It might sound weird but this is the first time I’ve tried Mario Badescu. I’ve seen the memes, read the love, and saw the results but I never got around to using their products til now.
They sent over two cleansers. The first one, the Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($14), is for every day. This feels gentle on the skin and has a faint powdery-papaya scent to it. I like how this deeply cleanses and helps to reveal a fresh, clean, and rejuvenated complexion after a wash in the mornings.
The second one is a foaming cleanser to be used one to three times a week. The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser ($14) promises to address dullness, congestion, and hyperpigmentation while rebalancing the skin using glycolic acid, chamomile, marshmallow, sage, st. john’s wort, and yarrow extracts. I like using this especially on days when my skin feels clogged, tired, and dull. My skin loves glycolic acid so this was so easy to integrate into my routine to help with balancing and decongesting my skin.
The Special Cucumber Lotion ($15) works to clarify and refresh while controlling T-zone shine. This is a good daily toner in the morning because it’s gentle on my oily skin. It does contain alcohol so it might be too drying for those who don’t have oily skin but for me, this is a straight forward that can keep oiliness at bay.
They also sent over two serums. The Herbal Hydrating Serum ($30) contains ceramides and gingko and ginseng extracts, to soften, hydrate, and invigorate the skin. This gel serum feels extremely lightweight and hydrating on the skin. Unlike other serums, this one neither leaves a greasy film nor does it feels tacky so I can use this in the morning to keep my skin hydrated.
To help retexturize skin, reduce visible signs of aging, brighten uneven skin tone, and diminish the look of fine line, The Vitamin C Serum ($45) uses vitamin c, sodium hyaluronate, and collagen. Vitamin C has helped my skin so much. I have used a lot of vitamin c serums and this one is one of the serums my #oilyskin can get with the mornings. It sinks pretty quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel tacky once it gets absorbed. I’ve been using this for about a month now and noticed that my complexion became more even and less oily in the daytime. It doesn’t offer faster results as my other vitamin c serums but this is a good start for those who want to get a gentle brightening serum.
The Hyaluronic Eye Cream ($18) aims to hydrate and smooth under-eyes. I love hyaluronic acid for my skin. I have dry under eyes and this eye cream hydrates it. I like using this in the morning. It’s smooth and easy to apply and a little goes a long way. My eye area looks and feels hydrated after and on a really, really good day, I skip applying concealer.
I’ve seen the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater ($7) everywhere and I get it now. I use it to set makeup and I like the fresh scent. It also hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and plump. It’s a simple face mist that does what it promises to do. It’s an inexpensive face mist that will refresh and hydrate the skin any time.
With simple, straightforward ingredients and inexpensive price points, I get why this is a hit, especially for those just starting to build their skincare routine. Most of the products sent to me hydrated, brighten, and softened my skin. They all work but standouts for me are the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, the Herbal Hydrating Serum, the Hyaluronic Eye Cream, and the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater.