The one Mario product that looked…fun! This Strawberry Face Scrub has actual strawberry bits in it, which got me all excited!!
What they say: “Made with real Strawberry seeds that gently buff away flaky skin while natural AHA’s breakdown dull build-up to unclog pores. It improves overall texture to the skin by revealing healthy, glowing skin while preventing blackheads.” (for all skin types)
At first sight: This pearly pink scrub looks creamy and fun! And there are strawberry seeds! Real strawberry seeds! The smell, though, is not so real – kind of fake. Like fake strawberry poison. Or real strawberry poison, I suppose…
At first use: The buffers in this product are seeds – just as they said. I find this too harsh and rough; I really prefer small beads to buff away my dead skin. It felt like the seeds were stabbing my face! Also, there was no lather, and it made my skin feel congested, like there was a thick waxy layer clogging my pores. And the chemically scent? Disgusting!
The verdict: The worst exfoliator I’ve ever tried. I can only see this working for someone with really thick skin (ie no pain receptors) that’s also really dry – otherwise, I think it’ll make you break out.
One more… Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF 15.
What they say: “Daily moisture and moderate sun protection for combination, dry skin. Hyaluronic Acid locks in skin’s natural moisture and antioxidant Vitamin A based Peanut Oil nourishes the skin. Absorbent and non-greasy.” (for combination, dry, or sensitive skin. Sounds perfect for me!)
At first sight: Um, I think mine has gone bad. It’s all funny looking and jello-like. Also, the oil has separated. And it smells really funky.
At first use: Hell no. Are you joking?! I’m not putting this on my face! Look at it!
However, for the sake of this review, I did put it on my arm. I didn’t sprout anything, which is good, and I don’t have scales (yet.) The smell turned quickly to reveal something sunblocky, and a little of this goo goes a long way.
The verdict: Eeew. I’m not even granting this a verdict, it was so disgusting! Maybe if I would have gotten a not-rotting sample I could have loved it – but that’s highly doubtful.
*note: this looks worse in the photo than it really does. In real life, it looks like urine. In the photo, it looks like the urine of a dying person!
Mario’s Special Cucumber Lotion was supposed to be great. Supposed to be.
What they say: “Refreshing, disinfecting and deep cleaning astringent that is effective in drying up existing acne blemishes while preventing new eruptions. Sulfur and soothing Cucumber based, acne fighting formula that is non-drying and non-irritating.” (for combination or oily skin)
At first sight: As mentioned: it looks like pee. Also, it’s a yellow liquid, and though it’s “lotion”, it’s actually a toner. And it smells funny. Like a decaying baby. See my hopes? They’re all dead now.
At first use: The weird smell seems to be stronger on my face, and you can smell a touch of alcohol as well. This didn’t do anything remarkable; I don’t have very oily skin to begin with, and my skin and I get along pretty damn well. So, um, aside from smelling funny, this didn’t do jack.
The verdict: zzz. One more boring product with a strange scent that doesn’t live up to it’s claims.
Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream was the third thing I tried. By this point, I basically thought the company sucked, and wondered why they’re not totally bankrupt.
What they say: “Hyaluronic Acid formula helps lock in the skin’s own natural moisture without the use of heavy, greasy oils. Absorbent, medium weight cream for use day or night. Aloe based formula makes this cream suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.” (for all skin types)
At first sight: Finally, a normal-looking lotion! White and unscented, this was by far the most promising-looking product!
At first use: No glitter, no smell = happy Rae!! However, this felt a bit heavy and tacky, but a little goes a very long way. I can’t vouch for the eye-cream-properties of this, as my eye area’s still young and pretty youthful – no wrinkles or fine lines to fill up here, though this did keep my dry corners moisturised! (The outside corners of my eyes tend to get dry, uncomfortable, and flaky)
The verdict: This is a fine product in my books! I used it a dozen-odd times, and that was just off the product on the lid! I didn’t even need to touch the product in the jar :) It’s not for me, but only because I don’t need an eye cream! I think it would be a great first eye cream for someone in their mid twenties, because it’s simple and does what it promises – keeps your eye area supple and hydrated. No big claims here, so it lives up to it’s aspirations!! Also, at $18/jar, this is much more reasonably priced than many anti-ageing creams.
After my Orange Cleansing Soap disappointment, I waited a few days and tried my next sample: Seaweed Night Cream. I don’t actually need a night cream, but I figured, what the hell, right? I mean, why not?
What they say: “A non-greasy, oil-free night cream enriched with Seaweed, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to soften, hydrate and nourish the skin without clogging pores. It leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.” (for combination, oily, and sensitive skin types)
At first sight: I was super-excited to try this pearly green night cream, because it’s not often that you find a product suitable for both combination and sensitive skin types! However, when I took a wiff, I was a little dissuaded – mom described it as an “old lady” night cream smell. She was spot-on.
At first use: This cream was thick, and (get this!) sparkly. What the hell, Mario! It’s a friggin night cream! Anyhow… the old lady scent was strong and stayed strong, and it felt heavy on my skin – a feeling that didn’t go away all night. I would have put up with both of these if it was nice and hydrating, but it wasn’t – lots of weight, no payoff. My skin didn’t look any better the next morning, it just felt gross!
The verdict: Another disappointment. I didn’t like the look, feel, or smell of this, and it really was disappointing. I don’t know how many uses you’ll get outta the sample, because I only used it once. If you’re older and like this scent, though, you might like the cream – never know. I’m guessing I don’t have any 65+ readers, though – that’s how old you’d have to be before you could pull off this scent!!
The first review? Mario’s Orange Cleansing Soap. *note: though it looks white in this photo, it’s not!
What they say: “Orange Extract makes this gentle, cream cleanser mildly exfoliating and very refreshing. Non-oily, non-detergent formula is safe and effective for all skin types to remove make-up and build-up from the skin’s surface without drying.” (for all skin types)
At first sight: This was a pearly, light orange. It has a light scent that I couldn’t quite pace – a bit like clay and synthetic oranges, maybe? Either way, it’s not my favourite scent in the world.
At first use: This cream cleanser didn’t lather at all! Personally, I love a lot of lather in my soaps – makes them fun. If they don’t lather, they better be amazing in other areas, or it’s right to the bin with them! Unfortunately, this product was rather unremarkable – it felt like it left a light film on my face, and the smell stuck around, even after I rewashed with my normal cleanser! My face felt sticky, which was annoying to no end!!
The verdict: I only used this once before throwing it into a swap. I hated it, personally. (I hope the swapper likes it, though!) I wouldn’t buy this, or recommend it to anyone!