Swanicoco products have been a staple part of my routine now for over a year. Some products are on their second use, some products are more of a one-off (looking at you, you gorgeous biocell masks), and some of them, naturally, haven’t done much for me. That’s what you get in skincare. However, across the board, I’ve found that Swanicoco are a brand that have worked pretty well with my skin and I’ve been impressed with most of the products I’ve tried. Sadly, quite a few of the products I’ve liked the most have gone on to be discontinued, but that’s another story for another day. Also, the less I talk about it, the less dismay and despair I feel deep down.
As part of the Swans program last year, Swanicoco sent out packages to bloggers all around the world, with the aim of them testing out products and reporting back. I’ve almost come to the end of two of my most-enjoyed products from that package, so it’s time for me to give you my thoughts on them. Please don’t discontinue them now, okay, Swanicoco?
The products I’ll be reviewing today are the Swanicoco RH Pure Ampoule and the Swanicoco FGF 1ppm Pure Ampoule. If you Google these two, it’s likely that your first results will actually be the EGF and FGF 10ppm Pure Ampoules, as reviewed by Vanity Rex, which might sound similar, but there are particular differences between the products. Firstly, you’ll notice that the two FGF (fibroblast growth factor) ampoules listed here contain different ppms (parts per million), meaning the one I am reviewing today has a lower concentration of the highlighted ingredient. Secondly, size! The EGF and FGF 10ppm Pure Ampoules contain 30ml of product, while the RH Pure and FGF 1ppm Pure contain 45ml, so are a larger size. Finally, the pricing is different. As the EGF and FGF Pure Ampoules seem to contain a higher concentration of the highlighted ingredient, they have a higher price (BeautyTap lists them at $75). So, despite looking similar, these products actually are quite different.
Now, let’s get started.
RH Pure Ampoule
rh-Oligopeptide-1, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Arginine, Adenosine, Olibanum, and Rosa Damascena Flower Oil
FGF 1ppm Pure Ampoule
sh-Polypeptide-11, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Carbomer, Arginine, Adenosine, Olibanum, and Rosa Damascena Flower Oil
You can see the ingredients are relatively similar, and what separates the two is the peptide listed. Let’s talk a little about ‘growth factors’, or more specifically, fibroblast growth factors, and epidermal growth factors. The former can be found in the FGF 1ppm, while the latter is present in the RH Pure. Peptides are somewhat of a buzzword in skincare nowadays, and you should always be mindful of sciencey-sounding mumbo jumbo as a selling point, but peptides really are beneficial to the skin, as fragments of proteins which, depending on the manner they bind together, make specific proteins, which are essential in your skin. They help skin to remain firm, feel bouncy, make it smoother and rejuvenate, and improve texture all round. As you age, the skin loses its ability to naturally do these things as it once did, so peptides can give it a helping hand.
It should be noted peptides, while great as an anti-ageing ingredient, should be a part of a solid skincare routine and other essential care – they can’t do it alone. So, don’t just rely on peptides or think of them as the answer to all your prayers, but if you’re interested in anti-ageing products, look out for them as an ingredient. Growth factors, which are found in these two ampoules, can help to protect the skin, increase collagen production, boost skin renewal, and heal existing damage. Epidermal growth factor is, in fact, used on wounds to help them heal faster. Therefore, in theory, these ampoules should help improve the appearance of wrinkles, smooth over the skin for those who struggle with texture, and improve dullness and make skin look, overall, more healthy.
Both ampoules have a very light, runny texture, which easily absorbs into the skin and leaves behind no stickiness. Both are slightly white-tinged, with the RH being a tad lighter in my opinion, and perhaps more watery, but the difference is so minimal it’s not really noticeable. I don’t find there is any fragrance whatsoever. Swanicoco also state that you can use these products as a first step in your skincare routine, rather than in the ampoule step, but I didn’t try it out this way. However, I imagine because of the texture and how easily the product absorbs, it would be easily added into your routine as a first step.
Packaging and price
Both bottles use droppers, which I like in ampoules and serums providing the texture is light and spreadable. I’ve had droppers which have difficulty picking up thicker products, but this is certainly not the case here. The dropper works wonderfully, and you only need to squeeze it lightly to get your product in, and dispense. I’m almost at the end of both of the ampoules, and still I’m not finding any difficulty in getting the product out.
The ampoules look swanky with their gold and silver packaging, and I like the rectangular shape (very easy in flatlays, no rolling around). They are made of light plastic, not glass, but seem to be sturdy enough.
For 45ml of product, at Beautytap you’ll pay $53, and I found one on eBay for $41, but I’m always a bit wary of eBay. Tester Korea seem to have the two, but listed at 280,000 won, so I don’t think I’m going to be linking that here.
I tried these products both alone and together, and I have to say, alone I didn’t notice much change with either of the two. With the FGF I did feel that my skin felt somewhat smoother, but didn’t notice any other particular changes such as more supple feeling skin, or blemishes being cleared up more quickly. However, when I combined the two, I began to notice subtle differences in my skin. I don’t have many blemishes, it has to be said, but on the occasion I do get them, they clear up relatively quickly with the right care. I feel like these ampoules are a gentle way to help clear up spots and scars, working over time to give brighter, smoother skin. Don’t expect overnight miracles with them, but I do think they help speed up the healing process of skin. I’d recommend more for those who are wary of exfoliation or have reactionary skin, as they’re gentle and work more over time with your skin, forming a part of a solid routine.
However, combined, it has to be said that this doubles the price of your skincare product – for my relatively acne-free and scar free skin, $100 is quite a bit to spend, even if the ampoules last me over 2 months at a time. I’d be tempted to buy these myself if I could find them at a cheaper price, as I’ve seen them on sale at Swanicoco’s official website for 28,000 won. While not a wonder product, I enjoyed using them, and would pick them up again at the right price, particularly to see how they work on fine lines and wrinkles further down the line for me.