I am quite a big fan of using Vitamin C serums, so when I was told by a few readers about the (then) new Sephora Luminizing Booster with Vitamin C, I was intrigued. It isn’t very expensive (relatively) and most people who have used it reported positive results with it.
Naturally, I was intrigued!
Incidentally, this is part of 3 different booster serums in the Sephora brand, and as you can expect, is only sold at Sephora stores or online. I have never used anything from the Sephora collection, so this is really the first time for me. I picked this up during one of the 20% sales – I’ve lost that privilege now I’m no longer a Black Card member! LOL Didn’t donate enough money to the Temple of Sephora :P
The Sephora Luminizing Booster comes in a small bottle of just 20ml, and with slightly confusing directions of use. It claims to help improve dull skin, which is where the Vitamin C really comes it. It also claims to contain a high percentage of Vitamin C although it doesn’t quite say how much is “high”. But how did it fare for me, and is it something I’d use for the long term?
The answer isn’t as straight-forward as you might expect :P
I actually picked this up and tried it without too much expectations. I had been using the Zelens Power C Treatment Drops for months before this (review to come) and that one had impressed me greatly. The price however, will have most of you giving me the side-eye :P So, it is to be borne in mind, that my skin was already well treated before I started using this serum.
And despite the rather confusing name and directions of use, this is a serum. Use it after toner and before your moisturiser, and the lightweight texture is very comfortable.
It comes in a very slim dropper-style bottle, and the serum is clear. I have had it a while, and do not notice any oxidization despite regular use. Oxidization is common in serums containing Vitamin C as it is inherently unstable unless stablized in the formula.
The directions say that you are to use it in 14 day cycles, to brighten the skin. Does it mean that this will only last 14 days, or that you should only use it for 14 days? It is hard to say. It does however last longer than 14 days. Even with twice a day use, it’s lasted me comfortably over a month, but I am almost finished with this bottle. 20ml doesn’t really go that far.
What results can you expect from the Sephora Luminizing Booster?
For me, bearing in mind that I was already using an effective Vitamin C serum prior to switching to this, I noticed a slight diminishing of results. My skin did not look as clear nor as radiant as it did before. However, if you have never used a Vitamin C serum, then I am quite confident that you will notice results after about 14 days or more.
I did notice that it is taking a very long time to fade my pimple marks, while I achieve a quicker result from the Zelens Power C or Dr Brandt Power Dose. It is however to be borne in mine that both those serums cost significantly more. They also boast a 20% Vitamin C concentration, while I cannot tell the percentage of Vitamin C in this Sephora Luminizing Booster.
The texture is lightweight, with a slight oily feel. It does however absorb very easily and quickly without any oily nor sticky residue on the skin. It isn’t drying, and layers well under moisturisers. I do prefer applying it to damp skin so it absorbs more quickly.
I will note that there is a scent and fragrance is included in the list of ingredients. It has that awful citrus scent that brands somehow feel should be put in anything that says Vitamin C on the bottle. I hate it. It is light, but it is there, and I dislike it. However, most people will like it, so mileage varies.
I can’t really complain much about this, because it is decent, insofar as I can tell. It keeps my skin even toned, although it isn’t doing much at fading pigmentation. So I think you get what you pay for. A decent serum that contains Vitamin C, that is easy to get hold of, fairly affordable, and has a measure of efficacy. I will finish this, and I think it is a decent size and price to try, but this is not something I’d use for the long term. I’d go for something better and more effective. I do find it odd that I cannot find any information about its availability in the USA, but it seems to be available anywhere else that has a Sephora.
In this regard, if Zelens and Dr. Brandt makes you blanch, I’d recommend the Hylamide C25 Booster. It is harder to get hold of but it is more effective and a better product overall. I don’t recommend The Ordinary, but that is because I had a poor experience with the product. They have since expanded their range of Vitamin C serums, so maybe one day I’ll have another go, but not in the short term :)
IN A NUTSHELL
The Sephora Luminizing Booster contains Vitamin C and from my experience, is a decent Vitamin C serum for someone new to the ingredient, and who may want to try something that is reasonably affordable and easier to get hold of. It is a lightweight texture, use about 3 drops each time, and absorbs easily and quickly. I dislike the inclusion of a citrus scent as fragrance, and citrus oils which can lead to skin sensitivity in the long term (make sure you use a good sunscreen everyday!). It is decent, but not something I’d repurchase nor use for the long term as there are better products out there.
PROS: Reasonably affordable, Slim portable packaging, Lightweight and absorbs easily into the skin, Helps even out and brighten dull skin tone but takes a longer time to fade marks on skin
CONS: Added fragrance and citrus oils, Only sold in Sephora
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants to try a fairly affordable, fairly mild Vitamin C serum
PRICE: RM68 | AU$22 for 20ml
WHERE TO BUY: Sephora stores or online (Not USA)
For those interested, here is the ingredient list for the Sephora Luminizing Booster serum.
One note here. If your skin is sensitive to Ascorbic Acid or L-Ascorbic Acid, which is commonly found in Vitamin C serums, you could consider trying this one. The Vitamin C derivative used appears to be Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
Have you tried this Sephora Luminzing Booster? Has it crossed your mind to?
I must confess that while I will eat store-brand foods, I am less likely to use a store-brand skincare product. Just me, coz I’m a snob :P But this one was quite decent, all things considered! :)