Somehow over the last few months I’ve managed to collect four different serums from four different brands, two of which were sent to me, and two which I bought myself. Instead of doing different reviews for each of them, I thought it would be interesting to have a small battle of the serums post. I’ll be listing them in order from my least favourite to my favourite, and incase you’re not familiar with the system I have on my blog this little sign (*) means that that item was sent to me for review. If there’s no star or I haven’t mentioned in the post that it was sent for review consideration then I bought it myself.
Elemental Herbology: Cell Food • £45 • 30 ml (*)
I figure I should start off with my least favourite of the bunch. It’s described as “a power house of proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants”, but it did not agree with my skin at all. The first time I applied it it stung a little, but I let it sit and assumed it would pass. It did, but my skin was decidedly unhappy and decided to demonstrate that by remaining a lovely shade of salmon pink over my cheeks and t-zone for the rest of the day. I tried it a few more times after that, and while my skin stopped turning so pink, it still felt itchy and irritated, and I didn’t see much of a change on my skin, if any.
Balance Me: Radiance Face Oil • £30 • 30 ml(*)
The smell of this is a little…oily. If you’re not fond of that rich almond oil smell I would say this serum is not for your, but while the smell is t off-putting it leaves my skin feeling plump and it’s fantastically moisturising. There are two downsides to this product. The dropper pump at the top is one of the stiffest ones I’ve every used – seriously, it’s like a mini work out for your fingers – and the other is that I can’t use it every night. It’s far too heavy heavy! Especially around the eyes area. What I’ve been doing instead though is using it on my decolletage instead, and using a different, lighter serum for my face every other night.
Barefaced: Vitamin C Serum • £30 • 30 ml
The best way I can describe the effect of this is like going for a walk early in the morning and coming back indoors, your skin feels tight and fresh. It’s slightly drying though, so I think oily skin types would benefit more from this one. One thing to note though is that is is not as effective if you haven’t exfoliated. In fact if you haven’t exfoliated recently this will do absolutely nothing for you. I would describe this as an ok-ish serum, it has a nice refreshing effect, and it’s slightly brightening, but its nothing so amazing that I’ll feel the need to re-purchase it when I run out.
Klairs: Rich Moist Soothing Serum • £15.80 • 50 ml
The list of ingredients on this thing is insane! Licorice, anise, grapefruit, broccoli, aloe vera, celery, carrot, tomato and rice, just to name a few. The texture is a watery gel which is very easy to apply. It’s slightly moisturising and left my skin feeling a little firmer. It has a similar effect on application to the Bearfaced Vitamin C serum, where your skin feels fresh and cool, and I did notice a slightly improvement as far as general redness on my face goes once I started to use it every night. Would I bulk buy it in the event of a zombie apocalypse? No, probably not, but if you have very oil and sensitive skin I think you would love this serum.