VERSO is a retinol focused skincare brand from Stockholm, Sweden whose minimalist and utilitarian aesthetic caught my eye. They offer no fuss products for a whole range of skin needs in all categories, and they number each product so that it’s easy to know where to slot them in within your skincare routine. Simple and oh so Scandinavian. Verso claim that their version of retinol, called Retinol 8, is eight times more powerful than traditional retinol but half as irritating and aggressive. This makes it suitable for all skin types but especially those that have struggled with retinol previously and experienced redness and peeling. The brand’s ethos is deeply rooted in science and even their headquarters are located within a scientific-research precinct. They clinically test their products and claim to only use necessary ingredients in their formulations which means no parabens, mineral oils or colour additives.

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Verso Skincare Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8
Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

I was in the market for a targeted eye cream with retinol and I was tossing up between the Verso Super Eye Serum and the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Eye Cream. I picked the Verso Super Eye Serum because overall it was more affordable, came in a pump and was much lighter in texture. I’m always in fear of using heavy creams under my eyes as I can get milia sometimes. I started using it in the morning and evening as per the directions and I used it every day for about 4 weeks until I started noticing some tingling in the eye area. Within these 4 weeks I also noticed less lines around my eyes and that the area appeared brighter. Unfortunately due to this sensitivity I have had to scale back my use of this eye serum to just 2-3 times a week.

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Verso Skincare Super Eye Serum

I really enjoy the texture and results that I get when using this serum and it sits well under my other eye creams such as the Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream. I do however have a few issues with it.  The packaging, whilst looking great on your bathroom bench, does not indicate when you are running low on the product and it also dispenses too much product from one pump (see photo above). I also feel that their statement regarding the use of only necessary ingredients falls short when I see parfum on the list. My verdict is, it was great while it lasted but I am not sure that I would repurchase it.

Verso Skincare Lip Serum with Retinol 8

I picked up the Verso Lip Serum around the same time as the eye serum because I was noticing that lipstick was settling into my lip lines and it was driving me a little bit crazy. This lip serum contains Retinol 8, hyaluronic acid and peptides and claims to keep lips soft and plump. The product is translucent and just thick enough so that it lasts on the lips but it’s not in any way sticky. Again, this product contains aroma which I assume is artificial fragrance. I wish it didn’t.

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Verso Skincare Lip Serum with Retinol 8

Fragrance aside, I noticed a difference after the first use. I applied it to my lips before bed and the next morning the lines on my lips looked smoothed out and there was not a flake of dead skin to be seen. I now use it every night before bed and in the morning before I apply lipstick. Since using this product I have not had to use a lip scrub, my lipstick is applying more smoothly and not settling into lines as much.  It’s a great treatment and I think it’s going to last me a really long time which is good because it was pricy. If you have really deep lines on or around your lips and you want a powerful anti ageing treatment, then I would recommend the Lip Serum. If this is not an area of concern, then give it a miss. There aren’t many products like this on the market that are specifically targeted at this area.

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Verso Skincare Lip Serum

Overall I think the Verso products I have tried are effective and I have no doubt that the rest of their range is great too. Sometimes products don’t quite work out as each individual is different, after all. Out of the two, I would repurchase the Lip Serum in a heartbeat. Verso is available at Mecca Cosmetica. I hope that you enjoyed reading about my experience with Verso. If you’ve tried this brand please let me know by leaving a comment below or email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.

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