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la bella figura modern radiance concentrate review

I remember the exact moment I first learned about La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate.

It was mid-summer, and I was getting a much-needed pedicure. Victoria from LBF wanted to chat about an upcoming project (remember this little thing?) and her exciting new product launch.

As the pedicurist scrubbed my calves, I took Victoria’s call and listened as she enthusiastically hinted at what was to come for the Chicago-based line.

When she got to explaining the miracles of an exotic fruit from Australia, my ears perked a bit.

I knew what it was: Kakadu plum.

la bella figura modern radiance concentrate review

{La Bella Figura sent me a sample of its new Modern Radiance Concentrate vitamin C gel cream. It retails for $155 for a 1-ounce glass pump jar.}

During my freelance beauty writing days of 2012, I had a story assignment to uncover some of the new “it ingredients” that would be rocking the natural beauty industry.

Kakadu plum came up in my research (a sampling here, here, here, here, and here), and I experienced a bit of the miracle of this fruit from this collection, (though I must say I was a bit underwhelmed by the formulation of that line).

So when Victoria told me kakadu plum was going to be the next ingredient that La Bella Figura would introduce to the Internet beauty lexicon, I thought two things:

1) Kakadu plums aren’t new; and 2) Kakadu plums are going to feel fresh, new and exciting when La Bella Figura introduces it!

la bella figura modern radiance concentrate review

And that’s where Modern Radiance Concentrate comes in.

Touted as a “High Performance Complete Vitamin C Gel Cream,” Modern Radiance Concentrate treats discolored, uneven skin with powerful antioxidants and vitamin C found in ingredients such as barbary fig seed oil, kakadu plum extract, seabuckthorn fruit oil CO2, evening primrose extract and other beneficial ingredients.

Kakadu plum extract is fifth on the ingredients list (after aloe vera leaf juice, coconut fruit juice, barbary fig seed oil and cupuacu seed butter), and it’s the ingredient with vitamin C concentration as high as 1000–5300 mg/100g.

I’m not a doctor, but I think it’s safe to say that that’s a lot of vitamin-freaking-C.

Let’s look at the entire ingredients list:

Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Organic Coconut Fruit Juice, Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Kakadu Plum Cell Extract, Organic Gotu Kola Extract, Organic Aronia Berry Extract, Organic Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil CO2, Ferulic Acid, Organic Licorice Root Extract, Pumpkin Seed Extract, Evening Primrose Flower Extract, Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Helichrysum Stoechas Extract, Organic Mallow Extract, Bamboo Extract, Organic Avocado Fruit Extract, Green Coffee Bean Oil, Jasmine Flower Oil, Radish Root Extract, Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil CO2, Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Carrot Seed Oil, Fresh Ginger Root Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Non-GMO Xanthan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Non-GMO Vegetable Gylcerin, Organic Non-GMO Ethyl Alcohol

Vitamin C is known for its skin-healing abilities, including the reduction of inflammation, the promotion of collagen production and the reduction of hyperpigmentation.

All of the factors above is why vitamin C was highly recommended to me by a skin analyst who said it could help with the redness around my nose and cheeks.

Though I’ve tried a few vitamin C serums, I must admit that I haven’t been consistent in my application of them because of one single factor: texture.

No matter how beautiful a gel, cream or oil may be, if it doesn’t have the right “fit” for my face, I just won’t use it. In the case of the previous vitamin C serum, which I loved, it was a thicker, creamier feel than what I’m used to using and it just didn’t catch on in my routine.

With La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate, which I used for four consecutive weeks morning and night, it was so easy to add to my normal routines thanks to the product’s light, airy consistency and fast-drying gel formulation.

As an oily-skinned person, alcohol-free and low-alcohol gels pair wonderfully after a spritz of toner and with a light layer of oil on top.

That’s exactly what I did during my testing period with Modern Radiance Concentrate, and this gel-cream fit perfectly into my morning and evening routines, even if it did mean the addition of a product.

la bella figura modern radiance concentrate review

So, does Modern Radiance Concentrate work?

