Verso Retinol 8: Skincare Offer

verso day cream and serum review

Testing out retinol serums and creams had been next on my “skincare to-do list” – retinol seems to be a genuine super-ingredient that has been proven to help fine lines and wrinkles, increase collagen production and help the skin to look and feel younger; but then I got pregnant and vastly simplified my beauty routine, so that particular adventure got shelved until further notice. (Retinol is also quite frequently on the list of “things to avoid” when pregnant, and though it’s the prescription-strength products (retinoids) that I would have thought would be the worry, it seemed a bit silly to start using it just so I could write some beauty reviews! I was quite a worrisome Mum-to-be for the first two trimesters, but selectively so: I was paranoid about parsley (got my Mum to thank for that one) and peppermint tea (I have no idea why I stopped drinking that) but didn’t give up runny eggs if they had the red lion stamp on them and had shellfish nearly every day. Go figure.)

Anyway, I’m now dipping a toe into the “retinol pond” and the first products on my list are the serums and creams from Verso. Verso products claim to use a highly potent Retinol 8 “complex” that is eight times more effective than the typically-used form of the ingredient, but at the same time is more easily tolerated and less likely to cause irritation. I have to say that the risk of irritating my skin (the redness and flakiness that can be side-effects of using retinol) was the main reason that I hadn’t got started on my retinol-testing earlier, so I was very interested in Verso’s claims.

I’m happy to say that I haven’t experienced even a hint of irritation and that’s after nearly a week of layering up the eye serum, face serum and day cream. (Every other day for the serum, actually, but I’ve been going to town with the day cream application. I probably should have been more cautious, really!) I was also worried that my face might get dry and flaky – again, no sign of this either. In fact, I’ve found the serum on its own to be very moisturising and with the day cream layered over the top, almost too moisturising! It’s seriously rich stuff. I’ve switched to using the serum at night and the day cream on its own. It’s too early to see any proper results fine-line-wise, I think, but my skin most definitely looks and feels very smooth and plumped up. I need to get this over to my chief Retinol-tester, Rach, who has been comparing a few different creams (posts coming up) and is now very well-versed in the various ups and downs!

verso day cream

If you’d like to try the Verso line then you can find it at Cult Beauty here – while stocks last, they are offering readers of A Model Recommends a free full size Verso Day Cream (£85) with any spend of £60 or over on the Verso range. My recommendation would be the Super Facial Serum, because it is – as I’ve mentioned – very substantial for a serum, so you can get away with using just a very light moisturiser over the top. Or if your skin is in parched-mode (mine is) you can indulge in all of the richness and layer on something snazzy. I’m lovingly patting my face now, at 4.20pm, and my skin still feels really juicy – I applied the serum at 8.30am followed by a bit of Time Bomb Powerball moisturiser.

 The eye serum is also lovely (and cheaper) but I think that you could very easily just use the face serum all over if you wanted a do-it-all product. Verso claim that the serum “dramatically diminishes the appearance of wrinkles – even stubborn, deep-set expression lines” so I’m intrigued to see whether or not my fine-eye-lines disappear, and also the frown line that seems to be adamant on settling in at the top of my nose! Verso also say that with continued use there will be a “visible reduction in pigment spots and scars” and that skin “soon becomes stronger, more luminous”. I definitely look less knackered and more…I want to say “ruddy”, but I don’t look red. What’s the term? In rude health? Fresh. I look fresh.

Use the code AMRVERSO to claim your free full size Day Cream – you need to pop the code in the section that’s marked FREE GIFT CODE. Do let me know how you get on, I’ll do an update post with my results too.

Verso at Cult Beauty

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  1. Mary
    October 27, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Hi Ruth, these products sound lovely! just wondered have you used Sunday Riley Luna? and does it compare? I have been using it every other night for a couple of months and have had no irritation or flakiness just brighter more luminous skin and my pores are less noticeable. I absolutely love your blog and videos, keep up the good work!

    lots of love Mary

    • October 27, 2015 / 6:22 pm

      No, it came out when I was pregnant so haven’t tried it yet!! Is on the list though. Glad you got on well with it – how long does the bottle last you? x

      • Mary
        October 27, 2015 / 6:56 pm

        I know its going to last such a long time as you only need 2 or 3 drops, but the bottle is a dark blue so its hard to see how much is left, a rough estimate about 6 months? i have combo skin but its definately balanced it, such a good product, the only thing i dont like is that they added blue colouring :( i think you might like it!! xxxx

        • October 27, 2015 / 7:13 pm

          Great, thank you, I shall definitely give it a try! x

      • Mary
        October 27, 2015 / 6:59 pm

        ps i think you are amazing and such an inspiration !! xx

      • October 27, 2015 / 9:13 pm

        Luna is great! It’s perfect for nights you don’t want to go through too many steps. I just layer it with a hint of Good Genes in my T-zone and it’s heavenly!

