Marie Veronique generously sent me seven sample sizes from the PRO Collection to test out. I’ve been testing them for about a month now and I have to say that I’m amazed at the effects this collection is having on my skin. Read further for more details on each of the products.
Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Borago officinalis (borage) oil, Persea americana (avocado) oil, Olea europaea (olive) oil, Actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, Salvia hispanica (chia seed) oil, Rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, Sesamum indicum (sesame seed) oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed) oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil, astaxanthin, Opuntia ficus indica (barbary fig seed) oil, Rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil, algae oil, Lycopersicon esculentum miller (tomato seed) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin. Essential oils: helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cananga odorata (ylang ylang), Myrtus communis (green myrtle)
This oil was the first sample I finished off. Living in Canada, we were just coming out of winter when I started testing these products and my skin needed extra hydration. I’m so happy that MV has a vegan version of this oil. Taking a look at the ingredients list, this oil has a lot of powerhouse oils. Jojoba, olive, avocaodo and rosehip are well known oils for hydrating and nourishing the skin. Add in the Meadowfoam, camellia, borage, kiwi seed, chia seed, broccoli seed, pomegranate seed, Barbary fig seed and tomato seed oils and that is an amazing combination of antioxidant, and omega 3 goodness for your skin to drink in. Raspberry seed and astaxanthin provide protection from UV rays. I wouldn’t normally spend this much on a facial oil but there are so many great oils in this one that I can’t begrudge them the price tag. If you were to try and DIY you would end up spending more than what this bottle costs, especially if you go for organic oils.
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, n-acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide (vitamin B3), L-carnosine, dipalmityol hydroxyproline, silica, aminoguanadine, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate (Leucidal™), aspen bark. Essential oils: Myrtus communis (green myrtle), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Psidia altissima (lary)
This eye recovery serum will probably be the next sample I finish off as it’s become one of my favourites. I used to have really dark circles under my eyes. But using this serum, combined with eating better and sleeping better, my under eye circles are almost completely gone. There’s still a faint darkness but I’m confident that if I keep these healthy habits up they will disappear entirely. The serum feels slippery and almost thick but don’t let the consistency fool you. Once spread on the skin it forms a thin but nourishing barrier of protection. Olive oil, helichrysum and lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties help bring puffiness down. Green and white tea provide the anti-oxidants. Vitamin C, N-acetyl-glucosamaine and niacinamide help to brighten the skin. This serum is somewhat pricey for the size but again the ingredients are worth it. Plus, it’s worked wonders with my under eye circles. Many under eye creams promise to reduce under eye circles and don’t deliver. This one has been the exception, and I have tried so many! So yes, I would repurchase this again.
Ingredients: Camelia sinensis (Green tea) infusion, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, vegetable glycerine, kombucha tincture, encapsulated retinol (7%), niacinamide (Vitamin B3), beta glucan, sodium salicylate, n-acetyl glucosamine, Photoaging Repair Complex™, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, isododecane (stabilized Vitamin C), mixed tocoperols (vitamin E), Argania spinosa (argan) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil, Rubis fruticosus (blackberry seed) oil, Brassica oleracia italica (broccoli seed) oil, rosemary oleoresin, preserved with Leucidal® Liquid and aspen bark. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Carota daucus (carrot seed), Curcuma longa (curcuma), helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cistus ladaniferus (cistus), Boswellia carterii (frankincense)
Normally I’m allergic to frankincense so I was pleasantly surprised that I’m able to use this serum without a reaction. Then again, frankincense is the last ingredient on this list so the percentage in the formulation isn’t enough to irritate my skin. I’m amazed how much my acne has really decreased using this product. When I do get new blemishes they are small and with a little treatment go away without much fuss. Some of the same anti-oxidants, nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients are in this serum from the previous products I’ve mentioned above. The price is a bit much for me though, so I’m knocking the rating down a bit. I’m going to see how my skin does without the retinol serum.
Ingredients: Lactic acid, camellia sinensis (green tea) infusion, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, Solanum tuberosum (potato) flour, Cocos nucifera (coconut) flour, sodium salicylate, probiotic complex. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Citrus nobilis (orange), Citrus medica limonum. Active ingredient: 5% lactic acid
The first time I tried this mask I was a bit overzealous and put too much on my face. I quickly experienced a burning, itching sensation. Oh the joys of lactic acid. I had the common sense to wash it off immediately so there wasn’t any further skin irritation. When I tried it again I made sure not to use as much. Lactic acid is an AHA which is safe for all skin types. AHA’s aid with skin lightening, absorption, and reduces wrinkles. Plus the probiotics help to balance the skin’s microbiota. When I use this mask my skin feels soft, smooth and refined after washing it off my face. I like that it’s pretty much invisible once I put it on. I won’t go out shopping with the mask on, but I can walk around the house or our backyard without looking like a mud monster. It’s not the most expensive mask I’ve ever bought but it would be a bit of a splurge for the average consumer. I would repurchase this mask to keep it in my weekly rotation.
