I really like this company and their products. Ive tried the B5 gel, Phloretin, CE Ferulic, and Resurfacing serum. Ive used the B5 gel and the Phloretin for the past few years and couldnt be more satisfied. I heard of CSS when I was using Skinceuticals and found forums online which stated they have a less expensive alternative. To give you some background, I have worked in the spa industry and worked closely with skincare professionals for 8 years. The B5 gel proved to be hydrating (which is the point). A little goes a long way. Regardless of reviews, good or bad, at the end of the day one person may have have less results than another or may have a different opinion on how it feels on. I wouldnt say its "sticky" just slightly viscous. Its the nature of the ingredients. Try it for yourself. This is a GREAT product. Its a virtual clone of the Skinceuticals version with the same results in my opinion and experience. Its affordable and effective, especially with an antioxidant serum underneath. The only thing to be aware of is the amount that comes out of the eye dropper. Because its thick its easy to get too much product. I will also put it on underneath my Olay Total Effects for more punch. Also, Ive always had really good interactions with their customer service department when I needed some questions answered.
I am a compulsive buyer from expensive to drug store price facial product. Until I found CSS. Just started using their product and within days I can already see the difference. I saw some demoralizing reviews here, however as a user of both products I can attest that they do not have any difference except for the price of course. Also, they provide prompt and good service, and living half way around the globe my package arrived as early as expected from CSS.
The other users here says that its sticky. Well, not to me and surely I will not apply a glue to my face :))) Some of the ingredients include in CSS product is HA which is sticky by nature but in contrary this is more watery like texture compare to HA serum that I have used in the past.
Of course not all products suits every skin but in any case I would never say any demoralizing words and acted like uncivilized person rather I would give proper advice about the pros and cons of the product. That is what MUA for. To all who wanted to buy CSS product, the only thing I can say is that the product is holly jolly good and that my skin respond to it positively. However, test it first and see how it goes to your skin.
I received a sample of the skinceuticals at a local pharmacy in Germany and liked it, but I admit, I was too stingy to pay almost 60 Euros for the original Skinceuticals serum.
I ordered this product directly from the u.s. website of the company and I used it up, so I can´t say anything about the returning policy or so.
I paid about 25 Euros for 30 ml, which is cheap compared to the Skinceuticals, which costs about 45 Euros for 30 ml in the cheapest German online store I could find.
I have sensitive, dehydrated, acne-prone combo skin, which is sometimes flaky and patchy. I wanted much moisture to smooth my skin and make the dry spots go away. Another issue was a minimal ingredient list as my skin is sensitive and freaks out if I use too many products with too many ingredients. Basically, I searched for a very neutral and very basic moisturizing serum.
I received the serum and used it up, but I admit, I found it a little more sticky compared to the sample of Skinceuticals and it didn´t really sink into my skin. The serum surely did a good job of hydrating my skin and has minimal ingredients , which is a godsend for people with sensitive skin, who don´t want essential oils, too many or highly irritating ingredients.
I liked the serum and would recommend it to anyone, who is on a budget and wants to have a good hydrating serum.
The difference between the 2 serums is minimal and obviously the css is way cheaper than the Skinceuticals.
Personally, I decided to get the Skinceuticals, because I took another sample of their b5 serum with me on a beach holiday and used it a whole week with fabulous results, which I didn´t get from the css.
If you can, try to get samples from both serums and find out for yourself, which one you like better.
But I can definitely recommend the css serum as I had much more expensive serums from other brands, which were not as good as this one.
Interesting that pattykaker and Joanniekay, in defending the product, both have exactly the same writing style (oddly formal for this site), both waffle on about returns policies, and neither of them have reviewed anything else, ever. That makes me skeptical. I'm also skeptical about other reviews written about this companies products; they seem to be written in a very unnatural way - as if they're trying to get down with the kids but aren't quite managing it. That said, I've just ordered this product, after being satisfied with the C+E serum, and I am happy with it so far - I will see how it goes.
This came in a css sample pack.
I hadn't even thought about b5 but was looking forward to using the ce ferulic.
I was delighted witht he results on putting this on. I mean instant noticible results, lines plumped out. Better than any liquid primer!!
I have ordered this again!!!
Very interesting in reading this review which it is difficult to accept the honesty of this blogger. Most companies have return policy’s which have a restocking fee that is calculated based on a percentage of the order. I used to work at ULTA as a Makeup Skin Care artist and occasionally at the front desk accepting returns at times. More than half of the returns were damaged and were no longer fit for the shelf. Some even had the product itself poured out, used up, and put in water to pretend it was the product they were returning.
