usage.

This serum has 97% fermented yeast extract and 2% niacinamide as well as a bunch of other skin-benefiting ingredients.

It is packed in a transparent dropper bottle made of hard plastic. The product is a runny liquid that is scentless and odourless. It has a shelf life of 12 months. You must finish it within 6 months after opening.


Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate


Main ingredient used here is fermented yeast extract, a very commonly seen ingredient nowadays after SK-II FTE made their success thorough the world. It helps to accelerate cellular renewal, heal acne scars and make your skin appears younger and brighter. It is definitely an anti-aging rock star!

The 2% niacinamide here compliments the yeast extract really well. It helps to remove fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and reduce congested pores issue. It can also help to reduce your pores size by increasing the elasticity of your skin. Of course, this doesn’t work for those with large pores naturally, but rather those who suffer from enlarged pores issue due to a loss of elasticity and sagginess as we age. It works the best on my skin as a skin brightening agent where I can see my freckles actually going down after prolonged usage.

Witch hazel extract is also used here as a skin toning and tightening astringent ingredient. It is also a skin soothing ingredient. It can regulate oil and moisture of your balance and reduce excessive sebum production on the skin.

Other ingredients like Japanese pepper, Korean pasqueflower, lichen, and sodium hyaluronate offer skin repairing, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and moisturizing effects for the skin. They serve to compliment the skincare benefits offered by the main ingredients above.


Both my bf and his friends don’t find this serum impressive, or is anything near the performance they claim. They think it is a nice moisturizing serum which offers a soothing comfort and hydration for their oily-dehydrated skin, but it cannot really repair the moisture barrier of their skin or make them free of acne and other inflammation issues. They do agree that this serum helps to reduce the excessive sebum production on our skin. But other lightweight hydrating serum can do an equally good job as well, not necessary must be this.

Below is their claimed skin improvement results.

After my surveys and observation, the results of this product on both my bf and his friends are as below, after using the product for 4-5 months:

  • 30% improvement in enlarged pores
  • 25% improvement in blackhead pores (varies according to weather, diet and lifestyle)
  • 30% improvement in breakout and acnes
  • 20% improvement in rough skin texture
  • 80% improvement in hydration
  • 40% improvement in transdermal water loss

In short, this is a lightweight moisturizing serum that helps to soften their skin, increase skin elasticity, hydrate and prevent moisture loss as well as reduce the occurrence of acnes and blackheads.


My bf said he will repurchase, but I am not sure how true that is, because he never actually repurchases anything except for toner. He prefers watery skincare like a hydrating toner, and finds applying serum a big hassle. My bf friends never repurchases so I can tell that he is not impressed. This will work well for those with acne-prone skin, rough skin, huge pores, aging problems and dehydrated skin. It may not work perfectly for those with oily skin although I expect the yeast extract inside can heal and repair oily skin like SK-II essence, which it doesn’t.

Don’t think this is better than SK-II. But the performance justifies the price though.

- Affordable
- Hygienic, convenient dropper design
- Lightweight and easily absorbed consistency
- No harsh ingredients, preservative, alcohol and fragrance

- Short shelf life
- Not as great as its claims

Overall impression: ★★★☆
You can get this from: Qoo10 Manyo Factory official website
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. This review is based on feedback from my other friends using it and does not represent my personal opinion, but all views expressed here are honest and unbiased thoughts based on interviews and observation. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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