A good anti-aging serum is like the unicorn of skincare. It’s so easy to find a serum that is just mediocre but to find one that really works? That’s a totally different story. So what are the best face serums out there?
When I reviewed all the eye creams I’ve tried over the past year, I had no idea how much of a hit it would be! Eye creams, just like anti-aging serums, can be extremely hard to find. I’ve often purchased a new product only to feel like I totally wasted my money. The results overpromise and underdeliver most of the time. Frustrating, right? So here is my experience with the serums I’ve been testing (and I have more to come)!
Before we jump in, if you’re wondering what a serum is used for and when to use it in your routine, you can find my skincare routine here! I just started using this Rejuvenating Radiance Serum which is a safe beauty product. So far, I’m really liking the consistency of it and how it applies. The scent isn’t overpowering either! I’m going to keep using it for the next few weeks and update this post!
I don’t think it’s a secret that this is my favorite serum ever. It’s the only product that I’ve used that has gotten Matt to notice. That says a lot! It made my skin look brighter (less dull) and more glowing just like a good serum should. It’s currently sold out on Dermstore so that says a lot. One thing to note is that its floral scent is very strong. But unlike other products, I was able to get used to it especially after seeing the results.
Just like all products by The Ordinary, this Buffet serum is a great option for the girl on a budget. Almost all of The Ordinary’s products are under $20 which makes them incredibly affordable. They’re made without all the extra ingredients with the intent to keep costs down. While the products aren’t the best of the best, I think they’re all you need if you’re under 25 years old or if you’re on a budget. You can get by with all of them! Plus, they work a lot better than most of the higher priced serums which is why you’ll find this one near the top of my list!
Similar to the eye cream, Origins products are good. They’re average to slightly above, generally speaking. They’re great for sensitive skin and can easily be found at most common retailers. Mushrooms are supposed to have some of the best anti-aging powers so this Mega Mushroom Skin Relief serum is harnessing those powers!
Admittedly, I bought this Rose Gold Elixir more because of the packaging. It’s also slightly more affordable although you’re getting less product. This product was an average serum that didn’t really have many results (just like all of the ones below). It was more of a serum you would use to upkeep your skincare, not transform it. I don’t know about you but at this point in my life, I need something transformative!
Estee Lauder is such a common brand that this was one I tried first. While it’s not exactly a safe beauty brand, I had really high hopes for this Advanced Night Repair serum. However, I found that the application felt a little sugary (just a little!) and the results were more along the lines of maintaining what I already had going. It wasn’t turning back time for my skin so to speak!
I haven’t tried many beauty products from Clarins but I liked that this one is formulated without parabens. Since serums tend to be some of the most active (and therefore “toxic”) products we use, that was refreshing. I thought the consistency of the Clarins formula was good. It’s a little on the thinner side and has a faint smell. I also thought the made to measure function of the cap was interesting. Ultimately, I didn’t see much in the way of results though!
I sampled this serum by Algenist recently only to find out that the consistency and logistics presented a few challenges. The results weren’t as impressive as I’d hoped given there was the word collagen on the label. I also felt like the consistency of the product was a bit sticky – not something that felt great on my skin for an extended period of time. There is also a syringe-like tool to get the product out of the tube and it felt a little cheap. I found that I needed at least 3 pumps of the syringe to cover my face, mostly because it didn’t suck up and distribute the product well enough. All in all, not worth it.
This serum smelled so bad (kind of like snails) that I would have to hold my breath when I put it on. I used it for a few weeks and ultimately had to ditch it. I didn’t see any results and the smell was too terrible. Definitely not something you’d want to be smelling before you go to bed. I think this was the first product I didn’t actually finish. It was a struggle because it’s pretty expensive but it just wasn’t worth it!
Do you have a favorite anti-aging serum?