[REVIEW] Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Review:

I was searching for a first treatment essence to add in my routine and I stumbled upon this. I compared this to both SKII Treatment Essence and Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence and both are much more expensive for a newbie. So, I picked Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence thinking that if this is good for my routine, I can always upgrade.


+ The brand claims this product is suitable for sensitive skin due to their 7-free system: no paraben, no dye, no animal oil, no spice, no alcohol, no mineral oil and no benzophenon.

+ They also claim this product can strengthens the power of the original skin with the most logical composition for the best skin condition.

+ You should use this for: wrinkle care, clear skin, whitening, firming, skin soothing, moisturization, sebum control


Water, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Arbutin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Physalis Alkekengi Fruit Extract, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root, Velvet Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA

Volume: 155ml/5.24 fl.oz.

How to use:

Daily care: On the first step of skin care, wet the cosmetic cotton and spread evenly from inside to outside and tap lightly for absorption.

To treat skin troubles: Dampen the cosmetic cotton with treatment essence and place over troubled areas for 3 minutes.

For pores care: Take the cooled treatment essence and dampen on cosmetic cotton and apply by tapping for cooling and pore constriction.

My Skin Type: Dry/Normal

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Review:

The reason I wanted to add Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence in my routine is because I was in need of hydrating products and this product offers much more than that. I suffered from dull and dehydrated skin previously so my skin was in need of hydrating or brightening products and it was in a bad condition.

This is my first time using a starting/first treatment essence so I did not know what to expect. But the ingredients for this product seems interesting and that made me decided to purchase it.

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Review

Since this product’s texture is watery. It’s basically water to me and it absorbs fairly quickly. It does not stay on my face and does not my face feels sticky, which is good. It hydrates my face but I still need other products to layer on after using this or else my skin will flake like crazy.

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I read that a few people experiences nasty smell from this product but I have never smelled anything subtle while using this. It has a smell that I can’t describe, but it does not linger.

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Review

The bottle is glass and half opaque so I can still see how much they left. The opening of the bottle is small and round so you won’t spill much of the content. But I still spilled a few times due to the watery texture.

While the website claims to use this on cotton pads, I use this on my hands instead since I don’t really want it to waste being absorbed by the cotton pads. I use this regularly after cleansing and before putting on my hydrating toner.

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Review

But after a while of spilling accidents, I decided to buy a small spray bottle from Daiso and transfer some of the essence to the bottle. It was so much easier using the spray bottle since I can just spritz them on my face and pat dry. I also use this as a face mist if I need one during the day.

I have been using this for more than three months and it’s safe to say that this product did nothing for me. I heard claims saying this product helps their troubled skin and brightens their face but I experienced nothing of sorts.
It does not break me out but it barely did anything for me other than hydrating.

It was quite disappointing since I expected this product to help brightens my dull skin but it did nothing. I now read that the rose edition of this product helps more in brightening but alas, I’m now too wary to buy another.
I would recommend this to newbies who wanted to start on a treatment essence since it’s cheap.

You should try this first because YMMV and who knows, it might be good for you. People with all skin types can use this unless you’re allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

I would rate this product 3/5. Would I repurchase? No. I have other hydrating and brightening products that are more effective.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | Cosmetic-love

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