I’d never come across this brand called Neogence before, have you? Then again, I don’t spend a lot of time in Sasa stores where this is found. I operate Sasa stores like a hit and run accident – hit the store, run in to get what I want and run out. I don’t stop and browse because the SAs there just scare me silly. Pushy doesn’t quite begin to describe it.
However, I was passed the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence to trial by Cittabella magazine for their feature, which is how I came to know about this product.
A bit of research tells me that Neogence is a brand from Taiwan and this Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence is one of their star products. I must say that I really liked this product in the 2 weeks I was trialing it.
The Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence is a hydrating serum. It is meant to help the skin retain and hold the moisture to keep skin hydrated all day. I like that it is a watery clear liquid that is dispensed via a glass dropper. The bottle itself is very small. 20ml is all it contains so really, its quite a pricey product.
Another reason I say this is pricey is this – that’s all I had left after using this product twice a day for about 3 weeks. At time of writing, I have nothing left and the bottle has been tossed. The thing is, there is no instruction on the label and mine did not come in a box, so I wasn’t sure how to use it. In the end, I used about 2-3 drops smoothed out in the palms of my hands and then applied to my face.
My skin soaks this up like a sponge. Within 2 seconds, it is dry and feels smooth and plumped up. No patting required for it to absorb, not sticky feel, nothing uncomfortable. It is super quick and easy to use and it did help my skin feel more moisturized, when used in combination with other hydrating products. That was my conclusion after 2 weeks for the magazine review.
However, a month later, I’m not 100% convinced to repurchase for a few reasons. Firstly, at RM89 for a 20ml bottle that barely lasts me a month, I found it too pricey. Sure, I use pricey products but this did not stir up feelings of loyalty in my breast. The Hada Labo SHA lotion needs more work but does the job for me at half the price for 8 times the product. The math made sense.
Secondly, I did not think this product delivered wonders for my skin after the initial 2-3 weeks. My skin started feeling drier after I’d applied it in the 3rd week onwards, as opposed to feeling more hydrated. It was very strange. I use a hydrating serum in the day – presently its the Estee Lauder Hydrationist or Vichy Aqualia serum interchangeably – and those keep my skin hydrated all day under a gel-cream moisturizer. This one did not make my skin feel as comfortable in the long run although it worked a treat initially. I don’t know if its just me who feels this way though.
Pros: Skin feels hydrated almost immediately, Hygienic glass dropper packaging, Not sticky, No fuss to apply
Cons: Pricey, Very little product, Did not work as well for my skin after the initial 3 weeks
Based on the website, this is the ingredient list for this product:-
Aqua, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic acid, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone
Its short and sweet and if it works for you, I’d love to hear from you! If it doesn’t (and you shouldn’t be trying this if you are sensitive to hyaluronic acid!) I’d like to know how you found it too 🙂
Neogence Hyaluronic Acid HA Hydrating Essence retails at RM89/20ml at Sasa stores.