Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The Hit List

What’s the Best Face Serum that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

Thanks to Karla for today’s topic!

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69 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Face Serum

  1. Loreal Skin Perfection Serum – very smooth skin after using & minimized pores :)

  2. Melissa

    I’m interested to see responses. I just used a two-day sample of Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Antioxidant Serum and I’m not totally impressed – but then again I only used it for two days. (This one: http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/antioxidants/_/Skin-Recovery-Super-Antioxidant-Concentrate-Serum/)

    I hear good things about Silk Naturals Super Serum, but haven’t tried it yet.

    • I haven’t tried this serum, but as with all skin care it’s important to give it at least 30 days (unless you have a really bad reaction to it). How your skin looks and feels after a couple of days doesn’t really matter, as the results you see then is mostly superficial. Long-time results requires time and patience. :)

    • Avatar of Kristina Kris

      Oh, that one is one that TOTALLY works for me. To be honest, you only see a difference when you stop using it (after two weeks or so). I thought it didn’t do anything and I abandoned it and it languished on my bathroom counter but I recently picked it back up and BAM! Smoother, plumpier, less tired looking skin. Can’t say it works on brown spots (I have freckly bits all over my face), but it makes a difference. I only use it at night, though. It probably works faster if you use it twice a day.

  3. I LOVE Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Serum. It WORKS and the ingredients are safe for your skin. The other serums I’ve used literally do not leave my skin feeling as soft and supple as this serum. It’s milky, soothing, and feels luxurious.

  4. Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum. Since starting using it, my skin has never looked brighter nor smoother.

    • Avatar of AnnaLiese EvilStepQueen

      I’ve been using Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum for about a year and half now. I tried to switch to something else and the rough texture of my skin came back and I started breaking out. So I don’t think I’m going to switch for quite some time!

  5. Avatar of Whitney Whitney

    iS clinical active serum- It works for young or mature skin types!

  6. Korres Wild Rose Serum. My skin is so radiant afterwards that I feel like I have a halo.

    • Avatar of Holly Holly M

      I wanted to love that serum so bad, but it irritated my skin – broke out in acne and a bad rash. I felt like I had a sunburn (ironic since I am not supposed to spend time in teh sun at all – on the plus side, didn’t need blush for a while). I have several friends who swear by it, and all have beautiful skin now. I let them fight over my barely used bottle :(

  7. Avatar of Scarlett Scarlett

    Does Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9 count? My face started calming down overnight thanks to that stuff.

  8. Catherine

    Origins Brighter By Nature serum, which predictably was discontinued.

  9. Avatar of ElKay ElKay

    Paula’s Choice – skin recovery super antioxidant concentrate serum with retinol. Love it.

  10. Avatar of Karla Karla

    Thank you for posting it christine!! My favorite serum is estee lauder ANR, expensive yes, but sooo worth it !! :)

  11. Avatar of Amanda Amanda L

    The Chanel resynchronizing skincare system of serums is great. I especially love the day and weekend serums.

  12. Avatar of Sara Sassa

    Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

  13. I like Caudalie’s Vinosource SOS serum. It’s not super moisturizing, but I do really like it. It also smells great and is fairly safe, ingredient wise.

  14. The Ole Henriksen Truth Serum is fabulous and probably stands at the top of my list. The most dramatically effective serum I’ve ever tried was the Clarins V Shape “Lipo-drain” serum which is supposed to drain fat and contour your face. I only used it for a week, but not only did it seem to do its intended purpose, it was also shrinking pores, reducing redness, and getting rid of any puffiness that I’m prone to get from fatigue and allergies. I’m in love with/terrified of it.

  15. Avatar of Melissa Melissa

    I would have to say Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum. It has improved the texture of my skin. It is not an overnight miracle worker, but with months of use, I actually saw noticeable improvements. It is the only serum I have used and actually saw results.

    But I HATE the price tag! It is ridiculously overpriced IMO.

    • Avatar of Karla Karla

      I know, so expensive, next time i go to a CCO i will look for it and if its at least 10 or 15 dls cheaper i ll for sure get it

      • Avatar of Melissa Melissa

        I really wish we had CCOs in Hawaii! I hear so many wonderful things about them. I’m sure its like a beauty products candy land! Next time I go to the mainland, I’ll make sure to visit one. =D

  16. I have been using Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion for about 5 years now and absolutely love it! It evens out my skin tone, minimizes pores and blackheads and it helps preventing breakouts.

