I found the Mario Badescu Anti-Aging Regimen Kit on BeautyBay for 31,50 Euros and was intrigued. I had never tried any Mario Badescu products and this seemed like a good opportunity especially as it came with a free makeup bag with some travel size body care samples. This has now sold out, but US customer can find the set at Ulta.
The brand was founded in 1967 by Mario Badescu; who is a Romanian immigrant. He sought to bring his natural recipes and approach to New York city. The brand uses known actives and has never tested on animals.
First Impressions: For Anti Aging the set struck me as a strange combination of items. It comprises a Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, Glycolic Acid Toner, Collagen Moisturizer with SPF 15, Super Collagen Mask and very small pot of Glycolic Eye Cream. Considering that the range also has products with ceramides, peptides, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C the contents of the set represent only quite limited anti-aging actives.
Glycolic Foaming Cleanser; this has a light citrus scent, it is non stinging and foams slightly. Using it my skin did not feel parched afterwards a very enjoyable experience. It is only supposed to be used twice per week, which is good, because there’s only 2 ounces in the bottle.
Glycolic Acid Toner; this was also pleasant to use, again it doesn’t sting on the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and in a good place to receive further skin care. The scent is unusually a little like baby powder. It is meant to be used each time you wash.
Collagen Moisturizer with SPF 15, is a very fluid lotion with very visible sunscreen in it. I would expect the sunscreen to be stronger given the level of whiteness the lotion has. It is very comfortable and absorbs quickly and provides more moisture than it’s texture would imply.
Super Collagen Mask: This I did not like. The face mask is a paste that you apply and let sit on the skin for around 15 minutes until it is totally dried out. It contains kaolin making this a clay mask along with the collagen. It dried hard as a rock and was difficult to remove. I appreciate that it had collagen on it, but I don’t like Kaolin sucking moisture out of my skin and this does not strike me as effective anti aging.
Glycolic Eye Cream: I have to admit I have shirked my responsibility on this test and have only used this once. The reason is the idea of putting glycolic acid on the skin on my eye area was a bit disconcerting. In using it, my eyes watered from the acid in the surrounding area. It stung slightly when putting on but did not really irritate the skin. The reviews on this eye cream are really good, so maybe I should overcome my fears and give this a proper chance!
All in all, I don’t see this set as optimal for mature skin, at my age an effective anti aging regime would need some more actives than this, but it was great to test the products. I think skins in their twenties and early thirties can really benefit from these products.