Manyo Factory. Ah, those five beautiful syllables, which at one point were all the rage in the online K-Beauty world. Manyo masks, Manyo serums, Manyo essences – they were popping up everywhere over my feed, and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. What appealed about this brand? Well, my reasons were triple-fold. First up, the brand uses environmentally-friendly ingredients, which is a huge plus for a K-beauty brand. Secondly, the ingredients are both organic and natural, and the brand are quick to point out their formulas are hypoallergenic – making them ideal for sensitive skin. Thirdly, it was bloody everywhere, and I’m easily swayed by other people’s product pictures.
The first product I ever tried from Manyo Factory (the Galactomyces Niacin Special Treatment Essence), however, was a bit of a flop for me – despite the incredibly cool name. It just didn’t do much for my skin. It gave me a bit of hydration, so that was nice – but nothing else. However, I think this essence is much more for those with oily or combo skin, to help reduce shine and reduce the appearance of pores. So it’s no wonder it wasn’t right for me. Sometimes it’s not the product, it’s that you’re buying the wrong one.
So, when Bloom Skincare, Europe’s official Manyo Factory seller, contacted me to suggest some products for review, I was definitely interested. After my previous experience with Manyo Factory, I felt it best to work with products which were absolutely designed for me and my skin type. Enter Manyo Factory’s Bifidalacto Complex.
This little bottle has created quite the hype among skincare aficionados.
Why so? It’s a dupe of the famed Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, with rave reviews and a serious following. The bottle even originally resembled Estée Lauder’s design at one point. However, that’s now changed, and the Manyo Factory product is an excellent choice in its own right. Let’s look at why.
Manyo Factory Bifidalacto Complex: A Review
Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Hydrolyzed Algin, Caffeine, Red Ginseng Extract, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Physalis Alkekengi Fruit Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine
The Manyo Factory Bifidalacto Complex is made up of 90% bifidobacteria and lactobacilli enzymes, adenosine, galactomyces and niacinamide. The bifidobacteria and lactobacilli enzymes work to regenerate the skin, enhancing the skin’s recovery process – meaning blemishes, scars, and pigmentation should technically be healed over more quickly and you should see a difference in tone and texture. Adenosine promotes the growth of collagen – naturally found in the skin – which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Galactomyces promote supple, smooth skin, and provide intense moisture. Finally, niacinamide helps to reduce the signs of ageing and reduce scarring, lighten discolourations, and regulate sebum production.
Because of the nature of the ingredients, all Manyo Factory products have a short shelf life. If you’re thinking of getting any of their products, pay close attention to when you need to use them and don’t leave them long once opened.
There are many skin types that this particular product would be suitable for. Personally, I have dry skin which is prone to redness from dehydration, and I am looking to use anti-ageing products more in my routine. I do not have many spots and break out infrequently (a very small spot every week or so is normal for me).
Packaging & price
The product comes in a sturdy little glass bottle, 50ml in size. I actually prefer the old design to the new (the square type bottle, rather than round, like this one) but it still looks nice and the brown glass is a nice touch. Nothing fancy, but not ugly or unappealing either.
The product is dispensed with a dropper, which is easy to use thanks to the light texture of the complex, and it hasn’t failed on me yet – even though I’m down to my last drops! It doesn’t take in air and is well-designed. I like droppers as they are much easier to dispense product with – providing they work!
Price will depend on where you buy the product from, but as I’m based in Europe, I’m naturally going to list the price over here first – at Bloom Skincare, the Bifidalacto complex retails at 32.50 GBP, or €36.86. The shop, as the official European retailer, has many other Manyo Factory products in its range, including the Bifidalacto wrap mask if you want to get a taste of the complex.
I’ve seen this product in various shops online, ranging from $32 to about $50 at shops who clearly don’t think Google works properly.
Texture and scent
I don’t detect any particular scent – and in fact, this is something Manyo are happy to say they do not add to products. Those with sensitive skin can sometimes be triggered by scented products, and Manyo are clear that they want to be as suitable for sensitive types as they can possibly be. Therefore if the scent isn’t naturally occurring – it’s not going to be there!
The texture is incredibly light and almost water-like. It absorbs super rapidly and is almost like a thin toner in texture rather than a serum or essence as you would imagine it to be like. This light, watery texture means it goes on early in your routine, ideally after toning.
After about a week and half or so of use, I began to notice changes in my skin thanks to the complex. My skin looked brighter, and my redness, while still there, was soothed and not as apparent in the mornings as it sometimes is. This means that the product was giving me a decent amount of hydration. Next, I noticed that any small spots I was getting were healed over nice and quickly. As I have quite an extensive routine, this is also due to the care I give it overall, but it certainly made a difference.
Finally, I felt that my skin was smoother – for example, bumps I sometimes get (and am still trying to figure out the reason behind) at the side of my face were reduced, and dry flaky patches were a thing of the past. It gave my skin a luminosity – a healthy look. While it didn’t completely get rid of my redness and give me porcelain skin, that’s never going to happen for an English beetroot face like me, so I’ll take what I can get.
I noticed even further changes when I introduced it as the first step after cleansing, and before toning. While this isn’t the instruction, as long as you know your skin well, these kinds of steps can be switched up – and I’m very glad I did. All the results I was having were amped up and my skin looked much brighter, less red, and more even-toned than usual.
I’m down to the last dregs now and I’m lamenting that I haven’t ordered another one yet – this complex sells like hot cakes and is out of stock quite often! However, I’m keeping my eyes peeled and will hopefully snap one up the next time it’s available.
Is the Bifidalacto complex worth it? In my opinion, yes. I haven’t tried the Estée Lauder to compare, but I’m happy enough with the results that Manyo provides – at half the price, may I add – to not switch over and give it a try. I can definitely see why it’s such a loved product.