The Sample: Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel (Review, Swatches & Photos)

28 Jun

I’m a big, big fan of exfoliating treatments. I think it’s important for everyone to properly exfoliate regularly (“regularly” being different for everyone. Generally, the older you are, the more you will benefit from frequent exfoliation. The younger you are, the less often you need to), but given that I have been “blessed” with oily, acne-prone skin, I think it’s especially important for me. I’ve tried it all: super fine (and super potent!) micro-dermabrasion scrubs,  gentle chemical exfoliants, and all assortments of exfoliating masks. What I’ve found is that you don’t necessarily have to have a very rough or sandpaper-y scrub in order to get results (I wish my 15-year old self knew that…). Same goes for chemical exfoliants that rival industrial-grade battery acid–definitely not necessary! Great things come in gentle formulations too…like the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, for example.

Amore Pacific describes this product as:

“[a] water-activated botanical enzyme treatment to effectively eliminate excess surface cells and toxins responsible for irregularities in texture and tone and optimize penetrations of all skincare products which follow.”

“Papain, a plant based enzyme, is micro-encapsulated and activated upon contact with water to thoroughly dissolve impurities and cellular build up without harsh AHA’s and abrasives found in more traditional formulations.”

The product is a fine, yellow-ish powder that just looks like flour or maybe detergent. It comes in a cylindrical tube with a cap that is supposed to dispense a pre-measured dosage into the palms of you hand. I don’t know if I’m just challanged, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how the measuring cap works–so I just dump a tiny bit into my hand. Problem solved.

Treatment Enzyme Peel is essentially an exfoliating face wash without harsh chemical exfoliants or the scrubbly bits found in a traditional exfoliating facial scrub. At first, I thought it would be a gentle scrub in the vein of Dermalogica’s Microfoliant and bareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser. The steps are the same (pour out a small amount, mix with a bit of water, apply to skin), but the results are very different. With the Dermalogica Microfoliant, you get a gentle yet effective exfoliation, with the very fine grains providing a thorough buff (just like with sandpaper, the finer the grit, the more refined the finish). But the powder product of the Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel actually dissolves and lightly froths up with the addition of water. All the grit vanishes and you’re left with a rich, silky lather. After I got over the initial disappointment (after all, I rather like the concept and feel of the Dermalogica Microfoliant), I rather enjoyed the creamy, silky-smooth texture. It felt really nice on my skin and washed off easily, leaving my skin feeling clean but not stripped.

I didn’t notice any real exfoliation with this product, but that’s probably because it’s so gentle and my skin is used to a thorough exfoliation on a regular basis. But, I gave it to my mom and she loved it. She doesn’t often exfoliate because she has extremely sensitive skin that becomes irritated at the drop of a hat. She said that after using this for a few weeks, she noticed her skin was much smoother and less flaky around her nose area (where she has a problem with dryness). She says she can use it regularly and her skin doesn’t get irritated, unless she uses it every night. If you want to get a bit more exfoliation out of it, I suggest leaving it on your skin for a minute before washing it off.

The only real con (besides the price) is the scent–but it’s a pretty big con, in my opinion. Like most Amore Pacific products, this has a very strong perfumey scent to it. It is the same fragrance that accompanies products like their Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel, Rejuvenating Cream, Natural Protector SPF 30/PA+++ sunscreen, and Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel. It’s very hard to describe, but suffice it to say it is quite strong. It’s not the scent that I don’t like (I actually rather like it), but it’s that I don’t want this kind of perfumey fragrance in my facial skincare–especially this strong! I mean, it is seriously powerful. For this reason, I highly, highly recommend that you take a sniff at the product in-store prior to purchasing. Even if you don’t have a particularly sensitive nose, try it first. I am not sensitive to scent, but the first time I smelled an Amore Pacific product I was overwhelmed–and not in a good way.

It’s pricey, but you also only need a very small amount (less than the size of a dime) to create a rich lather to cover your whole face, so it will last you a while. It’s a nice product–but I don’t know that I like it enough to buy it again. The lather of the product is extremely silky and very nice on the skin, but I didn’t get very noticeable results from regular use. Then again, I exfoliate thoroughly on a regular basis. My mom, on the other hand, loved the product. It works well for her sensitive, dry, mature skin–so she will be repurchasing. I really like it as a cleanser, but I didn’t buy this to replace my regular cleanser (plus, I wouldn’t want to spend $60 every 3 weeks on a cleanser!). As an exfoliating treatment, I think it could definitely use a bit more oomph. All in all, good–but not a must-have by any means.

Pros: has a lovely, silky, rich consistency; gentle; you only need a small amount per use, so it will last a while; works well for all skin types (my mom has dry, sensitive mature skin and I have oily skin); packaging is lovely and simple (though I couldn’t figure out how it was supposed to pre-measure the dose for you)

Cons: scent is incredibly overpowering–proceed with caution, especially if you are sensitive to fragrance; pricey

»»Pricing: $60/2.5 oz.

