Mario Badescu Signature Facial Review

I am officially the luckiest girl ever! Mario Badescu contacted me about trying out a facial using all of their products recently, and I just couldn’t resist – I have read so much about the brand who counts  Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, and Charlize Theron as fans. I was so excited!

The very first time I got a facial was about 3 years ago, and was not a good experience. I was still a teen and had very acne-prone skin and the facial just aggravated the pimples, leaving me with more breakouts and peeling skin that stung after. I swore never again!

Thankfully, now that I’m 20, my skin has calmed down and my pimple days are over (except for the occasional stressed related ones!). So when I was asked to try out this facial, I wasn’t too worried. I thought that if I do breakout again and have reactions, then it’s final – me and facials do not mix.

However, this facial was a total success.

I went with Sophie from Beautynomics to ONLYaesthetics, a beautiful cozy spa which is the sole distributor for Mario Badescu in Singapore.

Sophie and I talked to our beauticians beforehand and got a customized facial with our major skin concerns (me, hydration and deep cleansing), Sophie (acne and cleansing). I talked with the beautician about what kind of products I wanted to avoid (anything too harsh that would cause reactions) so she selected the right products for me.

I was surprised when the beautician looked at my skin and said I have dry skin. I always just thought that my skin would be combination/sensitive. But I soon realized she was right – after talking, I had all the characteristics of dry skin, I just never noticed it. I mean, with this hot climate, I just thought we’d all have oily/combo skin! I am very glad that I actually discovered what my skin type is – dry and sensitive.

The Facial

The facial took 75 minutes, and it was pure luxury. All I could remember was really enjoying myself, chatting with the beautician and dreaming of the beach.

Here’s what was used on me:

  • Enzyme Cleansing Gel
  • Seaweed Cleansing Lotion
  • Almond and Honey Face Scrub
  • Silver Powder
  • Whitening Mask
  • Super Collagen Mask
  • Vitamin C Serum
  • Suncare SPF 30

That list was the in order of what was put on me, with a short extraction (didn’t take more than 2 minutes – I take that as a good sign!) and a wonderful facial and shoulder massage. I’ve never had a proper massage before, and they used all sorts of techniques that was so foreign to me, but it was very good! The soft music and nice cold room just added to experience.

I am so surprised that my skin could take so many products in a short period of time and it’s almost been a week, and no reactions! I guess my skin type really has changed – definitely for the better, I think. When I looked in the mirror after, my skin looked so dewy and radiant, I literally shouted “WHOA!”. My mom later said that I was glowing and is going to book herself an appointment too.

Standout Products

Standout products for me were the Almond & Honey Scrub, Whitening Mask, Super Collagen Mask, and the Vitamin C serum. I really need to hunt down what made my skin look as radiant as it did and will buy it asap, I have a feeling it’s a mixture of all those products – whatever, I’ll buy them all!

Thank you!

Overall, it was such a great experience and a big thanks to Wendy, Sheena and ONLYaesthetics for this opportunity. I would highly recommend trying out a customized facial yourself, and when you do, tell them I say hello! 🙂 You can read Sophie’s blog post on her experience here.


More info:

  • You can join ONLYaesthetics’ Facebook group to enjoy special privileges.
  • OnlyAesthetics is located at Holland Village,  25A Lorong Mambong, (opp NYDC)
  • Tel: +65 6314 4434
  • Website: www.onlyaesthetics.com

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11 comments

  1. HEY my NO1, you are seriously the luckiest girl EVER!!

    Ive heard of Mario Badescu..hes so popular..i was always nervous about facials like you said but if its good enough for you..its good enough for me!..Ive already started saving 😉

    YOUR NO1 FAN DANIELLE

  2. I love this post! I love that MB products are soothing and natural. It really helped me with my white-heads problems I had 😛 Love MB!

  3. Oh my god, I want to book an appointment soon! I’ve never had a facial before and I’ve always been put off by them because a lot of my friends come back from their facials whining about the pain of extractions but this Mario Badescu seems to be worth a try, painful or not! Thank you for the review!

  4. wow! the picture of the ambience alone will entice me to go get a facial there!!!! I go for facials regularly and pay a bomb for it in a place with a decor that’s pretty depressing!!!!!!!! You are a lucky girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Great review! I have had bad experiences with facials (once with a dermatologist who had prick-happy hands and another with a reputable facial center that turned out to be not quite as adequate as they advertised) so I’m very wary, but this review just might turn me around.
    You do sound like you had a great and relaxing time. I’ll check this out soon. Thanks!

    Kaye’s last blog post … A Cubicle with a View

  6. Hey everyone, you are most welcome! Thanks for all the comments! 😀

    Yup, I would recommend trying a facial there, thank goodness I didn’t break out. Just so relived about that!

    However, just remember that all the stuff I used were the most gentle they had, as I told the lady about my sensitive skin and my past reactions and stuff. So if you have a different skin type, they may use different products then what was used on me, and you may get reactions or breakouts, like some of you mentioned above from prior experiences. So definitely have a good talk beforehand! (They will ask, anyways!)

    I hope it works out for you guys, and I’m glad you enjoyed my review! 🙂

  7. hey, i just found out abt mario. can i know how much the facial cost? and did you have to sign up for membership and stuff?

    thanks!

    1. hey Begum, so sorry I missed your comment. I’m not sure where you are but I had this done in Singapore, a facial is $198 from what I can remember. And no, I did not sign any membership. First try is $65 though!

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