It’s been a little while now since I’ve received my samples from Mario Badescu. I really wanted to give a good review and not just after the first use. Before I get started I do want to make note that the one product that didn’t come in the sample is probably the one product that is the most coveted…and that’s the Drying Lotion which is for acne. But I did end up getting that from Ulta and that will have it’s own post.
Enzyme Cleansing Gel: Some people like a facewash to foam and others don’t. In my knowledge of skincare products, I’ve found that the foam or the lather is usually due to other ingredients that make it lather. I liked the face wash, it of course was one of the first things to run out, but I did like it. It didn’t give my skin any irritation which is appreciated. Also it didn’t leave my skin feeling tight or overdry. The smell is calm, nothing harsh at all. Would I repurchase? Possibly. The only reason why it’s not a yes is because there’s nothing special about it, it just doesn’t disagree with my skin and that’s a good thing, but not enough for me to fall in love.
Cucumber Cleansing Lotion: This is the toner and for the first week I barely had cotton balls so I didn’t use it as often. It is also empty but I liked this product also. It wasn’t overdrying for my skin and it didn’t feel like it had a lot of alcohol in it. Plus it smelled like cucumbers! Would I repurchase? Yes because most toners/astringents are overly drying for me.
AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer: This was the first product to run out which was a disappointment. Overall this was a decent moisturizer. My skin did have a slight reaction but nothing I couldn’t handle or that didn’t immediately subside. There wasn’t anything special about this moisturizer so I would not purchase again. I am personally more satisfied with both Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar moisturizer and Clinique’s Dramatically Different moisturizer.
Hyaluronic Eye Cream: This was my first time using an eye cream. I was really excited. That excitement has since faded and I no longer use the eye cream. I mean there really wasn’t anything special about the product. It seemed a little greasy.
Orange Tonic Mask: This was actually a nice experience. I’ve only used it once, and don’t really do much when it comes to masks. But it smelled great and was not overdrying nor did it make my skin too tight as some masks tend to do. This I would recommend.
Almond & Honey Non-Abrasive Face Scrub: This scrub overall is ok. There are some chunky parts in it but it’s not too much. It also has a nice smell. I haven’t used this product enough to really judge how well it works but I do plan to use it in the future.
I know this review was looonnnggg overdue but overall speaking I would say that out of all of these products only about 2 of them would I really consider repurchasing and those are the orange tonic mask and the cucumber cleansing loan. The other products weren’t special enough to me personally.