I was very excited when I found this vitamin c serum in TK Maxx. I then got way too excited when I read that it was reduced from £79.99 down to £29.99, as if I need any more proof that slap a big discount on something and I feel like a winner. £30 is still very expensive for this teeny tiny little bottle, but I’d read amazing things about Perricone MD and I wanted a slice of the fun. However, I would never normally spend £30 on a product without doing my research and working out whether a vitamin c serum was right for me. But, off I skipped to the checkout, proud of my little bargain hunting self, with the justification of ‘I don’t have a morning serum, I NEED ONE’. Let this moment be a lesson to me.
Firstly, a little more on the product. This is a vitamin C ester serum (there’s also another one for the eyes), which Perricone MD claim is Vitamin C in a highly differentiated, fat soluble form making it easier to absorb. Its main aim is to boost brightness and smoothness of the skin. They suggest that it instantly boosts radiance and gives a luminous glows and the effect only improves over time. The stats the product gives you are:
91% said skin was less dull and weathered
93% said skin was more radiant and brighter
82% sun damage looked visibly reduced
Great stuff. The product itself comes in a little glass bottle (so be careful with it) with a dropper to get the required amount out, although there is no guidance in the instructions around how much to use. The serum is a thin, creamy, lotion like texture which smells faintly of oranges, although there’s nothing too over powering. It sinks in very nicely, particularly if you spend a couple of minutes massaging it into the face. I then use a light moisturiser over the top (usually Effaclar Duo +). Overall, it’s a really pleasant product to use and my skin was relatively smooth and soft after using it for a week.
The reason that I need to learn a lesson from this is that this product is not nearly effective enough on me to justify the price. Even when discounted to £30, it simply didn’t make my skin that much more luminous. That said, I should have researched this product more, because making my skin more luminous doesn’t even make it to my top five skincare aims. My oily skin can get dull, but it’s nothing that a good exfoliation, facial massage and plenty of water can’t fix. I’m really not the target audience for this serum so perhaps that’s why I didn’t see the impressive results that lots of other reviewers saw, as you’ll notice if you read the five star reviews this product gets in forums.
I enjoyed using this vitamin c serum and it did make improvements to my skin. If it cost less than £20, I’d probably be telling you that it’s a great product. But for £30, let alone £80, I simply can’t justify the cost of this for the improvements that it gives me. If I really struggled with dull skin and that was my primary concern, I’d be willing to give this a go but until that day comes, I won’t be repurchasing. Even if I tried, I’d struggle, as I haven’t been able to find a UK retailer online who sells this under the £100 mark. Sephora is the best shop I found, who sell this for $98 (around £61 at the moment). Even writing that makes me think, ‘Ohhhhh, it’s expensive and a good brand. It doesn’t matter if they product is right for me or not, it will work it’s expensive magic and will transform my face!!!’. Learn woman.
Have any of you ever made an expensive beauty mistake? Or taken a chance on something really pricy and loved it?