[Local] Review: Wardah Lightening Facial Serum

?????????????I just bought my third box of Wardah Lightening Facial Serum, so obviously this is a good one. It’s a box of 5 ampoules, each 5ml, and is marketed as containing Vitamin B3 to help brighten skin. Each of the ampoules has a twist cap opening, and the liquid content is a clear gel (not too runny) with a very faint floral scent.

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Wardah Lightening Facial Serum list of ingredients
Wardah Lightening Facial Serum list of ingredients

Niacinamide (or Vitamin B3) is the second ingredient after water in Wardah’s Lightening Facial Serum, and this was what caught my attention. Niacinamide is a very popular ingredient in products targeted for skin brightening or lightening, since it is touted to reduce wrinkles, hydrate, peel, AND help skin turnover at the same time, with many clinical trials and scientific research to prove the claims. You can read a bit more here, here or here, and googling will result in many more info about this ingredient.

Not only that, Glycerin and Aloe are also high in the ingredient list, and both are hydrating substances. Tocopheryl Acetate or Vitamin E, and Sodium Hyaluronate, another hydrating ingredient, are also present at relatively smaller amounts (but potentially still of sufficient quantities to be effective, as the list is relatively short). Housing the Serum in small ampoules is also a smart move as it reduces contact with oxygen (therefore slowing the breakdown/degradation of the ingredients).

Each ampoule of 5ml is sufficient for 4-5 applications in my experience – I use this liberally to coat my face, neck and upper chest. I use this only at night, after a thorough cleansing of my face, and the Serum is followed by a basic moisturizer to ‘seal in’ the hydration (I like St Ive’s Collagen Elastin Moisturizer). Even without the additional moisturizer, this Serum alone is hydrating enough for my oily facial skin, but I put on moisturizer on top since my neck and chest area can always use it.

So, great ingredients and packaging – but what about performance? Indeed, I see the brightening impact even after the second use! After the use of one ampoule (4-5 consecutive nights), I see significant brightening and overall evening out of skin tone.

I never use more than one ampoule continuously, preferring to switch around what I use to get the most benefits from different skincare ingredients. I usually take a few weeks before opening and using the next ampoule. So a box can last me at least 3 months. At a price of Rp54,000 for 25ml (less than US$5, and it is often on sale), this product is obviously a winner. Highly recommended and I applaud Wardah for making a good product (using internationally proven effective ingredient) at a price that everyone can afford!

Review and Swatches: a Perfect Brown Eyebrow Pencil

Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade 'brown' 402
Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade ‘brown’ 402

Recently, as I was doing a little errand in the pasar (our wet, traditional market), I stopped by a corner cosmetics shop and asked what they have in stock in terms of eyebrow pencils. They swatched a few, and as on previous occasions, they were all not the right color. I then noticed one shop attendant, who seemed to be a trainee. Her done brows were the right color — as opposed to the brand sales reps with their too brown-red brows. When I asked her what she’s using, she pointed to these nondescript pencils, priced at Rp5,000 (about US$0.50).

I asked to see the one marked ‘brown’, and swatched it. Voila! Just what I needed, the right shade of brown that is not too light, too dark, too red. It came home with me, and I’ve been happily using it ever since. The brand on the pencil says ‘Davis Cosmetics Eye Brow Pencil 402 net1.2g Brown’. In less than one week the lettering on the pencil started to disappear. I’ve switched its cap with one from another brand, which has a brow brush on it. Although I’m somewhat concerned at the lack of ingredients list and the fact that there is little information on ‘Davis Cosmetics’ online, for now this random find is a new favorite.

Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade 'brown' 402 (right) and Wardah Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade 'brown' (left)
Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade ‘brown’ 402 (right) and Wardah Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade ‘brown’ (left)

 

Swatches of Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade 'brown' 402 (right) and Wardah Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade 'brown' (left)
Swatches of Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade ‘brown’ 402 (right) and Wardah Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade ‘brown’ (left)
Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade 'brown' 402 with Wardah's eyebrow pencil cap
Davis Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in shade ‘brown’ 402 with Wardah’s eyebrow pencil cap

The background of the pictures is a drawing by Salvador Dalí, one of the illustration on my Taschen 2012 Calender (Contemplation before the Five Regular Bodies Metamorphosed into Corpuscles).