It’s a bank breaking serum with more hype than Gigi Hadid, boasting 27 botanical actives and more reviews than words in a Proust novel.
You guessed correctly, I caved – I clicked and bought the damn serum. In the mix of wedding prep and a very stressful month at work I decided to bite the bullet. Cult Beauty’s seasonal goody bag made it a purchase worth making, and within 2 weeks it had arrived. By that time, I’d already been wed 4 days earlier and from the stress my skin was needing some serious TLC.
This oil-serum is boasted as the be all to end all for hormonal acne, the cure to aggravated skin, a one stop shop for that healthy glow. I won’t say that it doesn’t deliver – but is it really worth the price tag? I’m sorry to say that I’m not sure.
I’m sure you’re a bit confused, how can I be dedicating and entire post to the serum if I don’t think it’s worth the price tag? Well, it’s quite simple – I’d like to share what I like and what I don’t. It’s also very pretty.
- Clean formulation:
there’s nothing nasty in there, you can quite easily understand everything thats on the ingredients list and there are no silicons or parabens.
- Skin-loving ingredients:
this packs a punch when it comes to providing nutrition for the skin, there’s everything my skin needs to strengthen the skin barrier, calm inflammation and boost hydration
- It really works:
after using this at night I can see a clear difference in my skin, it’s firmer, hydrated and smooth – a guaranteed good skin day awaits me when I use this
- Hefty prices tag:
it’s just so expensive I have a hard time justifying this type of purchase, for $185 it should be life changing and it’s not
- Strong scent:
I, personally, love the scent but other’s find it overwhelming – including my husband which makes it annoying to go to bed at night when he’s wrinkling his nose at me
- So much hype:
it’s been called the “face oil to end all face oils” by the likes of Into the Gloss, you can find it on many a skincare fanatics Instagram feed and in general it’s on the minds of anyone whose into skincare
That’s not to say it’s not a good face oil – it’s a very good face oil but I’ve been able to get similar results with one that costs a bit less (if is still very expensive). That oil is May Lindstorm’s the Youth Dew which shares many ingredients with Vintner’s Daughter. I’m also pretty sure that you could achieve something similar with a nice blend of oils, and in the past using straight up Marula oil for OOH has done similar wonders for the skin.
I’ll disclaimer this slightly by saying that I’ve not used this long term, and use it intermittently with other products. Once I finish off my last remaining drops of Youth Dew and oil based Vitamin C serum it’ll be introduced fully into my routine. Perhaps daily usage will change my mind – but the eye-watering price tag is unlikely to change and with it my biggest deterrence.
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