Jolse recently sent me a PR parcel with some Wish Formula goodies to try, and the first one up is the I'm Pro Ampoule Pad. I've never tried an ampoule pad before, or even applied an ampoule with a cotton pad so I was definitely super curious to see how this would work for me. The pad claims to have brightening, antioxidant, and skin revitalising properties - a quick glance at the ingredients list reveals ascorbic acid, AKA Vitamin C as the star ingredient for achieving this. However, this form of Vitamin C is the most unstable of them all, so I'm curious to see if individual packaging/doses would help reduce product oxidisation!
Each dose comes in a 7ml packet containing both the ampoule and pad, which has a small loop on one side for ease of application. A box contains 10 sachets, so that's a total of 70mls of ampoule, which is alright considering most ampoules & serums average 30ml.
I found the smell of it to be pretty horrible too to be honest - I'm chalking this up to the plant oils present in the product, especially the sandalwood. Not only was the scent strong, it stuck around too - both my fiancé and I could smell it (he thought I smelled like soy sauce, funnily enough) even when I had moved on to the next steps in my routine! I have seen people compare the smell to OST C20 Vitamin C serum, however I don't find that product unpleasant smelling in the slightest.
Water, Ascorbic Acid (10%), Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Pinus Radiata Bark Extract, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Coceth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Santalum Album Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Aralia Elata Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glycerin, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Wine Extract, Tocopherol, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment
I think the inclusion of retinyl palmitate is a bit random and possibly not the best form for it to be delivered to the skin in. There is just a lot going on here and I'm not sure that there needs to be!
Cost wise, I've seen this retailing for about US $20. Considering that's only 10 applications/box, it's definitely not cost efficient when compared to a traditional bottled serum, and especially since individual sachets don't guarantee freshness of product. It's also very wasteful to be honest - I wouldn't like to throw away excess packaging so frequently when I can easily use a bottled serum which only generates waste when it's unboxed or when it's empty.
I did find that my skin was definitely smoother the day after using this, however any brightening benefits would take continued use over a period of time in order to see results. I'm not sure that I can happily recommend this product - I'll give it a 2/5. While it did smooth my skin, I believe there are other products out there that would be a better choice for brightening skin.
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.