First encounters are pretty important, don’t you think? We usually base our decision to learn more about people or, as in this case, brands, on the first impression they make on us, so it is essential that the first encounter goes well.
Recently, I’ve had my first encounter with Italian-Swiss brand LABO, the maker of the world-famous Fillerina, a hyaluronic acid-based, at-home filler that promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in as little as 14 days. I personally haven’t verified that, but had the opportunity to test two products from their Transdermic skincare range and today I’m here to let you know if my first impression of LABO was a positive one.
The first product I’ve tried is the LABO Transdermic Micellar Lotion*. I’ll start by showing you its ingredient list because I find it rather peculiar:
AQUA, GLYCERIN, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, PANTHENOL, GLYCERIN, HYDROLYZED GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYALURONIC ACID, HYDROLYZED SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM PCA, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, PARFUM*. *ALLERGEN-FREE FRAGRANCE
Unlike any other micellar water I’ve ever come across, this one contains many hydrating ingredients (glycerin, panthenol, hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans and several forms of hyaluronic acid) and does indeed leave the skin nicely moisturized. Because of these skincare benefits, I like to use it as my second cleanse rather than to take my makeup off (although you totally can, as long as you avoid the eye area). Its consistency is a little thicker than water and it definitely feels more like a treatment than a traditional micellar water, which somehow justifies its 31-euro price tag.
The only drawback (besides the price) is that sometimes it leaves my skin red for a few minutes, which has never happened to me with any other product before. My skin is not prone to redness AT ALL, so I really wonder what it is that causes the reaction… If this is something that might bother you, I highly recommend you try out the product before purchasing (all the pharmacies that carry the line have testers).
But let’s move to the star of the show here, the LABO Transdermic Ultra-Nourishing Oil*, a blend of Meadowfoam, Avocado, Almond, Rose Hip and Corn oils, with added Vitamins E and A:
LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, ISOAMYL COCOATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, ROSA MOSCHATA (ROSE HIP) SEED OIL, PARFUM*, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, GLYCERYL LINOLEATE, GLYCERYL LINOLENATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) GERM OIL, DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) ROOT EXTRACT. *ALLERGEN-FREE FRAGRANCE
The first ingredient, Meadowfoam, is lesser known than the other oils in the formula, but based on my research it definitely sounds great: it has very high levels of antioxidants and its non-greasy feel on the skin is very similar to that of Jojoba Oil.
That probably explains why LABO Transdermic Ultra-Nourishing Oil* absorbs so quickly into my oily skin and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. I usually apply it at night as the last step of my skincare routine and in the morning my face feels super soft and supple. I’m completely and utterly in love with it!
At 90 euro, this does not come cheap, but at least a little goes a very long way. As you can see in the picture above, I still have most of it, despite using it 4-5 times a week for the past two months. If you decide to invest in it, make sure you store it in a cabinet to protect its precious ingredients from the light, since its bottle is completely transparent.
I’m not sure the LABO Transdermic range is currently sold outside of Italy, but I think these two products (especially the oil) are definitely worth checking out, if you ever come across them.
What do you think of first impressions? Do they play an important role in how you evaluate someone or something? And what do you think of skincare products that make your skin red? Do you see that as a sign the product is not for you or do you not really mind as long as the redness disappears quickly?
*PR sample. All opinions are my own.