Recently, the Marie Veronique Organics Anti-Aging Day Serum was renamed to Everyday Sheer Coverage as it functions more like a light coverage foundation than a serum that’s usually meant to sit underneath heavier skincare products. The formulations are almost the same. But since the Anti-Aging Day Serum has now been discontinued, I thought of giving it a quick farewell party through this review.
Top Notch Ingredients
What I love most about the Anti-Aging Day Serum (AADS) is the combination of top notch natural anti-aging ingredients in it. It has ingredients known to combat UV damage like green and white tea, raspberry seed oil, broccoli oil, yangu oil and emu oil among many others.
Texture and Finish
The texture is definitely lighter and leaves a more matte finish compared to the slightly dewy finish of the Moisturizing Face Screen (MFS). Since it contains a lesser percentage of Zinc Oxide (16.6%), the tints of the Anti-Aging Day Serum leave less “white cast” and might be a shade darker than their MFS counterparts. I tried both the Extra Light and the Light Tint versions of the AADS and unfortunately, my shade seems to fall right in the middle.
The coverage is definitely sheer, it won’t perfectly hide pimples or scars. But it provides minimal evening of skin tone or a better base for a loose mineral foundation. It definitely helps in attaining a naturally glowing look. I sometimes dab a bit of this around my eyes since the MFS is too heavy and thick for the delicate and crease-filled skin around the eyes.
Why I Bought The Anti-Aging Day Serum
At first, I was perfectly happy with my Moisturizing Face Screen which is cheaper and had higher SPF protection. But when I suffered a bout of acne about two-three months ago, my skin didn’t just break out, it became extremely oily. I suddenly remembered the lighter texture of the Anti-Aging Serum and how it might work better on my then rioting skin. I was right. The AADS helped tide me through a period greasy, shiny à la non-stick pan forehead filled with breakouts.
Is SPF 20 Enough?
I think that the AADS stands true to its claim. It provides essential every day UVA/UVB protection. So as long as you follow basic sun protection tips like avoiding direct exposure especially during the harsh times of the day and using a brolly when possible (and provided you don’t live in the desert or anywhere where the UV index is ultra high) then I think the AADS should really be enough for everyday protection.
Balling Up & Other Issues
Since the AADS provides a matte finish and can sometimes be drying to the skin, it should be applied only after the skin has been properly moisturized. Application should also be quick as when the serum starts to dry and settle, spreading and blending it might cause it to ball up. As mentioned above, I observed that the tints of the MFS seem to be lighter than their AADS counterparts. So if you use a Light Tint MFS, the Light Tint AADS might not be as good of a match to your skin tone as the Light Tint MFS — it’s best to try out samples first.
Toss or Keep?
Although the benefits and purposes of the Anti-Aging Day Serum and the Moisturizing Face Screen sometimes overlap, the AADS will still always have its special spot on my vanity shelf and in my heart. It’s easier to apply, suitable for everyday use and is filled with too much good ingredients for me to toss it out. I’ll definitely purchase the (now called) Everyday Sheer Coverage once the current one runs out — but I’ll probably get the Extra Light Tint next time around. A 60 ml bottle of the Everyday Sheer Coverage costs $50 on the MVO website.