  17. Avatar of Lily Kelley Lily

    Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus/ Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer.

  18. loveisblind

    Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery complex serum (Long name). It always keeps my skin looking nice and supple the next day and doesn’t break out my acne prone skin. I have also tried the Caudalie one someone mentioned and its good too! Both are about $80. Ouch!

  19. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    One-two punch of SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator and CE Ferulic. The combination has totally cleared up my skin and made it so much brighter!

  20. My skin has been pretty dehydrated lately so I’ve been really enjoying MyChelle’s Serious Hyaluronic Firming Serum. My skin is really plumped and hydrated.

  21. Estée Lauder advanced night repair!

  22. Avatar of Patricia patsyann

    I use three serums: SkinActives Rosacea Control Serum, SkinActives Collagen Serum and SkinActives Classic Collagen Serum. I first apply the Rosacea Control on my rosacea areas and then I layer on top the Collagen Serum for the day or the Classic at night ( has ingredients that help with broken thread capillaries). None of these serums is hydrating or moisturizing. I top them off with a treatment cream. These are workaholic serums. The Rosacea one controls my redness and flare-ups and the Collagen ones stimulate my own skin to hold on to its collagen. These are not fast acting serums…takes a bit of time to see the results. I like them because they work for me, there are no exorbitant promises and they are quite affordable.

    • pyrokitten

      do you find that serums with ingredients meant to help reduce broken capillaries actually work for that purpose? i’m under the impression that you need laser treatment for broken capillaries, but i’d love to see if a topical product could help since the laser treatments are very expensive.

      • Avatar of Patricia patsyann

        In answer to Pyrokitten question, I don’t know if the serum I use is as effective as laser treatment for broken capillaries because I have never tried the laser . My dermatologist does not use laser for broken capillaries. He uses an injectable that is very effective but must be repeated several times for the very worst ones. I have, unfortunately, become allergic to one of the ingredients in the injection so I can’t do that any more. The serum that I use has helped but not eliminated all broken capillaries. It takes time. I did not see any results to the naked eye for at least 3 months. The small indie company that I get my serums from also makes a face cream that targets broken capillaries. I layer that on top of the serum several nights a week. The combo is pretty effective, but slow.

      • Avatar of Jax Jax

        I just got some broken capillaries lasered and it was not anywhere as expensive as I thought. It will depend on your specifics but I had a large mark on my nose and a few smaller ones on my cheeks and she zapped those on the discounted trial session and they vanished in a few days. I wish I’d had it done much earlier. (my session was £40 or approx £60)

  23. Aelita

    1.korres quercetin and oak-more of a dry finish good for summer, korres wild rose-more of a hydrating and a bit sticky finish that sinks into the skin but slower, good for winter! both are my HG!!!
    2. Ole henriksen truth serum, very watery good for brightening complexion, no stickiness whatsoever
    3. SOS vinoperfect by caudalie – super hydrating, great for dehydrated skin
    4. l’occitane extrait divine-very moisturizing, saves my skin after long haul flights
    5. este lauder advanced night repair, kind of had its moment, used to be my fave one, but now I think there are lots of better option out there. overall good serum
    6. dr brandt -overnight resurfacing serum with active retinol – good serum, not that hydrating, very good for complexion, wouldn’t buy again, but worth the money.
    all of then are good for my supersensitive skin, don’t clog pores, right now I’m using korres and caudalie ones for almost a year, love them! highly recommended!

  24. christine too

    Lancome’s Dream Tone – i’m waiting for someone to come out with a cheaper version – but it is worth every cent!!

    • Avatar of Amanda Amanda Finlaw

      YES! Dream Tone is beyond amazing. It evened out my skin tone like I couldn’t freaking believe.

  25. sudeki

    SK2 signs up lifter
    EA prevage daily serum
    Suisse programme cellular boosting solution
    I like products have quick visible effect, I like high tech. I don’t think EL ANR work for me

  26. I have tried loads of serums, and my current favorite right now is REN Radiance Perfection Serum. I have insanely dry skin and I would say that my skin has never looked better and I have to exfoliate much less often.

