Have you ever gotten that excited/nervous rush when you have a new, totally different sort of product to try and you have no idea how it might turn out? That’s exactly how I felt before I started using these Babor Perfect Glow Ampoules. I got them in a mystery package of skincare samples off of Poshmark, and before receiving them I hadn’t even heard of the brand Babor.
Babor is a German skincare company that emphasizes its thoroughly researched active ingredients and formulations. They want their products to be a luxurious experience for their customers, while also delivering results.
Perfect Glow comes with 7 ampoules that you use over the course of a week. According to the Babor website, this product is for people wanting to address dull skin. It is meant to hydrate, and it contains light-reflecting pigments to add radiance to the complexion. It contains something called the PerfectionPeptide P3, which is supposed to rejuvenate the skin over time. In the end, one should have a ” luminous, smooth, youthful and radiant glow.”
The ingredients list: Aqua, Betaine, Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Parfum, Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Disodium Edta, Mica, Sodium Hydroxide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Theobroma Cacao Seed Extract, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Alumina, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, CI 77891, CI 77491
There are some pretty big names in there! I’m not going to break down each one, but if you do some research you can readily find info describing the purpose of these ingredients in skincare formulations.
Betaine is a humectant, and it increases moisture. Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate is a skin conditioning agent, as is the Theobroma Cacao Seed Extract. You will notice that perfume is fairly high on the list. If you are sensitive to that sort of thing you might want to skip using this product, and the same goes for people who have a sensitivity to alcohol. Mica and tin oxide are minerals that reflect the light, and if you look closely you can see it in the ampoules. Ethylhexylglycerin is a conditioning agent as well as a preservative. Finally, there is Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, which is what Babor calls PerfectionPeptide P3. There isn’t much research out there on the ingredient aside from what comes from Babor, but apparently it is a tripeptide that hastens cell renewal, giving your skin a glow-y look.
So, let me start with the packaging. Inside the cardboard box, the product is contained in 7 glass vials. You are supplied with a small plastic tool to help break them open. I’m all for reducing plastic waste, so I was happy to see that plastic was eliminated in their packaging. That being said, actually opening these can be somewhat nerve-wracking. I was always a little nervous that it would shatter in my hand, and I saw reviews online in which people experienced just that. I was extremely careful to watch for small pieces of glass that might have landed on my hand. The last thing I wanted was to be rubbing broken glass on my face! I did have to pick some stray shards off before applying the product.
I mentioned before that the perfume is high on the ingredients list, and this is very much so evident in the product. It had a fresh scent, somewhat reminiscent to me of clean laundry. It was pleasant, and I didn’t mind faintly smelling it for a while after the application.
There is a decent amount of product in each ampoule, enough that at first I didn’t think it would all soak in. But it is actually a light formula, so after some patting it dried down nicely.
I should note that I wasn’t able to use all 7 ampoules in a row. After the first 2, I had to take a break because my skin had reacted terribly to a face oil that I used. I pared down my routine to just calming essentials, so that meant the ampoules had to wait. I was able to use the last 5 all together though, and in the end I don’t think it affected their performance.
I’ve got to say, I absolutely loved how my skin looked while I was using these. My face was glow-y and hydrated, and it didn’t overwhelm my oily/combination skin. That being said, I don’t think that it produced any sort of lasting results that continued after I finished using it. These sets typically retail at $40, which is fairly steep for a product that you only use for a week. I would still be intrigued to try the other types of ampoules from Babor, but only if I could find them at a well-discounted price. If you are able to find an extremely good deal on these, then I would say that they are worth trying. Otherwise, I would invest in a serum or ampoule that will last you longer.
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