May 07, 2013

Review: Trouble Calming & Brightening Ampoule (Baviphat)

May 07, 2013
Recently my skin has been rebelling and breaking out. It's mostly been happening along my jawline too, which I found out after some research was due to hormonal imbalance. Now if it was a diet related problem, I could easily try to eat a wee bit healthier to counteract what's happening with my skin. But hormones? What am I supposed to do about that?

I already have a medicated acne cream I've been using for years that's highly effective for me. It can get rid of small to medium zits practically overnight. But it's really drying on the skin (to help dry out the zits, I guess) so I can't use it in the day when I'm going to be headed out because it'll cause my makeup to look flaky and patchy on those areas. So I decided to purchase something additional I can use any time to help me combat my acne's redness and overall appearance.


I was browsing around Baviphat in Glorietta 3 mall the other week and happened about telling the SA about my breakout woes and she instantly recommended me their Trouble Calming & Brightening Ampoule. I'm a big lover of Baviphat's products, so it wasn't that hard for me to decide to get it!

Left side of the box
Right side of the box

Baviphat never fails with their packaging. It's always colorful, girly, and accompanied with cute illustrations!





The serum comes in a sturdy, glass bottle with a dropper that holds 30ML of product. I find the bottle pretty enough to display on a vanity table! It almost looks like a potion vial, don't you think?

Information on both the bottle and the box are written in hangul (Korean), but fortunately I managed to snag a description from YesStyle:
Skin-soothing serum utilizes extracts of magnolia flowers to even out complexion and bring a newfound glow to dull and lackluster skin tone. Skin-calming serum easily spreads on, penetrating the surface to deliver potent brighteners right where they are needed the most. For instantly brighter skin, pour out a few drops of serum and spread evenly all over face.
So from the description alone, this turns out to be a dual-use product. Not only will it help 'calm' blemishes such as new acne, but also brighten up dark spots, acne scars, and your face's overall skin tone.




The serum itself is somewhat thin and has a runny or watery consistency, as you'd expect. It takes a bit of time to absorb fully into the skin, about 10-15 minutes for me, and it changes from wet to slightly sticky in the process.

Applying twice a day (morning and evening) after cleansing and before moisturizing, let's see how the serum worked for me...

Prior to using Baviphat's Trouble Calming & Brightening Ampoule
After three days
After five days

So within a week it worked a lot better than I expected it to and it really did 'calm' the zit down to the point that it's 90% gone. Most importantly, it got rid of that disgusting pus-filled 'white head' that usually appears with new zits.

However, just take note that the serum's effectivity isn't consistent. It can take longer to work on some new acne or shorter. Sometimes it doesn't disappear almost completely like it did above even after a week. It depends on the size of the acne itself, as well as a multitude of other factors including your current stress levels, diet, sleep pattern, etc.

I also tried the serum's claim for brightening, again applying twice a day on my entire face for one week, but unfortunately I didn't notice any visible difference with my acne scars or overall skin tone.

Pros
  • A little goes a long way, only 2-4 drops at most needed for your entire face
  • Does not dry out the skin
  • Dropper included
Neutral
  • Scented. The scent is best described as very 'medicated', almost like an ointment. I personally don't mind it, to be honest, and it fades once the product is absorbed
  • Effects of the serum vary on the size of the acne and other internal and external factors
Cons
  • Takes some time to fully absorb, longer if you're in a hot/humid environment
  • Not very travel-friendly, the glass bottle can be at risk of breaking or cracking

Price: PHP500+, Purchased from: Baviphat (Cinderella, Glorietta 3, Makati)

I'm not sure where other Baviphat stalls are located locally. But if you want to purchase it online, you can do so via YesStyle or Fan Girl Asia, amongst others. Please remember price also still varies per site!

33 comments:

  1. Cute box! The bottle and the dropper remind me of Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate! :) I must try that myself when I get back in Ph! x

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  2. I've been eyeing this product up for a while and will definately purchase after reading your review :)

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  3. I've never heard of Baviphat. Love Korean skincare though!

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  4. Oh I want to try this. It seems to work well. I'm not sure if I can find it in Italy...I'll look for it.

    xxx
    mari from www.ilovegreeninspiration.com
    #gig love

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  5. Oh wow! I'd love to try this. xx
    #giglove

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  6. If you can't find it, you can always purchase it online. I know YesStyle ships worldwide :)

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  7. Korean skin care products are one of my favorites in general. So many Korean girls have such flawless skin after all!

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  8. Great! Hope it works just as well or better for you!

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  9. Yeah, it reminded me of the same product too. Especially the pore tightening version of this ampoule since it's blue! :)

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  10. WOW! I'm amazed by how effective it is! Great find!

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  11. Awesome sis! I love how you were able to capture on photos how effective the product is! Love the packaging too =)

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  12. Thanks, dear! I had to remind myself to take pictures every morning because I'm easily forgetful, haha. :)

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  13. Oh I want to try this, great find! xoxo Nat #GIGlove

    http://misseychelles.com/

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  14. super cute packging, i want to try it too!

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  15. Wow.. this is the first time I heard about this product. I want to try this because lately, my skin is not cooperating too.. :( I hope they have it in every cinderella stores.

    New follower here! :)
    http://beautychroniclesofelgee.blogspot.com/

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  16. Thanks, dear! I've followed you back on both GFC and Bloglovin.

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  17. I haven't tried any serums yet. I wanna try this one someday :)

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  18. This is the first serum I've ever tried actually. I'm planning to get an overall one next, specifically the Double Serum (Hydric-Lipidic System) from Clarins once I save up enough since it's quite pricey, haha. :)

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  19. Thanks for your review, the product seems like a great purchase :)

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  20. glad to see that it work great on you, thanks for sharing ;)

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  21. This looks promising and affordable too :) Off-topic, you're so pretty! :)

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  22. iiiinteresting. i don't know if i would buy a product like this...

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  23. The packaging is super cute! Looks like something I would try.

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  24. Gime VacarezzaMonday, May 13, 2013

    It´s great to see that it actually works!.

    The packaging is adorable!.

    xo,

    Gime from http://www.coolrunwaystyle.blogspot.com #GIGBloggers

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  25. You've got completely flawless skin hun!! Product seems worth a try <3 GIG Love xoxo

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  26. My skin is far from perfect! I have acne scars, large pores, and blackheads. Good lighting just helps a lot :)

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  27. omg! sorry but that was too much visually for me! lol! glad it worked tho!

    xo,
    Dee http://hautefrugalista.com

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  28. i hope korean products provide English instructions.. hehehe if i have a breakout too now i know that product to buy. thanks for sharing! :)

    -gig

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  29. Somdyuti D. RayTuesday, May 14, 2013

    Looks like a great product. Thanks for the amazing review!

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  30. I've been having the same problems as well. A while back, I've had zits popping up on my jawline. I noticed it happened when I stopped doing my skin care ritual so I went back to toning and moisturizing after I washed my face and I'm glad to note that they are now gone :)

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  31. Lucky you! :) I have a strict skin care ritual and I still have zits appearing right after one has disappeared. Though it's supposed to be a hormonal problem, I also blame my lack of sleep, haha.

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  32. Some do, like Etude House. But if there are no English instructions, I always either ask the SA or google it myself. :)

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  33. Hi Im selling po Bavhipat products authentic po and its 400 lang po sa amin. you can visit my online shop called A Style Me Pretty www.facebook.com/astylemepretty.

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