When I was notified that I would be receiving the Venn Skincare VoxBox from Influenster, I didn’t know what to expect. I had never heard of the brand before, for good reason. I quickly discovered they are a new skincare brand that is unlaunched! When I joined Influenster in September, this is exactly the opportunity I was hoping for! I tried to learn as much as I could about the product before it actually arrived at my door, but I couldn’t find much considering the brand hasn’t officially launched yet. I did follow their Instagram page and discovered they posted about some ingredients that are included in the Age-Reversing All-in-One Concentrate and I was very hopeful!
The Product: Venn Skincare Age-Reversing All-in-One Concentrate
Size/Price: Full size product is 50 mL/$185 USD.
Launch Date: early November 2017. Sign up at vennskincare.com for updates.
Purchase: at vennskincare.com
Social Media: Venn Skincare Instagram
I had to dig around a bit to find the ingredients list, but the brand was very helpful and sent me a link to their Facebook Page. Considering this has some really nice oils listed at the top of the INCI list, I assumed it would be an oil texture serum. I was pleasantly surprised to
find a light, silky lotion texture that glides on skin like a dream! Seriously, luxe.
The All-In-One Concentrate is meant to replace other serums, toners, essences, and moisturizers so I thought I would put this theory to the test! I used the Concentrate after cleansing, misting, and my acid exfoliator for the first few days of testing. First, let me just say: I love my multi-step routines. On an average night I use about 7-9 skincare products. I love to layer my serums, and use a Hyaluronic Acid serum day and night. So this wasn’t the most natural step for me to take, but I wanted to give Venn’s Concentrate a fair trial.
What I found was both surprising and satisfying. My skin responded positively using only the Age-Reversing All-in-One Concentrate as a replacement to all my other treatments. While I can’t commit to using this Concentrate alone every night, I do concede that it lives up to its hydrating claims. Leaving my skin soft, plump and smooth after every use.
After using twice a day for two weeks, I can say I really like using this product. Not just because I am obliged to review it, but because I really enjoy the texture and results. Its lotion texture makes it glide across skin like silk. Despite the multiple emollients this formula contains, it doesn’t feel greasy on my combination skin. It actually dries to a weightless finish that is perfect for using under makeup and doesn’t pill when applying an oil on top.
While I was using the All-in-One Concentrate by itself without a Hyaluronic Acid serum, it kept my skin hydrated all day long. The most noticeable impact this Concentrate had on my skin is under my eyes. The notoriously thin skin can sometimes look crepey and lackluster, but Venn’s Concentrate kept it hydrated, plump and smooth. Whenever my skin is properly hydrated it looks glowing, so I have definitely seen a positive reaction to the Age-Reversing All-in-One Concentrate. I think it is far too soon to see results pertaining to brightening discoloration, tackling deeper wrinkles, or any improvement in elasticity and firmness. Perhaps with further use these claims can be tested properly.
I read a few other’s reviews because I wanted to see how this product fared on different skin types. A few that didn’t like the product mentioned that it broke out their skin and clogged their pores. I feel like I must mention that I have not experienced this reaction on my combination skin. However, I investigated these claims to see if this is a possibility by taking a closer look at the ingredients list. The first concerning ingredient that backs up their theory is Shea Butter and Shea Butter Glycerides. There are plenty of people that avoid shea butter in formulations because it can potentially clog pores. Shea butter is typically used for drier skin types. Another ingredient that may clog pores is beeswax.
The other thing that I noticed when looking at the ingredients list is how many emollients are present in the All-in-One Concentrate. Glycerin, Sunflower seed oil, Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocoglycerides, Shea butter and Shea butter glycerides, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, are all examples of ingredients that are used as emollients and are at the top one-third of the list. Meaning they are present in higher concentrations than the ingredients, like peptides, that are listed below. While all of these emollients are fantastic for dry skin, it may not be suited for oily or acne prone skin types. It may be too much hydration.
In a base of the potent antioxidant, green tea leaf water, this Concentrate is packed full of excellent ingredients, making it a hydration powerhouse. It is also packed with plant oils, like Sunflower Seed oil and Hazelnut seed oil. My friend Vanessa has a fantastic oil profile infographic on her blog that is an excellent resource. Hazelnut Seed oil contains a high concentration of Oleic Acid that works better for drier skin types. While Sunflower seed oil is higher in Linoleic acid that is better suited for oily or acne prone skin. A post I found by Minimalist Beauty explains why those with acne prone or oily skin types could benefit from oils with high concentrations of Oleic Acid.
