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AmorePacific Skincare Testing with the Time Response Collection, Resort Sun Protection Mist and Moisture Bound Intensive Serum Masques

June 15, 2016

I’ve been intrigued by Korean skincare for quite some time now and have played with items here and there incorporating bits into my skincare routine. Many of you frequently recommended items from AmorePacific and thanks to your recommendations I’ve found some favorites including the Color Control Cushion Compact (204 is my match), the Moisture Bound Lip Treatment (best unscented lip treatment I’ve used), the Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel (Oil Free) and the Treatment Cleansing Foam. This summer I’ve had the opportunity to team up with AmorePacific and try out some items from their Time Response Collection, Resort Collection and Moisture Bound Collection. I’ve put select skincare items to the test for the past three weeks and have reviews to share today.

First I want to mention the AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compacts as they are great foundations for warm summer weather.
I’ve reviewed them before and in case you missed previous posts a quick recap is that these
are weightless sheer to medium coverage foundations in a sponge filled
compact. I use 204 which has a golden yellow undertone. It’s the most natural foundation I’ve tried makes the skin look like your own skin but better. They come in a silver mirrored compact filled with a white insert, but there is another sealed package with a refill so I find the price quite reasonable. Below are two separate compacts shown, open vs closed:

Coverage is at most medium if you build it and you can do so without it looking cakey or feeling heavy. It also has SPF 50 and does not irritate my sensitive skin. Since it’s really lightweight I think it’s ideal for summer weather. I have normal combo skin and it works for me. One of my friends has super dry skin and she loves it too. Swatches of four of the options – I don’t have 104 shown, but there’s a face chart on their website to help you match online:

Next up is the Time Response Collection which is AmorePacific’s most popular skincare line. It’s a line that has Green Tea Flower Extract – the benefits of these ingredients are to reduce wrinkles by boosting collagen production, stimulate hyaluronic
production to balance the skin and regulate melanin to help with hyper pigmentation. A few of my close friends have urged me to try the Time Response line – stating that the Skin Renewal Cream and Eye Renewal Cream as the best wrinkle-fighters on the planet. The pieces from the collection are very expensive and I decided the best way to get a sense of the line was to try one of the trial sets. The current Time Response Collection set from AmorePacific is the Time Response Skin Renewal Set which has deluxe mini sizes of 6 items. The team ended up sending me a slightly different variation – two items from other lines are mixed into the set I have, so I’ll be reviewing items I received.

Below is the Time Response Introductory Set:

Items I tried out with thoughts on each product, full size options are linked in case you want to see the full ingredient list which is on each product page:
  • Time Response Skin Renewal Serum 5ml – this is a highly concentrated serum formula that you apply morning and night before the cream, serums in general help boost the results of moisturizers and when I use them, I notice my skin looks better but I usually prefer to use as few skincare products under my makeup so it’s often neglected
  • All Day Balancing Care Serum 10 ml – this is a more lightweight serum compared to the Time Response version, this one is almost like a toner in the sense that it rebalances the skin, I prefer this version to the Time Response, when using this under moisturizer I notice fine lines disappear and skin looks more alive
  • Time Response Skin Renewal Fluid 30 ml – this is a lightweight moisturizer which is a less intense version of the cream, it leaves the skin feeling very moisturized but has a lightweight finish
  • Time Response Skin Renewal Toner 30 ml – this is a balancing toner that restores skin’s pH levels and also works to make sure remaining residue after cleansing is removed, it’s a moisturizing toner and left the skin feeling well hydrated and plump
  • Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System 30 ml – is a face spray that comes highly recommended by many of my readers and it’s really great at refreshing and cooling the skin during the day
  • Time Response Skin Renewal Cream 15 ml – this is a luxurious face cream designed to reduce wrinkles and sagging, after using this for three weeks I found that it feels very rich and I was worried it would be too heavy but it is not, a little goes a very long way so the small container will probably last me at least a couple of months, I have wrinkles on my forehead and this has started to noticeably reduced fine lines
  • Time Response Skin Renewal Eye Cream 3 ml – another highly recommended product which I’ve found also goes a very long way with a tiny bit, it works really well to reduce puffiness on me which is my main concern for the eyes right now
I also tried the Moisture Bound Intensive Serum Masque which comes in a box of 2 for $32 or box of 6 for $90. I love trying sheet masks and was really excited to try these and the price seemed really affordable especially if I were to fall in love and want to use these weekly or every other week. These are two-piece masks for the upper and lower face. It comes with a vial filled with serum that you apply directly to the face first before applying the sheet masks on top. They are the thickest most cushiony sheets I’ve ever tried, there is a peel off section to reveal a gel-like side you apply to the face on top of the serum. It has a soothing cooling feel and leaves the skin feeling plump, revived and glowing. I used one as an at-home face treat so I don’t know how the results perform under makeup. The next day after I used the mask my skin felt noticeably smoother and more hydrated.