  2. October 27, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Several of my blogger friends love this range. I’d really want to test it before trying it. For now, I’m happy with Luna but I need to get my hands on a sample of Verso. My Sephora doesn’t carry it and I rarely buy something blind!

  3. Katy
    October 27, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Hi Ruth, thanks for this am keen to try retinols but are they definitely safe to use when breastfeeding do you know? Presume so as you’re using them! :)

    • October 28, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      If you Google then you’d think not, because most sources are covering their asses and being ultra-ultra cautious. With this type of readily available product the ingredients aren’t at the strength that you would ever be worried about – it’s the prescription-strength stuff that would have a warning. And as far as I know it’s the whole Vit A/birth defects issue, so I don’t know how that really applies to breastfeeding! I think you have to make up your own mind though and if you have any doubts then just skip it until you’re not breastfeeding. xx

      • Katy
        October 29, 2015 / 9:26 am

        Thankyou! X

  4. Angeline
    October 27, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    I’ve heard so much about this brand and their skincare range and the cleanser is on my wishlist! xx

  5. Lucy
    October 28, 2015 / 12:43 am

    Hi Ruth,

    Great review – I have a sample of the day cream which I will now try! How long is the cult beauty offer code valid for?



  6. Antoinet
    October 28, 2015 / 9:07 am

    Thank you Ruth, for this offer. I did juist order it I have dry skin in winter, Reading your experience with this product made me want to give it a try. I used the Paula’s Choice about a year a go for a while, that one didn’t do much for me.
    Exited tot try this one. Have you started using liquid gold again ?

    • October 28, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Not yet, it’s still in storage! x

  7. October 28, 2015 / 9:18 am

    I will keep that bookmarked for the time after pregnancy. There really is no need in starting to try it while pregnant.

  8. Tracy
    October 28, 2015 / 9:33 am

    Ive used retin A products for years and then met with a rep for ZO Skin health products at Wigmore pharmacy London. After using stronger products I thought there would be no way if seeing a difference!! Within the first week if using the advanced night serum my skin felt smoother, I had a small amount if flaking but I was using it too much as I like results but there was no irritation, no soreness, no redness.

  9. October 28, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    These guys use Retinyl Retinoate as their Vitamin A, which gets broken down to the active form of vitamin A in skin more slowly which is why it is less irritating to skin. A great option for sensitive skin types and also one that stays active for longer in the bottle :) all good things!!

  10. October 28, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Ruth, and for how long is the free gift code available? I’m tempted to try eye serum. I’ve never used any eye care products with retinol and this one sounds very promising.

    • October 28, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      It’s just while stocks last! x

  11. exiteverything
    October 29, 2015 / 3:20 am

    Lovely blog! I just discovered you and adore your reviews (same taste in so many products – yay!). I’ve used this Verso serum and didn’t see a anything too noticible with the expression lines on my forehead. Have moved on to the La Prairie rapid response serum; fingers crossed for results. Anyway, you’ve got a new follower in me. Looking forward to more great reviews. Cheers!

  12. Brookehasi
    October 29, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Regarding the peppermint tea: My midwife told me that peppermint might reduce my milk supply. So I should drink it when I start weaning my boy.

    Love your blog!


  13. Hannah
    October 30, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    These look great, if expensive. Ruth, if you (or your retinol tester) want to try something more affordable, I would recommend Paula’s Choice retinol serums. I have been a devoted user of her AHA products and about a year ago added one of her retinol serums (the Resist Intensive Retinol Serum) into the mix and I am amazed at the results and I don’t even use it every day. She also offers two stronger retinol products, but I wanted to start with one that is less likely to cause irritation.

    I’m not sure of the availability of these in the UK (I’m US based) but they are reasonably priced and the site always seems to be running an offer.

  14. Elle
    October 30, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    My skin breaks out from products with Sodium Hyaluronate in them, tiny bumps all over–do you have any idea if products with Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic acid will cause the same reaction, or if the two versions of hyaluronic acid behave differently?

    Thank you!

  15. Heidi
    October 31, 2015 / 8:20 am

    I went through a bottle of the verso eye serum last year, and was very disappointed. I did not see any changes at all in the skin around my eyes. Sadly, because I had really high hopes for this product.

  16. nicky
    February 15, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I’ve become addicted to the alpha h liquid gold, and apply it every other night, then moisterise in the night between. How would you fit the retinol into your regime, as I’ve heard that when used together they counteract each other.

    • February 15, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      I still haven’t got to grips with the whole retinol thing – have a look at, she has loads of cheat sheets and so on talking about retinol! xx

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