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Mario Badescu Say Hello To Clear: First Impression

I must say that I’m super impressed with the Mario Badescu ‘Say Hello To Clear’ skincare kit after using it for the first time last night! Purchased via Luxola when they had their 30% off sale two days ago, I picked up my items yesterday and went straight home to try them out, just as any self-respecting beauty addict would do. But first, let me just say: brace yourself for a relatively long post on this one.

The Mario Badescu (say: ber-des-kew) ‘Say Hello To Clear’ skincare kit comprises: Drying Lotion 1oz, Drying Cream 0.5oz and Silver Powder 0.5oz. The three items come packaged in a white box with little to no instructions on the back of the box, just product claims.

Mario Badescu 'Say Hello To Clear' kit

Mario Badescu ‘Say Hello To Clear’ kit

Basically, Mario Badescu products are popular for their inexpensive prices and effective results proven for individuals suffering from acne (acne vulgaris, common acne), a disease of the hair follicles of the face, chest, and back that affects both male and female. Acne appears on the skin as:

  • occluded pores (“comedones”), also known as blackheads or whiteheads,
  • tender red bumps also known as pimples or zits,
  • pustules, and occasionally as
  • cysts (deep pimples, boils)

Cystic acne, or nodulocystic acne, is the most severe form of acne vulgaris where deep, inflamed breakouts develop on the face and/or other areas of the body, and the blemishes themselves can become large.

The Mario Badescu line was founded by Mario Badescu, a Romanian-born skin care specialist who is both a chemist and a cosmetologist. Mario opened his salon in New York City in 1967 and began to develop his signature skin care product line. It is said that many of the Mario Badescu products use natural ingredients and are developed with the philosophy that skincare should be simple, gentle and effective.

Lately, I have been experiencing a bad bout of acne (the worst case since forever) due to me keeping late nights and not drinking enough water, and nothing I have been doing was working to clear up my skin. So, when I saw that Luxola was going to do a 30% off sale, I decided to scour their site for a skincare regime that would help clear up my skin, and chanced on the Mario Badescu kit. Luxola carries both the ‘Say Hello To Clear!’ kit and the ‘Acne Repair’ kit. Here are images of both kits taken off the Luxola site.



Mario Badescu Acne Repair Kit


Mario Badescu Say Hello To Clear


I was initially apprehensive to try out their products because I have super sensitive skin and the product descriptions and names sound rather strong and abrasive with names like Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, Enzyme Cleansing Gel, etc. I googled the products and the brand name and decided after reading rave reviews that I should give it a try. Naturally, even the product reviews posted by users on the Luxola site gave me the confidence to purchase the item. I finally decided on the ‘Say Hello To Clear’ kit because I didn’t think my acne condition was going to clear up on its own, and also as a preventive measure for new pimples appearing.

So here’s the kicker, after collecting my items, I looked hard for step-by-step directions on how to use individual products in my kit didn’t find any on the packaging. Basically, there weren’t any – just one-liners directing users on application. I was kinda stumped.

Mario Badescu 'Say Hello To Clear' kit

Mario Badescu ‘Say Hello To Clear’ kit

So I surfed onto the Mario Badescu website (click here) for detailed ‘how to’ instructions and finally found the confidence to open up the products to try.

Mario Badescu 'Say Hello To Clear' kit - Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu ‘Say Hello To Clear’ kit – Drying Lotion

After unboxing the items, I was pleasantly surprised to find that each tub (Drying Cream and Silver Powder) came sealed with foil. Individual packaging for the items display a green and white label on white plastic tubs for the cream and powder while the lotion came in a slim glass bottle with a screw cap.

Mario Badescu products come foil sealed

Mario Badescu products come foil sealed

Quite frankly, I wasn’t sure which product to use first: Drying Lotion, Drying Cream or Silver Powder. It really should be properly stated on the packaging which wasn’t and I found that highly annoying.

Anyway, I took my chances with trying out the Silver Powder first, followed by the Drying Cream and finally the Drying Lotion.

The Mario Badescu Silver Powder is an oil absorbent white loose powder that feels chalky to touch. Recommended application is once or twice a week – dip a water dampened cotton ball into the powder and press onto the nose, chin and selected congested areas of the face. Wait 10 minutes and wipe off with toner or astringent.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder

Mario Badescu Silver Powder

Here’s how it looks when a damp cotton wool is dipped in to the product – the powder turns clumpy.


