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Ooh I am quite excited! Never been able to review anything in the "most wanted category" before.
**Why I bought this item**
I actually didn't buy this item, the item was used on me as part of a pre-wedding skincare routine in the months leading up to my wedding. I had'nt heard of the brand before, but like many things my wonderful beauty lady tries on me (Guerlain was also a new one on me), I decided I was happy to give it a go. I wanted clear, radiant skin that positively beamed at the congregation on my wedding day, so began the serious skin care routine about six months prior to the big day.
It is suggested that you use this morning and night for the best results. As I only had weekly facials (rather than bi-daily), I only used the product once a week so it is possible I didn't get the maximum results. The serum is not as runny as a serum, but not as thick as a gel. I found it went onto the skin very pleasantly, but then, my beauty lady always knows just how to apply these things. She massaged the serum into my face and neck really well so it didn't feel greasy at all. I didn't shine at all, my skin felt good but not greasy.
I didn't know this at the time, but it is said that "the skin appears instantly lighter in colour, more even and more luminous. Helps to prevent and diminish the appearance of pigmentation by reducing melanin production.". I definitely wouldn't have used this to lighten my skin tone had I known this (that kind of reminds of some sort of Michael Jackson type thing), but I guess because I had asked to be more radiant, the beauty woman decided this was a good bet.
When combined with cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising, my skin felt much better than it usually does. How much of this was down to the serum? I'm just not certain. I did feel as though I was more radiant than usual, the texture was much softer, but I suspect it was down to the exfoliator scrubbing away dead skin cells than this.
The bottle doesn't appeal to me in any way, it looks quite clinical and reminiscent of AVON in the 1980's. I hold the same opinion of Chanel and suchlike. They appeal to an older clientèle in my opinion, rather than a 20 something.
**Value for money**
As I didn't buy the item myself, I can't comment on the value for money (mine was included in the price of the weekly facial). However, I treat myself to the Moisture Surge by Clinique at £30 a pot (lasts 6 months) and that is a HUGE treat. This, at £60 (having looked on the web for the cheapest) for 30ml is very, very expensive, although you don't need a huge amount of the product to cover the skin but as it recommends to use it every day, twice per day, I can only imagine that you'd be lucky to get a month's supply in one bottle of this stuff.
Admittedly, I didn't use the product in the way it is intended (twice daily), but from using it once per week, I can't say I noticed any huge results. My skin was indeed more radiant on my wedding day due to a fabulous make up artist - tip for the girls, invest in a make up artist not a beauty woman !
**Would I buy again?**
At the price, for the minimum impact it had, definitely not. Invest in a good exfoliator.