6/06/2016Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty
Noticed Sephora Skincare Boosters on the "new arrivals" page a few weeks ago, I decided to give 2 of them a go - a luminizing booster with vitamin C and a clarifying booster with zinc.
Said to be able to help compensate the impact of modern life on the skin in as little as 14 days, they remind me a little bit of Obagi Professional-C serum at a more gentle level.
Instructions: Use in 14-day cycles at each change of season. Apply 4-5 drops, morning and evening, before your usual moisturizer or mix it with your cream or makeup. Summer is not here yet, so I tested the boosters a bit early.
I was looking for a junior version of Obagi Professional-C serum in Sephora Skincare Booster in Luminizer.
Similar packaging format with a thin bottle and a dropper to dispense the product, but the texture of these boosters is more of a liquid than an oil in the Obagi version, which means they are more runny and require speedy rub-in action. The pro of this is they take a lot less time to absorb compared to the oil, which I enjoy.
Ultimately, this luminizing booster (I'm not sure the potency of vitamin C in the formula) definitely gives a more subtle effect to the skin compared to Obagi serum (15% vitamin C), ideal for younger skin - late 20's and up. I use it to prolong the effect of Obagi serum before I could get a new bottle (or find something as good but more affordable).
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces/ Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Citrate, Urea, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Citric Acid, etc.
Featuring a high concentration of zinc, plus copper derivative and pistachio tree bark, the formula claims to tighten the appearance of pores, eliminate excess shine and clear oily zones for a matte complexion.
I notice a subtle effect on all these. The skin does look slightly more matte upon application, but that would not come through after moisturizer, foundation and/ or highlighter. I still have to use a pore minimizing foundation primer in the routine, so this booster does not do much for me in that aspect. It is not a stand-alone product for my skin.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Zinc PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Lecithin, Copper Gluconate, Tocopherol.
There is also a Tired Skin booster with high concentration of magnesium to increase skin luminosity and reduce signs of fatigue. Each booster is 0.67oz/ 20ml, $25 each, Limited Edition.