This is probably the most overdue review ever. I remember waiting and waiting for the Melvita Plumping Radiance Duo to launch in stores since I heard Caroline Hirons mention it in a video a few months back - this rose floral water and rose hip oil bi-phase concoction sounded too intriguing to ignore! The relaxation of a rose water spritz combined with the hydrating, regenerative properties of rose hip oil? Genius!
I snapped the above photo the very day I brought this home in May, anticipating a few weeks of testing and then a review. Fast forward 3 months later, I've forgotten about the review, until this week I was faced with this:
All gone, in a little less than 3 months. That definitely takes the award for being the face mist/spray I used up in the shortest amount of time. As I've broken into my second bottle of this today, I think it's finally time that I post this looooong overdue review. And by the looks of that completely empty bottle, you can probably guess how this review is going to pan out.
I love this stuff.
The Melvita sales girl describes this as a pre-serum, which supposedly plumps the skin, enhances radiance, and balances moisture. I've never heard of a pre-serum, although I've recently been hearing more and more about skincare layering - the idea of adding additional targeted steps to your skincare routine instead of piling on one thick and heavy does-it-all cream. I like the idea (and secretly enjoy taking my sweet time patting on one toner/serum at a time), so the idea of a pre-serum got me hooked. Anyone know of any other pre-serums out there? :)
After going through the whole bottle, I'm not sure I see any added radiance, but the light yet effecting hydration is instant and spot on. For those with oily/combination skin, this is a great middle-ground product if you've been yearning to hop on to the facial-oil-wagon, but have been concerned that full on oils are too heavy. Quoting Goldilocks, this one is just right. It's the perfect boost of luxe, rose-scented moisture without feeling too greasy. On the flip side, it does quite a fine job of balancing oiliness throughout the day, which is why I've been using this in the morning. I find this nicely compliments my morning skincare routine, since my morning serum of choice for about a year now has been the La Roche-Posay Effaclar K, which is functional, but not quite hydrating.
Big thumbs up Melvita, this is AMAZINGNESS! *stands up and slow claps*
(Side note: According to the instructions on the bottle, you're supposed to spritz this onto your palms and pat it into skin. No way. Isn't the fun of such sprays that ahhhhh refreshing sensation you get from spritzing this directly on? That's the whole point isn't it? ... I'm just going to pretend I did not read that.)