Monday, 24 January 2011

Review Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum

The last few years I've really been into serums. Before I didn't care much and only slapped on moisturizer, I didn't know any better. Nevertheless when getting older, it's important to add a serum to your routine as it has a concentrated amount of antioxidants that will benefit your skin. When looking for a serum I want it to brighten my skin tone and fight signs of aging - which are most serums goals. Mario Badescu released this serum about a year ago and it was getting a lot of praise and claimed to fulfill my needs, so I gave it a go... It's called their Vitamin C serum, a name that sounds like music to my ears!

Antioxidant Vitamin C protects skin from free radicals and is essential in collagen production. This Vitamin C Serum contains 7.5% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to reduce discoloration and brighten skin. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to retain skin's natural moisture and Collagen to enhance skin's firmness and elasticity. How to Use: Apply 2-3 drops on clean skin avoiding eye area every other night. May be used under a moisturizer or alone.

The bottle contains 29ml and can be purchased from various webshops, I paid around 40euros for it, so I consider it to be a more pricy serum but not too outrageous as other luxurious brands. It's a green glass bottle with a droppersystem. It's not seethrough which is important to me to maintain the ingredients in it. I only preferred it had a pumpsystem to a dropper.

The ingredients list as seen below looks very promising in the beginning with a good base -glycol- and vitamin c. The only downside is the last ingredient on the list, lavender extract, as this can be irritating and damaging to the skin. Because it's the last ingredient and in a very tiny amount present I was still keen on trying it.

The serum itself is yellow and feels quite greasy at first. It sinks fast into your skin but it leaves a more oily finish. It also has a peculiar smell, a bit medicine-like, I'm not a fan of it at all. I've been using it for several months and it didn't irritate me or cause any breakouts. In the first month of usage I noticed a lot of improvement in my skins texture and a few acne scars/discolorations were fading. However, the next few months my skin remained the same and didn't improve anymore. The expiry date on the bottle when opening it is 3months and this may be a bit too accurate. Because of the dropper system the ingredients are exposed to air every time when using it and I believe this was the cause to it.

My boyfriend also used this serum for a few days as he had some discolorations as well, but it resulted in lots of breakouts. He stopped using it and tried it again after a week, the breakouts came back, so it was definitely the serum causing it.

The goods: results are soon visible, only a tiny amount needed to cover entire face

The bads: high price, weird smell, ingredients are not long preserved, lavender works irritating and can cause breakouts

Overall I was amazed at first by this serum but afterwards I was more dissapointed than amazed. It's too expensive for the time it delivers on its promises. It can also be irritating for the skin, which is always a negative to me - even if my skin doesn't react to it. I wouldn't repurchase this or recommend it to anyone. If Mario Badescu decided to change the ingredients a tiny bit and change it into a pumpsystem, this would be an amazing serum! If you have a favourite serum, feel free to share...


Perfectly Unordinary said...

Meer minpuntjes dus, jammer!
Mijn twee ultieme serums zijn tot nu toe die van Estée Lauder (Idealist en Advanced Night Repair). Ze zijn best duur, helaas...

Evelien said...

Ja, ik heb er nu ook eentje van EL gekocht, maar even nog een ander leegmaken voor ik eraan begin! Ben erg benieuwd.

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