Let’s be honest. These all-in-one products aren’t miracles that will replace everything and make life instantly easier. The “all-in-one” claims come from the fact that these can be used as a toner, serum and moisturizer. They also have the benefit of being used as a wash off mask or a sleeping mask to create a nutrient rich layer. They’re versatile tools that can be used as a compromise if you’re too tired/drunk when you get home and want to at least do -something- for your face before passing out. They’re also a good gateway product for newbies.
For part of my birthday haul I bought the Shara Shara Aqua Bomb and Scinic’s Honey All In One, both marketed as “all-in-one ampoules.” They follow the same concept and come in HUGE 250 ml bottles. These massive bottles might seem like they’ll take forever to get through but because they aren’t limited to only a serum, you’d probably burn through these faster than expected. I’m usually pretty conservative with spreading serums on my neck, but with these I don’t fret about using the extra product to show my neck and chest some love.
Here are my first impressions, let’s dive in!
Shara Shara Aqua Bomb
The main thing that drew me to this was my experience with other water and deep sea type products. I used, and quickly became addicted to, Tosowoong’s Deep Sea Water sheet mask. After trying some other sheet mask with water based concepts, I felt like I needed a serum that would give me these bright and perfectly moisturized benefits. The Aqua Bomb has seawater which is full of micronutrients, but the real star of this product would be all of the botanical extracts. This should really be renamed the Botanical Bomb, because it’s PACKED.
The botanical extracts in this product are plenty, with the long list providing antioxidants, moisture boosting humectants, anti-inflammatory and brightening benefits. Niacinamide is also including and it’s a skin care star. Known as the vitamin B3, niacinamide helps to repair and maintain the skin barrier, which leads to a refined and smooth texture, lightening of hyperpigmentation and brightening of the skin.
The product doesn’t have any added perfumes and is almost odorless, which I appreciate. It has a gel texture that is cool on the skin and spreads super easy. I dip the provided spatula into the jar vertically and what sticks is more than enough to cover my face and neck. Since there is so much product I’m not stingy about spreading this stuff on my neck like I am with my other products.
I liked using this as another serum step, being the last one I apply because of it’s thick gel like consistency. I’ve also used it as a “quick fix” when I’m rushing in the morning, which works out well. I treat this product pretty typical of an ampoule, honestly.
When testing it I used it as an “all in one” in place of my toner, serum and moisturizer step to really see what it could do. I was impressed at how it kept my face moisturized while I slept. I usually wake up to dry spots if I don’t layer my moisturizing products, but I didn’t wake up flaky when only using the Aqua Bomb so that’s some good stuff. I look forward to testing this out for the next month.
Scinic Honey All-In-One Ampoule
Scinic’s own all-in-one is incredibly similar to the Aqua Bomb, from the packaging to the use of the product. Shara Shara actually has their own honey all in one (predictable named Honey Bomb) but I wanted to give a different brand a try. That and when comparing the ingredient lists, the Scinic version actually had a more intriguing list.
The Shara Shara Honey Bomb just didn’t look as impressive. The first five ingredients are Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Diglycerin, Betaine. Honey is the measly 13th ingredient, and propolis is even further down the list. The main ingredients are just run of the mill humectants for moisture retention. Boring.
Meanwhile, the first six ingredients for the Scinic are honey, glycerin, water, niacinamide, royal jelly extract, and propolis extract. Oh my. These ingredients are amazing and are known for their antibacterial and glow inducing benefits.
Back to Scinic. It’s a beautiful honey caramel color, which makes sense since it is 90% honey extract. It’s runny, more so than the aqua bomb, and glides oh so easily over the skin. I need a little more to cover my face and skin but once again I’m not stingy with my product use from this massive bottle.
The day I got this I actually got a sunburn all over my shoulders and chest (I forgot to reapply at the pool) so I slathered this all over my red spots. The next day I had no itchiness, with the exception of my back that I couldn’t reach. By night time my redness had gone away, so it did a great job at calming down my skin and accelerate the healing process
It did dry with a slightly sticky film though, which I washed off in morning shower. While I didn’t mind the feeling of a slightly film, I can already tell I’m only going to be using this product as a wash off mask or sleeping mask to seal in the rest of my routine before bed. It does calm down my skin and give me a nice lovely glow, so I’ll probably use this on days that I look a little drab or dull.
Both of these are wonderful products that I’m happy to incorporate into my skin routine. I think they would work well for people who want to do -something- for their skin but might not have the time, resources or the willpower for a full blow routine. Are they an end all be all? No. Are they convenient in a pinch and better than doing nothing? Absolutely. Plus they’re just so cute in their little jars!