Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Want to use this on everything in my life
I've been looking into how to update my skincare routine since I'm nearing 30 (I'm turning 29 this year) and kept reading about how I should add in a Vitamin C serum. Most of the Vitamin C serums I found were in the $70-90 dollar range and I didn't want to spend THAT much money on a product I wasn't sure about. I thought I'd try to Mario Badescu serum as a "beginner" serum since I wasn't going to worry about retinol or higher end serums until after I turned 30. I've been using it for about a month and I'm now OBSESSED with this serum and refuse to go without it. I have more sensitive/breakout prone skin and was worried it would be too harsh for me, but I use a generous amount on the nights I apply it and I've never had any issues with redness or increased sensitivity. I use it every other night (based on recommendations I'd read for Vitamin C serums) and let it sink in while I brush my teeth before putting on my moisturizer. This product has made more difference to my skin than anything else I've used before. After just one application, I woke up the next day to soft, smooth skin like I haven't felt in years. After using it regularly, my skin texture has improved tremendously and I'm not dealing with little dry, flaky areas on my forehead and cheeks like I have been. My mom and little brother both commented that it seemed to be improving my acne scars as well when they saw me without makeup. I also swear it's reducing my breakouts because I'll normally have a hormonal breakout along my jaw once a month, but those are almost non-existent now. I get significantly fewer whiteheads than I did before; I still get the occasional one, but they're much less frequent and they clear up fast. I love this so much that I bought it for my best friend for her 29th birthday because her skin is like mine!
Most Helpful Critical Review Ok product.
This serum definitely does make the skin nice and smooth. The one single problem I am having with this product is it's making me have a weird reaction on my chin and laugh line area.
The skin is very itchy with ruff skin that seems to have tiny little bumps on said area. There also seems to be some clear fluid discharge. This is very rare for me since I've used really potent products before (a few years ago not together with this product)
I've used the product a few different ways and every time I use this on said area my face reacts at the same spots every time. Went to the doc and I have to put cortisone cream since they think it's "contact dermatitis".
It seems like the product works well for a lot of people. So I am very sad that I have to go and return this serum at my local Ulta.
Reviewed by 570 customers Helps fade acne scars
Christie from Jacksonville FL
I've been using this for a full year and I overall really like the product. It does help fade acne scars but other than that I haven't noticed a crazy difference. I will be trying out a different vitamin c brand next time.
burned my face
Allie from CA
It burned my face like an allergic reaction which was odd. I love other Mario products so I was surprised.
Bad allergic reaction
AllergicReaction from California
I absolutely love Mario Badescu products and swear by them religiously, however this product gave me the worst allergic reaction. I woke up the next morning and my face was super itchy, red and blotchy. I'll be the first to admit I have sensitive/ dry skin so just a warning to everyone, patch test first!
Good but greasy
Vicki from Greenwood, IN
I needed to add a vitamin C serum to my skincare routine after my melasma became worse this summer. I gave this one a shot. While this certainly helped with the hyperpigmentation, I found this to be too greasy.
Minimized my pores
Mallory B from Heath, TX
I love it! I've had large pores and black heads for 10+ years on my nose
I am in love with this product
Nuts4ever from Chicago IL
I love this product. I was so confused about buying this product due to prize, However, after buying and trying I would say if you have combination or sensitive skin this is the best product. I was looking for vitamin C serum and tried couple of other products. But this one works so well. I use as directed. Also it absorb very well in my skin. Will keep buying this product.
My favorite Vitamin C serum
Kar from Utah
I have acne prone and dry/sensitive skin, and this has been my favorite Vitamin C serum I have found to date. I noticed after I had used it for a few weeks that the texture of my skin was much smoother, my moisturizer went on much easier, and I needed less moisturizer. I have now switched to using the serum from the Ordinary to save money, but it is noticeably better!
Dayna from NY
I started using this serum as a more affordable alternative to the Kiehl's Vitamin C serum. I'm pretty happy with it, it does make my skin glow after using, and even the following morning. Just be sure to follow the directions and not use it every night, as it can dry your skin a bit.
Go with Mad Hippie so much better
Shannon from Florence
I have been religious about using Mad Hippie Vitamin C since pregnant with my daughter. It made my skin amazing. I had heard so much about this one so I tried this... meh. Definitely not worth the price and just not great. I'll stick with my Mad Hippie from now on and not stray
Tristan from Orange County
Switched to this after trying and disliking the Tarte Maracuja. This absorbs sooo quickly, under 5 minutes, which is what I look for in a serum cus I hate when it's too oily and just sits on your face. I apply 4 drops every other night as instructed and my skin is so bright in the morning. Another plus is it doesn't smell bad like other serums.
This is not it, do not buy!
