I’ll start this review by saying I didn’t want to like this product. Kat Burki is impossible to find in Australia. Their website offers international shipping, but their rates are very high. I’d heard great things about the brand from other bloggers, but I wasn’t sure it was worth all the shipping $$$. So I just gave up and moved on to the next.
About a month ago, my beloved friend (and fellow green beauty addict) Mar sent me her own jar of Kat Burki’s cult-favourite Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream to try. She didn’t find it moisturising enough for her dry skin but she thought it might suit my combination skin better. I’ve been using it every day since I got it, and here are my thoughts:
What is it?
It’s a brightening cream with 15% Vitamin C, MSM, reishi mushroom, colloidal silver and an Ocean Mineral Complex (among other things). Kat Burki uses Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a more stable form of Vitamin C, instead of the commonly-used Ascorbic Acid. Like all Kat Burki products, the product uses their signature cold processing technology to ensure that all vital ingredients and antioxidants retain maximal effectiveness.
What I like about it:
Everything. The whipped consistency is light and luxurious, and it sinks into my combination skin without any residue. Unlike most Vitamin C products, it doesn’t make my skin tingle or leave a medicinal smell behind. The cream smells delightfully fresh, like a cool floral-cucumber cocktail.
My skin looked amazing the morning after I first used it. My pores appeared smaller and my skintone more even: my skin just felt healthier overall. The great thing about this cream is that it leaves my skin fresh and dewy, without overloading it. I haven’t had a single breakout since I started using it (touch wood), and I think this may have had something to do with it. This cream can be used both AM and PM.
Who may not like it?
While this cream is perfect for my combination skin, it may not be moisturising enough for very dry skin. Also this product contains a relatively high concentration of colloidal silver. As I mentioned in my Argentum review, this is a controversial ingredient with its fair share of detractors. I don’t like ingesting colloidal silver, but I don’t mind using it topically. To read more about colloidal silver, click here.
I like it, and I can see why it’s such a big bestseller. It visibly improves the condition of my skin, and it provides just the right about of moisture (at least for my skin type). If I can’t find a suitable substitute, I may just end up having to purchase/repurchase this directly from Kat Burki, expensive shipping and all!
KB5™ Complex (Arnica, Gotu Kola, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm) Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM – Oxygen Sulfur Compound), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cold Processed Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Cucumber Hydrosols, Colloidal Silver, Wildcrafted Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Ocean Mineral Complex (OMC92), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cold Processed Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative, less than 1%), Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative, less than 1%), Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Citric Acid
Price and Where to Buy: US$100; Kat Burki website.