Today I have lined up a comparison of three very popular “Night Repair Serums”
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (ANR), Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule, and Manyo Factory Bifida Ferment Complex.
All three at various price points and thankfully the alternatives are inexpensive. This post will compare the products on basis of their claims, ingredients, texture, consistency, scent, packaging, price, and overall results and opinion.
In terms of Claims, the underlying commonality in their purpose is exactly the same, possibly with couple of other additional claims, anti aging addressing wrinkles, fine lines, elasticity. In addition, restore and rebuild skin’s elasticity and inject deep moisture.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair claims “reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger look. Wake up to more beautiful skin every day. Tested and proven: Advanced Night Repair dramatically reduces the look of all key signs of aging. It maximizes the power of skin’s natural nighttime renewal with our exclusive ChronoluxCB™ Technology“.
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule claims “the complete science behind beautiful skin. Use the essential Activator Ampoule daily in your nighttime routine to get smooth and firm, beautiful skin. It provides your skin with extra nutrients and moisture lacking from your basic skincare. The Ampoule energizes, repairs, and restores elasticity. It also provides wrinkle repairing and whitening benefits“.
Manyo Factory Bifida Ferment Complex claims “this is a multifunctional and highly concentrated ampoule that delivers intensive care to the skin with its special ingredients. Bifida Ferment Complex, its key component, helps rebuild and restore damaged skin cells to make the skin stronger and less prone to damage. It also provides deep moisture to keep the skin moist and radiant. This is also a great solution for aging skin as it is also formulated to improve skin elasticity, therefore gradually eliminating sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines”.
Next up analyzing the ingredients, possibly the boring section for some but this is where you can see if you’re getting bang for your buck. Couple of notes on inci lists below, ingredients highlighted in bold indicates good stuff, red font indicates ingredient similarity between Estee Lauder ANR and Missha Time Revolution serums and finally blue font indicates similarity between Estee Lauder ANR and Manyo Factory serum.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Ingredients: Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.
Manyo Factory Bifida Ferment Complex Ingredients: Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Copper Tripeptide-1, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycerin, Physalis Alkekengi Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Algin, Red Ginseng Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Methyl Gluceth-20, Epigallocatechin Gallate.
Round up on ingredients: yes yes yes Missha list is incredibly long with a dash of vitamin c, peptides, retinol, fermented ingredients, silicones, and number of preservatives. Come along to Estee Lauder ANR contains 40 ingredients with an extra addition of colours too (although its colorless serum). Finally Manyo Factory appears too good to be true, and here I will bring up an interesting point. The ingredient disclosure requirement between Korea and USA are very different. I would highly highly highly recommend reading Fabserviced-B post on Korean vs. US Cosmetic ingredient list order differences. Please go ahead and read Tracy’s blog, especially if you’re a keen Korean beauty addict.
Next up Texture, Consistency and Scent of these serums:
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is a viscous consistency and absorbs seamlessly in skin. Easy to dispense with the dropper provided. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is light peachy brown colour runny gel which absorbs just as beautifully as ANR. In terms of smell, ANR and Missha smell similar however Missha is slightly milder. It is difficult to describe their scent without making it sound gross when in reality it’s quite pleasant. If I tried, I’d say, fermented citrus smell but not pungent at all.
And lastly, Manyo Factory Bifida Ferment Complex is extremely runny, border line like water but slightly denser than water liquid which feels marginally silicony (but don’t see it on inci lists). It is colorless and completely odorless.
Packaging, Pricing & Availability
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (50ml – $92) packaged in a dark brown (see through) plastic bottle with dropper, available in three sizes. Easily available at Sephora, and department stores in USA. For rest of world, it is easily available online. The Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule (50ml – $49) packaged in an opaque bottle where the 40ml bottle comes with a pump whilst 50ml is packaged with a dropper. In USA it is available directly from Missha US website, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Urban Outfitters. Finally the Manyo Factory Bifida Ferment Complex (50ml – $16 – $32) packaged in a dark brown glass bottle with dropper, identical shape, structure and sizing to Estee Lauder ANR bottle. This serum is available in USA through Memebox website.
Overall Results and Opinions
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II, I’ve always referred to this as ‘good skin in a bottle’. Next morning my skin is guaranteed to look calm, smooth, and basically ‘normal’ (such a relative term). Skin is surely plump, hydrated and bouncy. As for lines and wrinkles like I’ve said before, I’m not the right candidate to assess that. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule is very similar to ANR in results and experience BUT….and yes there is a BUT, it particularly helps inflamed skin. All in all, I think Missha is wonderful inexpensive dupe for ANR. It doesn’t compromise on ingredients, packaging, efficacy and bang for your buck!
