Estée Lauder launched the Micro Essence Aquaceutical™ Mist not long ago following the massive popularity of their Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion. If you've been following my blog, you will know that I haven't been that impressed with Estée Lauder products overall based on my past years back in university. However, my view on some of their new products has started to change a bit in a more positive way since last year. So here I am today to review their becoming iconic Micro Essence Aquaceutical™ Mist and Skin Activating Treatment Lotion.
Estée Lauder Micro Essence Aquaceutical™ Mist
I was very fortunate to get to try out Micro Essence Aquaceutical™ Mist about 6 months before its launch in the states. My mother brought me a couple of the mists when she visited me last summer. I was a bit surprised at the beginning simply because of the size. It isn't much compared to the Sisley Floral Mist that I've been using for very long time.
It comes in a 75mL triangular shaped plastic bottle, which easily fits into my La Prairie pouch. As the bottle is made out of plastic, it's very light, meaning you will enjoy it even more if you are someone who doesn't like to carry heavyweight stuff like me. Having said that, heat may reach the bottle and the mist very easily, so you will need to be extra careful not to put it near a heater or even a computer. I'm very conscious about the temperature difference and the cosmetics, so I always try to prevent anything that could affect the products. Anyways, this hasn't been an issue with Micro Essence Aquaceutical™ Mist as I've been taking good care of it.
Water\Aqua\Eau; Propanediol; Butylene Glycol; Sucrose; Trehalose; Betaine; Acetyl Glutamine; Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract; Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract; Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract; Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract; Artemia Extract; Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract; Acetyl Hexapeptide-8; Glycerin; Bifida Ferment Lysate; Lactobacillus Ferment; Caffeine; Sodium Lactate; Sodium Hyaluronate; Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate; Lecithin; Sodium Pca; Caprylyl Glycol; Ppg-5-Ceteth-20; Tromethamine; Citric Acid; Sodium Benzoate; Disodium Edta; Sodium Citrate; Potassium Sorbate; Phenoxyethanol
Scent & Consistency
I'm not the biggest fan of essential oil scents or artificial strong perfumey scents mainly because I get a headache from them. Thankfully, the company didn't disappoint me with the scent! :) Like their Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, there's no recognisable scent. It just doesn't smell like anything, just very plain, nothing potent at all.
This groundbreaking essence-in-mist helps skin adapt to resist the dehydrating effects of changing micro-climates, combatting dehydration, irritation, dullness. Every refreshing spray of this patented vapor-light mist instantly creates a veil of hydration that helps protect skin against these drying effects. An exclusive micro-nutrient bio-ferment and climate conditioning complex leaves skin hydrated, comforted, and radiant with a soft, smooth feel.
Dermatologist-tested and non-acnegenic
Estée Lauder Micro Essence Aquaceutical™ Mist has been one of a few mists that I could spray onto my face without worrying about messing up my make-up. It sprays fine and locally like Amore Pacifc mists. It doesn't come out of the bottle strong, you don't have to worry about causing wrinkles around the eyes from closing too tight :P. It feels very gentle and watery light and didn't give me any breakouts. I've been using the mist since last summer, and it has been working great in different seasons.
However, if your skin's very dry and you want that extra protecting film on top of skin or if you just want more therapeutic benefits, then I suggest you add 5-10 drops of your favourite face oil depending on your preference. And make sure to shake well before spraying :).
Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion
I didn't get a chance to try Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion when it was launched as the Estée Lauder company also brought out La Mer The Treatment Lotion. Naturally, I purchased the La Mer one as I've been using their products for years and I assumed that the Estée Lauder one would be pretty much the same as they both are owned by Estée Lauder company. And here I am, I finally got Micro Essence Treatment Lotion after trying out their newest launch Micro Essence Aquaceutical™ Mist :3. That's right, I like the mist that I had to try their first essence too!
I was very surprised with the fact that it actually comes in a triangular shaped glass bottle. Because of the shape, it actually gives a quite nice grip in my hand when I use it. It feels way more luxurious and better than La Mer The Treatment Lotion packaging, which is made of plastic.
Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau; Bifida Ferment Lysate; Peg-75; Propanediol; Butylene Glycol; Betaine; Pentylene Glycol; Lactobacillus Ferment; Acetyl Hexapeptide-8; Acetyl Glucosamine; Trehalose; Caffeine; Sodium Hyaluronate; Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile); Caprylyl Glycol; Carbomer; Ppg-5-Ceteth-20; Citric Acid; Potassium Sorbate; Sodium Citrate; Tromethamine; Disodium Edta; Phenoxyethanol
Scent & Consistency
Although it contains ferments and fragrance-free, it doesn't smell aged or uncomfortable at all. There's definitely some kind of hue in the scent, but it smells very plain and there's almost no distinguished scent. Even better, it's watery light, but it absorbs into skin better than water :). There's no filmy or sticky residue afterwards, which will work well even on oily skin types as long as their skin isn't reactive to fermented ingredients.
Micro and mighty. This groundbreaking essence-in-lotion activates and strengthens skin's foundation to reveal its youthful, angelic glow.
MICRO TARGETED: penetrates deeply and rapidly within skin's surface to renew and rebalance.
MICRO NOURISHING: delivers a precise concentration of exclusive Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment to nourish and energize.
MICRO ACTIVE: Activates multiple natural pro-youth abilities to replenish skin.
Tested and proven: In just 2 weeks, skin was more hydrated, smoother, supple. In just 4 weeks, 94% of women said their skin looked healthier, more beautiful.
Created specifically for and tested on Asian skin in Asia.
Dermatologist-testd, Ophthalmologist-tested, Non-acnegenic, Fragrance-free
My skin never really had bumps from fermented skincare, but my skin had a bit of trouble at the beginning when I started using Micro Essence. I was getting little bumps here and there, which I found weird as I didn't get any sensitivity from Micro Essence Mist. So I had to reduce the number of usages to once every other day for about 2 weeks. Then, I increased the frequency to nightly for a week. I concluded that it was just a temporary reaction, and I confirmed that it was no longer causing me breakouts. Once I was convinced, I started using it every day and night.
It doesn't make skin silky instantly as it's very lightweight, but I've noticed that it works brilliant as a first essence. Like many other generic fermented first essences on the market, it helps with skin texture and overall cell turnover. It's mildly exfoliating, so it's indeed great for any skin that needs a gentle treat. It doesn't give that resurfacing or glow overnight, so it is a different concept to peel pads and treatments on the market.
I'm not sure about the percentage of the fermented ingredients in the essence, but I recommend you to do a patch test before committing to buy as there are people whose skin doesn't get along very well with such ingredients. Other than that, it's a nice first essence overall. However, if you ask me if there's anything really special compared to the other fermented first essences on the market, then my answer to that is, not really.
Where to Buy
- COSME-DE (Free worldwide shipping & discounts)
- Nordstrom (Free shipping & samples)
- Saks Fifth Avenue (Free shipping & samples)
- Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Serum
- Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Floralixir™ Dew Regenerating Water
- La Mer The Brilliance White Infusion (Blanc de La Mer/ First Essence)
- IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning (First Essence Lotion)
- Sisley Sisleÿa Essential Skin Care Lotion