It’s been seven months since I bought my very first Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen. Why did I take ages to post my review? It’s because everyone else was raving about it and I didn’t want to just be carried away by all the good reviews. I wanted to experience the face screen during the best and worst moments of my skin. I wanted to put it to real-life tests. And so I did for seven straight months. What did I find out?
Love Takes Time
My encounter with the MVO Moisturizing Face Screen was definitely not “love at first try.” I was so excited when I got my package that I opened it right away, took a couple of photos for my blog then immediately tried the face screen. Five minutes later, I found myself somehow disappointed. I couldn’t blend the face screen nicely on my face.
The next day, I tried layering it over my moisturizer. It was a disaster! I couldn’t stop it from balling up. Worse, the cream-colored white cast looked dirty on my face and hair line. While I didn’t have any problems with MVO Anti-Aging Serum, the face screen was a total miss for me. The color didn’t match, the texture was weird and drying, application was a nightmare. I even thought of selling it. I couldn’t believe I was regretting buying something everyone else was raving about — That was until I realized my skin was not as healthy as I thought it was.
Love is Worth the Wait
Are you wondering why my headings sound like I pulled them straight from a self-help book about love and relationships? It’s because after giving MVO Moisturizing Face Screen another try two weeks after almost giving up on it, I realized something: A good sunscreen is hard to find but once you’ve found the right one, it’s usually for keeps.
My disastrous beginning with the face screen made me realize a lot of mistakes in my beauty routine. First, I was not exfoliating enough. Second, my skin was not moisturized and hydrated enough. After I went for my first laser and IPL, which provided some superficial exfoliation, my skin texture improved significantly. It was also around this time that I started using facial oils. Coupled with a misting toner, a good hydrating serum and facial oil plus weekly mild exfoliation, MVO Moisturizing Face Screen started to do its magic. Finally, I was in love with both the face screen and my skin.
Summer Love All Year Round
I’m staying in Singapore where it’s summer all year round. The sun here is so harsh that after just a year of staying here, I developed deep pigmentations even while using SPF 40-50 sunscreens.
But with MVO, I didn’t experience any problem as long as I exfoliated regularly and used facial oils. I didn’t tan and my pigmentations didn’t get worse. In fact, the face screen seems to be working well with my DIY Vit C Serum in brightening my skin. I also love the dewy finish of the face screen.
However, next time I will order the light tint because the free sample looked totally fab on my skin! On the few days that I wore the light tint shade, Hubby couldn’t stop caressing my cheeks, saying my skin looked very young and glowing. Although it was romantic of him, I had to keep telling him off, “No! You’re blending away my face screen!”
Probably, the toughest test I’ve put the MVO face screen through was when my family and I went to Universal Studios-Singapore. It was the worst heat I’ve had in years. Before heading out, I applied the MVO Anti-Aging Serum under the face screen but I still brought the face screen bottle with me. I made sure I reapplied at least every two hours. At the end of the day, everyone else in my family tanned except for me! Take note, however, that just because I had great faith in MVO face screen didn’t mean I subjected my skin to UV torture — even Marie mentioned that she knows when to get out of the sun. I made sure I stayed under the shade when possible and I wore shades with UV protection and a protective scarf.
Toss or Keep?
Definitely, keep! My skin is married to it now and I don’t see any divorce brewing up in the foreseeable future. Although the MVO Moisturizing Face Screen and I had a rocky start, it was worth the wait and patience. Just as planned, I’ve tested this product and experienced it during the worst (now) and best moments (about 5 months ago). It passed the test. Currently, I’m over-using my face screen and applying it on my arms, as well, because I’m looking forward to getting the light tint version soonest possible.
The MVO Moisturizing Face Screen retails at $40 or about SGD$52 on the Marie Veronique Organics website. It’s a little pricey if you compare it to the usual drugstore brands but it can last you just as long and most importantly, does exactly what it promises — it protects your skin, safely and effectively.