Vintage Single Extract Essence
AmorePacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence isn’t a bad product, but it also doesn’t give skin nearly enough of what it needs to combat the signs of aging, like it claims to.
Housed in an elegant (and weighty) frosted glass bottle, it’s important to note that it’s best to store this essence out of direct light. That’s because light can impact the effectiveness of its antioxidants, which is the primary hook of this product.
This fragrance-free liquid is light brown, like steeped tea, and incredibly lightweight. It sinks into skin immediately, leaving it feeling refreshed and looking rejuvenated.
The star ingredient is green tea, which has plenty of admirable properties for fighting signs of aging although it’s hardly unique to this product. Because it’s fermented, the green tea also has prebiotic benefits. But just to be clear, prebiotics have nothing to do with a skin “pre-tox” because skin doesn’t detoxify.
The reason this doesn’t rate higher is that for the price, you should be getting so much more than just one beneficial ingredient. Green tea delivers impressive antioxidant and soothing benefits, but it’s a complement of great ingredients, not just one, that do skin the most good!
- Green tea has antioxidant and skin-soothing benefits.
- Lightweight essence leaves skin feeling refreshed and looking rejuvenated.
- Fragrance free.
- One-note product that doesn’t offer skin any benefits aside from those of green tea.
- Must be stored out of direct light.
- Pricey for what you (don’t) get.
This anti-aging essence delivered with the antioxidant power of Single Extract Formula™ and created using the patented Full Body Extraction™ promotes prebiotics to pre-tox, preventing further signs of skin aging.
Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.
Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.
AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about beauty secrets found in nature. Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don't have solid research backing their benefits for skin, but at least they're not hurting it.
Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a superstar ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that cant make good on their anti-aging claims.
Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they're part of your daily skincare routine.
Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That's disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that's a major waste of money.
Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren't justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you'll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.
For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.
Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isnt there, likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn't mean better products or better results!
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