Pros: Little goes a very long way
Cons: Looks orange, glitters and sparkles, not natural, very greasy
If there is a Serious Skin care product made, I probably have tried it. It isnt necessarily that I think that name is better than all the others, its because I watch the Home Shopping Network a lot and, at 3 a.m. everything seems so darn miraculous that I robotically order it. Such was the case with Serious Skin Care B-Glow Vitamin B Moisturizing Complexion Enhancer, which was part of a multi product kit I ultimately sent back. (I stick with the Vitamin C and Olive Oil kits now and sometimes, the Vitamin A. Told ya I was hooked!).
The Official Word
This is from HSN.com:
Give your complexion an instant, fresh-faced glow with B-Glow Vitamin B Moisturizing Complexion Enhancer! Our Vitamin B complex helps condition and smooth your skin while the apricot tinted translucency complements all skin types by giving off an instant, vibrant glow. Wear B-Glow under your makeup to help banish dull, drab, colorless looking skin tones. This 2 oz. jar of B-Glow is the last step in the Serious Skin Care B-Power line of beauty treatments designed for those with dull, sallow skin tones.
This is a plastic two-ounce jar with a screw off top. The B line has a deep pink color for its labeling. Pretty simple stuff. The cream itself is tinted a light apricot color and is denser and thicker than ordinary face cream. It has a consistency of a combination of face cream and creamy solid foundation whipped together, if that gives you any idea of what it feels like on your fingers (and face).
The cream has a slight scent but nothing too discernable. Its light and barely there. It is a strange color, a light orange/apricot shade. Its supposed to look glowy but, on me, it looks, well, pumpkiny.
I am very pale. So pale that, despite my dark hair and eyes and olive undertones, I have not a bit of blush or glow to my skin. I am always asked if I am feeling OK when I dont use blush so I figured this B-Glow stuff would be great. I dont always like to wear full make up but I do want to look alive. This seemed to be the answer.
When the kit came, I dove in and opened the B-Glow. The tint was a bit odd but I applied it on my clean face as I would a day cream. Yikes. I learned a lesson. This isnt face cream. I applied far too much and looked greasy and orange.
I started over and, this time, applied just a bit to my cheeks, forehead and chin and blended with a foundation sponge. I noticed the tell tale line of demarcation and blended the cream (although its not really a cream, I suppose) down my jaw line to my neck to even out my skin tone.
Did I glow? Ehh. No. I looked like I had tinted moisturizer on. It was orangey and glittery. I was not at all impressed.
My face felt hydrated and I could apply blush and other cosmetics over it like it was a light foundation if I wanted or I could just wear it alone to give myself a little glow. In theory. But the fact is, even using it sparingly, I looked artificial, not healthy or glowing.
I have heard darker skinned women really like this product. It could be that pale faces like mine just arent meant to glow. Add orange tint to olive undertones and you get a green and orange train wreck of a face.
A major problem with the Serious Skin Care B-Glow Vitamin B Moisturizing Complexion Enhancer is that, in natural sunlight, it glitters. I mean like a disco ball or something. I know some like glittery products but I hate them. I was shocked when I looked in the car mirror and saw my face glittering and sparkling. That look may cut it at a big formal event but for everyday? Not for this laid back woman. Yeck.
There is a distinct difference between glowing and glittering and this stuff made me glitter.
After a few more test runs, I sent the kit back and got the C Kit which works better for me (but not as well as the Olive Oil Kit in the winter). Although I do want to look glowing and radiant, this product isnt the one that will do it for me.
Also, if your skin is combination or oily, this will clog your pores. I have dry skin and I felt greasy with even a small amount on. I suspect I would have had at least a few breakouts if I had kept using it.
You can buy this product (and all Serious Skin Care products) from the Home Shopping Network or at www.hsn.com. Now and then you can pick some up on eBay or outlet stores but its exclusive to HSN, I believe. I never found it sold anywhere else except in bits and pieces on auctions or outlet sites. It runs about $22.50 for a two-ounce jar if bought alone. Generally, it comes in a kit with other products from the same line at a reduced cost per product.
Well, I wanted to glow and I glittered. I wanted to look flushed and I looked jaundiced. I guess this product isnt for me. I have to say, it looks sort of pretty on my legs in the summertime and on my shoulders when going out at night though (I tried it everywhere to see if I could come up with a way to use it that made sense).
For pale skin, this product could be too dark. I cannot imagine wearing this under my foundation as the directions say. I would look like I had a mask on! It certainly isnt a natural looking glow.
If you have darker skin (medium and up) and like the idea of glittering or sparkling especially in bright light, this may be something you would like. It didnt hurt my skin but it is quite greasy so keep that in mind if you are considering trying it. And use it super sparingly unless you want someone to stick a candle in your mouth and light it because you WILL look like a pumpkin if you wear too much.
I cant recommend this to anyone. It may be great for some but, based on my own experience, I believe its just too fake looking to appeal to the majority of women out there. I use gel blush like Tarte in Tipsy or a versatile sheer wash of color like Ramy Face Gloss in Casual Sex! to glow. They look very natural and last a long time with or without foundation on my face first.
I give this two stars. It isnt a terrible, awful product but I dont think the majority of women would like the feel or the look of this product on their skin.
A better Serious Skin Care product: Serious Skin Care C-Repair Moisturizing Night Cream