Rated 4.41 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Worth the money Oily Skin NO MORE
This is absolutely the best $30 I have ever spent in my life. This stuff is honestly the real deal. I have very oily skin, and this today was the first time I used the serum.
I applied the Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer, and then I applied the serum after that dried, and let me tell you, my skin was instantly smooth.
The oil was not there, it just wasn't. All day my skin was soft, and not one trace of oil at all. I have never used a product that took away and kept the oil away.
And this was right off the bat. You need this product, yes it's pricey, but trust me, you will have not one single regret about it. BUY IT!
Most Helpful Critical Review Doesn't work and bad packaging
I've never written a review, but I bought this product because of the great reviews but I regret buying it. I would recommend you get a sample of it and see if it works for your because it really didn't do anything for me. I have dry/acne prone skin. It didn't make my skin worse (which is why I gave it 2 stars) but it really didn't make it better and I didn't see any difference. I've had it for over a month and used it a lot but last week I had severely dry skin and it didn't do anything for me. Maybe it will work for you.
Oh, and the packaging is AWFUL. I might go back to Ulta and try to return it because the bottle is almost half empty and for the life of me cannot get the product out.
Reviewed by 61 customers Great Product
darlingkt from North Carolina
Let's clear up a bit of confusion around this product. It's a "serum," but I think it's only labeled that because of it's light, gel-like consistency. I've used this both under and over my day moisturizer and night cream. It really does work best over top as the last step. This is because it helps to rebuild your skin barrier so that your mositurizers are absorbed better by your skin; putting this on top helps your other products work better. Using it under, it locked my skin barrier to what was on top, so the moisturizers didn't help as much. However, this essentially functioned for me as a night mask/sleeping pack; there are cheaper night masks that work as well or better. BUT I will keep using this and will likely purchase again; my dry cheeks need the extra moisture boost during the day, but I don't use it on my oily t-zone during the day. If I use it as a night mask, I use it all over and it works well. Very little product goes a long way. I bought mine around the end of January and have used it every day; now in April I still have 3/4 of the bottle, so it'll likely last me to the end of the year or longer now that I've bought a proper night mask.
Works as a moisturizing, grippy primer
Shan from Boulder, CO
Yes, the "serum" label is confusing because it's really better as a moisturizer. Yes, the packaging isn't the best, but it's super travel friendly! And yes, it is pretty sticky, but I've found that it acts as an amazing, "grippy" primer for my Jane Iredale powder foundation! Never burns my skin, and the ingredients are not comedogenic or acne causing.
AMAZING sunburn cure and dry winter skin
Turnerbasia from Oklahoma City, OK
I had a really bad sunburn on my cruise and one of the girls there told me to use this and let me tell you that sunburn turned into a tan within 3 hours!!! As soon as I got home I bought this. I use it daily now and it's also perfect for the dry skin you get in the winter. I don't do skin care very well I rarely wash my face (Ik that's bad) but I use this daily it makes my skin feel so fresh I love it. Can't even think of any cons. It has lasted me so long Bc you don't even have to use a lot! I also never write reviews but I thought everyone should know this is amazing
Nikki from Atlanta
I purchased this a long time ago, its all gone so, that speaks for itself! i would definitely purchase again. I used it as a night serum
works well under eyes
sunset from ca
I tried applying this as a base for under eye concealer and it worked really well and there was no creasing
I guess its ok
NikkiNicole90 from Atlanta, GA
i use this after i spray my face in the morning with Mario Badescu rose hip facial mist and i pat it in while my face is still moist, i dont wear foundation 98% of the time so i cant speak on how well it does with make up but my face stays moisturized and definitely doesnt feel dry afterwards. so i like it. probably wouldnt buy again cause i dont think it does much but its kool for now. my face is oily but not overly.
Not my favorite
Danielle from Nebraska
I love Mario Badescu products but this one doesn't work well for me. I really wanted this as I have excessively dry skin. I do microdermabrasion frequently to help skincare products penetrate deeper. I use either the Neutrogena gel moisturizer or the Mario Badescu hydro moisturizer, both which I feel do a great job of moisturizing my skin. I feel this product just sits on top of my face and it doesn't give my skin that clean nice feeling. It's a miss for me.
Would Try Something Else
AW from Phoenix
I like this product but it doesn't accomplish what my skin needs. My skin is dry and just soaks this right up. It absorbs so quickly I have to use more than I feel I should. That would be ok if my skin looked hydrated afterwards but it doesn't. I would still recommend it because I think it would be good for someone with not so dry skin like mine.
I love it but it sucks the ingredients aren't all natural!
