It's a beautiful start of the week and I've just gotten to try out some beauty products by MARIO BADESCU, courtesy of Luxola.
I first heard about the brand Mario Badescu while shopping for an acne solution in Sephora Starhill last year. I was being introduced to the brand by Sephora's Beauty Advisor and she recommended me Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. It retails RM130+ in Sephora the last time I purchased it (so far I have used two bottles) and I saw it being sold much cheaper at Luxola at RM90.
Anyway a little background on the brand --
From what I understand, Mario Badescu has a specialized skincare range to target problematic acne skin. If you browse through Luxola, you would notice most of Mario Badescu product names are leaning towards soothing effect such as: Seaweed Night Cream, Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream, Healing & Soothing Mask, Chamomile Cleansing Lotion, Rose Hip Nourishing Oil, etc.
Back to the topic, I don't really have a problem with face acne but since using the Drying Lotion previously, I was convinced that Mario Badescu is a reputable brand, simply because it works and it's my HG pimple solution! So when I was given the opportunity to try out other products from the brand, I was game for it!
My current skin condition is leaning towards Dry with occasional monthly breakouts during that time of the month.
My face sans makeup.
So I'll start with Special Cucumber Lotion which acts as a face toner then with the Whitening Mask because that's the proper order of using skincare ;)
1. MARIO BADESCU SPECIAL CUCUMBER LOTION 236ML
Acting as a toner and deep cleaning astringent, it fights acne by drying up blemishes and preventing new ones from emerging.
- Mild solution that goes gentle on the skin
- Does not dry up, burn or irritate skin thanks to soothing cucumber properties
- Stops new blemishes from growing
- Dries up existing pimples
- Use twice daily after cleansing.
- Apply the lotion onto a cotton pad and wipe in an outward motion onto clean, dry skin.
- Avoid the eye area and follow with moisturiser or night cream.
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When I first glanced at the label on the bottle, I noticed that it is categorized under "C, O skin types" which I translated into Combination and Oily skin. It didn't occurred to me that this toner will be leaning towards the drying type because I always thought of Cucumber as a soothing, healing property for skin. It also didn't help that Luxola didn't specify this product for certain skin type in their website *bummer* I mean, if I knew this product was meant for people for Oily skin, then I wouldn't have ordered it because I have Dry Skin.
Thus I decided to only use the product for spot areas such as dabbing onto my pimples only because naturally I don't want to further dry my skin out. I usually use Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner from Natta Cosme for my whole face overall after cleansing, then proceed to use this Special Cucumber Lotion on spot areas.
The bottles comes in only one size which is 236ml, and I think if I were to use it on a daily basis, it could last me up to 2 months. The texture of the lotion is quite watery, and it absorbs onto the skin really quickly.
The scent of this product doesn't resembles anything close to cucumbers, unlike its name suggests. Instead it has a strong chemical-like scent, something that smells like alcohol. It actually smells very much like my Drying Lotion, that sharp scent that will go straight up to your nostrils. It isn't very pleasant, but I assume it will do the job well in combating acne just like my Drying Lotion.
The colour of the toner is yellowish-green when I apply it on the cotton pad and it will soon fade as I apply it onto my face, which indicates that the product is absorbed thoroughly onto my face, instead of leaving residues which means to product wastage.
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About one week into using this toner on a daily basis, my pimples are completely healed and there isn't any scars or discolouration thereafter!
In addition, I noticed that the pores around my nose are considerably smaller and tighter. I have tried various products to tighten pores around my nose but nothing beats this so far! However one must be careful about overusing this lotion as it tends to dry out the skin at the sides of the nose, leaving unwanted skin peeling. This is what happens when I use toners with alcohol generally so I remembered to use it sparingly.
So super happy with the outcome because it exceeded my expectations!
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2. MARIO BADESCU WHITENING MASK 59ML
Hydrate and brighten uneven skin tones while gently minimising the look of old acne scars and sun discolouration with this mask. We’re in love with this mask which helps win back flawless, brighter and youthful skin.