On the other hand Manyo Factory Bifida Ferment Complex is serious hydration and plumpness. Lets say its a notch higher than ANR. Although with respect to its texture and feel, I’m not crazy about it. I tend to use it after an acid tone and then follow by denser consistency serum. Results are undeniably lovely, but the confused oily/silicony texture throws me a little. Sometimes mixing it with ANR or Missha also delivers wonderful results but no one needs to buy it separately solely for that purpose. ANR and Missha stand alone are quite capable of pulling their weight.
Have you tried either of these serums, what are your thoughts?
great post! I have the ANR from Estee Lauder and I love it !
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I love ANR too despite the option of inexpensive alternatives xx
Thanks I enjoyed reading it. I’m not sure I can find the other brands mentioned in France,
Thanks for taking time to read and comment. You could use shipto service from USA to Europe to source these products xx
I am THIS close to picking up the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about it… maybe next time Estee Lauder is having a gwp I’ll pull the trigger. But maybe I’ll try the Missha one since it’s so much cheaper. I don’t have easy access to that brand though.
Estée Lauder has gwp during Black Friday sale or holiday sale or Boxing Day sale (if you’re in Australia, Canada or U.K.). Missha one is wonderful given its price point and doesn’t fall short or call for any compromise with ANR. If you’re in Europe you could source from Shipto USA xx
Thanks for the information about the Estee Lauder gwp! I’m in Canada so it should apply. 🙂
Yes it should apply, wait for Sephora VIB sale or Black Friday sale or other Holiday sales 😉 xx
Great detailed review. I would love to try the Estee Lauder ANR serum as a splurge treat Christmas – it sounds great!
Thank you for taking time to read and comment. My apologies for delayed reply. Let me know how you get on with EL Serum xx
Missha it is for me then…I still want ANR but since they’re so similar I will wait to be gifted ANR by the hubby one day in the future and treat myself to Missha instead which I’ve wanted for a while now. I especially appreciate your colour coded/formatted inci lists…I don’t understand much but I appreciate the similarities and differences so yay! Hahaha! Another fab post hun xxx
Sal | UmmBaby Beauty
Thanks my dear! Oh Sal, my apologies for such a delayed reply, but given we talk outside of formal modes of comms, I think its ok (sorry). You will love Missha I know….ANR is just as lovely and more cultish so wait till hubs gets the message and gifts you:)
So excited to hear you can get the Missha one at Target!
Love EL ANR especially the new version but the price!
Thanks for a great post.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Missha products are only available on Target online, I dont believe they are available in store. The new EL version is the bomb! xx
I’ve heard so many good things about the Estee Lauder Night Repair serum. I’ve only had a sample bottle but I really need to invest in a full sized one
Holiday sales, Sephora VIB sale is the time to invest. Also if you’re Costco (USA) member they sell it cheaper online. Worth looking into xx
I used Missha’s version maybe 2 years ago and it was okay. To tell the truth I wasn’t in love with it or remember noticing much difference, but since the reviews are quite good I might give it another go – but – in general Missha’s skincare hasn’t worked for me at all (breaks me out), so I might try Lauder first. It’s such a cult product I’m wanting to try it properly if it’s worth it’s claims. I’ve read Tracy’s post and it’s hard to now trust in Korean ingredient lists if the product hasn’t been released in the US and has a “regulated” INCI.
Wonderful comparison post, loving your blog!
xx Laura | Laurantaina Beauty Blog
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read and comment. Truly means a lot to me, and my apologies for delay in replying to the comment. Definitely try EL serum and now given Holiday sales you might score a fab deal too. Korean inci lists are not hugely different or misleading just the order is slightly different.
I’ve tried both the ANR and Missha serums and do love both, although am intrigued by the other one now you’ve said it’s so hydrating and plumping – maybe it would make a good layering serum with something else. Thank you for such a detailed post, really enjoyed reading!
Thank you so much for taking time to read the post and commenting. Honestly given you’ve used both serums, adding another one would only give you comparison edge. Although I do think it is wonderful standalone or mixed. If you do try and use it let me know your thoughts. xx
Great Post! Just found your blog. You definitely got a new subscriber.
Thank you so much, means a lot to me xx
This post is so useful and informative. Ive got both except estee lauder, so I couldnt compare the dupes well. missha works wonderful for a month but after that i felt it did nothing to my skin and manyo factory was just as described in the post. I will get my hands on estee next! Txs so much!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Estee has wonderful GWP during black Friday and holiday sales 😉 xx