Monday, November 7, 2011

Serum Psycho

So these are the face serums I use. Yes, all SIX of them. As many of you know, i'm at the age where I still need acne products, but also care about anti-aging elements. A big craze now in the beauty world, is serums that even out skintone and lighten dark spots. Below, see my thoughts as well as what each company has to say:

Dr. Weil for Origins
Mega Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

They say: Apply AM and PM, avoid eye area (really descriptive right?)

Makeup Majesty says: This one is my newest, and I believe just came out to the public. Unlike most Origins products, it doesn't have that unfortunate "Earthy" smell that I can't stand. It smells very pleasant, and is a bit thicker than most of the other serums. It goes on skin beautifully and feels really nice once it sets in. I just got this one, so I can't comment on long term benefits of evening skintone just yet. Stay tuned!

Estee Lauder
Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

They say: The first fast-acting Serum from Estée Lauder Research proven to dramatically reduce the look of uneven skintone: redness, acne marks, dark spots, sun spots and discolorations. Price: $58.00.

MM says: I won't lie, i'm in love with this. I actually get excited to use it every morning. It smells fantastic, and since I have been using this one the longest it looks like my skin is brighter and some of my acne marks have faded. Another thing I love - not only is it repairing your skin, but this serum gives you that all over "glow" - kind of like NARS Luminizer but in a skincare product. There has been a ton of press around this product, and I'll be honest - totally worth all the hype! Despite having six face serums, I think I will replace this one once i'm out. I don't know if I can live without it now!

Pomegranate Overnight Recovery Serum

They say: This supercharged, fast absorbing concentrate brings together pomegranate’s plentiful reserves of anti-oxidants with Himalayan goji berry – known as the fruit of endurance, resistant to the tests of extreme climates and time. It brightens skin and boosts its ability to recover from the daily attack of pollution and environmental factors by reducing, neutralizing and repairing skin damage caused by harmful free radicals as you sleep. Price: $32.50 at Kohl's.

MM says: This one makes me happy! It smells fabulous and the bottle is bright and cheery - yes, it's the little things in life guys. It's also good if you're unsure about serums and such - for $32, it's a lot less expensive to try this one vs. other department store brands. It's very light and thin, and dries quickly - easy to put makeup over.

Nu Skin
ageLOC Future Serum

They say: Discover a more youthful appearance morning and night. Powerful, scientifically tested anti-aging ingredients stimulate youthful cell renewal by 85% in only five days and 150% over time. Patented ingredient technology promotes youthful skin structure, stimulating collagen production by 150% and reducing MMP production twofold (MMPs destroy skin structure). ageLOC Future Serum- for a visibly younger appearance. Price: $200+

MM says: OK so before you all think i'm crazy, my mom gave me this serum simply because she didn't like it. A $200 face serum for free? Sure, hand it over! The regimen i've gotten into, is I use the Estee Lauder Illuminator in the morning, and the Nu Skin at night. The Nu Skin is a bit thicker, and takes longer to dry so I usually put it on after I wash my face at night. I don't know if it's in my head or not, but the formula just feels luxurious and rich. Totally a splurge, but when it comes to your face it's important! At least that's what I try to convince myself when dropping major $$$ on beauty products =)


They say: 88% of the visible wrinkle-reducing power of a prescription. 0% irritation
Although it's not a prescription, in just 4 weeks nature's next generation power plant noticeably reduces wrinkle length & depth. Without the irritation. Visibly helps repair the vertical fret lines between your eyes, the stubborn furrows across your forehead and the deepening frownies that frame your mouth. Youthful "bounce" is revived. Skin is clinically firmer, smoother and more lifted-looking. And with continued use, results improve. What will nature think of next! Price: $55.00.

MM says: There has been a ton of press surrounding Planscription, and everyone seems to love it. I haven't used it steadily for 4 weeks so I don't know if the claim is true. The other problem is, since I use so many different products it's difficult to pinpoint what is really working and what isn't. Oh the life of a beauty addict! The difference between this and the other Origins serum (Mega-Bright), is Planscription is more of an anti-aging serum, while the Mega Bright is more of a skin tone corrector for dark spots and imperfections. The Mega-Bright just seems to have a younger customer, which is why I like it better between the two. And this one is very earthy smelling which i'm not a fan of.

Doctor's Dermatologic Formula (DDF)
Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF15

They say: Reclaim the natural radiance of even-toned, more youthful skin while helping to prevent future discoloration. This facial moisturizer contains a potent Micro-Radiance Complex and diminishes the look of discoloration for even, translucent, healthy looking skin. Also contains SPF 15 to help protect from UVA/UVB damage and future hyperpigmentation.Helps correct the look of discoloration, Helps prevent future hyperpigmentation with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, Evens skin tone for visible radiance. Price: $64.00

MM says: I like this one, because it's a moisturizer with the same benefits as a serum, and it has SPF. For the winter, my skin gets very dry so I usually need a moisturizer AND serum. This one is kind of a two in one, and it always helps when something has SPF in it to protect you from future damage. Though it's a moisturizer, it's very thin like a veil which I like. This one was another gift from mom, so for $64 I don't know if i'll be replacing it or not. Looking good is expensive huh? =)

So, this is the longest post ever huh? I hope you guys read something you liked, or learned something new =) I can't really chose a "favorite" from the above - they are all different and great in their own ways. Do you guys use face serums? If so, share with us! Maybe i'll add a 7th to my roster? haha


  1. The Estée Lauder product sounds great, i def need something like that! Thanks for the great convinced lol


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