Natural skin lightening ingredients like kojic acid, liquorice and mulberry make this mask gentle for all skin types. It contains no alpha hydroxy acids so it’s safe and gentle even on acne erupted or the most sensitive skin.
Apply a thin layer of mask on clean skin avoiding the eye area. Wait 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with a serum and moisturiser. Use 2-3 times a week.
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I was worried that this Whitening Mask was made for only a specific skin type (seeing that the Special Cucumber Mask was made as such) but I'm so so relieved to see that the label reads "ALL skin types"!!!
The tub comes with a protectant seal to keep the freshness of the liquid intact. I think its also useful to only half of it and leave the other half intact so that the liquid doesn't come in contact with the cover of the tub, which may cause unwanted messiness.
As I opened the seal, there was a wonderful whiff of calamine lotiony scent as I inhaled in. It has a somewhat addictive power over me, because the scent is soooooooo.... goooooooodd! From what I read in the ingredients list, I spotted Mulberry, Licorice, Grape, Scullcap and Beeswax Extract -- which explains all the floaty dreamy fragrance!
The texture has a thick consistency and white in colour. In the tub, I can very minuscule bubbles scattered everywhere. As I dipped the brush and slap the mask onto my face, I felt a cooling sensation and it gave me a soothing sensation. The mask starts to dry up between 10-15 minutes and that's when it feels tight. When I move my facial muscles, the mask crinkles up and that's when I know it's time to wash up.
Washing up is simple, its just done with splashing water onto the face and rinsing off. But this mask is slightly different from other liquid masks, where it rinses off with a waxy feeling, a result of the beeswax, I suppose! The waxy residue of the mask makes my palms a little resistant to water and I can see water slipping through easily. But rest assured the wax effect will soon be gone once the face and hands are dried with towel.
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I am generally a sheet mask user so I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of liquid mask because I don't enjoy the additional steps of application and removal involved. So for this mask, I used a brush for application for hygienic purposes.
I have to admit that the awesome scent of the mask makes up for the hassle I had to go through! With only one application of the mask, my face radiance was restored and it took away my skin's dullness. I also noticed that my blemishes size are reduced considerably and it is very gentle on my skin.
As for its Whitening efficacy, I only saw a little bit of improvement on my skin (maybe I don't have very dark skin to begin with), I find it more of a face brightener than a whitener.
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The two pictures above shows the Before and After after ONE APPLICATION of Special Cucumber Lotion and Whitening Mask.
Would I Repurchase?
Honestly I would think twice and I'd say "Maybe". For me, my toners need to be sans-alcohol as I have Dry Skin and I prefer sheet masks than liquid ones. But if I do find myself in a situation where my skin breaks out badly and I need to find a quick solution, then yes the Special Cucumber Lotion is crucial in getting my skin back to TOP NOTCH FLAWLESS CONDITION! As for the Whitening Mask, I'd purchase only when I need to brighten up my skin but at this moment that isn't my main skin concern as my skin is relying heavily on Hydrating products now.
However, I'd always keep a bottle of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion with me all the time because it is the best solution in combating pimples and acne!
Do give Mario Badescu a try if you have problematic, acne-prone skin because it will be LIFE CHANGING!
Anyway, here's a special promo code for my readers!
Enter it at the checkout to enjoy 15% off on all first time orders made UNTIL 20TH MAY 2015.
This offer is not valid on non-discountable brands as found in the FAQpage.
Special Cucumber Lotion (236ml) retails at RM80 and Whitening Mask (59ml) at RM125 at Luxola. I find that Luxola retails notably cheaper compared to Sephora Malaysia retail stores so do make your way online to Luxola to get your Ringgit's worth!
Disclaimer: Mario Badescu products were sponsored by Luxola and all of my opinions are honest and were NOT filtered in any way by any committee before publishing.