Last week REN launched a new Ultimate Skin Perfecting Serum - I was lucky enough to receive this in PR in January - so I could test it out properly before doing a review .
REN describes this product the perfect silicone free serum to use after moisturiser. This helps to ensure skin is smoothed, lifted and naturally filled , resulting in a matte finish to create the perfect canvas for make-up.
Perfect Canvas Skin Perfecting Serum is formulated with probiotics extract that positively influences the speed and quality of the epidermal growth, boosting the production of essential proteins and enzymes which improves the barrier function and cell cohesion , promoting overall skin health and structure.
Hyluronans that covert the HA in the skin, increase skin hydration , elasticity and and the reduction of wrinkle depht while Agave tequilana extract provides an instant filling effect and mattifies without the use of silicone. Lastly the a-Glucans re balances the homeostasis of the skin by promoting the growth of skin friendly bacteria , optimising skin health.
All these result in a mattified finish - the skin's moisture balance is restored , the skin's natural appearance is enhanced and skin is ready and prepped for make up.
You simply apply two / three drops on your fingers and apply after moisturiser until fully absorbed.
So my personal thoughts :
A little goes a long way - I personally find two drops more than enough to use after my moisturiser. The product does absorb into the skin pretty quickly .I have been using this instead of a primer for the last few weeks and I did find I didn't need to use a primer - my make-up stayed on and looking flawless throughout the day. My skin really benefits from the extra boost of hydration - because even though in summer my skin tends to be more on the oily side - my skin still gets dehydrated pretty quickly in this hot weather. I have used this with a BB Cream as well as a foundation I hated but wanted to finish up on my off days - and let me tell you it even helped to make that foundation look flawless . I won't say this will completely mattify your skin - on hot days you will still get a little oily - but it does a pretty good job to mattify your skin without it feeling tight and dry - which for me is a huge bonus. I'm also very impressed that it is silicone free as most primers these days tend to be silicone based - so my skin was very happy about that too. I love how this "primer" has so many good skincare benefits - which makes this such a great contender - who doesn't love a product that combines skincare with make-up benefits ??
This product is for all skin types and retails for R995 for 30 ml. Which seems a little pricey but a little goes a long way and it's basically skincare ingredients and priming ingredients - so you get the best of both worlds.
It's available at selected Woolworths stores as well as REN online .
How was your weekend ? Do you also love multi benefit products for your skin ??
Although product was sent for review all opinions are my own