I hope you are having a fabulous month of May. I recently finished a bottle of the Estee Lauder Micro Essence and I asked on my Instagram if you would want a review, and many of you did so here I am ready to tell you what I think about it! I got it as a gift a from a beauty creator class I did a while back, but I have no direct sponsorship with Estee Lauder so I will be plain and honest, as usual! Shall we?
The bottle is shaped like a Toblerone chocolate box that tapers down (do like that description? LoL.) It’s made of glass, so it has some weight. The glass is also frosted so it has that luxurious feel to it and it comes with a plastic gold spin-off cap, which I think kind of clashes with the luxurious look. Also, the inside of the cap can get a bit gunky so give it a wipe here and then.
Key Features, Ingredients, and Texture
This essence is said to reveal your skin’s ‘youthful, angelic glow’. Who doesn’t want that? So how does that work… First, it is micro targeted meaning that it penetrates deeply and rapidly within skin’s surface to renew and re-balance. It is micro nourishing because it delivers a precise concentration of exclusive Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment to nourish and energize. Lastly, it is micro active because it activates multiple natural pro-youth abilities to replenish skin.
The ingredients list is not bad, lots of skin conditioning ingredients like butylene glycol, betaine, pentylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, as well as trehalose. The fermented ingredient is Lactobacillus Ferment. For those of you who don’t know fermented ingredients can help with various skin troubles such as dryness, pigmentation, fine lines, and help with anti-aging.
The texture if almost like water but it is a little more viscous and has more slip and doesn’t dry off as quickly. There is no fragrance other than a tinge of fermented sourness. The smell is not as bad as SK2, that one on an off day smells so bad to me.
My Thoughts and Mini Comparison
After finishing the whole bottle, I have to say that I miss using it! After cleansing I would pat this all over and it would make my skin feel so soft and smooth. Over time I felt my skin more hydrated and prepped for my other serums and creams. Also, because it isn’t as watery like the SK2 it was perfect for my dry skin. It didn’t leave a sticky feeling either. The IOPE Bio Essence skin conditioner has the consistency between EL and SK2. This one absorbed much faster than the Micro Essence. For me I really liked the Micro Essence much more than I did SK2. The SK2 had a tingly feeling every time I put it on, and one time I put it on as a cotton pad mask and my skin flipped out and got very red. With the Micro Essence there weren’t any problems. However, I am still on the fence about trying the Pitera essence one more time, it’s just so damn expensive. The Bio Essence was okay nothing amazing, but much more budget friendly than the EL and SK2.
The pricing –
- IOPE – 60,000KRW (64.37USD) for 168ml/5.7oz
- EL – 135,000KRW (96.00USD) for 150ml/5oz
- SK2 – 199,000KRW (179.00USD) for 160ml /5.4oz
Yes, I would totally recommend this to anyone! I didn’t have any irritation or flare-ups while using it and the results are really good. I don’t think I’ll buy it at full Korean price, so if I can find on sale I am ready to swipe my card. I am also thinking of purchasing the Su:m37 Secret Programming Essence and the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence.
What are your favorite first treatment essences?
Estee Lauder - Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion$96.00
- Good for prepping skin
- Absorbs quickly
- Faint fermented smell
- Good for all skin types especially dry skin
- Cheaper options available
- Heavy glass bottle/not travel friendly