Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Spot Essence R: This spot essence rapidly calms down sudden apparent breakouts with its torreya seed oil and green calamine ingredients. Enriched with torreya seed extract, bija anti-trouble helps control blemish for clear skin. Use cotton swab to gently apply to troubled areas.
As you can see, this spot essence have a slight whitening effect when applied. I purposely refrain from applying with a cotton swab so readers can see what the spot essence is like, if not the cotton swab will probably soak up the essence itself and nothing much will show up.
VERDICT: Well, the first reason I got this product is that, my chin area is mostly prone to breakouts. When one pimple heal, another will pop up within the chin area to replace it's previous fallen comrade. Every. Single. Time. It is really frustrating when you thought you've dealt and get it over with one pimple, only to have another show up. Sometimes, it's a heal 1 and get 2 more "promotion" going on though. As you all might have probably noticed, I got the Spot Essence R as it's meant for pimples that are more red and angry. And besides, the Innisfree in Singapore that I've been to only carries the "R" version, instead of both "R" and "W" version.
The color is similar to dark algae-green color, and the texture and consistency is actually rather creamy and powdery at the same time . The nearest and closest example I can name on the spot is the Oxy Cover Acne Pimple Medication, slightly thick and this "R" version is also slightly whitening so it actually works rather decently in covering up pimples and acne if you are wearing makeup as well. But because my skin tone is more towards the pale variety and my pimples tend to look rather red and angry, it doesn't really cover well even when I wear makeup. I would still have to dab Oxy Cover Acne Pimple Medication on top to literally make the pimple look really less obvious.
Normally, my body and skin doesn't react at all to products that are of the weaker variety. Allow me to explain in another way: When I fall sick and visit the doctor, I always ask for stronger medication as my body doesn't react to medication that is "mild". "Mild" medication simply meant I would take even longer to recover, for example, from a fever. But with stronger medication, my fever literally can go down in as fast as half a day's time after medical application. That is exactly what I meant when I say my body and skin do not react to products that are "weak and mild". It's the equivalent of wasting money on a product that I know do not work. And I think it's also because Singapore is humid all year round and it's actually easy for majority of the under 35-year-old population to have pimples and acne problems that are of the red and angry variety too.
I would say that I am rather "pro" at noticing new pimples that haven't quite turned red on my skin yet, so I practically knew when I should start using this product as soon as I "feel" a pimple coming. But because I'm working, I can't simply go to the toilet during break-time for the sake of washing off a layer of makeup just for the sake of re-applying this product. Only to re-apply another layer of makeup to cover it all over again. It's rather troublesome to go through so much trouble just for the sake of re-applying throughout the day. So most times, I just simply skip applying makeup altogether. This means it's actually easier to see if the product does actually work. And it does work for me rather well.
Although 15ml sounds like a lot, since I'm only dabbing a really small and adequate amount to cover and apply on the pimple itself, it can pretty much last me quite a while. But also because I tend to re-apply this product at least twice a day when my pimples seemed extra hyper, it really doesn't last that long in the long run. I gave it probably around 6 to 7 months before I have to re-stock this product again. All in all, the scent isn't much of an issue as I only apply a really thin and sparing layer on my angsty pimples.
WHAT I THINK: For readers with sensitive skin, you might want to enquire more at Innisfree to check if they do have sample sachets for both the "R" and "W" version as the "R" version can be too strong for the skin to handle. But it works quite good for me though, as I have oily/combination skin. It has a whitening effect and literally covers new pimples rather well, but doesn't do any decent coverage if your pimple is really reddish-looking. Be careful to apply only to affected areas or it may dry out the skin around the pimple.
WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No sample for redemption. But you can pop by any Innisfree retail outlet and test out the tester tube.
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