Brittany from Stl
I hate to say how much I loved this serum. It's seriously hydrating! It soaks into my skin and smells great. I like to use clean skin care, though and this contains silicones, synthetic fragrances and other chemicals that are not safe for skin. I received this as a free sample and am seriously considering buying a full size if I cannot find a better organic serum. I also have sensitive, dry skin and this has never broken me out, surprisingly.
jayne from ca
I'm a bit confused over it's purpose. If it's a Serum, why can it be put over Moisturizer? If it's put over Moisturizer, then what benefits are given to the skin as the Moisturizer underneath prevents it from absorbing. I tried a sample and liked it so got the full size, but after reading the Q&A section, I'm more baffled by what I'm supposed to do with it, so it's just been lying aimlessly in my bathroom. Probably go back to using it as a Serum as I felt that was hydrating my skin, but over a moisturizer, it's doing nothing
Sticky and shiny
Evil Queen Beauty from FL
I got a free sample of this and it just made my face sticky and shiny... gross. Will not buy as there are many other serums that hydrate better for me (like Vichy)
Sydney from Michigan
This absorbs so quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. One of the only hydrating things I can use on my super oily skin.
Nikki from Atlanta, GA
Ive recently started using this product over my moisturizer because my skin has been super dry lately, and this stuff is amazing! It keeps my skin so soft and moisturized. I was a little shocked by the price and the size of the bottle, but a little goes a long way so it is totally worth it!
moscar03 from Texas
I use this daily. My skin feels Hydrated and smooth.
The best serum I've tried
Rachy from Rochester, New York
This serum is so good. It makes my face incredibly soft and hydrated and doesn't feel weird like a lot of other serums do.
Made my skin break out
Monica from Butler PA
I wanted an all over serum since I'm currently using one just targeting large pores. However, ever since I started using this my skin has been breaking out like crazy. Not only that, it doesn't even absorb into the skin. Two hours after applying, I was scratching my face and this blue gunk was underneath my nail. This is literally the only blue thing in my skincare routine so I know it was it. It just seems to sit on top and it doesn't even moisturize all that well.
A little goes a long way!
kaide from Central NJ
I have dry skin year round, specifically my forehead. I always looked at this brand but since it is on the pricey side I always passed it up. However, I was able to get it on sale and I am SOOOOO happy that I made the purchase!!
I put this on (don't need too much as a little goes a long way) before I go to sleep and BAM my skin is all nice and hydrated when I wake up. I do find this a tad sticky. Not where you will feel it but if you lay down pretty quickly after putting it on it will stick to your pillow. However, that is no reason not to get this!
I am in love and will keep purchasing this when I run out!
Cannot be without this!
Boss Babe from Greenville, SC
I've been using this for over a month now everyday as my moisturizer and I love it! I have acne prone, sensitive, combination skin and I am in my early 30s. I was using something else before and I can't believe the difference. It's light weight and doesn't make my skin oily in the wrong places. In fact it helps to regulate my skins oil production so much that all I wear now is powder and before I was a full coverage kinda woman and always with a liquid foundation. I hope they never stop selling this! Highly recommend to both men and women.
Love love love
Erin from Albany
I am amazed with this serum. It's light weight and not sticky. I'm skin feels so soft and hydrated. With allergies it doesn't bother my eyes at all.
I like it
Rdm from Bronx, ny
Super moister but doesn't feel oily. It leaves ur skin dewy. And doesn't give you acne. Ive been using it for only a week now.
Mary from Michigan
Lightweight but does a great job of moisturizer. It's perfect for winterdry skin.
This does nothing for your skin
Molly from Owensboro, Ky
This product has nothing in it that does anything for your skin. Yes it's true that there's nothing in it that will hurt your skin but just look at the ingredients. It's pretty much just water and glycerin. Glycerin can confuses your skin making it go back and forth between dry and oily.
My go-to for three years! Miracle product.
Lara from NYC
Oh my goodness, MB - you have saved my "winter face." It's already a brutal one in NYC and my skin was screaming for some hydrating and comfort last night. I slathered this on and this morning, my skin is so soft and smooth to the touch - I'm almost in shock that the overnight transformation was so intense. This can be easily applied under your favorite moisturizer or worn on its own overnight as a sleeping mask. A winter must!
Clean and moisturized
Ftu77 from Nc
Wasn't sure if I would like this product are not. I put it on top of my moisturizer. As directed. It did not make my skin oily sticky or anything like that! Very happy with this product and would buy again
Lis from Yonkers, NY
This is an excellent product to hydrate your skin for those of you with dry skin. My skin can be incredibly dry especially during the winter and while I am searching for a non oil based moisturizer, this serves as a nice temporary backup.