Monday, December 14, 2009

[Review] VMV Hypoallergenics Products

Hey there! I'm taking a quick break to update my dusty *cough* blog. I think it deserves a new product review since the last time I posted is about my oDesk stint.

Here we go!

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Being acne prone, I have to take care of my face in my full 100% EFFORT. No LESS. You have to know that already after reading several of my beauty posts. :) So in return, I continuously search for products which are fine and friendly to my skin. Also, I try to purchase those which are readily available in the market. The products made by derm are not convenient for me since I have to visit my derm to purchase it all the time. Plus they are not as big in volume so I resorted in searching for others. So I tried VMV.

{VMV SUPERSKIN LINE}

I purchased the SUPERSKIN 3 line which is for Oily Skin (See Pic) The skin specialist claimed that I have oily skin, I trusted her. The products were not bought at the same time. I tried the Facial Wash first and I must say its a good cleanser. Seems to me like the Cetaphil product. The results are not significant since its only a cleanser. When I finished the tube, that’s when I bought the Toner/Primer (Clindamycin, Phosphate, Retinoic Acid) I also bought the VMV Mositurizer which has SPF 15. I tried the toner together with Cetaphil and didnt buy the VMV cleanser since I felt they are just the same consistency and purpose.

In using the VMV Toner:

Start with 2x-a-week applications
ONLY. Slowly increase to 3x-a-week, then once-every-otherday,
then once-a-day, until you achieve 2x-a-day usage.

I tried the regimen for three times. The first trial, I wasn’t able to finish the regimen because I discontinued it after the advise of my derm. The second trial, I tried it but didnt follow the “start slowly” cliche of VMV since my derm said, I can continue it together with Adapalene. This is what I did: MORNING: VMV Toner, EVENING: ADAPALENE. Result? My face burned. I gave my face a rest until I was able to do the third trial, I followed the regimen completely but nothing happened and I still have darkish-reddish color in my face (an indication of burn) It must be the amount that I put in my cotton pads (cause its almost dripping wet) or it could be that…the product is too strong for me. So I stopped and just continued the Adapalene ALONE with the VMV Moisturizer with SPF 15. Oh by the way, the moisturizer promises a no shine effect in the face but I still have experience shine in my face unless I put powder. It’s probably the humid weather of out country. I am not that raving it but I have learned to like it since its protecting my face from the sun.

The Verdict?

VMV Superskin line is promising. It is a great alternative for the skin’s maintenance. For as long as you know your skin type. In my case, I should have taken the Superskin 2 which is for Combination Skin. Cause I perspire easily, the Sales Attendant must have mistakenly looked at my face as Oily. Which is wrong cause we should know our skin better than the Sales Attendant.

Should I buy it again? Yes for the toner and Moisturizer but with a Superskin #2. The cleanser as I have said is just Cetaphil with a cutesy packaging. 

SIDE NOTE:

Superskin line has coconut oil as one of the ingredients. Somebody in the girltalk forum said that this is comodogenic. As stated in VMV brochure: 

…but coconut oil is pore friendly, nonallergenic,
and its fatty acids are a normal component of human skin’s barrier
— so instead of just preventing water loss, coconut oil actually helps replace
the skin’s lost lipids.

So don’t worry unless you have really tried the product itself and received bad reaction in coconut oil. For me, it’s harmless.

Check the VMV website for a copy of the brochure.

{Next up…VMV Cosmetics}

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The first VMV product that I have purchased is their VMV Illuminants Brilliant Finish SPF 25 in Desert. Looking away from its flowery title, its simply a foundation with a big SPF. What can I say BUT I LOVE IT! Being a scarred for life from my past acnes, this product helped me conceal it and it gave me a fine finish and my skin like it so much that it didnt give me breakout even after wearing it for a day. This is the same as their VMV Cheeky Gorgeous-Flush Blush in Cabana Cutie. Again, its only a blush. I like this color very much especially if I want a subtle blush effect in my face. Now after some time, I realized that Desert color is getting too dark for me. Soon after I finished it, I bought a lighter shade refill which is Petal.

The Verdict? GREATLY RECOMMENDED! I like it.

Will I purchase them again? ABSOLUTELY. I can’t wait to try their other products like the eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick and liquid foundations. The only problem is they have less choices of color to offer but nevertheless they are still great!

DSC02886Before ending, I have to give props also to VMV Soft and Swift Make-Up Remover. Its currently what I am using as I have been trying out a lot of heavy eyemake up recently. *blame youtube gurus* and *thank them at the same time for learning* heeeeheee. I like it so much as it has no disturbing scent. It removes the make up instantly and also gentle on the eyes.

See the pic for the results and the accumulated dirt (with just a one swipe of it!)

