I am writing this review so I can kick myself and be reminded not to buy this product again. I read so many glowing reviews on iherb.com (lots of Korean girls love this and I know that Koreans care VERY much about skincare)--- the first time, it gave me small, red bumps and cystic zits. I ended up giving it to my mom who loves it.
I recently bought a second bottle (stupid, I know) thinking that maybe when I first tried it, my skin was just in bad condition and hopefully the second time, I will get the amazing brightening, tone-evening effect that everyone seems to get. Boy was I wrong! It gave me red, patchy spots and cystic acne again. I think there is some ingredient in this that does not suit my skin very well.
Regarding the suspicious reviews below, I do also think that it's somewhat sketchy, but I think it is also a miraculous product for many people and it has really good ingredients. If you want to give this a shot to see if it delivers for you, you can use code YEW608 on iherb to get $10 off your first order. Also refer to the glowing reviews there on this product that convinced me twice to buy this.
Super bummed about this serum. I was a dingbat and didn't do the research on it that I usually put into skincare before purchasing...hurriedly looked on MUA, saw rave reviews, and hit the buy button before I realized some of the reviews were most likely fluff reviews from phony users :(. I agree with the reviewer just before me, there is no way the 3 "true converts" are real life users...because its just not that caliber a product no matter how ya slice it. A recent employment change in my household left me on a tight budget for skincare, so looking for a well priced serum was my reason for trying this one. It smells good and initially feels good going on the face, but seconds later, my face feels just as drawn up and dehydrated as it did before application. No brightening, no firming, nada...and I'm well into my 5th week of use. The packaging is somewhat unsanitary and is NOT airtight (which is crucial for protecting and keeping ingredients stable). The only thing I like is that I can see how much I have left. I have had better luck with the $20 Olay serum I picked up at Walmart. Will not repurchase this or any other of the Mad Hippie products I wasted money on. Less than mediocre indeed.
I will 3rd the reviewers below who noted that the majority of the 5-star reviews for this product are clearly from fake/paid/planted profiles set up to rave & flee.
Unless of course, Diane Ulia of Houston, Samantha Kenner of Boston, Katherine Spencer of Hollywood, and Tina Uri of Boulder all felt the same ecstatic desire that compelled them to set up profiles, write glowing reviews for multiple Mad Hippie offerings, trash competitors with similar products -- all under 3 minutes -- then flee, never to return to MUA again.
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ColoradoTina's reviews (7)
Annoying. The fake raves bump these up to some of the highest rated products on the site. I was looking for real reviews. If you toss out the fakes, this gets closer to an average of 3 lippies. Makes me wonder why Mad Hippie is paying and/or planting and frankly, makes me suspicious of their product quality. I've not tried any of their products - this is not a review of them. I gave 1 lippie in each category because I had to give a rating, and figured my "1" rating would help to lower the average so that it more accurately reflects what real MUAers think about this product.
I found out about this product from Sophie Uliano, the NY Times bestselling author. Sophie always finds the best green products and that's why I have followed her blog and site for so long. Anyways, if you have skin discoloration, this product is for you. The form of vitamin C that they use does not cause irritation like ascorbic acid, but is more bioavaiable. The ferulic acid in the product supposedly doubles the effectiveness of it as well.
After just one bottle the unevenness of my skin tone has been reduced significantly and I am a true convert.
This is well priced but i find it to be only marginally effective. If you are used to using high efficacy skincare, i'm not sure if this will do much for you. I still find 15% vit C and the exuviance perfect 10 antioxidant serum to be much more effective. This smells divine and sinks in well but balls when you layer moisturiser and makeup, so ok on no make up days. If you are venturing into serums, this would be a good starting point. The formula is non-sticky however i just feel that the concentrations of the active ingredients aren't enough to do anything for me. There is really nothing to fault about it for the price.
I use to use Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum that goes for $120+. I found out about this product from my best friend though for l/4 of the price and have been in love ever since!
After test driving this (10% SAP) serum for over a week, I now can say it's a no-go, at least for me. Tiny blisters around my eyes were the ultimate deal-breaker. Obviously, one of the botanicals were triggering some kind of allergic reaction. My guess is that it's the clary sage (salvia). Not really sure why it's included except that perhaps it's for its aromatherapy properties? On that note, I will mention that this serum seems strongly fragranced.....very floral-smelling, which isn't usually a problem for me ....except I didn't care for it. By day 10, I was dreading applying it to me face even though the scent thankfully does dissipate as the serum dries down. ONE more comment regarding a couple of previous reviews. It does seem more than suspicious that at least 2 glowing reviews were written on the same day as the author joined (then disappeared) from MUA. Another reviewer, needtoread, made the same observations. I'm just sayin'.....
I've been using this for about 3+ weeks. Completely cleared up my mild-moderate acne, evened my complexion considerably and got rid of the brown patch on my chin that benzac gave me. Brilliant stuff. I use about 2 drops once a day after washing my face. A bit expensive, but still good value.
A definite miss for me. I am a big believer in the benefits of topical vitamin C but Mad Hippie serum does not deliver for me. It does not irritate my skin nor does it provide any noticeable benefits that one expects from an active vitamin C skin care product. Comes in brown glass bottle with an eye dropper style applicator. There are better vitamin C products out there.
I am thinking about purchasing this product. However, I find it suspicious that all 4 reviews are from people of the exact same age group. Look at each person's other reviews and you'll see that most have been done as a group on one day. This leads me to wonder if these reviews are real or if they are planted to make this product look good. I don't know whether I can trust these reviews.