Marie Veronique Reviews: Lightening Serum, Soothing B3 Serum and Intensive Repair Serum

Marie Veronique is a clean beauty brand that is new to me. Since my BFF Ecochicbeauty introduced me to the brand a few months ago, it has gone on to become one of my favourite skincare brands. The great thing about their products is that they are scientifically formulated using the cleanest ingredients available. If you were a Skinceuticals fan before you turned green and are looking for a replacement, Marie Veronique may be your answer. In this post I’ll briefly review the three serums I’ve tried from the brand so far.

Lightening Serum: This is my favourite serum from this brand thus far. I suffer from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from years of acne, and this has been a godsend. It contains potent brightening ingredients like uva ursi, niacinamide, glucosamine and paper mulberry, and it really works. I’ve noticed a significant reduction in acne marks since I started using it, and I’d highly recommend it if you suffer from any form of hyperpigmentation.

The light brown lotion-like serum has a nondescript herbal/natural scent and disappears into the skin without any residue. Even though it is not advertised as such, I find that this product helps prevent breakouts as well. It’s meant to be used only at night, and layers well with other oils/serums/creams.

The only negative about this product is its name. I feel that terms like ‘lightening’ and ‘whitening’ often have a negative connotation in that it implies that lighter skin tones are the ideal everyone should be striving for. I’d have been happier this serum was called ‘Brightening Serum’ instead.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea) infusion, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Vitis vinifera (grape seed) oil, Sesamun indicum (sesame seed) oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry seed) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil, Sambucus nigra (black elderberry) extract, saccharomyces black tea ferment (kombucha) extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice root) extract, sodium hyaluronate, saccharide isomearate, Sodium PCA, Beta glucan, vegetable glycerin, uva ursi (bearberry leaf) extract, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) from non-GMO sources, leuconostoc/radish root ferment, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, lactic acid extract, n-acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide, Coffee arabica (coffee fruit) extract, Oryza sativa (rice bran) extract), non-GMO soy lecithin phospholipids, Laminaria (algae) extract, Ferdinandiana (kakadu plum) fruit extract, xanthan gum, ceramide 3, milk lipids, pearl powder, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin), potassium polysorbate, resveratrol, extracts of Malva sylvestris, Mentah piperita, Primula veris, Alchemilla vulgaris, Veronica officinalis, Achillea millefo lium, Cistus ladanifer (cistus) oil,* Curcuma longa (turmeric) oil,* Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil,* Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) oil,* Citrus aurantium (neroli) oil,* Pelargonium graveolons (geranium) oil* *Essential oil

Price: US$110 for 30ml

Kristina Holey Soothing B3 Serum: Formulated in partnership with facialist Kristina Holey, this serum contains 10% niacinamide (Vitamin B3). Their website states that this product is designed to calm inflammation (dermatitis, sensitive or sensitised skin), reduce redness/rosacea and heal acne/ hyperpigmentation.

A very thin gel, it absorbs into the skin pretty well. It doesn’t absorb as well as Lightening Serum and leaves a slight sticky sensation, but it doesn’t pill or roll. The strange thing about this serum is that it doesn’t really feel ‘soothing’ in that I feel a slight burning sensation when I apply it on my skin (and my skin is in no way sensitive). Also, I HATE the pump packaging for this product. The same pump works fine for Lightening Serum, but the texture of this serum, in my opinion, is too thin (and sticky) for the pump. The pump keeps getting clogged, and for some reason, it always shoots product straight into my eyes! The only way I can avoid this is by washing the tip every single time I use it (which is such a bore).

Despite these negatives, I still like adding this serum to my night routines. I feel that using it regularly does help prevent breakouts and strengthen my skin. I feel that the formula needs a little more tweaking to be the perfect B3 product it potentially can be.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green tea) extract, sodium hyaluronate, D-panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), niacinamide (vitamin B3), lactic acid, salicylic acid, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Epigallocate-chin-3-gallate (ECGC), gluconolactone, polygonum aviculare extract (knotweed bioflavonoids), daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, Beta-glucan, galacto-oligiosaccharide, leuconostoc/radish root filtrate ferment, bacillus ferment, acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) extract

Price: US$90 for 30ml

Kristina Holey Intensive Repair Serum: When I think of a product that calls itself ‘intensive repair serum,’ I think of a healing product that can repair severely damaged (and extremely compromised) skin. This is definitely not that! It’s an exfoliating serum that’s designed to control oil, prevent acne and increase penetration other products. In other words, it is an exfoliating product that you use 1-2 times a week, the same way you would an acid toner.

As an exfoliating product, it’s outstanding. Regular use definitely improves the texture and brightness of my skin. Like Lightening Serum, this is designed to be used only at night, and it works well with other serums, creams and oils.

Once again, the pump packaging for this product is horrendous. My pump stopped working altogether after a week of use, and I have been pouring out the product into my palms after unscrewing the cap. I think this product would be amazing if it had a different name that matched its actual purpose (in fact, all three products, in my opinion, would benefit from more appropriate names – the lightening serum sounds politically incorrect, the soothing serum isn’t really soothing and the repair serum is definitely not suitable for broken or damaged skin. MV, I’m available for hire if you’re looking for someone to help rename your products!).

Despite the issues I have with its name and packaging, it’s an very effective exfoliating product that I’ll continue to use. Highly recommend it if you are looking for a naturally-derived chemical exfoliant.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green tea) extract, sodium hyaluronate, D-panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), niacinamide (vitamin B3), lactic acid, salicylic acid, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Epigallocate-chin-3-gallate (ECGC), gluconolactone, polygonum aviculare extract (knotweed bioflavonoids), daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, Beta-glucan, galacto-oligiosaccharide, leuconostoc/radish root filtrate ferment, bacillus ferment, acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) extract

Price: US$90 for 30ml

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