My Dermalogica Smart Serum Review.
Here are some details about this serum you won't read about on the product page:
The weighted brushed metal packaging feels premium and comes with an air tight pump.
Serum texture and consistency = a white, lightweight gel that absorbs quickly and feels cooling on the skin.
Has a fresh, clinical scent that smells like chamomile tea.
The formula has a silicone-y, slightly tacky finish that dries down to give the skin a radiant, semi-matte appearance.
I found the product layered well over my thinner vitamin C serum and under sunscreen in the morning.
I experienced some pilling or balling up when I didn't wait for the recommended full minute before applying an oil over the top of the serum at night.
Here's a squiz at the serum's texture looks like.
OK, but what is this serum really like? And after using it morning and night every day for four weeks, did it deliver on its promises?
I'm loving it. The silky texture feels beautiful on the skin and also applies nicely as a hydrating step under makeup. It actually reminds me a lot of how one of my all-time favourite serums Beauté Pacifique Defy Damage Serum makes my skin look and feel.
If you only want to use one serum both day and night to tackle different skin concerns, this is it.
It's a great all-rounder suitable for all skin types, including sensitised skins that might not tolerate more unstable actives like vitamin C and vitamin A.
As you can see in some outtakes from my selfie photoshoot (insert sarcasm), it gives my skin an instantly radiant, soft-focussed, maybe even slightly blurred finish.
Have I observed Dermalogica Smart Response Serum working in different ways in different areas of my face? Hard to say conclusively, but I have definitely noticed my skin looks and feels healthier, brighter, softer and more hydrated.
The best way to sum up this serum is, it's the kind of product you only realise is truly working when you stop using it. So, I'll keep using it in the morning, and alternate it with an exfoliating or vitamin A product at night.
Finally, let's talk price. There's no way around it, $211 for one serum is an investment. But $211 for four serums, all in one? That's bang for buck.