I’ve already tried (and loved) the Acure Organics Marula Oil, so I was thrilled when my boss (best boss ever, and not just because she’s a Korean skincare junkie) brought me her nearly-empty jar of Acure Organics Seriously Firming Facial Serum to play with (about $20/oz; $17.65 at Amazon). There was only about a centimeter of product left, but that was more than enough to give it a test run. (Note: the product name has since been changed from “Seriously Firming” to “Seriously Glowing,” but the formulation remains the same.)
The first thing you should know about this product is that it isn’t at all a “serum,” at least not in the traditional sense; this is an oil blend, and the combo is a great one — safflower, sesame, pumpkin, borage, argan, and cranberry oils make this a moisturizing and antioxidant-rich combo. (It does also contain lavender and orange oil, which means it smells great but might not be great for sensitive skin.)
The product is both paler and a little thinner than their marula oil; if you tried the marula and found it a little too thick, or rosehip and found it a little too dry, this might be a good in-between option.
I tested it twice on its own, and it absorbed nicely both times. That’s not to say there isn’t a little bit of an oily residue for awhile after — I wouldn’t try layering makeup over this, just as I don’t layer makeup over my Fresh Seaberry or Acure Marula oils — but I didn’t worry about it greasing up my pillowcase.
The rest of the time, though, I layered a few drops on top of my other nighttime moisturizers, pressing it into the skin (as I always do with facial oils). My skin liked it — no clogged pores, no breakouts, no irritation, no redness — and I woke up with the same glow that I get whenever I use a facial oil overnight.
Though this is twice the cost, I like this serum a lot more than The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil (about $10/oz) and about as much as Fresh Seaberry (about $30/oz). When I run out of my rosehip oil (which I’m using on my neck and decolletage at nighttime), I’ll replace it with a bottle of this Acure serum. Using only 8-10 drops a night, I don’t care about the $10 price difference.
I’m not as sold on replacing my Fresh Seaberry oil with this serum, though — even though I didn’t notice any adverse reactions to the lavender and sweet orange oils, my skin is on the sensitive side and I’d rather play it safe with the Fresh Seaberry blend, as its fragrant ingredients are closer to the end of the ingredients list. And while overnight results are similar between the three (seaberry, marula, ‘serum’ all give me a hydrated glow), I think the ingredients in the Seaberry oil (grape/camellia/sweet almond/cranberry/seaberry) might be better in the long-run. Considering that I only use 3-4 drops per night on my face, and one bottle lasts ages, I’m fine spending $10/oz more on the Fresh vs Acure.
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