I can understand, as well as many others why companies have return policies with a restocking fee clause so they are not taken advantage of. This makes sense for companies to avoid people who plan on returning the products before they even purchase it. I can attest b/c most customers who asked about if they can return products at ULTA before they even purchased it….ACTUALLY the majority of them did return their purchase while I was on shift, which doesn’t account for those who returned it while I wasn’t on shift which would conclude most of them returned it.
BTW, I reviewed Cosmetic Skin Solutions products to their competitors, and their prices are so much more reasonable to other brands which are very expensive. They had wonderful reviews, aside from those leaving ignorant reviews based on and influenced by various companies return policies. I might make the switch away from my current vitamin C serum which costs me $95 to CSS.
As a skin care junkie and user of high quality skin care products, I would have to say I am offended to hear such a review that is demoralizing to only the person who wrote it. I noticed that Skinceuticals was mentioned….Red Flag to the person who wrote the review. In most cases it must be and probably is a competitor attempting to persuade the consumer to buy elsewhere as this is common occurrence.
I noticed that not once did she mention attempting to or making any efforts to contact the company. Usually, if there is an issue or questions regarding a product (and this relates to any company), the first point of contact would be to the company supplying the product. It takes less than 30 seconds to either call or e-mail the company.
B5 like glue? A hyaluronic acid gel which only contains 4 ingredients with one of the ingredients water in NO WAY will be sticky. Her skin must have been sticky prior to applying the products, thereby incorrectly stating the feel and texture of the product. CSS’s Hydrating B5 Gel contains only Water, Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), hyaluronic acid, and phenoxyethanol (preservative), the same ingredients as other companies, so shouldn’t other companies B5 Gels be sticky as well? Was it mentioned that others were sticky? No.
The Resurfacing Serum is a wonderful addition to a night time skin care regimen? This serum sticky too? Wow, her whole world must be too sticky! This product is not sticky b/c I have used it personally and have been very satisfied with its exfoliating results and Non-Stickyness! I have actually used CSS’s products and can honestly testify against the competitor’s hiding behind the reviews they post that CSS’s products actually are highly effective and comparable to other companies over priced products. I am very satisfied with their Vitamin C serums, and B5 Gel.
Their customer service is so helpful when I contacted them. They completely answered my questions to the best of their professional experience when I asked a question regarding my skin care regimen. The incompetent person who drafted up the biased review should be embarrassed for using such vulgar language that anyone actually reading would accept her comments as being honest? Well, not here.
This company is unethical and I would advise anyone to stay away from them. When I placed an order with them, their return policy was 100% full refund, since trying to get a refund, they changed it to a 50% restock fee, which was not stated on their website when I placed the order. The sunscreen they offer is horrible!!!!!! It is like trying to smear white mud on your skin.
I hate this, hate, hate, hate, hate. It is the worst 30 dollars that I have ever spent. There's only one thing in the world that I hate more than this B5 gel- the resurfacing serum from CSS.
I have tried so many B5 serums from every brands. CSS makes the worst B5 gel/serum. It is a crime to call it a gel, they should name it B5 super glue.
No matter how little I apply, my skin just becomes sticky. I tried to spray water on my face after applying this, but my face becomes sticky again after the water dries. I do not mind the stickiness actually. What really bothers me is the "balling up" process of this gel/glue. No matter what cream/lotion I use after the B5 gel, they just balls up. I cannot put on sunscreen, because it just balls up. I cannot wear makeup afterwards, because it forms disgusting particles.
I really really do hate this. I will not use it again even someone pays me to. I would return this, except I live in the UK, so can't be bothered. Do not buy this.
PLEASE DO NOT BUY THE RESURFACING SERUM FROM CSS. Since there's no place for me to review that serum, I would just like to put it out there, DO NOT BUY. It is a crime that CSS even tried to make this serum. It is soooooooooooo sticky. I may be exaggerating when I called the B5 gel a super glue, but this is definitely a super glue. I spray tons of water, but nothing works. I hate CSS for making these two horrible horrible products.
Skinceuticals may be expensive, but they work. CSS may be cheap, but they are totally rubbish. I have make so many regretful purchases, but this is the worst so far.
Comparable to and compatible with the Skinceuticals Hydrating B product – but much less expansive. I have purchased the larger sized bottle (60ml) which I keep in the fridge. For the weekly use, I fill a little bit of serum into a separate, smaller bottle – I use it daily, so the large bottle lasts for about 8-10 months. This is really great product and a staple in my beauty regime. I put it right after Ferulic CE and follow up with sunscreen – done! Hydrates, protects and does not cause/prevents break-outs.