First, I should say that I am that person who falls for hype and supposed "cult" products only to have them not work for me. I have a very expensive trail of other people's holy grail products that were just meh for me. When you have bad skin, unfortunately, I think you are more susceptible to claims of miracle skin products, which is unfair. I had cystic acne at age 11. When other girls were out having fun, I was exploring techniques to cover blemishes. My skin didn't clear up until my late 30's after 2 rounds of Accutane. Now that breakouts are not a constant threat, I am continually looking for something to help with texture, deep scars and ungodly oily skin.
When I put my makeup on in the morning, it is literally an oily mess before I leave the house for work. Blotting and powdering all day long is just part of my existence. Caking makeup is better than the alternative of having my skin show through. Enter Vintner's Daughter. It is expensive, so I don't recommend it lightly. I purchased the small trial bottle to start with and I was blown away with the results the next morning. I don't care for the smell so much, but I have used much worse-smelling products in my quest for good skin, and the smell dissipates fairly quickly.
This product is a game changer for oily skin. The first day, I woke up and thought, hmmm, my skin looks better--more vibrant and refreshed, but I've played that game before and been less impressed after a week of use, or suffering from a horrible breakout. Not in this case. I got my makeup on and got ready to leave for work--first blot before leaving the house was not necessary. My makeup went on better and I had 2 people tell me I looked nice. (What? That never happens to me). Day 2, I did not have to blot my skin AT ALL the entire day-- I work 10 hours, and my makeup looked fresh at the end of the day. Unless you are an extremely oily skinned person, you can't understand how that feels. I am now 3 weeks in, and while I don't know anything about the why or what, I can tell you this has been the miracle for me that I read in their many, many rave reviews on-line. I have never experienced the kind of skin that you can slap on BB Cream and go to the store in. After the first week, I did just that. My husband cannot believe it either. He usually waits patiently for me to get my face on before going anywhere. I feel like a new person with a new lease on life. My skin is no longer in the driver's seat. It is clearer, smoother and so balanced I don't have to blot and cake on powder all day to combat oil.
I would definitely recommend purchasing the sample size first. It is a decent size to test for weeks (you only need a few drops per day). A sample card size would not be adequate to judge your results in my opinion. I saw results very quickly, but I had a mess to start with. My skin continues to improve and I am going to get the full size bottle and never be without this gem. I really hope it offers the same miracle for others out there with similar issues.