Is a £320 serum really worth the spend?

When the Lucia Magnani Rejuvenating Serum landed in my inbox, it’s fair to say there were heart palpitations, widened eyes and a flicker of hope. Although it’s also fair to say I’ve never retained a skincare product of the same high-end luxury and slightly expensive Calabar (£320!) – or even quarter of the price – I am however, a skincare addict that has had my fair share of serums. Lucia Magnani is one of Italy’s leading wellbeing and skin experts with her skincare range inspired by a medieval thermal spa town near Bologna. Known for its cutting-edge ingredients, high-performance results and striking packaging, I was keen to try it out.

I know what you’re thinking, will this high-end luxury serum really help me achieve effortlessly beautiful skin? Read on to find out if I thought it was really worth that £320 price tag…(spoiler alert, I have a LOT of thoughts).

The Breakdown

The Rejuvenating Serum is a light, concentrated formula that can instantly lift the skin, leaving a smooth non-greasy finish, without needing to apply moisturiser after. It delivers supercharged nourishment deep into the skin, providing protection from free radicals and ensuring healthy skin renewal. Infused with a high-level of micro-quartz crystal along with liquorice root extract, copper, magnesium and zinc, the Rejuvenating Serum keeps sebum balanced, reduces acne, supports cell renewal and maintains a radiant complexion.

If you’re an avid user of serum already, you know there’s nothing more satisfying than slavering your skin in luxury concentrated formulas to help with your skin worries. It’s one of those ‘I’m getting my life in order’ experiences within skincare. Fortunately, you are going to get exactly that with the serum; the formula gives you a sense of luxury and takes your mind from your own bathroom sink covered in your everyday routine to instead a surrounding of diffusers, rejuvenating facials and the sound of relaxing music. I was incredibly surprised by how applying a simple serum would give me a few seconds of heaven.

My First Impressions

After washing my face and patting dry, I pressed on the Rejuvenating Serum, applying on the face, neck and chest area. The first noticeable quality of the serum was the scent. The strong smell, which I can only refer to as men’s aftershave or a very strong essential oil, can be quite overbearing for sensitive noses like mine. It was definitely a divider in the offices with some simply drooling over the scent and others turning up their noses. I did wonder if this would react to my acne but after seven days and 14 applications, there was no reaction at all, yay! Scent aside, the light serum was easy to apply and absorbed rather quickly into the skin allowing me to apply my next step straight away.

The Results

Part of me was reluctant to anything changing, because when you’ve been suffering from acne, scarring and pigmentation for the past 10 years, you begin to think nothing will work, but there were some results! After just seven days use, my skin did become noticeably radiant. The dull-looking complexion that I had once supported was replaced with brighter, smoother skin that I never thought would be present with my acne. So, what about my acne? Did this change? Although the serum does claim to reduce acne, this however wasn’t the case but with just seven days of use, there was hardly going to be huge results.

Here’s the thing about the serum: It’s not an acne cure but it does help give you a radiant complexion we all dream of.

So, is the £320 price tag worth the spend? The serum gave me the luxurious experience of feeling completely relaxed yet feel like a million bucks and of course the radiant complexion but with the price tag, the scent and cheaper alternatives on ingredients, this isn’t something I could bring myself to purchasing in the future.

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Text: Laura Ward
Images: Lucia Magnani, pixabay

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