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Sunday 25 May 2014

Beauty: SHILLS Mandelic Acid Skin Renew Essence

Happy Sunday!

I envy those girls with perfect skin, because I don't :( So when Hermo approached me to review this latest Skin Renew Essence by SHILLS, I was eager to give it a try. Btw, if you don't already know, Hermo is an awesome beauty website that carries many many brands and you can read my previous posts here and here.

SHILLS has been an established and well-known for many years among consumers in Asia, especially in Malaysia and Singapore. The SHILLS Mandelic Acid Skin Renew Essence is a product of Taiwan.
This skin renewing essence contains 20% of Mandelic Acid. Don't worry, it's not the kind that burns your skin off haha. The essence can exfoliate dead skin cellsfight acne skin as it is anti-bacterial, prevent uneven skin tone & freckles, has Vitamin E for scar lightening and is a non-sticky formula, suitable for all skin types. Basically, it sounds like an all-in-one essence right?

Continuous use can help to reduce inflammation & redness in just 7 days and visible scar lightening & reduced acne in 14 days. It can also tighten pores and give you spotless, smooth and radiant skin. Guess what? They offer 14-days money back guarantee if it doesn't work. Wah so confident!

The product came without the SHILLS box but no worries as Hermo only carries genuine products!
I got the 10ml bottle but basically this is how the full-sized 30ml bottle looks like. Love the gold and purple combination cos it looks so classy! Hmm actually it kinda reminds me of an essential oil bottle haha.

It comes with a dropper which I like as it is very hygienic and allows you to control the amount you want. That's good because you don't wanna overdose, it's acid after all. And actually when you use it, you'll realise that a little goes a long way. There is a very soothing fragrance that I can't stop sniffing (LOL) cos the smell makes me feel damn "expensive" when I apply it lol.

It's very watery but when rubbed into the skin, the essence actually looks and feel oily. :/ Guess it's not a non-sticky formula after all. However, it is very easily absorbed by the skin and the application feels so smooth, like velvet!

Directions for use:

1. After toner, apply a few drops onto your whole face or acne area. What I usually do is just dab it on the acne/ pimple areas.
2. Follow by hydrating skincare products eg. hydrating serum, moisturiser etc.

*Note that minor peeling will occur as part of the skin renewing process. Do avoid using whitening products and products with AHA. Remember to constantly keep yourself hydrated by using a moisturiser and drinking lots of water as the process can be quite intensive!


This was my skin two weeks ago before I started using the product. Dunno why sudddenly so many breakouts on my forehead. Sad lah why does it always go from good, happy skin to bad skin like a yo-yo why can't it be constantly good................

I've been using the product every night before I sleep. I have combination skin which is oily around the T-zone and normal to dry for the rest of the face, so I tend to try and avoid using the essence on my nose area.

 For the first three days, I actually didn't experience any skin peeling and I thought that the process did not apply on me. But after a week, the peeling started especially around the forehead area. Got kinda freaked out and OD-ed on moisturiser every night after that lol.

After two weeks. Hmm... The acne scars on my forehead are gone but there are still some acne left. The three pimples in a COLONY on my right cheek just WILL NOT GO AWAY. Every time I go for a facial my beautician will remark that the "happy family" is still there.. -.- 
Skin is slightly smoother though I do not see any visible differences in pore tightening nor radiance.


Personally, I think my skin isn't suited for the product cos the result isn't quite as promising. I somehow feel that it doesn't reduce redness and if anything, has made some of the pimples more inflammed. Should I not apply it with my fingers? 0.0 

I would say that it is a good product for smoothing, scar lightening and giving even skin tone, but doesn't help much in reducing acne and inflammation. The scent has actually gone off a little lately but the oiliness doesn't really affect me as I apply my moisturiser after the essence and the next day, there'll be no more sticky feeling.

If you're interested in getting the SHILLS Mandelic Acid Skin Renew Essence, you can get it at RM 129 for 30ml HERE.

Psst.. I'll be doing a collab again with Hermo soon and I smell a giveaway! Till then, do watch out for more promotions and updates on website, Facebook and Instagram :)


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Disclaimer: Even though the product was sponsored, the review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after using the product. Effects may vary depending on individual skin condition and personal habits.

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