* Photo Courtesy of La Bella Figura
La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate has to be the most talked about Vitamin C serum in the green beauty space. And why not? It’s been marketed as “… a multi-tasking and complete concentrated Vitamin C gel cream formulated with advanced technology from actives derived from cellular extraction of the world’s highest source of Vitamin C found only in Australia’s wild harvested kakadu plums.” So, did it live up to my expectations?
I bought a full sized 1 oz bottle as part of the ANFGB deluxe boxes that were being sold by Goodebox, earlier this year. As such, I didn’t cough up the full retail price of $155. In fact, coupled in with many other high end skincare and beauty products, I got a pretty good deal. Having never used LBF products in the past and after reading SO many positive reviews on blogs, this serum was the main reason I decided to buy the ANFGB box.
Since it’s such an expensive product, and also because the Vitamin C serums take some time to show visible results, I waited until the very end before penning my thoughts.
I really like the frosted glass bottle and the pump that dispenses a very precise quantity of the serum. I used 1 pump, both AM and PM after cleansing and toning. The entire bottle lasted me about 2 months with twice daily application. When I first started using it, I got some breakouts in my chin. So I shelved it away for a while. After my skin calmed down a bit, I picked up the bottle again, and re-introduced it slowly (2-3 nights a week) into my routine, to avoid a second round of breakouts. This time, skin was calm and no breakouts!
The texture of the gel is very light and has a subtle citrusy scent and it can be easily layered under a face oil and/or moisturizer. On application, my skin appeared brighter for a while, but I’m sad to say, I didn’t notice any dramatic, visible long term results. Note: I do have my fair share of acne marks (in various stages of disappearance) that will take some work, but since I have been using other luxury skincare items from Yuli Skincare, May Lindstrom and Tatcha simultaneously, it’s hard to say if whatever fading that took place was because of this serum or some other product. (In two months’ time, even without the help of any product, we are bound to see some fading! ). At this price, I was expecting earth shattering, dramatic results. None of this happened. The serum didn’t do any harm, and didn’t do much good. I’m really surprised by the glowing, positive reviews this product has received on beauty blogs. It’s hard to find a single negative review!
Let’s go back to the marketing material for just a sec.
… a multi-tasking and complete concentrated Vitamin C gel cream formulated with advanced technology from actives derived from cellular extraction of the world’s highest source of Vitamin C found only in Australia’s wild harvested kakadu plums.
My curious mind is inclined to question what “complete concentrated” means. The word “complete” seems superfluous. I did a quick web search on the concentration of Vitamin C found in kakadu plums and it seems like kakadu plums do contain possibly the highest concentration of Vitamin C in any fruit, but does this automatically make the fruit “world’s highest source”? Such unsubstantiated claims are to be taken with a pinch of salt.
I don’t cringe when it comes to spending on high end, luxury beauty products, but personally, I’d be happy to spend half as much as the retail price of this serum on a different brand that sources its Vit C from the second highest or even the fifth highest source (fruit or no fruit), as long as I get some results that match the price.