Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion Review

This best selling product has been raved about by celebs and beauty bloggers alike, but does it really live up to its promise? Here's a review :)

The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is a topical acne spot treatment for clearing stubborn and unsightly not to mention, painful whiteheads overnight. I have been experiencing scattered breakouts in my forehead and right cheek lately (4 red & juicy zits to be exact) so I was curious if this product is better than what I have been using (Benzac, Differin and The Body Shop's Tea Tree Blemish stick - which doesn't work fast enough for me anymore).
Ingredients include Isopropyl Alcohol, Deionized water (Aqua), Calamine, Camphor, Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid, Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide & Talc
HOW TO USE: after your night time regimen of cleansing, toning and moisturizing the face, apply a dab of lotion (apply only the pink sediment on the skin) directly on the whitehead/pimple using a cotton swab (dip a cotton swab into the solution to pick up some pink sediment on the bottom). DO NOT  rub it in your skin and DO NOT re-dip the swab! Let it dry and rinse off in the morning. DO NOT shake the bottle.

HOW IT FEELS: it stings a little bit, then you'll feel dryness/tightness on the treated area.

on my hand:
HOW IT SMELLS: A bit unpleasant, you can really smell the chemicals and alcohol on this one, if your nose is sensitive to these kinds of scents, it might be better to try gentler acne treatment gels/creams/lotions.
THE MORNING AFTER:  Whiteheads are gone, the applied area is dry as a desert, leaving some rough patches on my face. But the pimples are gone in about 2 applications. Effective! Woot!
PRICE: Php 1095 (approx. $24) at Rustan's Essenses
REPURCHASE PROBABILITY: slim to never (it is a generous bottle)
VERDICT: The name says it all, it is a DRYING LOTION, its super effective in drying that even the skin surrounding the whitehead also dries up. It is a little harsh for me but if you looking for a fast acting, result oriented, zit zapping product, this might be worth a try if you're willing to splurge. If you'd rather save money, I suggest you go with Benzac or Differin. :)

upon checkout, SA gave me two free samples of the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion which made me happy because I wanted to try it. :)
It's alcohol free and suitable for combination, dry and sensitive skin types. I've only used it once so I can't really tell if its worth buying the full sized bottle.

This was a part of a haul I did last weekend, please bear with my slow updating, summertime is a busy season for me. I promise to review everything soon! 

Stay gorge!



  1. i totally didn't read the instructions beforehand and shook my bottle when i got it..i wonder if it does anything bad to it?

    but great review ! i totally agree with it. there's no way i can ever finish my bottle of drying lotion. you use like.. a dab at once ! haha

  2. hi J! Thank you!!! :) hmm... im not really sure, maybe its just that it will take a long while for the sediments to settle down again, not good for impatient zit zappers like us! muahahaha! :)

  3. great review...I have a sample of this that I haven't use yet....

  4. Hi doest it leave a dark mark or a scar?

  5. i wanted to try this before until i discovered my favourite pimple cream and i never looked back - i cant live without it! thanks for the review tho!

  6. I saw this at Ulta and was curious. I think I'll check this out after I finish my current zit cream. Thanks for the review, hun! ;)

  7. hi iris! thanks! i guess its a good thing if you dont have to use it. clear skin is always better than treating pesky zits :D

    hello charry :) yes, it does. in my case, red spots. have you tried anything that doesnt leave marks? :(

    hi Nic! whats your favorite pimple cream? :)

    dear lisa, what is your current zit cream? i'd love to know! :)

  8. i used benzac before and it stung me and wasn't as quick to zap away the pimples as i wanted! =/ but this sounds REALLY effective... but it is a little steep at $24 :p

  9. I'm currently using Palmer's Skin Success Invisible Acne Medication.

    P.S Thanks for your sweet comment (as usual :)!

  10. heard of this brand but never tried it. why do these MD skincare packaging all look nerdy?!

  11. I'm so glad for you that the MB products work for you. I got my hands on the Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion a while ago, but it's not doing that well. Seems it's kinda too harsh for my sensitive skin. :/

  12. i want to try this! My face is having nasty breakouts lately, boohoo finals week :(
    I used Benzac before and it's not very effective.


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