Mario Badescu Skincare Review

If you’re looking for a new skincare regime then look no further! Although Mario Badescu skincare was founded over 50 years ago, it’s only really became widely available and recognised over the past couple of years. They have a huge range of products available for specific skin concerns including acne, dullness, anti-ageing etc. The first product I tried was the Drying Lotion (£16) for spots because I had heard so many good reviews about it, and if you’ve read my previous acne post about going dairy free, you’ll know I’ve had an ongoing battle with acne. The drying lotion worked like a dream so I decided to buy both the 50th Anniversary Edition Set (£32) and the Brightening Kit (£34.50) because they’re so affordable. You can get the majority of Mario Badescu products from Beauty Bay which has free next day delivery when you spend over £15, or Urban Outfitters – handy because they sometimes do student discount.

50th Anniversary Edition Set 


Enzyme Cleansing Gel – this cleanser is for all skin types and removes makeup, dirt and oil, but it also helps to reduce the redness that spots or skin irritation can sometimes cause.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater – this is an amazing hydrating spray that can also be used as a makeup primer and setting spray! It has a light, fresh rose/ herby smell that lasts a couple of seconds in the air but doesn’t make your face smell. It also makes your skin look very dewy and radiant.

Drying Lotion – I use this every night on my spots! To use, you dip a cotton bud into the pink sediment and apply it directly onto the whitehead. Because you leave it on overnight, you’ll have to wash the solution off in the morning. It’s good for drying out targeted areas/ spots without drying out the rest of your skin and I usually put my moisturiser on about half an hour before using it so my skin’s hydrated in the morning.

Silver Power – the best blackhead remover I’ve ever used! You dip a damp cotton pad in the powder and apply it to your T-zone. When mixed with water, the powder turns into a kind of paste that you leave on 10-15 mins. You should apply this a couple of times a week max, or when you feel like the surface of your skin’s a bit bumpy and uneven. I couldn’t recommend this enough; it genuinely takes all of the dirt out of your skin and smooths it right out, I’ve even got my mum hooked on using it!

Flower and Tonic Mask – this is a calming mask that helps unblock congested pores. You apply it to a clean face, leave for 20 mins then rinse. Although this helps uneven skin texture, redness and some people even claim it helps their acne, I don’t think this mask is anywhere near as good as the silver powder!


Brightening Kit 


Glycol Forming Cleanser – this cleanser is for all skin types and leaves skin hydrated, smooth and radiant! Mario Badescu cleansers are honestly amazing, but if you use them too much they can dry your skin out. I usually rotate this with the Enzyme Cleansing Gel and swap them out a couple of times a week for the Soap and Glory Vitamin C Facial Daily Wash.

Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion – this toner is for combination, dry and sensitive skin.  To use, you simply apply it to a cotton pad and keep swiping it outwards until the pad is clear of makeup and dirt. The citrus in it helps unblock pores and removes dead skin cells, leaving you with a healthy, refreshed glow.

Whitening Mask – this mask is supposed to help old acne scars and discolouration caused by sun exposure and hyper pigmentation. I’ve only used this a couple of times but it left my already dry skin super dry and just reminded me of the whitening masks I seen in Hong Kong that are used to make your complexion paler. When I use this in the future, I’m just going to apply the mask to small, targeted areas where my scars and discolouration are the worst. You leave it on for 20 mins and then rinse it off.

Vitamin C Serum – this is absolutely perfect for dry, dull skin! I use it every other day/ night and apply 3-4 drops, rub it together in my hands to warm it up and then pat it around my face. It tightens up pores, brightens up your complexion and the bottle lasts ages. It’s slightly fragranced but the scent smells like an incredibly calming spa.

Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex – this is a repair cream which leaves your skin feeling smooth and plump and is fab for dry skin. You only get a small 3g tub with this set, but a little goes a long way and it’s one of the best moisturisers I’ve used. The 28g tub is £35, so if you want to try the products but don’t want to pay the price for the larger version, this kit is a great way to test them out.


This is probably information overload, but a good few people I know have asked me about Mario Badescu products before buying them so I thought it’d be worthwhile doing a wee product breakdown of the two sets I have! My main skin concerns are acne, dryness and dullness which is why I bought these sets, but there are other ones available. The price of the two sets together is £66.50 which I think is an amazing price for 10 products. The individual products start at £7 and go up to £40, so they’re extremely affordable for how good they are.

Overall, I’m really impressed with Mario Badescu and the skincare definitely lives up to the hype! My top 5 Mario Badescu recommendations would have to be the Drying Lotion, Silver Powder, Rose & Aloe Facial Spray, Vitamin C Serum and the Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex, I think these will be in my skincare regime for a very long time. Thanks so much for reading and please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products! X



  1. I have the Hit Refresh Set which includes the Enzyme Cleansing Gel, the Facial Spray w/ Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea, & the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. So far I love the products, but I do want the 50th Anniversary Edition Set so I can try the herbs & rosewater spray & the silver powder!


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