Last but not least is the new Sun Protection Mist with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from the new Resort Collection. These days I’m really concerned about anti-aging and protecting my skin from sun exposure. Living in Southern California we have lots of sunshine and I love being outdoors so I’m forever searching for sunscreens. So far there’s no one sunscreen for all occasions. Some work better under makeup, others are good for outdoors, and then there are ones I need for sport activity that are sweat-proof. For me there are quite a few good ones that fit the bill on all aspects of what I look for – lasts long, doesn’t irritate skin, doesn’t clog pores, doesn’t sting the eyes but so many have that white cast on the skin. There are very few that have passed my test – the AmorePacific Sun Protection Mist with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has joined the club.

It’s a lightweight mist sunscreen that’s completely clear. I sprayed it directly on my face when I first received it then read the instructions and realized that you are supposed to spray on your hands and not on the face. It has a fluid texture that’s clear making it disappear on the skin. It has plum extract which helps protect against heat-aging which is new to me and something I wasn’t aware of. According to AmorePacific heat exposure accelerates oxidization and inflammation which are the two major causes of premature aging. It also includes ingredients to reduce irritation, keep skin moisturized and cool. Applying on the skin I tried it over the Time Response moisturizers (I tried it over the cream and serum on separate occasions) and it is lightweight enough that it doesn’t feel heavy by adding that one more layer. Alone it will look very dewy on the skin but does not feel greasy – let it set on the skin before making any judgements. It works well under makeup. It appears to be designed for the face but I would also use this on the body.

I researched a lot of reviews online before deciding what to try from the line, since the items are pricey I wanted to pick wisely. The reviews on the Time Response Collection are overwhelmingly positive and I was thrilled to be able to test some pieces. I do believe seeing results from skincare takes a lot of time and diligent use – after three weeks I have noticed improvement with fine lines and wrinkles that seem to have creeped up on me. Since the collection is on the expensive side and if you’re unsure of what formulas will work best for your skintype, I hands down recommend trying one of the trial sets first which will allow you to sample items at a more affordable price compared to splurging on the full size items.

My favorites from what I tested include the Moisture Bound Intensive Serum Masque, Moisture Bound Face Mist, Sun Protection Mist, All Day Balancing Serum and Time Response Renewal Eye Cream. Once the trial box set is used but I plan on buying the eye cream. Another box of the sheet masks are in my online cart as I type this post ready for checkout.

Serum-wise going forward it’s a toss up whether I would decide to splurge on a box of sheet masks which have the serum vials or just purchase a bottle of the serum which sounds more expensive but would probably last a lot longer.

For the face creams, my favorite is still the Moisture Bound Hydra Gel because it’s more lightweight and better suited for my normal/combo skin (especially in the summer) and the price points of the Gel and Cream in the Moisture Bound line is a lot easier to swallow for luxury skincare. However the Time Response Renewal Cream is everything everyone has raved about – nothing I’ve tried has reduced my forehead fine lines and wrinkles as well as this has. My forehead area is probably the part of my face that is most exposed to sun and heat and is more normal-dry versus the rest of my face which is more normal-combo. The main difference between the two lines is the Moisture Bound is more geared towards anti-aging prevention and age delay while Time Response is more reactive to reduce effects of aging. It’s noticeable that the effects of the Time Response line are more potent. Now that I just turned 35 I feel like my awareness of wrinkles and fine lines has heightened. I don’t know if I will purchase a full size of the cream when my deluxe size is used up but given that the deluxe size has quite a bit of product I will have some time to think about it before splurging.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience testing items from AmorePacific! So many of you have given me such great advice about skincare, especially from the AmorePacific line. If you have anything to add about your experiences, loves or hates please do so in the comments.

Many thanks to AmorePacific for sponsoring this post. Products featured gifted for review. As always all opinons my own. More information in my disclosures.

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  • ame June 16, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Ok I am finally able to post this! I am so excited to see you covering this brand and these lines in such detail. My first foray into this brand was at Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a few years ago, I think a small set that had some eye cream, face cream and the eye masks, and man, hook-line-sinker. I have to buy online from Nordstrom or Sephora though (seriously, STL is a hole. A HOLE I SAY.)

    I am a big fan of AmorePacific, and my favorite products are the 'Moisture Bound' Refreshing Hydrating Gel, 'Moisture Bound' Rejuvenating Gel Eye Treatment–I use that all over my face often, esp in Winter (both btw are like a gel cream, amazing texture), 'Moisture Bound' Lip Treatment and the 'Time Response' Targeted Eye Masque. All have been repurchased, especially the lip product, eye gel and eye masques. The eye masques are the nicest little "sheet masks" ever, and the packets are loaded with the "serum" and I basically just cover my entire face and neck with it. Then afterwards I pile the eye treatment gel over the serum, and then the face gel moisturizer .