»»Availability: Sephora, Neiman Marcus

»»Recommended for: sensitive, mature skin types

»»Overall Rating: B


PS: sorry for the crappy pics today, guys! It’s my boyfriend’s birthday today so I admit, I kinda rushed trying to get this post up so I could go get ready! Stay tuned for some bareMinerals Ready shadows, a French pharmacy-style haul, and more! And as always, thanks for stopping by!  ♥ Becca

16 Responses to “The Sample: Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Memoiselle June 29, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Hi Becca,
    my skin type is normal but when it comes to my T zone, it’s very oily. I tend to scrub it once it two days. I just can’t stand the oil in my nose :(

    • becca June 29, 2012 at 4:58 am #

      oh me either, trust me. You’re lucky the rest of your face is normal at least–my whole face is oily and especially as we’re entering into the hot summer months, my skin is more very oily than oily. I’m always on the hunt for something that will keep me matte–except I generally don’t like matte finish foundaitons so I’m in a bind! :P I just bought a couple of supposedly mattifying moisturizers from 2 well-known French pharmacy brands and I’m in the testing stages right now, so fingers crossed that they work out!

  2. Satin June 29, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Nice review. Yeah that price is a big con for me. For me personally, exfoliating for me is on an as needed basis anyway.

    • becca June 29, 2012 at 5:00 am #

      Thanks Satin! Yeah, the product is nice, but it just doesn’t show enough results on my skin to warrant spending $60 on. But like I said, if you have very sensitive skin and other exfoliants you’ve tried in the past are too harsh or abrasive, this might be a good choice! I just wish Amore Pacific didn’t put so much damn fragrance in their products…

  3. Sunny June 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks for the review Becca! I just think at this price point there shouldn’t be any weird perfumery smell. I’d much rather spend on something that’s more along the natural line, but that’s my personal preference.

    Happy belated birthday to your boyfriend! I hope you had a great time!

    • becca June 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      I definitely agree, Sunny. I always really want to *love* Amore Pacific products (probably because it costs an arm and a leg…), but I just don’t. The smell is pretty darn strong! Always disappointing when high-end brands do that with their skincare.

  4. Larie June 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Happy birthday to your boyfriend :D

    I’ve never seen a powder exfoliant before, how cool! I think…I am too lazy to mess around with something like this, though, and well, since I can’t use it anyway, I guess that’s good :D I need to look for a new facial scrub though.

    • becca June 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Aw, thanks Larie! I will be sure to pass it on! :)

      Have you not tried it before? It’s actually pretty cool. It’s so gentle but because the grains are so fine, it makes it even more effective. If you are not willing to shell out the dough though, I have a little DIY coming up too. You should try it. It really works!

  5. Sarah June 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I like the fact that it is good for sensitive skin but it is a bit too pricey for me!

    • becca June 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

      Yeah, $60 is a lot for what is essentially a foaming “treatment” cleanser. I much prefer the Dermalogica or bareMinerals versions. Have you tried any of them? They’re really cool!

  6. Tracy@Beauty Reflections June 30, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    This is kind of like that Dermalogica Daily Exfoliant. That stuff works nicely too.
    I have to check out this line some day!

    • becca June 30, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Yes, it is like that except it turns into a foam instead of remaining gritty…I actually prefer Dermalogica’s but the Amore Pacific is nice for sensitive skins! It is a good line though–if you can handle the scent! :P

  7. Vonvon July 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I like products from Laneige, a brand under Amore Pacific. But I haven’t tried Amore Pacific products.

    • becca July 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      ooh I’ve actually tried Laneige! I like that their products are less heavily-fragranced. My mom used the Snowise essence (I think that’s what it was called…) and I stole it from her once and used it for a while. It was nice! Amore Pacific is a nice brand, but I don’t think it’s nice enough for me to shell out $150 for their moisturizer and $60 for this enzyme treatment peel. I’ve tried other brands that gave me more visible results for less $

  8. Rola July 14, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Thanks for the review, Becca. I read there is a cult following on this product. I do not like overly fragranced product, so I will probably pass on this brand. The concept of this product reminds me of the Dermalogica exfoliant and one of the Kanebo cleanser.

    • becca July 14, 2012 at 12:47 am #

      I hope the review was helpful, Rola! I agree, I tend not to purchase VERY fragranced products (like a lot of other Asian brands’ products seem to be, also). I wouldn’t say I’m particularly sensitive to scent but in skincare, it’s so unnecessary–especially in that amount! It definitely annoyed me. I’ve tried the Dermalogica Microfoliant with a lot of success and just got more to review–so that comparison will be up soon (I hope…:P)

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