Did feel like there was some tightening effect on my skin right after I used it. It works even when I apply other brands' creams on it either.
Essence feels quite thick but wasn't sticky or oily at my skin at all. I'm also happy with the results, my skin looked better the next morning.
This absorbs well. It has helped the look of my pores to become smaller. I have oily skin, but this serum didn't bother it at all.