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The Missha Time Revolution range is easily one of their cult favourites – in fact, their original First Treatment Essence has been much raved about as an affordable alternative to the SKII Facial Treatment Essence (and honestly, I don’t know what higher compliment a brand could possibly receive). Since then, they have also released their Artemisia Treatment Essence. Both of these branch away from the FTE formula to prove that Missha’s skincare stands strong, not just as a ‘high end dupe’ but as an original product.
The two products that I’ll be reviewing today are part of the Artemesia line – the Artemisia Treatment Essence (Mist Type) and the Calming Point Masks.
If you’re keen to shop these, head on over to StyleKorean where you can shop the entire Artemisia collection, including:
- Artemisia Calming Cleansing Water
- Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser
- Artemisia Treatment Essence
- Artemisia Treatment Essence (Mist)
- Artemisia Ampoule
- Artemisia Calming Moisture Cream
- Artemisia Calming Point Masks
Ready to learn more? Let’s get into this review!
Artemisia Treatment Essence (Mist) | USD$21.60 (on sale from $43.20)
The Artemisia Treatment Essence is here re-imagined in a mist bottle, making it perfect for people who are on-the-go, want to refresh their skin during the day or who, like me, sometimes just have lazy nights where you want your routine quickly done and dusted.
This simple formula contains 100% double fermented Artemisia Annua Extract (sourced from Ganghwa Island, a climatically mild location with a mineral rich environment). The product description also states the following:
- The Artemisia is harvested in September when the ingredient’s active properties are maximised.
- It is then fermented at a warm temperature, then at a cooler temperature.
- The low-temperature high-pressure extraction process means that the solution retains its highly active ingredients and benefits.
This product is highly recommended for people with sensitive skin and those wanting to correct balance, as well as dehydrated or acne-prone skin.
The Artemisia Treatment Essence Mist comes in very simple cardboard unit carton, while a gradient brown print and clean, typographic design. It matches well with the other Missha products and, in comparison to the original First Treatment Essence, actually looks much more understated (the FTE used a metallic silver unit carton). Although it isn’t super exciting, I actually like the minimalist aesthetic and I think it suits their more mature audience well.
Opening it up, you will find the product housed in a tall and sleek plastic bottle made from a tinted frosted plastic. It is matched with a tinted cap (which has a regular gloss finish) and simple, white printing. The quality of this actually feels very nice and it has an understated luxe vibe which, again, is very suited to the Missha brand. It’s also light enough for travel, especially in comparison to the glass bottles of the First Treatment Essence.
Overall, I think the design of the packaging is simple and great quality. Although it isn’t super exciting, it has a clean and modern approach that suits the brand.
I’m enjoying this product! I think it does a great job of hydrating and soothing my skin. I’m not sure that I see much brightening and the skin rebalancing benefits at very minimal. However, I still think it’s a nice formula – especially for acne-prone or sensitive skin.
The spray is very fine and disperses well, making this a great daily mist spray – it won’t affect make up or leave you looking overly ‘wet’. However, I don’t think that it is strong enough if you want to apply this product as an essence step in your skincare routine. Personally, I enjoy drenching myself with mist so always do prefer something a little stronger.
Here’s the verdict!
SO WHAT IS IT?
A 100mL fine mist spray of a soothing, artemisia essence
- Minimalist, good quality packaging
- Lightweight – suitable for travel
- Soothing and hydrating on skin
- Mist spray disperses well
- Minimal skin rebalancing or brightening benefit
- Spray works as a daily mist but too fine for skincare application
- PRICE POINT | 3/5
- PACKAGING | 5/5
- APPLICATION | 4/5 (as a daily mist)
- HYDRATION | 5/5
- SOOTHING | 5/5
- BRIGHTENING | 1/5
- REBALANCING | 2/5
OVERALL RATING? 7.1/10
THOUGHTS? I enjoyed this essence – although it didn’t deliver on all of the claims, it performed well for those it did. If you have a regular skin type, I actually think that you will enjoy the First Treatment Essence more but, for those with acne prone or sensitive skin, check out this Artemisia Treatment Essence instead. If you want something to apply throughout the day, the mist is great. Otherwise, I would recommend the standard bottle for your skincare routine instead.
Artemisia Calming Point Masks | USD$21 (On sale from USD$35)
For those who prefer masking or want an extra boost to your skincare routine, the Artemisia Calming Point Masks are a versatile option. The masks contain 225mL of essence and 50 sheets of a sponge-like fabric mask which are designed to maximise efficacy – they release as much product as they absorb, so there’s no waste. They are also shaped to fit on your cheeks (with a cut curve for below the eyes), though I personally like to use these on my forehead too.
This mask claims to deliver double the soothing benefit, containing artemisia extract in a concentrated essence formula. Key benefits include:
- Hydrating and Moistuising
- Soothing sensitive skin
- Rebalancing skin
The Artemisia Calming Point Masks come in a large plastic tub made from a semi-opaque glossy plastic with a twist-on lid. The packaging is quite simple and basic for this type of product, but I like that it is colour coded to suit the Artemisia range. The material is also sturdy, so I don’t need to worry about breakages, and the lid is easy to open and close. Technically, this would be okay for travel too – it’s a bit bulky but not too heavy. However, since each tub does contains quite a lot of essence (and I’m not sure if it’s totally leak-proof), I won’t be able to recommend that yet.
In addition to this, the masks also come with a plastic tweezer, which makes it easy to pick up the product. Since the essence is mostly soaked into the sheets (therefore not messy), it’s easy to keep this stored inside.
Overall, the aesthetic of the design is very simple. The material is nice and it has a mature appeal to it – although not super exciting nor innovative, the quality is good.
Speaking of innovation though, I definitely think that the material of the sheets are unique. It’s a lot thicker that a regular sheet mask but has a slight translucency which speaks to how well saturated they are. The slight curve of the shape helps it to fit well beneath the eyes and the fabric clings perfectly to skin – not slipping or weird sizing. I really like to apply these while I’m working on the computer, or even just to lie back and relax.
The masks give a good boost of hydration to the skin but are mostly a great option for soothing. There’s an immediate cooling effect on application and redness is reduced instantly. Since the essence is quite thin, I like to use these after my toner step and then do the rest of my skincare on top. I also think that these are a quick and easy before-make up mask too!
Here’s the verdict!
SO WHAT IS IT?
A tub of 50 ‘point’ masks with artemisia extract, claiming two times the soothing effect
- Simple and elegant packaging, includes a pair of tweezers
- Thick mask sheets – don’t dry out quickly and last well
- Clings to skin with no slipping
- Slight curve on the side to sit well on your face
- Instantly soothes and reduces redness
- You need to use multiple to a full face application
- PRICE POINT | 2/5
- PACKAGING | 4/5
- ADHERENCE | 4/5
- FIT | 5/5
- SOOTHING | 5/5
- HYDRATION | 4/5
OVERALL RATING? 8/10
THOUGHTS? So I really like using these and will definitely go on to finish them up. As you can see, all of the rating for the actual product is high – but the only real downside is the price point. Although the Missha Artemisia Calming Point Masks are not exorbitantly priced, they lean towards the pricier side once you break it down (I use 2-3 per application).
That being said, the actual product is still really good. If it sits in your budget, I would especially recommend these for people with sensitised skin or those who are concerned about redness. I would love to see Missha release a full sheet mask version of these in the future too!
Have you tried out anything from the Missha Artemisia Collection yet or perhaps you have some other favourites from Missha? Let me know down below and make sure to pop onto the StyleKorean website to check out them!