Last Updated on 11th October 2020 by Sarah Sarsby

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Reviewing products is my favourite part of blogging, so I’m really excited to review my newest night cream – the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream.

I realised when I wrote my current skincare routine post that I didn’t actually have a night cream in my routine (I know, I know, some skincare fanatic…) and I thought it was time to invest.

To find out whether the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream is a holy grail skincare product, please keep on reading.

What is Mario Badescu?

Founded in 1967, Mario Badescu is a popular and affordable US-based skincare company, which is known for its affordable skincare products.

Simple, gentle and effective is our philosophy—and for that, we’ve become a touchstone of quality skin care. 

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Some of the most popular products from Mario Badescu include the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, Enzyme Cleansing Gel and Drying Lotion.

Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream ingredients and claims

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Suitable for all skin types, the Seaweed Night Cream is supposed to be a non-greasy, oil-free cream that softens and hydrates the skin, without clogging the pores.

The seaweed extract within the cream is meant to me be nourishing, while providing a protective barrier for the skin.

Collagen and Elastin help further enhance skin’s tone and texture, revealing a silky-smooth complexion come morning.

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Key ingredients

  • Glycerin: known for its hydrating properties
  • Fucus vesiculosus extract (bladderwack): a type of brown algae (seaweed) that helps defend the skin’s surface from daily exposure to airborne pollutants
  • Stearic acid: an emollient and emulsifier that helps protect the skin’s surface against water loss

Full ingredients list

Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Citronellol, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Limonene, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens)

First impressions

When the Seaweed Night Cream first arrived, I liked that it was pretty small and had a minimal appearance – I’d actually describe the packaging as cute. Mario Badescu products have distinct, identifiable packaging, which I like.

Then, as I opened the cream up, I instantly fell in love with the colour.

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I’ve never seen a skincare product that’s so green and I’m here for it.

When I initially applied the Seaweed Night Cream, one of the first things I noticed was how lightweight it felt on my skin. It didn’t feel heavy at all.

Although, weirdly, it simultaneously felt quite oily. It sat on top of my skin as opposed to absorbing completely. I actually quite liked this because it felt like a lightweight, protective film on top of my skin, which is nice just before bedtime.

In the morning, my skin was ridiculously soft, nourished and hydrated. So, my first impressions were great.

One month in

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I’ve been using the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream for just over a month now and I’m really impressed with it.

It definitely meets all of its claims of being non-greasy, hydrating and nourishing. When I wake up in the morning, my skin feels very moisturised, which I love.

I had some issues around February with my skin feeling a little dehydrated, perhaps from not using the right products or from all of the central heating. Since using this night cream, alongside the e.l.f. Hello Hydration! Face Cream, my skin feels perfectly nourished again.

All in all, I’m super happy with the night cream!

Where to buy

At a very respectable £19.50 for 28g, I bought the Seaweed Night Cream on Beauty Bay. I love Beauty Bay because the website is really easy to navigate and the delivery is normally ridiculously fast.

I think this is a reasonable price. It’s not the cheapest night cream out there, but it’s certainly not expensive. It will take you a while to finish this product, so I believe it’s a worthy investment.

Final thoughts

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The Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream gets a massive thumbs up for me. This has been a fab addition to my skincare routine and I can see this suiting many different skin types.

Plus, for £19.50, this product will hardly break the bank!

Rating: 4.5 stars

I like this product a lot, but it’s not ground-breaking, so that’s why I’ve given it 4.5 stars. It’s awesome, though, and thoroughly worth every penny.

If you’re looking for a holy grail skincare product, then you need to check out the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

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