I'm writing this becuase this product had some surprises in it that I felt other people should know about since this is a high dollar product.
I've used Arcona products many times before. I am not a newbie and some of them are really great products. Of course they are a very high dollar so every holiday where I recieve a gift I ask for an Arcona product.
As you can see this stuff is not cheap. $87 I only think it's fair you know...
1. The product is NOT a "serum" as you might expect it's liquid...In a pump. That is a big problem.
Now their product called The Solution is the same but I use a cotton ball with The Solution and it works beautifully but it simply doesn't by their directions.
This stuff was even more liquid No matter how well I followed their directions the stuff would go all over the place and never could I get it properly on my face. One pump is supposed to go a long way but when it's mostly out of your hand trying to get it on half of your face, that is a bummer. I couldn't use a cotton ball it just soaked it up. So I used a very flat cotton pad, one that wouldn't soak it up and keep it but control it while I put it on my skin. That allowed me to actually get the darn product on my face! I hope this tip is helpful to you.
2. The Smell is still disturbing to me. I remember my first time using it, I immediately said "uh, it smells like bacon". I've read others say it smells like medicine. So be aware. It did not go away with time for me. I would get a wif of it here and there and while I do like bacon I don't like the smell of it on my face. It probably smells different to others but still, not good.
3. STICKY. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get this to sink into my skin with out leaving such a bad stickiness that one day I laid down for a nap and the pillow case stuck to my face. I washed my face in all different ways using THEIR face wash so it's not a mixture of product. I tried it with and with out their toner. With and with out their moisturizer. It's just sticky on it's own.
4. I started having an orange staining on my shirts around the collar. I realized after days of this product doing it. I put it on my neck just like it said. Not too much either very minimal.
So yes, this stuff stains. The numerous times I followed directions exactly and just pumped it onto my hand it spurt orange on my pajamas. It states that you can put it on your chest too, I didn't becuase I knew it would just get on the rest of my shirt.
I am not trying to push you away from trying this but call the company and ask for a sample first. Or go to a place where YOU, not THEY can try it on you.
As for me, I just can't mess with the stuff anymore and an $87 gift that was supposed to be part of my regime is just sitting and will end up in the trash when I can bring myself to do it. :o(