Spend or Skip? Vintner's Daughter Serum (10-Day Update)
I’m surprised. I thought applying an oily serum to my face twice a day would make it super-dewy. It doesn’t.
After the initial post-application dewiness dies down (within about five minutes), my skin feels and looks...almost semi-matte. The upside of this is that my pores look smaller and the texture of my skin appears a bit more even, almost like I've applied a soft-focus filter.
I have been trying all week to capture an exact After for you, but I used natural lighting to illuminate my face and I've yet to get a gloriously sunny morning like I had the day I snapped the Before (ugh, Michigan winters) so, alas, the lighting is not exactly the same.
I do, however, think you can still see that I don't have the same shine on my forehead or around my nose that I had in the Before, and thus my pores are a little less obvious.
I've also noted a bit less puffiness under my eyes, especially in the morning. And I think I see a slight boost in color. (I'm still fair, it's still the dead of winter. But my skin has a touch more pink, I think.)
One downside that is less apparent in these photos: I've noticed a bit of flaking on my forehead and in the midsection of my face. Not sure if that’s because the serum is triggering exfoliation…or not exfoliating enough. It's too soon to tell. But I've been gently sloughing it off with a washcloth when I wash my face and that helps.
On an experiential level, I've enjoyed using Vintner's Daughter. It smells feminine, luxe and floral (or, in other words, French). It also goes on smoothly and is not at all tacky or greasy. (Like I said, within five minutes, it's totally absorbed.) It's also been freeing to have such an abbreviated regimen. In the morning, I splash with warm water, apply Vintner's Daughter and my Elta MD Clear. SPF 46 At night, I wash with GOOP's Luminous Metling Cleanser, apply Vintner's Daughter again. And go to bed.
So a little more than one week down and so far, I've noticed some subtle improvement (though I'm not a fan of the flaking). It's way too early to weigh in on whether it's worth the $185, as most dermatologists will tell you that it takes at least six weeks to fairly judge a product. So I will report back in five.
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