Cost: $50.00 USD, 50 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea), Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, vegetable glycerin, Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, Sesamum indicum (sesame seed) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil, Rubus fructicosus (blackberry seed) oil, niacinamide (vitamin B3), sodium salicylate, N-acetyl glucosamine, Isododecane (stabilized l-ascorbic acid), uva ursi tincture, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Sambucus nigra fruit (elderberry) extract, crosspolymer/silica, Coffea Arabica (coffee) fruit extract, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), pearl powder, rice powder, centrophenoxine, resveratrol, Leucidal, Broussonetia kazinoki (paper mulberry) root extract, aspen bark, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) lecithin, xanthan gum, mixed tocopherols (non-GMO vitamin E), kombucha tincture, Rosemary oleoresin. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Curcuma longa (tumeric), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus), Boswellia carteri (Frankincense), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium).
The lightening serum in combination with the eye recovery serum has really helped my skin look amazing. It’s now smoother, glowing and my pigmentation spots are fading. Licorice root, bearberry, Viatmin C and green tea are known for lightening the skin. Plus the normal skin nourishing ingredients like grapeseed, sesame seed, rosehip, and sunflower help round out this lightening serum’s ingredients. This serum has a nice syrup-like texture that dries smooth. It looks a little darker coming out of the bottle than you would expect but what a lovely effect it has on my skin. So far this lightening serum is the fastest working one I have used. So if you have some super fast lightening that you need to do for an upcoming event this bottle will give you the effectiveness you need in a shorter period of time. As with most of Marie Veronique’s products they do not skimp on quality and the price reflects that. But wouldn’t you rather have one bottle of lightening serum that really works than lots of cheaper products that don’t? I can certainly say yes to that question. Marie Veronique kindly sent me the sample size bottle and that has lasted me over a month so far and the bottle isn’t empty yet!
Cost: $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (calendula) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, glycyrrhiza uralensis (Chinese licorice) extract, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil, sodium salicylate, rutin, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), arabinogalactan, lycopene, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum. Essential oils: Psidia altissima (lary), curcuma longa (curcumin), helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)
Redness relief is full of anti-inflammatories and probiotics to help rosacea prone skin types. Its key ingredients are described on the website below. Already having the lightening serum and the eye recovery serum, I used the redness relief mostly around my nose. It has toned down the redness somewhat, but hasn’t eliminated it entirely. Of all the samples I was sent, this was the only one that disappointed me somewhat. I’m going to try the lightening serum around my nose to see what effect it has.
“Sodium salicylate, a powerful anti-inflammatory, limits frequency and severity of flushing episodes.
Rutin is a bioflavonoid that builds capillary strength.
Sea buckthorn oil creates an environment in which the human Demodex (a mite 50% more populous on rosacea-prone skin) fails to thrive.”
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), astaxanthin, coenzyme-Q, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, Psidia altissima (lary), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil
This is a lovely serum. Its chock full of anti-oxidants. When used in conjunction with the oil du jour this serum can help protect against photo aging. Besides being full of anti-oxidants it also had a calming, soothing and hydrating effect on my skin. It also has a lovely light scent due to the lavender essential oil and neroli hydrosol. The scent will dissipate once absorbed into the skin. I have so many serums now, someone looking into my skin care cabinet might think I’m a serum addict! It’s hard not to become one when you love testing products so much. This serum is a great general serum to use on your skin daily to keep it well hydrated. I would repurchase this serum again.
Cost: $90.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Overall I would say that the Marie Veronique Pro Collection is a very effective group of skin care products that each address a certain need or skin issue. Some products worked better for me than others. I’m going to repurchase my favourites and see how my skin does without the other products. I have to say, it was a joy smelling all of these products when I was using each of them. They all have a light herbal scent that differs with the ingredients. Some have a more citrus or sharp tang to them while others smell more earthy. Those who are scent sensitive need not worry though. The scents are not strong and dissipate once the item is absorbed into your skin. Now if only Lilou Organics
would carry the rest of the Pro Collection so I can buy them.
Samples were provided for review but all opinions expressed are my own.