Thursday, 23 October 2014

Mario Badescu Silver Powder Product Review

Fighting blackheads and whiteheads? Looking for products that will fight those unsightly things on your nose, chin and forehead?

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I bought this Mario Badescu a few months ago together with the Temporary Lifting Mask. I find this brand very interesting, with its simple, clinical-like packaging and product names. When I first read the name, I was wondering what in this world is ‘Silver powder’ and what does it do? Does it shimmer? Hmmm…

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Like the Temporary Lifting Mask, Mario Badescu Silver Powder also comes in a simple white plastic jar with a white plastic seal upon removing the cap. Before removing the seal, make sure that there’s no fan blowing on your direction. The Silver Powder is the loose type so it can easily be blown by air.

So what is it really for? The Mario Badescu Silver Powder is created to fight excessive, stubborn blackheads. If this brand is something new to you, Romanian-born Mario Badescu who founded his Manhattan skincare salon in 1967 developed this brand under his name. Badescu is a chemist and cosmetologist, and spent years in his laboratory conducting research to develop products for healthy and beautiful skin. His philosophy is that skincare should be simple and gentle yet effective.


Mario Badescu Silver Powder
Price: RM65 for 29ml
Made in USA
Life after opening: 6 months
Where to buy: Sephora or at www.luxola.com.my

This oil-absorbent powder helps to unclog congested pores without drying the skin. It prevents blackheads and promotes a healthier complexion.

What it contains (ingredients): Calcium Carbonate, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide (CI 177497)

How do you use it?

Mario Badescu products come in a very simple packaging, no outer box, no complicated instruction leaflet. It is good to keep it simple but I think that the directions are too simplified. For an unconventional product like this, meaning it’s not our usual cleanser or toner or moisturizer, new users might not have the correct idea on how to use a ‘silver powder’.

What the label says: Once or twice a week, dip a water dampened cotton ball into the powder and press on nose, chin and congested areas on the face. Wait 10 minutes and wipe off with toner or astringent.

It didn’t clearly say that you should wash your face before application. Some might think that it’s common sense but some wouldn’t know. Anyway, for me, first step is to cleanse my face before use.

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Next step: Dip a wet cotton ball into the jar and apply on targeted areas on your face. This can be tricky as the wet cotton ball may pick up powder unevenly. It can sometimes be very thick especially if the cotton is very wet. Just spread it on a bigger area on your face if you do pick up a lot. Don’t apply under your nose. I’ll explain why in a while.

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Take note that since we are dealing with powder here, it can be quite messy as the powder drops on your vanity table. Stay away from fans or windy areas when applying this.

Once you’ve applied the powder, wait between 5 to 10 minutes. Beware; the silver powder will keep dropping as it dries. So don’t lie down on the bed or sofa or cotton seat while doing this. It’s not hard to clean but you don’t want to be spending too much time cleaning up powder. This is also why you shouldn’t apply it under your nose. As it dries, the powder flies and it will go inside your nose, which can be irritating.

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Instruction says to wipe it off with toner but it doesn’t work well for me. It can be because I’m using a very gentle toner, I’m not sure. But this is how it looks like after using toner:

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Instead of using toner, I prefer to wash it off to make sure that there is no residue. I use my Neutrogena Deep Clean to remove it.
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My face feels really great after Silver Powder and washing. And I notice that my pores are very clear and less noticeable, too. There’s an improvement with just one application. If I keep using this once or twice a week, I’m sure there’ll be more visible improvement and I’d be warding off blackheads or whiteheads from coming back. If you’re worried about drying of the skin after using this, I didn’t experience any tingling, tightening or drying sensation with this product.
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Although the instruction doesn’t say on the label, I apply my normal day skincare products after using Silver Powder. I continue with my toner, floral water, brightening essence, serum, moisturizer and eye cream.

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Overall, minus the insufficient direction on the label, I’m happy with this Mario Badescu product. It is reasonably priced, it works well on my skin and it just blends with my skincare regimen. Let’s fight off those blackheads!

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