Ampuole is the usually the 6th step on the very popular 10-step Korean skin care routine. I would lie if I say that I religiously follow it only for the reason that I was born to be inconsistent LOL. No matter how hard I try, I always end up doing three steps (minimum) and then add a few more on certain days depends on the availability of time and, the most contributing factor - my mood (haha!). Sometimes I label essences, serums, creams and the like as moisturizers with just different formulation, texture and scent. Considering my oily skin and the humid tropical weather, I just can't use these altogether unless I don't mind looking like a huge grease ball. The good thing here is, I still keep a routine and chooses products that work for my skin type.
Today, we will be talking about Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ampoule. Elujai is a Korean brand and it's popular mainly because their products are inexpensive and are well-loved by many. This particular product right here used to be popular way back. Now the trend has died down, it doesn't make sense that I am still writing this but for the sake of having a new blog, please hear me out hehe!
Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ampoule is a lightweight concentrate that helps minimize the look of blemishes. It treats melasma, hyperpigmentation, freckles, dark spots and pimple marks as it nourishes, moisturizes and heals with propolis. It also helps boost elasticity with myrrh oil. It softens, smoothens and brightens. It is perfect for a clearer, more flawless complexion.
I bought the bottle as it is. The seller was kind enough to pack it with bubble wraps and cartons so I got mine without any damages. It comes with a dropper. I think I may have gotten a damaged stock because mine leaks a bit when I accidentally left it in my makeup pouch. It would be better to store it upright. Although the bottle is tiny, I couldn't get myself to bring it to travel because it's fragile and again, mine has the tendency to leak. Bottle is amber-colored, has a gold cap and white rubber. Overall, the packaging looks like it's expensive when it's only P120 (barely $3). During sale, this could go down to as low as P90. Steal, right?
The only thing is that it only has 15ml of product inside so it runs out pretty fast. I don't think it's too bothersome because it's cheap anyway and the amount is perfect for those who are looking for trial packs and aren't ready to commit yet.
SCENT, TEXTURE AND EASE OF APPLICATION
This ampuole is almost transparent ( has the slightest bit of honey color), and has a serum-like consistency. It has a subtle refreshing scent. Despite the presence of oil, this is lightweight and is absorbed easily by the skin. It leaves a dewy finish and it hydrates without too much oiliness. I also didn't have a problem applying in underneath makeup, in fact, my foundation glides easily. It doesn't warm my skin up too unlike other oils and thick moisturizers.
I have tried this product and during my first week (application is twice a day), in all honesty, I didn't see any noticeable changes on my complexion. My blemishes are still as prominent as they were, my skin tone is the same, my pores are still huge as ever. Then gradually, I noticed small pimples popping up from places that I rarely develop breakouts. I thought it's purging but I'm more sure that it's an adverse reaction from using something that is not suitable for my skin. I stopped for a week and like what I always do, I gave it another shot. I still have a pretty decent amount left anyway. The effect is still the same. My skin is becoming to look dull and slightly itchy.
I like the formulation and how it hydrates my skin without too much oiliness but I cannot seem to make it work for me. I was using this ampuole together with products that I always use but with this, it seems like my face is rejecting them too.
Overall, I didn't like Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ampoule for what it has done to my skin. I know that it's inexpensive so it saddens me that it didn't work but I guess I'm just getting the price of what I've paid for. I know for some, this ampuole worked but I wouldn't mind spending a little more for skin care that will do me more good than harm.
Have you tried this ampuole? Did it work for you?
Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ampuole
Bought for: P120 (15ml)
Bought from: an online retailer