Phew, another Huxley product, finally! So, this time around I will talk about Huxley Secret of Sahara Essence: Brightly Ever After. I honestly first bought it because their best selling product, Oil Essence was sold out, and I was thinking that eh.. since I’ve never try Vitamin C based product before, why not trying one? Since the title is “Brightly Ever After” I just assumed that this is a Vitamin C serum. But it turned out that it’s a Niacinamide serum, lol. (Another reason to read ingredients before buying, eh?)
A highly concentrated brightening essence with ingredients that will protect skin from pollution. It works to give you clear skin and deliver a refined, bright and radiant look.
The hero ingredient Sahara Cactus Seed Oil, a non-comedogenic oil high in Vitamin E and antioxidants, is revered for its ability to quickly absorb into skin without leaving behind a greasy residue, while imparting lasting hydration and protecting the skin from stress and ageing with its high concentration of antioxidants.
It also contains glutathione with excellent brightening effect and Odeetox with outstanding anti-pollution effect.
Recommended for those who:
want to protect skin from fine dust and pollution
desire a brighter skin tone
look for a substitute for emulsions
Free of: Parabens, Synthetic Dyes, Mineral Oils.
Ingredients: Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Morus Nigra Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Glutathione, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Farnesol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Fragrance, Citric Acid
Since I’ve never try another Niacinamide based serum other than The Ordinary one, I figured, why not? Though I’ve encountered Niacinamide in my skin care before, in moisturizer, or anything else, I rarely bought any serum that concentrated around Niacinamde even though I know that it’s good to protect skin barrier, and many other benefits. However, it seems that the hero ingredients in this serum is the Prickly Pear Seed Oil , that also supposed to work really well at skin brightening.
According to Bellatorra, the plant extract has been used in products to protect, smooth, and moisturize the skin. It has also been used as an alternative to Botox because of its firming qualities. The Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract has been found to have exceptional water-binding characteristics enabling it to retain moisture. As a skin care ingredient, it is viewed as a humectant, a substance often used in products to keep the skin hydrated.
If I’m going to compare it to The Ordinary Niacinamide serum, of course this Huxley Secret of Sahara Essence: Brightly Ever After wins in terms of texture, spreadability, and adsorption. It sinks into the skin flawlessly, and never create disturbtion if I layer it with another product. The scent is pretty similar to Huxley Grab Water Essence, though in this serum, the scent is less noticeable. It smells like fresh leafes, probably they are aiming for cactus’ scent as the Secret of Sahara line supposed to be highly concentrated with Organic Sahara Cactus extract.
In terms of result, well, truth to be told, it’s pretty hard to judge a serum other than exfoliating or hydrating serum, because on both function, it’s pretty easy to tell the result instantly. However, with brightening serum, especially the non-Vitamin C one, it’s pretty hard to tell. But, from my experience of using this product more or less for three weeks, it never made break out, and whenever my skin did break out (that wasn’t caused by this product), I realized that it never leaves me any stubborn acne scars or dark spot.
So… is this product worth to buy? Well, if you’re looking for non-Vitamin C brightening serum, then go for it. I can’t tell if it does works better than The Ordinary Niacinamide serum, but, one thing for sure, it formulated better in terms of texture, spreadability, and adsorption. Plus, with Huxley, you kinda always buy it for the packaging. No, I’m not going to talk about the packaging over and over again like on my last Huxley review, lol.
My suggestion is, if you could get it at the Korean original price, which around $26, I say, go for it. However, if you buy it for $40~$50 at retailers, better skip it and bought The Ordinary instead, lol. Will I repurchase it? Well… probably no. But at least I’m not pissed, this product still working pretty good on me.