Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum: This serum uses Elizabeth Arden's retinyl complex to gently retexturize skin while preparing skin to receive the benefits of your unique skin type regimen. Reveals healthy, glowing skin tone. Retinyl linoleate, a vitamin A derivative, re-texturizes skin and improves skin tone for a noticeably smoother, firmer complexion. Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and brightens your skin for an all-day healthy glow. It’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores, and is great for all skin types (even sensitive skin!).
The color and texture is similar to the previously tested and reviewed Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15. looks thick and creamy but is lightweight through and through.
It doesn't take much effort to apply it on although it does leave a sticky sensation that dissipates after a short while.
VERDICT: The texture and consistency is actually similar to the previously reviewed-and-tested Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 I just did. It looks thick and creamy, but surprisingly, it is a lightweight serum. All the while, most of us were thinking that skin serums are supposed to be a little opaque with shades of milkiness. So, it does come as a surprise that this Optimizing Skin Serum is not the usual color of typical skin serums. The scent is also light and mild that doesn't linger on unnecessarily too.
The difference is that, despite this product not needing too much "manhandling" to apply onto the skin, it actually does take a while to be fully absorbed into the skin. It's like, it feels pretty much the same way you would apply on skin serum(s). But the absorption rate is similar to a thick and creamy moisturizer instead, which in turn kind of make you massage your skin even more to get the product into your skin. And immediately after application, there's this sticky sensation that thankfully dissipates after a short while.
However, what I am personally thankful for is that this product actually doesn't cause my skin to breakout or react badly to it which I felt is actually a pleasant surprise. Normally, whenever I use new products on my skin especially my face, I would most definitely get a breakout in as short as a week. But I've been diligently and sparingly using my Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference samples daily and it's been close to 1.5 weeks and still no sight of a breakout. The only pimple I have now is due to lack of sleep and the occasional late night that I kept.
And as usual, I apply this before I went out for work and half a day passed and my skin doesn't look too oily at all. Just a little bit on the forehead and my nose. But if I were to compare, I would say the Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 actually does a better job in keeping my skin moisturized as compared to this Optimizing Skin Serum.
WHAT I THINK: The Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 only had me apply the most minimal touch-up half way through work, while the Optimizing Skin Serum had me ensure that I don't missed a spot when I had to re-touch my make-up. The lotion surprisingly is more better than the serum, in terms of moisturization, hydration, absorption and shiny sebum spots on my face.
WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I can't recall how exactly I got this sample. But I'm definitely happy and glad I got this sample as out of the 3 samples, I've already tried and tested 2 of them and I am quite happy with the results. If you are curious, just pop by any Elizabeth Arden counters and ask for the Visible Difference line/range samples to try.
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