I was in Anthropologie the day after I got paid (I know, bold move) and surprisingly enough I didn’t buy absolutely everything that I laid my eyes on. I did, however, grab a couple skincare related goodies to try to get a head start on keeping my skin under control before the summer weather challenges its integrity.
I grabbed this nifty little Mario Badescu Skincare Favourites box called “Best of Badescu“, that contains four of the brands’ best sellers and fan favourites. I’ve had my eye on a few of the products so I figured I may as well grab them in a value box and give them a try.
Let’s start off with the star player. I’ve been hearing about this drying lotion for ages now. It’s won plenty of notable beauty awards for its alleged ability to “dry up pesky pimples overnight”.
I’ve actually used this kind of odd, “suspension” product before, where you dip a q-tip into the bottle to scrape up some of the pinky, clay-like substance at the bottom and then apply it to your acne. Consequently, I’ve actually never had much luck with this kind of product. I’d just smear the clay on my spots the night before only to find them to be the exact same shape and size the morning after.
With all that being said, I expected the same kind of results with this product, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn’t the case! I use this product once a day (when I go out) and twice whenever I stay to work at home, and I must say, it really does get rid of your pimples substantially in about 24 hours. There is often still a small little mark left afterward where the pimple used to be, but the bump that had been there previously is most certainly deflated. I would 100% definitely repurchase this item – I feel like it will earn a permanent spot in my anti-acne regime.
This drying lotion contains Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, and Calamine (all great anti-acne agents) and is recommended for all skin types! I only worry that I’m going to use this RIGHT up as I use up a LOT of it every time thanks to the abundance of spots on my face. I feel like there is a meme for that.
At this rate, it won’t be long until I have more facial sprays than I do perfumes :’)
This product smells and feels amazing on my skin, just like the other spray toners that I’ve been trying. Likewise, I don’t notice any particularly notable differences in my skin when I use this, other than the fact that my skin hasn’t succumbed to dryness and it still feels pretty nice despite all of the drying products I use on it to tackle my acne… so…maybe this toner (like all the others) is to thank for that? Who knows mate. Either way, it’s a fun item to use and incorporate into my skincare routine (and I’m a fan of the ingredient), but I won’t necessarily go out of my way to re-purchase this.
Don’t let the janky appearance throw you off. This stuff looks and feels pretty odd; I don’t think I’ve ever used a moisturizer with such an odd consistency. Nevertheless, it actually feels pretty luxurious on the skin.
The consistency is sticky to the touch, but it melts seamlessly into your skin when you apply it and doesn’t leave any kind of sticky residue whatsoever. Unlike other heavily-moisturizing lotions, this doesn’t feel like it’s clogging my pores, and I haven’t noticed an increase in acne from using it. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this just because I haven’t had particularly noteworthy results from its use, but I will definitely enjoy using this up.
I feel very torn over this product. Part of me really loves how it smells and how it leaves my skin feeling AFTER I use it, but part of me absolutely hates how it feels like WHEN I use it. Even when I apply a generous portion of this on my hand and rub it on my face as I’m washing it, this product doesn’t foam up at all. I feel like it melts with the water and just disappears without it really getting into my skin and working its cleansing magic.
A few moments after I wash my face with this, my skin tingles and feels very cool and clean, creating this illusion that I’ve actually washed my face well. BUT, after a few days of exclusively using this gel, I noticed a considerable amount of acne and clogged pores on my skin. And I’m not talking about my regular hormone-induced cysts, but rather acne with giant whiteheads and blackheads and dirty looking pores that typically result from a poor hygienic routine. Turns out – the gel was barely doing anything to clean my skin at all, which is just so incredibly bizarre.
I’m guessing that given the fact that this cleansing gel is marketed for “all” skin types, that it just isn’t ideal for my particular skin concern. I need something creamy that lathers up well or something with exfoliating beads that can thoroughly cleanse my oily skin, not some light lotion that disappears instantly in water and leaves me dragging my bare hands across my face. This product certainly isn’t for me so I won’t be repurchasing it or anything else like it. If you have fairly decent skin, however, this may be right up your alley as it does feel very refreshing and it does leave a nice scent on your skin afterward.
For 50 some dollars, this value deal is an absolute steal. I’m glad I was able to try out four different products from Mario Badescu, and I think that I will certainly continue to explore the brand. Next time I make a purchase, however, I’m going to try out more of their anti-acne products, and not just their “all skin types” ones.
Have you ever tried anything from Mario Badescu? If so, what? I’d love to hear so that I can have some suggestions before I buy something from them again! ^_^