  27. Avatar of Milessa Milessa

    Michael Todd. They’re all amazing :)

  28. Avatar of Christy Christy C

    Best Face Forward natural serum oil by blueskywaters is phenomenal! Totally cleared me up.

  29. grlnxdor

    I love Ole Hendriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster and L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector.

  30. Avatar of Jaimee Jaimee

    La Mer Regenerating Serum. Expensive but so far seems worth it….

  31. Avatar of Ebony Ebony

    Definitely Bioelements Quick Refiner. Great exfoliator that whisks enlarged pores far, far away.

  32. J

    L’oreal youth code texture perfector serum (pink bottle). I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and have been getting SO many compliments on how good my skin looks. I don’t even wear makeup anymore. It’s amazing! It’s also a steal compared to other high-end serums out there.

  33. I’ve never tried a serum that I felt did a darned thing for my skin….and I’ve tried many listed here. I wish I could say I saw some kind or result.

  34. Candace

    Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum is the first one I really, really loved. La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo has been rocking my world too – it’s kind of a lightweight moisturizer/serum-ish texture, but I use it under my regular moisturizer so consider it a serum.

  35. Avatar of Lisa Lisa C

    The one that is truly a miracle worker for me is EL Perfectionist. It does an amazing job of diminishing deep wrinkles and making my skin smooth and clear. It is expensive, but I can always find it at my CCO

  36. Brian McD aka Roulette

    I absolutely love MAC’s Moisture Infusion Serum. My skin is so much clearer and the tone is firmer and the color is more even. It really plumps up my skin and the MAC Mineralize Lotion I put on top seals it all in. I don’t really get breakouts anymore or blackheads either.

  37. calimom

    For the AM, Philosophy WHINE firming serum. For the PM, Philosophy Miracle Worker retinol pads, which combined with the Clarisonic really do work miracles!

  38. Paula’s Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum in conjunction with RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment makes my skin feel smooth and soft! I don’t have a lot of experience with serums, though.

  39. Avatar of erin erin

    make yourself youthful by soap and glory. its got a very nice texture, and moisturizes really well.

  40. Jessi

    MAC Moisture Infusion is great for simple hydration at a reasonable price, but it’s only for hydration and not brightening or retexturing.

    For something that dos it all, Clarin’s latest reformulation of Double Serum is fantastic. I used to use it for years then had to switch to other brands that did more; but as of this past year I’m back to Clarins.

    For a very special serum with a unique function, Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum is really impressive. It’s got numbing agents and you use it on spots where you’re holding tension in the face for a temporary mini botox effect. It’s expensive but if you’re getting frown lines or squint lines, this will stop them in their tracks. You still need moisture on top of it, though.

  41. Amalia

    Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer. I would like to try the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic , NeoStrata – Renewal Cream 12 PHA and Paula’s Choice products , if i managed to find a way not pay so much for VAT and Taxes (for USA imported items) in Greece

  42. Avatar of Tarah Tarah

    The avon cream its like a serum consistency , its in the red jar I think called regenerist ? is really nice I rarely hit pan on anything but I did with this and the two eye creams in the line.

  43. Avatar of Stacey Stacey

    Paula Begoun’s RESIST C15 Super Booster mixed with Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. My face is flawlessly beautiful because of this combo!

  44. Mitzy G

    I use the Olay Regenerist religiously. As a matter of fact, I am recovering from a head cold or some such nasty and have my Regenerist sitting on the end table next to me. I apply it two or three times around my nose and upper lip where I am having some redness/soreness due to tissues. Saving mah face!

  45. Katie

    Paula’s Choice Retinol serum – amazing!

  46. Avatar of Dana Dana

    The only serum that I’ve been using is MAC Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum- I love it! It’s done exactly what it promises to do. I had some hyper pigmentation on my cheeks & it’s pretty much gone now. I will continue to use this serum as it works for me. I am thinking about getting a sample of the No. 28 serum from Hourglass to see how my skin likes it- I like to try out new stuff :)

  47. The Ole Hendricksen Truth Serum!!! Loveee it!

  48. LG876

    I will give this serum a try – Im always looking for new serums. I have been using Lady Soma Renewal Serum for 6 months now. My skin drank up the Lady Soma serum right away. It is really light serum with great citrus scent. I was afraid that it was gonna give a stingy sth feeling to my face, but not at all. I would alternate between this one and the Lady Soma Serum!