Hey everyone! As you may know, a while back I went onto the Mario Badescu website and filled out an online “skin consultation” form! In doing so, they sent me a HUGE selection of deluxe sized samples tailored to my skin type and skin concerns! I find that to be amazing in a sampling program, most of the time they send you single use packets of things you probably don’t even need or want! Mario Badescu goes above and beyond to ensure you can properly evaluate the products and how they work with your skin, even BEFORE buying! I have a link in my side bar for Mario Badescu, if you want your absolutely no-catch, free samples all you have to do is click! Easy as pie!
So, first off, I used these products for a total of two weeks in replacement of my usual skin care routine! In the Mario Badescu sample packs you get everything you need for a new regime including cleanser, toner, exfoliator, day cream, night cream, treatment creams, eye creams and masks. (All the sample packs vary as they are suited to your skin so they only send you what you need and will work!)
My fellow beauty blogger and friend Pammy at “Pammy Blogs Beauty
” also received some of these samples at the same time as I did and we decided to link our posts together in order for everyone to see a review of their skin type! 🙂 My skin is oily, acne-prone and not sensitive, while Pammy’s skin is normal to dry with some dry patches and rare breakouts. If that sounds more like your skin type, check out her review at “Pammy Blogs Beauty”
So here is the rundown of what they sent me for my oily, acne-prone skin:
Cleanser: Botanical Facial Gel
Toner: Special Cleansing Lotion “C”
Exfoliant: Almond & Honey Face Scrub
Day Lotion: Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15
Treatment: Drying Cream
Mask: Healing & Soothing Mask
Eye Cream: Ceramide Eye Gel
Botanical Facial Gel
– I tested this for about a week, which was how long the sample lasted
– It is gentle, smells nice and is non-foaming
– Strange consistency to get used to but once you do, its a nice cleanser
– Doesn’t remove makeup as well as I would like, I had to remove my makeup first then it was great!
– I needed to use a larger amount of the cleanser than I would with a foaming one
– Does not leave your skin feeling tight nor like it hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned, great balance!
I like it. Its a good cleanser for oily/combo skin as long as you do not wear a lot of makeup! I would like this a lot for morning cleansing as it is really refreshing and doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight but also doesn’t leave it feeling greasy at all! I’m not sure if I will purchase the full size. I did like it a lot but prefer an all around makeup removing cleanser I can use both day and night!
Special Cleansing Lotion “C”
– Acne fighting toner
– Contains sulphur to fight breakouts
– Is Alcohol based (drying for some, including me!)
– Intense, would be good for very bad acne or chest/back breakouts
– Dried out my skin quite a bit
– Did help dry up breakouts
This wasn’t my favourite. I don’t like to use anything with alcohol on my face as I’ve read a lot about it being a free-radical for your skin and can accelerate aging. I’ve also read that over drying your skin can lead to increased sebum (oil) production causing even more breakouts. In those cases, I will not be repurchasing this particular toner but am very interested in purchasing another one of their alcohol free toners (which they have a good variety of) and trying it out! 🙂
Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15
– Light, fresh feel
– great, light consistancy
– SPF 15
– Hydrating, soothing
– Light, almost no scent
This is a really nice, light SPF 15 lotion. Its hard to find a sunscreen for oily skin that won’t clog the pores or make you feel excessively greasy! This works well on my oily skin, as long as I use a pea-sized amount. It is also good if you finish it with a mattifying primer or powder to keep you shine free through out the day. This would be a fantastic option for normal/combination skins as it provides a light moisture and an SPF. I definitely like this for everyday light hydration with a dose of SPF! I will buy this in the full size (provided I can find it in my city! haha)
– Sulphur based drying lotion for cystic/deep rooted acne breakouts
– Not excessively drying to surrounding skin (has an Aloe base)
– Much more gentle than Benzoyl Peroxide
– No bad “sulphur” smell, very light scent
– Provides minor coverage of redness
– Only need a TINY amount
– Spot treatment for Acne
One of my favourite products that I received! I don’t often suffer with deep breakouts (mine are mostly small, surface whiteheads) but this cream helped everything! You only need the tiniest amount applied only to the breakout. I used a q-tip in order to keep the cream bacteria free (only used the q-tip once) and applied it precisely to my breakouts. One really different aspect to this cream is that you can use it on open breakouts (“popped” ones) to speed the healing time! You can also use this day or night, during the day I take a small amount and blend it over the area and at night I concentrate a dab directly on the blemish! Highly recommend this for anyone with Acne-prone skin and will DEFINITELY be purchasing the full size of this!
Ceramide Eye Gel
– Gel consistency
– Cooling, firming, soothing
– Hydrates very well
– Refreshes the whole eye area
– Reduces puffiness
– Only need the TINIEST amount
This could be my absolute favourite product I received! I am always looking for a great eye cream/gel because I struggle with both oily lids as well as occasional eczema on my eyelids. Both are very hard to work with trust me! haha I also find a lot of products irritate my eyes and make my eczema worse so its hard for me to find a good eye cream. This one is fantastic! It hydrates so much better than I expected from a gel! You only need the tiniest, tiniest amount I can’t stress that enough! A little goes a really long way and my eyes still felt moist and hydrated at the end of the day and in the morning from overnight use! Amazing eye gel, will definitely be purchasing the full size of this! 🙂
Almond & Honey Non-Abrasive Scrub
– Fairly gentle, facial scrub
– Amazing honey/almond scent
– Creamy & moisturizing
– Not very exfoliating/ minimal grains
– Not great for oily skin
First off, I am not a huge fan of scrubs. I find they exacerbate acne, especially raised white heads because they cause irritation. That being said, I did try this one out. It is really gentle but that is because of the very minimal amount of granules that cause the exfoliation. In that case I don’t know how well it exfoliates. This may be a very good option for people who need minimal exfoliation but with oily skin, exfoliation is very essential to keep pores clean. This would also be a good option for dry skins as it provides hydration! This left my skin feeling a bit greasy and like I wanted to wash it again. I will not purchase the full size of this.
Healing & Soothing Mask
– Clay based mask
– Healing, soothing, calming
– Helps with reddened skin
– Helps heal acne
– Contains anti-inflamitory ingredients
– Doesn’t harden
Love, love, love! This is an amazing alternative to a clay/drying mask that is usually the only type of mask that people with oily/acne prone skin can use! This doesn’t dry on the skin but still seems to soak up any unwanted debris and excess oil. It seriously calms redness and leaves your skin feeling fresh and revitalized without any excess oil or greasy feeling! I have found this really helps, with regular use, to speed the healing of acne and acne scarring! If you have acne (and even if you don’t) this is such a fantastic and different mask that I highly recommend! I will be purchasing the full size!
MAN! This was a long review! I’m sorry about the length but hope I helped anyone with their decision to try Mario Badescu or to find anything that will help with their oily/acne prone skin! Don’t forget about Pammy’s review for normal to dry skin at “Pammy Blogs Beauty“!
I have since purchased a few additional Mario Badescu products, the famous Drying Lotion (bi-phase, glass bottle with pink at the bottom, I’m sure you’ve seen ads in magazines for it!) and the Herbal Hydrating Serum (because of Pammy’s rave reviews! haha) I will have reviews on these in the near future so keep an eye out! 🙂 Thanks for reading guys!