I first found Mabel + Meg Lumilixir Serum through a beauty blogger on Instagram. She put a few blobs on her make up brush, along with her foundation, and began sweeping it across her face. It seemed to blend perfectly, and gave her a dewy glow. I can’t remember who she was, but she was really happy and posted a fab review (not to mention, a bloody gorgeous selfie). Now I’m not sure about you, but I always think…. “do you REALLY think that….. or are you being PAID to think that?” so I decided to buy some for myself.
When I looked into and read the reviews, it seems it’s not just a primer. It helps to (from their website):
- Plumps and hydrates skin
- Smooths complexion
- Brightens skin
- Paraben free
- Oil free & non-comedogenic
- Fragrance free
- Absolutely no animal testing (hurrah!)
It’s described as something you can use as part of your morning and evening routine, applied over a cleansed and toned face. You can moisturise beforehand, but you need to wait for it to absorb before applying.
Let’s get down to brass tax…
The bottles come in 20ml or 30ml, starting from £29 up to £39 for the 30ml. For me this is very expensive – my foundation and concealer comes to £50 so spending this on top makes me think “jeez, is it really worth it?”. So there’s only 1 way to find out…. coughing up £29 for the smaller bottle!
I bought direct from their website, with £4 shipping fees. I’ve since bought it from Cult Beauty where I paid no shipping (over £40 though).
How do you use it?
It comes in a bottle with a dropper, so you can control how much you’re using (and it looks really professional). I use 3 drops on my fingers or make up brush, then rub lightly all over my face. Once done and it’s still slightly wet, I apply my foundation. I use Nars/Loreal, which glides on amazingly even. I then add concealer & blusher.
My skin looks fresher, and dewy. I have an oily T zone, which has continued to be oily, so it hasn’t helped it (or made it worse) It makes my face feel light, clean and brightened. I don’t get many spots so I can’t comment on this, but it has helped even out red patches. My makeup also stays on all day, which didn’t before using this.
Is it worth the mooooney??
Honestly….. I’ll continue to buy Mabel + Meg Lumilixir Serum until I need the money elsewhere. £39 is pricey, so I’ll buy as and when – maybe a couple a year. 3 drops a day will last a good month… or 2. I don’t do as per the instructions and apply in the morning and evening – it wouldn’t last as long and I only want it to help glide on make up. If I wanted it to stretch, I’d go down to 1-2 drops and only use a few times a week, or on nights out.
If you wanted to use it as a moisturiser then applying morning and evenings would be good for improving your complexion quick, even though you’d use it up faster. Even if it lasted a month, a month’s worth of high quality moisturiser is well worth it.