Monday, September 17, 2012

Mario Badescu

I have wanted to try Mario Badescu products for years.  As someone with acne-prone skin, I have heard great things about their products, especially their cult-favorite drying lotion.  I was excited to find out that Mario Badescu offers a skin care analysis on their website.  You answer some questions about your skin and they recommend products suited to your skin.  What is better is they then send you samples of some of the recommend products.  

Based on my questionnaire, I was recommended 8 products; Collagen Moisturizer, Seaweed Night Cream, Buffering Lotion, Glycolic Acid Toner, Kiwi Face Scrub, Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Enzyme Cleansing Gel, and Cucumber Tonic Mask.  Samples of all of these products were sent to me except the Buffering Lotion.  The product application guide that came with the samples indicated that the sample was not available.   I don't have the size of these samples, but the smaller jars are the same circumference of dollar coin.

My samples came with two guides; Product Application Guide and Product Guide.

The Product Guide (not pictured) gives information on all the products offered by Mario Badescu. The Product Application Guide lists my recommendations and how to apply each of the recommended products.

I received my samples in early August so I have had some time to try each product and decide for myself how I like each one.  

Collagen Moisturizer (SPF-15) 
Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 - Ultra-lightweight, daily moisture and moderate sun protection all-in-one. Collagen-rich formula protects skin from moisture loss and keeps skin smooth, plump and healthy without the use of heavy oils. Full-Size (pictured) $22/2oz

I didn't dislike this but I didn't love it enough to purchase either.  It was light-weight enough for my acne-prone skin and did want it was supposed to but it didn't wow me enough to change from my regular moisturizer.

Seaweed Night Cream
Seaweed Night CreamA non-greasy, oil-free night cream enriched with Seaweed, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to soften, hydrate and nourish the skin without clogging pores. It leaves the skin feeling soft and silky. Full-Size (pictured) $20/1oz

This made my skin very soft without clogging my pores.  I especially liked it on my neck and may consider purchasing full size.

Glycolic Acid Toner 
Glycolic Acid Toner - A Solution For Wrinkles and Pigmentation. Formulated with 2% Glycolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract which work together to exfoliate, refresh and stimulate dry and congested skin. Helps reduce discoloration from old acne scars as well as build-up that can cause skin to look tired and dull. Alcohol free. Full-Size (pictured) $18/8oz

I really loved this toner and ended up buying full sized.  It has evened out my skin tone and helps keep my skin clear.  

Kiwi Face Scrub
Kiwi Face Scrub - Made with real Kiwi seeds and soft bits of Seaweed to naturally slough away surface dullness to uncover softer, smoother skin. Kiwi Seeds gently buff away dead skin cells skin while natural AHA’s breakdown dull build-up to prevent blackheads and improve overall texture. Full-Size (pictured) $15/4oz

This would be good for someone with really sensitive skin.  For me, the scrub itself was just not coarse enough.  It smelled AMAZING, but the scrubbing partials are kiwi seeds and I didn't feel there was enough in the scrub to really do anything for me.  

Hyaluronic Eye Cream 
Hyaluronic Eye Cream - Hyaluronic Acid formula helps lock in the skin’s own natural moisture without the use of heavy, greasy oils. Absorbent, medium weight cream for use day or night. Aloe based formula makes this cream suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.  Full-Size (pictured) $18/0.5oz

I LOVE this eye cream.  I feel like it literally erases the dark circles under my eyes.  I swear I can see them vanishing as I apply. While the sample is small a little goes a long way.

Enzyme Cleansing Gel 
Enzyme Cleansing GelOur Best Selling Daily Cleanser. This non-foaming, gel cleanser thoroughly removes the day’s make-up, dirt and oil without drying the skin. Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts are exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help prevent dulling build-up that can cause blackheads and pimples. Full-Size (pictured) $12/8oz

I had real high hopes for this cleanser.  I wanted to try it so bad and wanted it to be a miracle product for my skin.  This just didn't work for my skin.  I am sure it is a great product for some but my skin can be very finicky.  I find that products containing benzoyl peroxide work best at keeping my skin clear.

Cucumber Tonic Mask 
Cucumber Tonic Mask Purify and tighten pores with this cooling, refreshing, mask. Made with soothing Cucumber Extract and oil absorbing clays. For maintenance on normal, combination and oily skin, this mask keeps skin looking smooth and healthy. Full-Size (pictured) $18/2oz

This is the only product that I received that I have not tried.  I can't get the jar open!!  Once I do I will be sure to use it and review.

My sister also signed up to received her recommended samples.  One of the samples that she received was Drying Cream.  She had no use for it and gave it to me.

Drying Cream 
Drying Cream - Acne cream that conceals! Drying Cream is an effective treatment to dry up small under the surface bumps and pimples. Just a few dabs smoothed on the erupted areas prevent pimples from getting larger and spreading out of control. Aloe rich cream conceals and heals erupted pimples.  Full-Size (pictured) $14/0.5oz

I love this product.  I use this at night and sleep with it on and after 2-3 days a pimple is completely gone.  The color is more white so I wouldn't use it to during the day, but I would definitely purchase the full size after the sample is gone.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the products I received from Mario Badescu. When filling out my questionnaire and  receiving my samples I knew I wasn't going to be in love with every product.  Even the products I didn't love, I can see someone with different skin really liking them.   From what I have used, I think Mario Badescu is a great brand that I will absolutely be purchasing from and trying other products in the future.  

You can take your skin questionnaire and sign up for your free products samples by visiting Mario Badescu's website  HERE.  

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