Bio-essence has innovatively blended Bio Energy Fluid, Bio Mineral Amino Acid Essence, Royal Jelly, ATP and precious herbal extracts like Ginseng, Aloe Vera and Angelica to enhance cell energy and skin metabolism. The Shape V Face Series provide minerals, trace minerals and herbal nutrients to lift and firm sagging skin to restore a V-shaped facial contour. So, we know what Royal Jelly is, but what is ATP exactly? Well ATP is short for Adenosine Triphosphate (WHAT?!), but just know it does your skin lots of good!
Enriched with Royal Jelly & ATP, the Shape V Face Series has double the effects to supply and communicate energy to skin cells like a continuous current, improving micro-circulation effectively to renew and repair skin. It helps to restore the skin’s radiance and firmness to achieve a youthful V-shaped facial contour.
I was invited to try the Deep Exfoliating Gel, Radiant Youth Essence and Face Lifting Cream.
Before I go into my review of the range though, you should know that unlike my other reviews where I try the products for a week or so and tell you whether they do what they’re supposed to do or not, I won’t be able to give you my full opinion on this range.
(This might be a tad long but bear with me, especially if you have sensitive skin)
When I first opened the product boxes, the first thing I noticed was a pamphlet that contained “Information Regarding Skin Allergy”. You know how they say where there is smoke, there is fire? So, I’m guessing they wouldn’t include such a thing if it wasn’t an expected “side effect”, right? Well, just so you know, I have rather sensitive skin, and a few months ago my skin reacted really badly to some facial washes that I ended up not reviewing at all. I read through the pamphlet, then crossed my fingers and hoped for the best as I began to try the products for a few days.
I tried the exfoliating gel, the youth essence and the face lifting cream and on that very day I was like WOW! My skin felt so soft and hydrated so I thought it shouldn’t be a problem, I continued using the products for a couple more days and then….. One morning I woke up and realised my face was starting to itch. I had developed red patches of thickened skin like I did the previous time my skin “rejected” a product, trust me it wasn’t a pretty sight. I had red itchy patches on my forehead, under my eyes, on my cheek. AHHHH! So heeding advice from the pamphlet, I stopped using all 3 products entirely but my face was itching! I had to resort to using fresh aloe vera (applied to my face) everyday for a whole week before the redness and itching subsided.
After a while, my skin was going back to normal so since according to the pamphlet, you can try using the products again after a few days, itchy fingers me, I did. This time I used only the exfoliating gel and the youth essence. BAD IDEA! The next day I was once again greeted by red itchy patches in all the same areas! I gave up and reverted back to my aloe vera remedy. Rather disappointed that my skin simply doesn’t agree with the high levels of nutrients in the products, I keep itching to give it another try.
Third time’s a charm?
I still use the exfoliating gel though, I don’t seem to get a bad reaction from that, in fact, you should give this one a shot.
This exfoliating gel claims to…
- Gently & painlessly exfoliates out blackheads and white heads
- Exfoliates away deep layer of dead skin for better absorption of subsequent skincare products
- Brightens dull skin, makes dry and rough skin softer and smoother
- Regulates and balances oil secretion
- Helps prevent pimples
- Helps lighten scars and pimple marks
- Improves skin texture for a refine and fair complexion
- Makeup glides on easily, lasts longer and looks more natural
So, does it really?
While it does exfoliate and help with those nasty blackheads and whiteheads, it’s not going to do this in just one use as they might want you to think. I mean, people go for facial extractions to get that done, so if we could remove blackheads ourselves without the pain in just ONE USE, that wouldn’t make sense would it? That would be too good to be true but I do hope it becomes a possibility one day! I say give it time to do it’s job. It still has yet to prove it’s claim about preventing pimples though, I still haven’t seen the end of the occasional outbreak. My skin does seem a little less oily, and it does feel smoother to the touch compared to before. I really hope it will help lighten scars and pimple marks if I continue to use it religiously. *fingers crossed.
The Radiant Youth Essence contains 95% Green Tea extract which provides superior anti-oxidant property to protect skin against signs of ageing, it intensively nourishes skin and locks in moisture, keeping skin smooth and supple.
- Rapidly absorbed into skin to intensively moisturizes and nourishes skin to make skin soft and smooth
- Hydrates skin and locks in moisture to prevent dryness and keep skin supple and hydrated
- Rich in anti-oxidant property to protect skin against harmful free radicals
- Reduces signs of skin aging
- Ideal to be applied in cold weather where the air is very dry
In the few days before my skin decided to flare up, I thought this essence made a really good make up base. It may be an oil up until you apply it, but once it’s absorbed after a minute or so, my skin felt really soft like it’s supposed to, which is why I’m so bumped that those red patches showed up somehow. Afterall, I want to be able to protect my skin from free radicals and reduce age lines too…. Boo. :(
Lastly, the Face Lifting Cream, this one promises 8 marvellous benefits!
- Lifts facial contours
- Firms sagging skin
- Reduces double skin –> I wonder if they mean double chin? :O
- Contracts pores & refines skin
- Reduces appearance of ageing line
- Deeply nourishes & moisturizes skin
- Reduces visible fine lines & wrinkles
- Shapes V face, enhancing feminine charm
Like the essence, I wasn’t able to enjoy the full benefits of this cream. It claims to reduce your face size by 1cm in 10 minutes, which is pretty interesting, so I tried it. Measured my face before application and 10 minutes after, it was still exactly the same! Perhaps my skin isn’t saggy and is already toned? (Hopefully!) Has anyone else’s face really “shrunk” after using the cream? I would really love to benefit from this cream, especially in the area of contracting my pores. To give it another shot or not, I will sleep on it some more.
The only consolation?
My cousin recently said to me at dinner, “What did you do to your face? Why is it so V?” Well, I guess I’m one of the lucky ones to be blessed with a relatively pointy face, despite my high cheek bones. I’m also on the petite side, so maybe that also explains my matchy matchy small face? For those of you who weren’t born with it, there’s Bio-Essence’s Royal Jelly + ATP Shape V Series to help you achieve that V shape! Since I’ve derived that a V-shaped face is representative of youth, is that why everyone still thinks I’m 21? *laughs
PS : I just turned 28 last month!
Nonetheless, I believe this range deserves the thumbs up, cause I know my skin has just been really resistant to nutrient-rich products, unfortunately. A friend told me one of my previous reviews helped her deal with her sensitive skin, which has actually inspired me to want to blog more about how you can care for sensitive skin and what products are sensitive-skin friendly yet affordable. So stick around for more posts, okayyy? :)
The range is priced between $11.90 to $49.90, and is available for purchase at Watsons, Guardian, SaSa, John Little, Robinsons, BHG, OG, NTUC and Giant.
And in case any of you are wondering, I’m using #brenoverlays edited with Photoshop in this post.