Before using this, I was only into Clinique’s Make Up remover until I found VMV. Its cheaper than Clinique’s too!

 

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QUALITY: Great for a Filipino owned product.

PACKAGING: Slightly bulky especially with the Cosmetics line. They include a wallet type of zipped white leather in each of the foundation and blush on. The information listed in the packaging are cute. Since it was typed as if the product is talking to you face to face. There are a lot of words and it looked like a Paul Smith design isnt it? It looks cute and definitely a packaging that makes a good first impression.

PRICE: This is however the only con that I can state. They are quite expensive especially with the cosmetics line. And I heard they increase every month? Well they spend so much with the researches, that’s the reason why they deserve an increase. But as a consumer, the increase doesn’t attract me much. Well if the price continues to be higher than the other OR rather popular ones, I guess that’s the time for me to switch. :)

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tada. xoxo

15 comments:

  1. Hi! I've just started with the ID VMV Clarifying and firming toner and so far my skin didn't react negatively. I believe that VMV's product-line is very promising. After few days of purchasing my very first vmv toner, I bought their Pore minimizing toner too. I guess you really have to ask a lot of questions to the sales lady since the time and frequency of using the products are very crucial. Teehee... I did get worried when you said your skin got burnt. But anyway, their Illuminants Skin care line is discounted, I guess, for the month of February. I'm not really sure until when but you might want to try the Illuminant moisturizer or cleanser. :P Nice Reviews BTW :P Just visit any SM malls. :P

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  2. @anna just use less with the toner so that your face wont burn. im pretty stubborn when it comes to applying my skincare prods as i always put A LOT lol but truth is, we only need a little (just enough)

    i think the illuminants line was discontinued cause its not really selling? lol as well as the glykeros (something like that) they did a massive sale last month ^^

    Good luck with the VMV remember to cleanse, treat and moisturize ^^

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  3. Illuminants and Glykeros were never discontinued. It was reformulated that's why they let the old ones to be sold out. The new formulation is now out in the market.

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  4. Are VMV products available in stores other than the VMV store?

    Nice review :)

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  5. ^I believe VMV is available in most of Watsons Stores. :)

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  6. did they discontinue the toner? i really like the toner itself though..

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  7. I wonder if your derma is certified by the Phil. Dermatologic Society. If she was, I don't think she would have recommended you use the Superskin toner containing Retinoic acid + Clindamycin along with Adapalene. First of all, it's redundant since both retinoic acid and adapalene are retinoids. Thus, they do have the same function on the skin. Secondly, retinoic acid/tretinoin is inactivated by sunlight and thus, should be used at bedtime, not during the day.

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  8. @A.A M.D my derm didnt recommend this toner to me. I was the one who experimented it cause I want to know the efficacy of the product in my skin. I think thats the reason why it didnt work, even though I didnt use the toner at night, I used it in the morning which inhibits the action of the product in my skin. But my question though, why did VMV created this product when in fact their dermatologists should know that the retinoids wont work during the day? Just a little hunch though, maybe its because its just a toner - more water (vehicle), less active ingredients? Oh well, I already stopped using this ages ago. :)

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  9. First of all, retinoids can work at daytime. It does not choose which time of the day it can be effective. It should be used however with great sun protection as the skin is more prone to sun burns.

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  10. i just bought the VMV product coz its promising and the models are really good looking i taught i could have a face like them. after purchasing the product, its almost two weeks already there is no effect yet on my skin.. how come i want to buy the illuminant, but it is really expensive how could i have a glowing skin yet no worries a having a breakouts?? please anyone..

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  11. ^Hi! Have you been using the products correctly? And which product are you using? If for breakouts make sure that you use the ID line as it is famous for acne prevention. Also follow the cleanse, tone and protect (sunscreen) in the morning and moisturize (at night) look other factors that might be aggravating your skin condition? might be the make up that you are using? shampoo? its a bit trial and error so listen to your skin.

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  12. hi,i read your blog and i like it,:) i also used vmv products and its very promising! i love thier skin care product i used combination skin care line and thier armada 30 sunblock as outdoor protection. keep posting!

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  13. Hi guys. I bought their spring cleansing purifying facial wash yesterday in the afternoon. Then I used to wash my face before bedtime and I notice that I had breakouts. almost all of my white heads become visible with some small bumps all over my face. Is it normal? is that mean that it is only adjusting my skin on vmv product? I almost used it 2 days in a row 2x a day but I stop using it now and go back to cetaphil. Is it normal? can u guys give me some suggestion whether to continue the product or not?

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  14. ^Suggest you stop using it for a while? Should not be the purging state because you bought a cleanser not the treatment.

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