A’Pieu Madecassoside Fluid Review:
Interestingly enough, I first discovered this product through one of the lists Cosmeperks produced in the earlier stages of the website. Specific link here. As I’m sensitive to high concentrations of hyaluronic acid in skincare, I was looking specifically for toners which omitted the ingredient completely – just to see if it’d make any difference to my usually flushed skin. And as the product also contained centella and madecassoside which have been made famous for their skin soothing properties, I was even more intrigued.
Madecassoside fluid derived from nature strengthens skin barrier by providing protective film to the skin. Contains 40mg of madecassoside, and 30% of centella asiatica leaf water.
Water, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Glycerin, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Madecassoside, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Ceramide NP, Adenosine, Glycereth-26, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Styrene/VP Copolymer, Tromethamine, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/ C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Allantoin, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Beta-Glucan, Asiaticoside, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sucrose, PVM/ma copolymer, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin.
Link to Cosdna.
- Centella Asiatica: Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals which in turn provides anti-aging benefits due to its ability to protect the skin from degradation. Also ideal for acne sufferers as it speeds healing, which lessens the possibility of scarring and future blemishes, as well as providing skin soothing properties.
- Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3. Helps to boost collagen production and in turn strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Over time, may also assist in brightening, anti-aging and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.
- Madecassoside: Derived from the Centella Asiatica plant. Has strong anti-inflammatory effects, and stimulates fibroblasts which create collagen, hence strengthening the skin’s structure. Also contributes to anti-aging as it is an effective antioxidant.
- Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract: Also known as wild yam and/or Japanese mountain yam. Rich in saponins which aid in preventing loss of collagen in the skin and reducing the appearance of dark spots. Also possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
- Ceramide NP: Known also as Ceramide 3. Works as a hydrating agent due to its inherent ability to aid in rebuilding and restoring the skin’s epidermal barrier, as well as strengthening the skin’s appearance and moisture levels.
- Adenosine: Beneficial in combating wrinkles, especially crow’s feet and frown lines. Also aids in smoothening out the texture of the skin.
- Beta-Glucan: A polysaccharide sugar derived from yeast or oats. Possesses antioxidant properties and also helps to improve the appearance of redness and other signs of skin sensitivity.
- Asiaticoside: Is a constituent of the Centella Asiatica plant. Aids in tissue repair and anti-depressant functions.
How to use:
Different methods of suggested use:
- Apply gently to the skin with hands and tap gently for absorption.
- Before going to bed or before applying makeup, moisten with cotton pads and use as a partial sheet mask.
- Use as facial mist by decanting some toner into an empty mist container.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
A’Pieu Madecassoside Fluid Review:
Being used to having hydrating toners come in a basic bottle aka the famous Hada Labo Lotion, I was very pleased to find that the A’Pieu Madecassoside Fluid comes in a sturdy, transparent plastic pump bottle.
The minimalist design of the label was fine by me as well, but my only packaging gripe with this is that the label wraps around the bottle completely; effectively obscuring the view of the product level left inside the container.
Now, as it does contain 200mL of product, it’ll take awhile for me to worry about it running out, but I do still find it rather annoying.
The texture of the toner itself is relatively viscous, but still quite “drippy”, and is rarely sticky as it absorbs well into the skin. Also, while I sometimes do notice the toner having a slight white tinge of colour in the bottle, it is more or less colourless when spread onto the skin.
Scent-wise, it smells similar to the cream in the same line, but a tad fainter. Tentatively describing, it errs on the herbal-citrus nature, which is probably unsurprising due to its main ingredients, and also the inclusion of oils such as Grapefruit, Lemon and Mandarin Orange. However, the scent is more or less mild, so I find it quite negligible. YMMV, though.
While the toner is fine application-wise, I do find it lacking in the hydration department. As I did aim to incorporate this into my routine as my sole hydrating toner, I was disappointed to find that my skin often remained dehydrated – even after following up with the rest of my usual routine.
In fact, I’ve even tried the 7-skin method using this toner, only to end up still disappointed as I felt no difference to my skin before and after application. Next, I tried “sheet masking”, but also ended up dissatisfied as I found it both wasteful (due to its viscous texture, I wouldn’t advise this method as the cotton just ends up “drinking up” most of the product) and underwhelming.
But, what it makes up for is definitely its skin soothing properties – as expected of a product focusing on Centella Asiatica and Madecassoside extracts in its formulation. As I usually do while testing out new products, I set up a period of time of usage to look for sensitivity reactions (which the toner passed with flying colours) before pulling it out of my routine completely.
Upon skipping it, I noticed that my skin slowly returned to its constant slightly flushed state, and I knew then that the toner did in fact provide discreet soothing properties.
All in all, I’m definitely considering repurchasing the A’Pieu Madecassoside Fluid. While I’d rate it a 3/5 for hydration, it definitely hits 5/5 for me in terms of soothing my sensitive skin.
In fact, it was purely due to this toner that I was finally brave enough to experiment with chemical exfoliation as I knew I had the product to fall back on in case of sensitivity issues.
Hence, it achieves an overall rating of 4/5, in my honest opinion. It’s definitely a pity that it’s not as easily accessible as the cream in the same line, though!
Where to buy:
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