    I have also used the 'Time Response' Skin Renewal Serum and the 'Moisture Bound' Rejuvenating Serum. Those were the two huge misses and the exact reason is that both contain alcohol as one of the main ingredients–in fact it's the 2nd ingredient in the Moisture Bound! After three days it was still burning like all hell so I looked at the ingredient list (which I must have missed when buying) and I realized that alcohol being so high up on the ingredient list (on a moisturizing serum it doesn't even belong IN the product!) was the reason why. So I packed up and returned both immediately. Like, went out of my way to drive to Nordstrom that morning.

    There are a couple others that I have tried and not repurchased because I've found other products that I like better and/or are similar and don't see enough benefit from to repurchase/purchase:

    'Treatment Enzyme Peel' Exfoliator (deluxe sample): I like it, but I like the Tatcha powder exfoliators a little better. I feel like they do the same things, and really don't see that great a benefit from them unless I am molting, and even then, eh.

    'Time Response' Eye Renewal Crรจme: The 'Moisture Bound' Rejuvenating Gel Eye Treatment mentioned above is vastly more moisturizing and gave me visible improvement to moisture levels and visible aging in the area. I felt like it did more for me than the 'Time Response' did and it's much less expensive ($100 vs $260).

    'Treatment' Cleansing Foam (deluxe sample): Meh. Barely foams, and didn't feel like my face was clean after I used it. My daily cleansers are DHC Cleansing Oil to take off makeup as I get into the shower, followed by LaMer Cleansing Gel at the end of my shower to make sure everything is clean plus remove any residue from washing my hair. Those get my skin clean without drying it out or irritating it. I love both and I hoard both (lets be real, I hoard everything. I need therapy lol).

    I want(ed) to try the AMOREPACIFIC 'Resort' Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30 that you were talking about above (I was SO EXCITED to see you talking about it!!), but the directions say explicitly to not spray it on your face but to spray it in your hands then pat it on your face, and that defeats the entire point of why I was wanting to try it. I was hoping that it would be a nice "refresh" of sunscreen midday and refreshing in general.

    Many of the other things I really want to try I can't use because they contain Castor Oil or Lanolin, both of which are severe allergens for me, not to mention enrage me being used in high end products.

    Hopefully this is in any way useful to you or your readers!!!

    • Sunnykm June 16, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Ame thank you for your notes! I only have the OP cushion compact which I like (but not love as the color is not perfect) but would still like to try some of the other products in the line.

      Currently for eye cream I am using Chanel Sublimage in the am and Neurtogena in the evening. I won't be repurchasing the Chanel as I don't see any clear benefit when I did use it am and pm. Probably repurchase Natura Bisse or the OP, once I read the ingredients list.

      I will look at purchasing the deluxe trial kit of OP and give it a try.

    • Sabrina June 30, 2016 at 1:28 am

      Ame – thank you so much for all your input on the items, I am now just getting around to reading comments as I've been away on travel. Love that there's another Moisture Bound Gel lover!

  • Cheryl June 16, 2016 at 5:19 am

    I've tried many items from Amore Pacific and these are my holy grail, will purchase forever, dearly beloved products:

    Future Response Age Defense Cream
    Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel
    Moisture Bound Lip Treatment
    Treatment Enzyme Peel (unlike the review above, I much prefer it to the Tatcha powders)

    • Sabrina June 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Hi Cheryl – thanks for sharing your HG list! I adore the lip treatment and am so impressed with the eye creams so far.

  • Lori Jenkins June 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I adore this line! I have super sensitive skin and have really enjoyed the moisturizer and tinted moisturizer (although the light shade is a bit light and the next color is a bit dark!). The products are very hydrating and comforting without being heavy or greasy. I'm going to try the eye cream and lip treatment next. My only disappointment was the oil cleaner. I love oil cleansers (I think you do too Sabrina!), but theirs has a strong scent….so strong that I could smell it in my bathroom the next day after using it the night before!

    • Sabrina June 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Hi Lori! the tinted moisturizer is on my list to try! I do agree some of their items have a strong scent so I can imagine why the oil cleanser might not work for you!

  • Sarah Blodgett June 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I love the Amore Pacific eye gel.. it's my everyday eye cream for hydration!!

    • Sabrina June 30, 2016 at 1:30 am

      Hi Sarah, I've heard so many good things about the eye products, the gel intrigues me!

  • Astha MBF June 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Never really tried this brand but the products sure look amazing. Would love to test them out sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚
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