Sunday, 8 May 2011

Product review: Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum

I was recently invited by Burt's Bees to trial the entire Radiance range of products for their Facebook page trial team. I am now going to provide more detailed reviews for each of the products in the Burt’s Bees Radiance range. The hero ingredient of this range is royal jelly, which, according to Burt's Bees is very nourishing, made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, bee hormones and other natural ingredients. It is a very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce and feed to only select.

From the company: Get a more radiant complexion in just 4 weeks! This clinically tested serum combines royal jelly, licorice root extract and glycerin to bring out skin’s natural radiance. These ingredients increase moisturisation by 15% in only 2 weeks, while nourishing skin with 134 nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and K, minerals and 17 amino acids. In 4 weeks, you’ll notice your skin becoming more evenly toned. The result is more radiant beautiful looking skin, naturally. Use daily after cleansing. Gently pat and smooth a small amount directly around your eyes, mouth and forehead.

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), glycerin, alcohol denat., royal jelly, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, glucose, xanthan gum, sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, caramel

My review: Of all the products in the Radiance range, this was my favourite. I usually find serums too heavy or greasy for daytime use, but this was not the case at all with the Radiance serum. It has a light silky texture. I applied about 3 drops to my face, after toning, while my skin was still damp, and I found this helped the serum spread easily and absorb into my skin. It didn’t leave my skin greasy, shiny or sticky, which serums often do but instead it was gorgeously light.

I used this morning and night and after each use my skin look really hydrated and the fine lines were filled in. In fact, my forehead had a bit of a Botox look to it – it wasn’t frozen but there were no lines visible at all, unless I scrunched it up. Since I was testing the whole range, it is difficult to be sure exactly which item was giving me this effect, but I am pretty sure it was the serum.
The serum has next to no fragrance and I love this in a serum. I couldn’t smell a thing when I applied it to my face. It comes in a 13ml glass vial with an eye dropper (which you can see in the picture above) which makes it very easy to dispense the ideal amount.
I would definitely buy this serum again – not only was it my favourite Radiance product but it is also the best serum I have ever used. It did everything it promised to do and left my skin looking really refreshed, line free and quite amazing. There is not one thing that I would change about this product. At $34.95 it is an excellent price for a serum, and definitely good value. 
Stockists In Australia, Burt's Bees is available from David Jones, Myer, Priceline, pharmacies and health food stores or online from Amazon.
If you would like some more detailed information on royal jelly, you may be interested in my blog article- The use of royal jelly in skincare

All opinions stated in this blog are my own. I have no affiliation with any company discussed in this blog and received no remuneration for my comments. These products were provided for consideration by Burt's Bees for their Facebook Trial Team.