Review: REN Radiance Perfection Serum

I haven’t tried anything from REN before. REN is a brand that touts to use only clean ingredients, so the products don’t have parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances, colours, glycols or silicones (among other things). I got the products at Cult Beauty because there was a drool worth goody bag I wanted, and of course, I wanted to try something from REN. I bought the Radiance Perfection Serum 30ml and another serum which I’ll reveal in due time (haven’t tested it yet). So I thought I’d shed light on this radiance boosting serum.

 

REN Radiance Perfection Serum

 

It is “a multi active serum formulated to reboot the skin’s energy cycle, visibly perfect skin tone and leave skin looking energized, radiant and luminous”. This serum has bio extracts of licorice, tyrosinase inhibitor, vitamin C, hyluronic acid, glycogen, and magnesium. Before I started using this serum, I was on a brightening phase, and then I switched to a hydrating phase. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you would have seen photos of my naked face – a naked face that I’m quite satisfied with (ahem!). So, I do not expect to see much results from this, other than to keep my skin even toned. I use 1 pump in the day, 2 pumps at night, after toner, before moisturizer.

 

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Photo above was taken a couple of weeks ago. I have used the last drop and on to my next serum already. Serum junkie, I am. This serum is quite light but it doesn’t absorb into the skin too quickly. It takes a bit of massaging before skin feels comfortable. Naturally, it takes longer at night when I use 2 pumps. REN doesn’t use synthetic fragrances, and this Radiance Perfection Serum smells like vanilla orange slash cod liver oil minus the fishy smell. HAHAHAHA! I don’t know why it reminds me of Scott’s Emulsion.

Another thing to note is the expiry. Same story – natural products, less preservatives, so you’ll need to use your products faster. I used this consistently, 3 pumps a day, and I used up this bottle in 3 months. So, if you use this 1 pump just once a day, you can definitely finish it in 9 months.

 

exp date

 

Results? My skin’s luminosity is maintained, my skin is even toned, and my colleague commented that my freckles are less noticeable, but let’s not kid ourselves. I see no improvements in my freckles. However, I can tell you that I never once broke out when I was using this, and my skin remained bright, never once dull. Does that say something?

 

ingredients

 

What do you like from REN? Have you tried this serum before? I don’t think I’ll repurchase this, because I’m not in love with the texture or the scent, and it worked well just as a maintenance product. Probably not fair since I didn’t need more brightening, but you know, just saying 😛 I received a deluxe sample of their Moroccan Rose Bath Oil and it smells heavenly! I might get the Moroccan Rose bath products next 🙂

 

xoxo Lily