Review: 9 Wishes Miracle Serum

A highly concentrated ampoule serum that [reinforces] skin and [has] moisturizing effects

9 Wishes

9 Wishes is a Korean Skincare brand that has a set of replenishing ampoules available on Amazon. Looking for a replacement for my Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Pore Purifier, I selected this Miracle (brightening) Serum due to its many incredible ingredients as well as its affordable price tag ($17). Though I am sad that they advertise it as “Whitening,” and even label this particular serum as “White,” there are NO SKIN BLEACHING ingredients (for I would never purchase nor condone any product that does) and I hate to see the word ‘white’ always correlated with ‘improved skin.’ This serum helps in evening skin tone and hyper pigmentation, and that is all. Application is simple, with the dropper being easy to manage and the liquid sliding onto and absorbing into the skin with ease. After about a week of use I noticed significant difference in my acne scars and overall tone. Despite its terrible name, it works well.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Pearl Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Water, Glutathione, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Allantoin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, (-)-alpha-bisabolol, Pentylene Glycol, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Yucca Schidigera Root Extract

Significant Pros

  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water (gentle exfoliator, addresses hyper-pigmentation)
  • Glycerin (moisturizing)
  • Niacinamide (addresses hyper pigmentation)
  • Pearl Extract (calming, gentle exfoliator, hydrating, anti-bacterial)
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrating)
  • Morus Alba Fruit Extract (calming, evens skin tone)
  • Betaine (calming)
  • Allantoin (calming)
  • Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract(addresses hyper-pigmentation)

Significant Cons

  • Nothing of note

The Takeaway

There are a plethora of powerhouse ingredients in this serum. Often when I choose a skincare product, I look for maybe 4-5 great ingredients and shrug off the rest due to not knowing the specific concentration of each element as well as how the total cohesion may impact the efficacy of the product. However, what’s so interesting with this product is how it manages to implement both cohesion with a vast array of great ingredients to the extent where concentration becomes a irrelevant point. I still feel uncomfortable purchasing this product due to its name, but until I find something better, I’ll at least finish the bottle. Overall, this is a wonderful (if grossly named) serum.

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