Mario Badescu Silver Powder with wet cotton wool

The more water is added, the more watery the consistency. So, the trick is to use just the right amount of water so the mixture will become a paste and is easier applied onto the face. It was a bit of trial and error for me before I got the right consistency. This product smells of strong chemicals  when applied and the smell does not dissipate after application.


Mario Badescu Silver Powder swatched with wet cotton wool

I find the silver powder when applied as directed, looks and feels just like a mask. Once it starts to harden, specks of powder fall all over the place, which can be rather messy to clean up.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder applied onto the face

Mario Badescu Silver Powder applied onto the face

After removing the Silver Powder (mask) with a toner, I noticed white bumps appearing on my cheek and proceeded to remove them with a regular black/white head extractor and the Biore Pore Pack. Everything came off quickly and easily. I was quite happy with the results and will probably continue using this to see if this product will continue to benefit my skin.

Next, comes the Drying Cream. Packaged in the same white tub as the Silver Powder, the Drying Cream also features the same spartan white and green labels and sealed with foil. The Drying Cream is a thick brownish product that applies rather opaque. The Drying Cream smells heavy: a mix of wood and chemicals which can be unpleasant for those who are sensitive to scented products.

Mario Badescu Drying Cream

Mario Badescu Drying Cream

Mario Badescu Drying Cream

Mario Badescu Drying Cream

Mario Badescu Drying Cream applied on the face

Mario Badescu Drying Cream applied on the face

I wanted to apply this product onto targeted areas where my current zits are. I noticed that different from the swatch, the product can actually be sheered out on application. I left it to dry and removed it after two hours because I was heading out for supper. In all honesty, I didn’t notice a significant change to my  pimples during the short time I used this product so maybe I need to leave the product on affected areas overnight for better results.

Next, the Drying Lotion.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion that comes in this kit is packed in a glass bottle with a screw top cap with 10 oz of fluid. The Drying Lotion is a spot treatment made with a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid to clear up and soothe unsightly pimples and whiteheads.

Applied before bed (after cleansing, toning, and moisturising) by dipping a cotton swab into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, simply dab this lotion directly on the whitehead or pimple and do not rub the product in. Let it dry overnight and rinse off the remaining in the morning. It is important that users DO NOT shake the bottle; if contents get shaken during packing and delivery, place the bottle on a flat surface until the layers separate and the pink sediment sinks to the bottom.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Upon application, there is a strong scent from the calamine lotion which can be soothing if one doesn’t mind the scent. The product stings the pimple when applied and the smarting slowly decreases. I left this on overnight and washed it off in the morning. I noticed this product stained my pillows somewhat but when I removed the product from the spots, I noticed a significant decrease in redness and swelling. The angry pimples no longer looked so angry and the whiteheads have somewhat dissolved overnight too! I am truly amazed with this regime.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion applied to congested areas

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion applied to congested areas

Here’s a look at one of the honking zits that currently plagues me. Sorry, I know this is a disgusting photo to post but I am doing a blog post about acne and a particular acne treatment I’m currently using.


Anyway, I found an older video of Martha Stewart endorsing Mario Badescu products and the salon’s facials. Check out the video for more!

Here’s a vidoe posted in early 2014 featuring an older Martha Stewart discussing her skincare regime.


The Mario Badescu ‘Say Hello To Clear’ kit retails for S$64 via Luxola. Click here to shop this product.

A quick check on the Mario Badescu website reveals:

  • Mario Badescu Silver Powder retails for US$12 (1 oz), S$29 on Luxola
  • Mario Badescu Drying Lotion priced at US$17 (1 oz), S$26 on Luxola
  • Mario Badescu Drying Cream priced at US$14 (0.5 oz), S$26 on Luxola

According to the Mario Badescu website, shipping rates begin at US$25 for most international orders and buyers are advised to email for any international shipping inquiries. If you ask me, those in Singapore should just get them off Luxola for the simple fact that it’s much faster than shipping internationally and way more convenient although some really popular Mario Badescu products have been listed as out of stock on the Luxola site.

Anyway, you’ve come to the end of this really long post so give yourself a pat on the back for ploughing through this one. Do share your experience with using Mario Badescu products in the comments below, I’d love to hear about them. And once again, thanks for reading!



2 comments on “Mario Badescu Say Hello To Clear: First Impression

    June 25, 2014

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