I first found Mabel + Meg Lumilixir Serum through a beauty blogger on Instagram. She put a few blobs on her makeup brush, along with her foundation, and began sweeping it across her face. It blended perfectly and gave her a dewy glow.
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.
Not just a primer?
When I looked into and read the reviews, it seems it’s not just a primer. It helps to:
- Plump and hydrate skin
- Smooths complexion
- Brightens skin
- Paraben free
- Oil-free & non-comedogenic
- 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 as skincare instead of using as a primer. You can moisturise beforehand, but you need to wait for it to absorb before applying.
It’s vegan and cruelty-free 😀
Mabel + Meg Lumilixir Serum – 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 makeup brush, then rub lightly all over my face. Once done and it’s still slightly wet, I apply my foundation. I use The Body Shop Fresh Nude foundation which glides on amazingly even. I then add concealer & blusher.
My skin results
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). The serum makes my face feel light, clean and brightened. My makeup also stays on all day, which didn’t before using this. I’d definitely recommend it not only as a primer, but as a brightener too (which is exactly what vitamin c does!).
I get spots on my forehead and chin but since started using this, they’ve reduced massively. I still get them, but they’re tiny and not as noticeable. If I do get a breakout of bigger spots, I use this twice a day (once before makeup and once before bed) and the day after, they’re almost nothing.
How much is the serum?
The bottles come in 20ml or 30ml, starting from £29 up to £39 for the 30ml. For me this is expensive – my foundation and concealer comes to £50 so spending this on top makes me wonder if it’s worth it. So there’s only 1 way to find out…. coughing up £29 for the smaller bottle!
I bought directly from their website, with a £4 shipping fee. I’ve since bought it from Cult Beauty where I paid no shipping (over £40 though).
If you buy from Cult Beauty make sure you first go through Top Cash Back – at the time of writing, “new online customers” can get 8% back. I’ve used it for years and I’ve had thousands back from it. It’s a cashback site – you visit Top Cash Back and find the brand you want to buy from. You click on it and find out what the cashback available is. You usually get a lower % if you’re already an existing customer of that brand. It takes ages to get paid out but you will eventually get it.
This is a screenshot of my Cult Beauty payout of £3.33 in my Top Cash Back account:
If you choose to buy it from MabelandMeg.com, look out for the popups where you can get 10% off if you sign up for their newsletter.
Is it worth the money??
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 (unless I have spots, see above!) and I only want it to help glide on makeup. If I wanted it to stretch, I’d go down to 1-2 drops and only use it 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 quickly, 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.
UPDATE: March 2019
I still use Mabel and Meg to this day. I usually buy in bulk as that’s when you can get the discount. I still use just 2 drops each morning after I’ve moisturised and before my makeup. It keeps my skin looking fresh, helps reduce spots and keeps my makeup on all day. I love it.
UPDATE: February 2020
Yep… still using it. Had a few months off towards the end of 2019 whilst I was using other things (blogs to come; Beauty Pie, Aurelia probiotic to name a few) but I’m back to using this. It really is absolutely amazing at keeping my makeup on all day. I still get spots during my period week (NOTHING has helped with this, argh) but my oily forehead definitely is better after I use this. I still only use 2 small drops per day. I give it 10 minutes to settle on my skin before I put make-up on. Love this stuff. Don’t forget to find discount codes from my above tips if you decide to buy! Oh one last thing, the price is still the same – no increase!
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