There are many peptides included in this formula, even the copper peptide found in NIOD CAIS serum that I wrote about here, along with 6 other peptides. Peptides are especially useful for the “anti-aging” claims of this product. Copper Tripeptide-1 has an ability to target multiple skin concerns including uneven skin tone and texture issues. With regular use the result is younger looking skin. Different peptides may target different skin concerns, so the inclusion of a peptide blend is promising to address multiple aging concerns.
The use of Grifola Frondosa Extract (Maitake Mushroom) is touted by the brand to “counteract age-related collagen loss and improves elasticity.” I can find many research articles that relate to this mushroom being used as a supplement, but not many articles related to its benefits on skin. The inclusion of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) helps to draw water to the skin to keep it hydrated and supple. This polysaccharide also prevents Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL.) The prevention of TEWL by GAGs can counteract skin dehydration, which can make skin look wrinkled. The online skincare resource Truth in Aging also states that GAGs are “important in the reaction of copper peptides to help repair wrinkles and scarring.” Making it an excellent candidate for inclusion in this formula to help support Copper Tripeptide-1.
Full Ingredients List: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Grifola Frondosa Extract, Cocoglycerides, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Shea Butter Glycerides, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, Nylon-12, Cetearyl Glucoside, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, C14-28 Alkyl Acid, Sodium Olivoyl Glutamate, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Glycosaminoglycans, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Glutathione, Carnosine, Behenyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, RH-Polypeptide-64, Quercetin, Camellia Sinensis Catechins, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Nicotinoyl Dipeptide-22, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ginsenoside Compound K, Magnesium Chloride, L-Arginine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA
While I was asked to provide my experience with this product, I feel like I have a further responsibility if I am publishing this review to my blog to list all pros and cons, and my opinion as to which skin types it would be suitable for.
This Concentrate is marketed for all skin types. While I can say that the texture is lightweight and an oily skin type may find the weightless feeling suitable for their skin, it may contain too many emollients. There are plenty of people who love this product, I really like it myself. I just don’t know if it is suitable for true oily skins and the acne prone. If you have problems with certain moisturizers clogging pores or if you have oily or acne prone skin, it would definitely be beneficial to sample this product first. Especially at its price point. I’m not sure if this is even a possibility considering this is a new brand, and there also isn’t any information yet on their return policy, as their website is virtually unlaunched. Hopefully more information will be made available soon.
The Venn All-in-One Concentrate reminds me a lot of the Allies of Skin 1A All Day Mask. That I wrote about here. Both are treatments for multiple skin concerns, have a lightweight lotion texture, and they both play nicely with others. There are tons of people who love the allure of an All-in-one product, so there definitely is a market for this type of product. The main difference to me is the Allies of Skin mask top half of the ingredients list contains more active ingredients and is nearly $100 cheaper than Venn’s Concentrate (which is still pretty expensive!) I’m not a cosmetic scientist so I am not sure how the changes I want would affect the formula, but it would be nice to perhaps move the inexpensive ingredient Glycerin further down the list while moving more Active ingredients closer to the top. Especially when it is a new brand that is asking beauty consumers to pay so much money for their product. That’s just my two cents and who I am really to suggest such a change?!
I am definitely not trying to bash the product, and I personally don’t consider this to be a negative review. I feel as consumers we should be armed with all information possible especially when making a purchase this pricey. (Well it is for me anyway!) I believe this is an excellent hydrating product that tackles multiple aging skin concerns that would be suited for normal to dry skin, possibly even combination skin.
While I don’t skimp on my skincare products, the price of this Concentrate is a hard pill to swallow. However, I can see myself saving my pennies to purchase the full size to add to my routines. That is not something that should be taken lightly, as I am often testing new products and I don’t have products in my collection that are duds. I found myself rationing this Concentrate because I wanted to use it for as long as I can! It glides on the skin very nicely so a little goes a long way. I can foresee the full sized 50 mL bottle lasting me six months…or more!
Thank you for reading my review, hopefully it was helpful! If you follow me on Instagram you can see what new products I am testing out…a sneak peak of what’s to come! If you would like to see anything specific feel free to comment below or send me an e-mail! Until next time, Stay happy & Beautiful!
The Venn Concentrate All-in-One Concentrate samples were sent complimentary by Influenster for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion and review of the product. I am not a skincare expert, I am merely sharing my experience, research, etc. with all of you so you may gain further insight into the product. See my About page for further explanation and experience. Also, there are NO affiliate links included in this post.