Verso is a well-established and loved Swedish skincare brand. With their sleek unisex packaging and design, and their somewhat high price point, they let the products speak for themselves. I’ve always wanted to test out the brand a little more. And so, on my birthday, I treated myself to a little discovery kit. The Verso Bestsellers kit is still on sale at CultBeauty, and does give the most bang for your bucks! The tubes are small but do last a reasonable time for trial, and they are so handy when traveling!
Acne Deep Cleanse
The kit comes with a full-size Acne Deep Cleanse which is an exfoliating cleanser with salicylic acid (the amount is unknown, but is said to be high). Made for all skin types but maybe most preferred as a daily wash for oily/combination and acne-prone skin types.
I don’t wash with this daily as I prefer a more hydrating cleanser for my face. But I do reach for it in the shower, after workouts, and do wash my chest and back with it to prevent bacne. For it to be more for acne-prone skin I do find it to be more gentle and not as dehydrating as other cleansers in the niche. The 150ml will last you a long time as you only need a little for it to foam. I’m not so fond of the packaging though, although it does look minimalistic in the shower. I’d personally would’ve liked it even more if it had a pump or click cap for easy dispense.
It’s quite expensive for a cleanser and it’s very similar to the CeraVe SA cleanser (review here) in texture and some of the active ingredients. So I’m not sure I’d repurchased this one. I might keep the bottle and fill it up with the CeraVe cleanser though just because it looks sleeker in the shower. 😶
Super Facial Serum
You get 10ml of their best-selling active serum Super Facial Serum with retinol 8 (retinyl retinoate) – which is a very generous amount! I did test this serum a few years ago as my mom (64yrs) had it in her cabinet. Back then I found it to be a little too hydrating. Or, I wasn’t used to serums being more like creams. With that said, now that I’ve had a little more time to use it, I don’t mind it. If you have oily/combination skin, you might not need to layer moisturizer on top. I personally like to go for a lot of moisture and do go with a light cream on top.
I’ve read of some people finding this to be too intense, but I personally feel like it’s gentle but doing its stuff. I have no problem using it every night, or even night and day. My skin appears brighter and more even with regular use. It does have a good effect on keeping blemishes at bay too. However, I don’t find it to plump my skin as much as some other retinoids I’ve used. Which I think is also why my mom didn’t go back when she finished it, as she didn’t find it to be firming enough for her.
I’m pulled toward the simplicity of Verso Skincare… But can’t say that this serum is any better than other serums I’ve tried. It works slowly and subtly. I find it to be suitable for 25-year-olds going up to 35, or for people with sensitive skin. I haven’t seen many or any over the age of 45 and up that have tested other retinoid products to be coming back to this one. Only if they have sensitive skin.
This does not come in the kit, but thought I might as well mention it as I haven’t written a proper review on it. They’ve changed the name to Clarifying Gel, and I do find it to be more descriptive. This is basically sort of the super facial serum but in a gel version. I’m not sure whether it contains the same amount of retinol 8 as the super facial serum – don’t think so as it’s slightly cheaper. But it’s supposed to cater to acne-prone oily/combination skin types, containing zinc pca and niacinamide.
I generally liked this one but do feel like the cream base in the super facial serum suits my skin better. I don’t see one being better than the other. It’s more of a texture preference. This one did however seem to plump my skin a bit as it contains hyaluronic acid. As a gel I found it to be hydrating, but it left sort of a sticky feeling which, to combat, I always applied a cream on top even though it didn’t feel necessary moisture-wise.
Has no fragrance.
Super Eye Serum
I’ve come to that age where I feel the need to invest in a good eye cream. This kit gives you 7ml of the Super Eye Serum, which will last you a good amount of time as the eye area doesn’t need much! As it is an eye serum, expect to layer a hydrating eye cream on top if you have dry skin. It contains retinol 8 and peptides to brighten and plump the skin, and push back wrinkles from forming.
I still feel a bit too young to review eye creams… From what I’ve used so far I can’t say I’ve noticed any change. My biggest concern is dynamic wrinkles that keep getting deeper and more pronounced with each birthday since I turned 25. 😅 Which of course, no cream can take care of. I was expecting more for the price, but just like the facial serum, the results are slow and subtle. With that said, it’s still a better purchase and investment than their nourishing eye cream (review here), My mother has tried this one out too. She personally didn’t find it to do much at all as she’s more into instant gratification, lifting, and firming. Again, I feel like this product is best suited for prevention, for people between the ages of 25 to 40, with sensitive skin.
And the last product you get in the kit is 15ml of their Nourishing Cream which includes niacinamide and oat extract. Ideal for all skin types needing hydration, soothing, and barrier repair. Although called “nourishing” it has a surprisingly light texture. I find it to be a good all-around moisturizer on top of serums or alone. It’s in their night-time category, but I’ve used it for daytime also. There’s not much to pick at other than it is quite expensive for being a soothing cream. If your wallet doesn’t allow it, don’t feel like you’re missing out. The stuff at the pharmacy works just as well.