Liz from Montana
I was very disappointed by how dry and irritated my skin became for DAYS after using this product. I am NOT new to vitamin c serums and have used multiple bottles of different 20% vitamin c concentrates and I have never had a problem. This was the most drying product I have ever used. I'm assuming it is because of the lavender oil in it, which has been known to not be the best for skin. Literally my skin was flaky and irritated after using the recommended amount. At first I thought maybe I just need to get use to it. So I applied it about three days apart three times, but every time was worse than the last. Also it is very greasy and I didn't like the texture of it, smelled nice though!
Alyson from East TN
Didn't feel great going on; didn't see much improvement from using. For the price, there are better options.
Amazing Hydration and improves scarring
Jessica from Connecticut
My boyfriend had got this for me for my birthday and I absolutely love it. The serum dramatically hydrates my skin leaving me feel refreshed. I also have scarring on my cheeks from cystic acne, and it has dramatically Improved and filled in my scar Imperfections. (Crater like scarring from Cystic acne). This has also improved and even skin tone for my complexion as well. The serum spreads very easily so you do not need a lot, although it is kind of on the thicker side and takes a little bit longer to dry (stays on kinda sticky for a while) So I recommend after cleansing and toning apply to your face at night but give yourself some time before you Go to bed as it is still sticky and may rub off on your pillow or sheets
Love this product
Sus from Indianapolis
I use this product at night. I like the feel, it's not greasy and absorbs well. I think it has a nice fragrance, I've used other brands before that smell like dog food and are quite expensive. I believe it's helpful on the war on wrinkles.
Vitamin See My Face
DarthXana from North Carolina
I love this product. It has completely transformed my skin. I no longer have dark spots or acne scars. My face is brighter and healthier. I use this with other serums but this one is a must have!
Amanda from Illinois
Definitely worth the price. Not too harsh on my sensitive skin; don't use it nightly though (follow the directions). Refreshing and I actually like the scent
Katie B from Minneapolis MN
I use this serum after cleansing and toning and it has been great for brightening my skin. It is a thinner serum so I sometimes add a thicker serum after but is great on its own.
Was told skin was flawless
Chrissy from The Woodlands, Texas
I'm a "Woman of color" and was told my many people my skin looks flawless. I use the gel cleanser along with the cleansing lotion. This stuff is amazing. I'm 43 and people think I'm 25-30 with no hesitation. Use the entire kit for your skin type for best results.
love this serum
lindsey from harrisonburg
I've been using this serum for a year a few times a week before bed to prevent anti aging, although im still young enough to not notice wrinkles but i feel this serum helps alot. i just purchased my 2nd bottle and I will keep repurchasing. I love this brand and I had high hopes for this serum and it did not disappoint.
Using in morning daily for past year or so
Kelsey from WA
I use this after washing usually with a Badescu wash and toner. I follow it with a Dermalogica SPF for a little over the past year. My skin is softer than it used to be and when I traveled last year it really kept my skin from breaking out or reacting to new environments.
My fav vitamin c serum
Tasi_bear from Brooklyn
Switched from Ole Henrikson's vitamin c serum to this one. I've seen much better results in regard to my light hyperpigmentation.
Let's be realistic
H.P from L.A
I have - Sensitive - Redish(sometimes)- Acne prone skin. It's kinda hard to manage because sometimes I have this streak of flawless skin and then WHAM our longest enemy relationship if the zits appear.
I've added this to my skin routine (I RARELY change it EVER) and there is a difference. FOR ME it defiantly has made my skin tone more even, clear, and dewy/ISH lookin'.
The only thing is, that this serum is pretty oil based so use it in moderation and give some time to let your skin really take this in. It's been about a month for me and my skin FEELS so great and looks it.
BOTTOM LINE: Recommend👌🏼
Beth from New York
I've been using this for about 2 months now. It's okay, but its very oily and takes a long time to settle into your skin.
The best serum for me!
AmberAM from Oregon
This is probably my third bottle. I love this serum! I use it at night and my face is glowing in the mornings! Thank
Great product and price, bad packaging
Molly from Lubbock, TX
The contents of the serum is great. It works relatively fast by reducing breakouts and redness while maintaining moisture and balance to the skin. I actually enjoy the scent, but it's relatively strong smelling of lavender oil. The only thing that frustrates me with this product is the packing. The lid does twists on, but it doesn't keep the tension, meaning that if you travel or knock it over, it could leak and drain the contents. I have actually purchased two bottles of this this and my first one leaked and fully saturated a bag while traveling. The second bottle only got temporarily knocked over and only lost a little bit. I think I will purchase this again because it's a better price than most vitamin c serums and does the job it's intended for, but I just won't travel with it. Overall, I recommend it, but make sure you store it upright at all times.