Review: Serums

(This post is written for The Glosse Posse.)

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Winter for my combination skin means more dry skin. I like to apply serum right after cleansing my face to lock in the moisture before applying my regular face cream, Nivea’s Pure & Natural Day Cream.

Here are my reviews on 4 serums I’m using or have tried. Except for La Roche Posay, which was part of a gift pack, the rest of the serums I’ve tried are samples.

La Roche Posay – Hydraphase Intense Serum

  • Purpose: Rehydrate sensitive skin and reduce skin tightness
  • Cost: C$42 for 30ml
  • Packaging: Bottle with pump
  • Texture: Very light, translucent gel
  • Rating: 4/5

One pump is enough for the face but because I’m used to a velvety touch from serums and because my skin’s drier during the winter, I find myself using two to three pumps. I make sure that my nose and forehead are definitely covered because those are the two parts that tend to give me dry patches halfway through the day. This serum contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which is meant to be soothing and non-irritating. When I pat my skin, it doesn’t feel as if there is any serum on my face. Personally, I prefer having serums that leave a velvety touch so I’m not a major fan of this serum. I can see how this would be ideal for those with sensitive skin because it’s very light and fragrance-free. Furthermore, I noticed that if I skipped the face cream and applied make-up, I would end up with a dry patch on my nose and any problem areas.

Lancôme – Génifique Youth Activating Serum:

  • Purpose: Antiageing
  • Cost: C$96 for 1oz or C$127 for 1.69oz
  • Packaging: Bottle with stick cap, dropper, or with a pump
  • Texture: Very light, translucent gel (similar to LRP Hydraphase serum)
  • Rating: 4.5/5

I received a few samples of this serum even though I didn’t think I would need it. I certainly didn’t expect much from this at first, thinking it was overpriced and just a ‘scam’. This is currently my favourite serum because of how smooth and even my skin becomes. It’s targeted to improve and treat the following: texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, clarity, and skin tone. I can apply this serum and put on make-up without having any dry patches. Once I run out of my samples, however, I won’t be splurging on this product. (I have seen Génifique greatly reduced at Winners but still more than what I would be willing to pay for.) I’ve read that L’Oréal’s Youth Code Serum Intense (Youth Rejuvenating Skincare) is the perfect dupe of Génifique. Plus, it’s a fraction of the price at US/C$25.


Origins – A Perfect World:

  • Purpose: Age-defence
  • Cost: US$39.50 for 1oz/30ml or US$54 for 1.7oz/50ml
  • Packaging: Bottle with pump
  • Texture: Opaque light yellow-orange light cream
  • Rating: 5/5

Before Génifique, this was my favourite serum to apply. It has a sweet fragrance (mimosa, orange, and bergamot?) and leaves skin as soft and smooth as Génifique’s.  If the serum wasn’t so expensive, I would consider purchasing this product because Origins uses natural essential oils. Because I haven’t used this serum in a long time, I can’t comment on how it works without face cream.

Vichy – Idealia Life Serum

  • Purpose: Transform skin for all ages, ethnicities, skin types (incl. sensitive skin)
  • Cost: C$59
  • Packaging: Bottle with pump
  • Texture: Opaque shimmery (or pearly) pink light cream
  • Rating: 4.5/5

I shouldn’t really be reviewing this serum since I had a tiny little packet that I received in the mail and it was used up by the second or third day. What appealed to me about this serum is that it’s meant to be the all-in-one serum that would transform tired and damaged skin. The serum is meant to give a fresh complexion, even skin tone, refined pores, and rested features. Sounds ideal, does it not? I didn’t actually think this serum would do much, especially not within a few days, but my skin was hydrated and soft. However, I can’t justify splurging $59 on a serum that might do the same as Youth Code or another cheaper but top-rated serum… Maybe when it’s on sale (because I love Vichy).


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