Saturday Review: Serum Round-Up

serumI regularly sing the praises of serums. Adding this one little step to my skincare routine drastically improved the condition of my skin. I’ve realized that – for my skin, at least – it doesn’t seem to matter as much what kind of serum, as long as I’m using one. This works out well because beauty boxes just love to send you samples of these types of products. Today I’m going to tell you about a few samples I’ve worked my way through in recent months. I won’t be commenting on the effectiveness of the serums (I’ve already explained that my skin seems to have two settings – serum or no serum), but will concentrate on smell, feel, etc.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10
I’m a fan of Vichy products, but don’t buy them often because of the price. A full size bottle costs $53. I used a small sample of this serum for approximately two weeks. It smelled nice – Vichy seems to favor warmer scents that can be a turn-off if you prefer unscented products. The smell dissipated quickly though, leaving only smooth skin. The serum had a good texture and spread easily.
Would I use it again? Yes.
Would I buy it? If I had coupons/reward points, probably.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum
I’m a fan of Murad products too and use one of their night creams, but their price-point is even more discouraging. A full size bottle of this serum will set you back $78. Yikes! This serum had an inoffensive, mild-to-nonexistent scent and spread nicely over the skin. I didn’t have to wait for it to dry or soak in before I applied my moisturizer.
Would I use it again? Yes.
Would I buy it? No, I can’t justify that price.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum
I received a sample bottle of this in a box from Influenster. Yikes on the regular price again – this one is $60. The capsules in the bottle are pretty; I don’t consider that important in a serum, but it is a nice bonus. It smells nice and easily spreads on the skin. In the light, the serum looks glittery in your hands (don’t worry! That goes away immediately upon rubbing it in.). In dim light however, this serum looks like semen. I mean, really like semen.
Would I use it again? Sure.
Would I buy it? No.

AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate
$60 again. Why are serums so pricey? I had a small sample of this serum that lasted me approximately 1 1/2 weeks. Honestly, I did not like it. I didn’t like the smell. I didn’t like the brown-tinged color. I didn’t like how it felt thick and coated my skin. I didn’t like the slick residue it left on my fingers. This one is a total miss for me overall.
Would I use it again? No.
Would I buy it? No.

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