Swanicoco is a Korean company that may seem to have exploded onto screens recently, but in fact has been steadily growing in Korea since their creation in 2005, where they put themselves onto the market selling a range of natural herb soaps. Keeping in the same vein of natural cosmetics, they have expanded their range and now have seemingly thousands of products for you to choose from.
Swanicoco’s tag line is ‘Nature Bio Cosmetics’, so they take pride in using natural ingredients, meaning less risk of reaction from skin. They use fermented ingredients, which in theory absorb more rapidly into the skin, as particles are smaller. Fermenting ingredients also gives a higher concentration of antioxidants and nutrients than using the fresh ingredient.
I received a review package of some Swanicoco products, after talking through my skin concerns with May, my rep from the brand – who was wonderful to deal with. My skin concerns are dryness, texture, dullness in some areas, and redness. My focus is therefore on brightening, dealing with red patches in my skin, and eliminating flaky areas.
One of the products sent to me for the purpose of brightening was the Revol Ampoule: Whitening (don’t worry about whitening, it doesn’t mean chemical scary whitening that bleaches your skin). This product comes from the Dr. Syul branch of Swanicoco, which uses eco-friendly methods and ingredients, producing high-quality products under constant research and development. But enough amble – let’s have a look at the ampoule.
Swanicoco Revol Ampoule – Whitening
(Translated from the packet, forgive me if there’s anything weird): Lemon Extract, Stawberry Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Asai Palm Extract, Blueberry Extract, Indian Gooseberry Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Peach Extract, Nicotinoyl Dipeptide-22, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Chamomile Flower Extract, Banana Extract, Tomato Extract, Grape Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol, Allantoin, Lime Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Lime Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Spearmint Oil, Basil Oil, Rosemary Oil, Red Pine Leaf Oil, Bergamot Berry Oil, Ethyhexyl Glycerin
Niacinamide is the main ingredient, and this is often used in anti-aging, brightening products. It can help with dull skin tone, skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and brighten dark spots. As it protects the skin and improves skin’s structure, over time, it can help redness and hyper-pigmentation.
You might have used cranberry to help you with, er, wee problems. So you already know how good for you this little berry is – but it’s good for your face too. Cranberries have antiseptic properties, and work well with spots and marks, as well as keeping the skin looking supple and healthy thanks to the high presence of Vitamin C.
There are lots of oil extracts in this product, such as lemon peel oil (enhances glow, and clarity of skin), spearmint oil (protects wounds, helps fight acne), basil oil (revitalises dull skin), and rosemary oil (helps fight acne, lightens dark spots and dull skin).
The oils in this product help to brighten the skin and speed up the process of healing when it comes to spots or acne marks.
Texture and Scent:
This ampoule is very watery and absorbs into the skin quickly. It’s runny and you can apply it directly to the skin, or put it into your palms and apply it to your face, where running your hands over it and smoothing it in will mean it absorbs rapidly. It doesn’t leave any sticky residue and my skin absolutely drinks it in. It’s lightweight and is designed to be used after toner, getting those ingredients into your skin right after the preparation step.
The scent is pleasant and not strong. I do detect a peachy kind of smell, and indeed peach is one of the ingredients listed. It smells sweet, but not like an artificial peach smell (think Haribo sweets – not at all like that), kind of a faint fermented slightly going off peach scent. Sounds horrid, but it’s nice, actually. I enjoy the smell.
Packaging and Price
This is the first section where I encounter a few problems with the product. You get a box of four ampoule ‘shots’, with one little dispenser lid, that you remove each time and transfer to the new ampoule. It all feels very swanky and does look nice, and sciencey, which is fun in skincare.
However, the little bottles are really hard to get into. They come with a small metal seal, which you have to peel off in order to get into the product. This is difficult to remove, and I actually cut myself on the metal when it came to opening one. It was a particularly stubborn one – out of the four ampoules, only one gave me real issues, but it’s still more difficult than it needs to be, in my opinion. It’s good that the seal is tight but it’s slightly dangerous.
The little plastic dispenser is squeezed in order to get the product out, and it administers a small amount, so you don’t get too much product and waste it. It dispenses well even to the last drop, and there is no frustrated shaking or just having to give up with the dispenser, which I experience with a lot of dropper-style ampoules. So I like the way to apply the product.
The price is also a huge point to consider. This product is about €77, as seen on YesStyle, who are one of the official retailers of Swanicoco – the prices are very similar to what they are in Korea. You get 40ml of product (40 x 10ml), so that’s about €19 per ampoule. Quite pricey. It’s a targeted treatment, however, and you don’t have to use it constantly. The price is a big factor though, and you definitely need to think about if it’s worth it for you.
Each bottle has lasted me about 2-3 weeks, and you can seal the dispenser with the little white cap they provide you, so the ingredients aren’t exposed to the air. That means the whole product is good for about 2 months, and possibly could last longer if you wanted it to. You wouldn’t have to use this all year round if you didn’t want to: it can be a targeted treatment for when you have particularly bad spots or marks that you would like to get rid of. Which brings me to…
This product for me was a grower, which I’ve found with a lot of Swanicoco’s products. At first I find that I don’t feel they’re doing a lot, but then I look at pictures of my skin, or specific areas rather than everything all together, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I have certainly noticed a slight brightening in my skin tone, and I am frequently getting complimented on my skin tone and texture these days. However, there are many products that can improve texture and brighten, so what makes this different?
For me, the best thing about this product is how quickly it heals acne marks and spots. I don’t have serious acne but rather break out every so often, but with this product I have been so pleased with how quickly the red marks that normally stick around for weeks disappear. Before testing, I had a particularly bad spot that definitely was going to leave a lasting mark – one of those evil under the skin inflamed volcanoes that never comes to a head, and leaves a big red raised mark behind it. These for me can take months to heal, but nearly all trace of it has gone.
Before vs. after
I’m really impressed with how quickly it helps heal scars and redness when it comes to spots. The brightening I can get elsewhere, but the true ‘whitening’ happens on your blemishes, and I am pleased with the results of the ampoule. However, at the price that it is, I wouldn’t be able to buy this frequently. I would purchase it, but if I were going through a rough patch with spots. I would recommend this product for those with PIE (inflammation, often caused by acne, or picking at spots/popping pimples), who want to find a way to speed up the healing process.
Disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.