Bioeffect EFG Serum

I was lucky enough to secure one of the 400 samples that Bioeffect gave away just before Christmas.  Bioeffect EFG Serum comes with amazing credentials: lots of scientific claims, huge popularity in its home of Iceland, and an independent company free of the L’Oreals and Estee Lauders of this world. A staggering 17% of Icelandic women use this product, so I was very keen to give it a go.

I must start by saying I’m always very sceptical when it comes to ‘based on science’ products.  I don’t have a science degree, and don’t pretend to know about the healing/ radiance-restoring/ pore-minimising properties of plants found in the Upper Volta.  All I can say is whether a product works, and whether it actually performs as it claims.  Moreover, I think I’m subconciously much harder on products that come with a hefty pricetag. If you are a company that produces a product worth hundreds of dollars, your product had better be damn good. On the majority of people.

This 3.5 ml sample is said to last for two weeks, but using it on my face, neck, and chest, it lasted for just over a week. The cost of this serum is quite high, at £125 (around AUD $200)  for 15mls.  However, Bioeffect EFG serum is recommended for use a night on its own, eliminating the need for an eye cream and night moisturiser.

My skin is already in fairly good condition – hyperpigmentation and the odd breakout not withstanding – so I was not overly hopful that this would do much for me. On the first use, I thought it was a decent-quality product which had adequately hydrated my dry skin. This in itself was quite a feat for such a thin liquid.  It moisturises deeply, and kept my skin thoroughly moistured right into the next day.  Infact, if I get carried away with writing for a morning and skip my face-washing routine, my skin still feels incredibly moisturised and healthy.

It wasn’t until day three that I started noticing big differences in my skin. My skin was softer, firmer, more luminous, and texture was refined, particularly on my cheek area.  It wasn’t until the day after that that I noticed a softening of the fine lines around my eyes too.  I’m seriously impressed with the way my skin looks after using this product.  I also love that my gently sagging jaw line (that only an obsessive beauty blogger would notice) looked lifted and firmer.  Moreover, the difference to my skin is very clear regardless of what makeup I slap over the top.

In terms of lightening, it’s hard to make much of a judgement after less that two weeks usage, but I would say that the lightening effect is not as pronounced, but more gradual, than my Shiseido White Lucent Brightning Cream.  However, I would only really be able to judge this facet of Bioeffect EFG Serum after using up a full bottle.

Bioeffect EFG Serum has no discernable smell and spreads easily onto the skin. I tried wearing it under makeup early on in the trial, and foundation application was unaffected.

Bioeffect is available from Bioeffect.co.uk for £95 at the moment, down from the usual £125.  Offer end on the 24th January. Unfortunately, Bioeffect only ship to the UK and Ireland, so anyone outside of these areas will have to use an English package forwarding service.

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16 Responses to Bioeffect EFG Serum

  1. Jen W says:

    Damn. I have to have this. now.

  2. Dempeaux says:

    Yes, it’s pretty brilliant stuff. I’m not surprised it’s so popular!

  3. Emily says:

    Ugh. So expensive. I wonder how it comepares to Creme de La Mer.

    Going up on my list of things to purchase when I’m rich and famous (lol)

  4. Dempeaux says:

    I agree! It is very pricey indeed. I tried a sample of La Mer many years ago and found it to be a solid moisturiser but didn’t offer anything in the way of improved tone, texture, colour etc. Some people swear by it though! :)

  5. Katrina says:

    I was lucky enough to get a sample of this too, but then our cleaner knocked it off my shelf :( I only got to use it for a week or so! It was really lovely on my oily skin, I’m tempted to get the full size one.

  6. Dempeaux says:

    Noooooooo!! That’s so sad!

    I’m really interested to hear that it worked well on your oily skin, as my skin is dry and I was most impressed with the results too! :)

  7. Claire says:

    This sounds like a good investment to make. I definitely want to try it out.

  8. I really enjoyed using this too and I seemed to notice a reduction in the lines on my forehead. I don’t think it helped with my pigmentation but as you say, it’s a relatively short time to be able to detect that sort of change.

    However…..I did research using various growth factors during my Masters. I’m aware of the effects that it can have on skin cells and these are some of the things that are mentioned in the blurb. As someone pointed out in response to another post, EGF is far too big to penetrate the epidermis. So, whilst it will stimulate cells, it wouldn’t actually come in to contact with them when used topically.

    So, that is my really round about way of saying it’s lovely, seems to improve the skin but I don’t think it’s the EGF that does it! I would love to try it for longer but I just don’t think I can face the cost.
    Jane x

  9. akisa says:

    what amazing results for such unassuming packaging!! On my “to try list” when I have enough $$ lol

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Claire If you’ve got cash to splash, definitely give this a go :)

  11. Dempeaux says:

    @ModestyBrown That’s really interesting Jane! So it’s not the EFG that produces the good results, but something else in the formulation does? Very interesting, and great to have a scientific voice on the issue. I agree, the cost is huge!

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Akisa Haha! Yes, I quite like the basic packaging! Definitely a matter of saving up for this one ;)

  13. Gabi says:

    I would love to try this product if it wasn’t for the price!! One day when I’m rich and famous!!

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @Gabi Yes, the price is pretty steep. It’s so good though *gah*

  15. Hi, I have the distribution rights for Aus/NZ. Will be launching in the next few months. Will keep you posted. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. mmorris@ozemail.com.au

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Melanie This is very interesting to me indeed! Do keep me posted.

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