After four weeks of consistent, twice-daily use, I didn’t notice a remarkable difference in the lightening of acne scars on my cheeks or a taming of the redness around my nose.

No product has ever really been able to address this for me, though, and one good reason why is because it takes time.

After 8-12 weeks of use, I’d expect to see a difference in my skin, and I think if I were to continue, the results could be promising. With that said, after twice-daily use for four weeks, I still have plenty of product left to last about four more weeks.

I did, however, notice a certain brightening on areas of my face that weren’t necessarily red, but were just a bit dull. The apples of my cheeks have this glimmer in them, and my forehead, which tends to break out a lot, seems a bit more lustrous (in a good way), which I credit to Modern Radiance Concentrate.

Check the blog tomorrow to see a before and after picture for another foundation review; the before picture (aka no-makeup Kim!) is actually not too bad (fine enough to go out in public without makeup and feel confident about it!) and the picture was taken on the 4-week marker of using Modern Radiance Concentrate.

The proof is in the pudding … er … picture, eh? You can see that tomorrow, but for now, I want to know your thoughts on vitamin C, exotic ingredients and La Bella Figura’s latest product.

Have you tried Modern Radiance Concentrate? Do you use a vitamin C serum? Why or why not? Tell me in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • asti

    I am completely smitten by the ingredients in this product and also the texture. I agree with you. It’s the kind of gel that fits right in into my beauty routine. I can easily slip it in because it doesn’t create any heaviness. Daily Elements Facial Oil on top = my happy skin. I have only tried a sample of it, but looking forward to get the full-size! Would be curious to find out how this will compete with Yuli’s Cell Perfecto PM which has similar claims..

    I am so happy whenever La Bella Figura announces new products. I know it’s always going to be something exciting, Victoria and Karen know how to spice things up. Kakadu Plum is definitely not something new, but La Bella Figura has taken it to the next level. The best use of the ingredient I have seen so far in a cosmetic product. Love love!

    • Oooh yes, DED layered over this is a dream! I’m using Cell Perfecto at night now (had to move on for testing purposes) and really like the consistency of it, too. It’s also very moisturizing, so I don’t have to use an oil on top. We shall see if it helps lighten anything after 4 weeks!

  • Pemberley Jones

    Love La Bella Figura! I got to try this at the Green beauty event and I loved the texture. Vit C has always done me well, and I am super curious about this one. Are you thinking of giving us a 8-12 week update?? ;) I can’t wait to see your pics tomorrow!

    • Yes that is the plan! Gotta get through this bottle :) The pics are fun, I’m having a good skin week lol :)

  • Apart from the barbary fig seed oil, this has to be the second product I’m most excited about from that line. I tried a sample when Victoria was last in Toronto and since then I’ve been dying to get my hands on it. It lasted me a week and in that short time I could definitely notice a brightness to my face and it felt a lot more hydrated. Have you tested the ED4OLO vit C serum?I’m curious to see how this one compares. Can’t wait to see your pics tomorrow!

    • I haven’t tested the ED4OLO yet … I just have the vitamin D mist from the line and I love it!

  • Anusha Puri

    La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate <3 Always wanted one but can never find the heart to part with the cash for it! *wipes drool off face* :D

  • RM

    I bough this product at the NYC Green Beauty event… In fact, this was my main reason for going! I have never been able to use a vit. C product — never ever ever — as they would all give me little white heads / rash, especially along the hair and jaw line. I had tried different types of vit. C, not just ascorbic acid, like the mad hippie serum, but nada! Nothing worked. This one seems to be growing on me! At first, I did get some white bumps on my forehead and cheeks, so I cut back to using it 3-4 nights/week. I think as (or if) my skin gets accustomed to it, I might be able to use it nightly. Too soon to tell if it’s working yet.

    BTW, Yuli’s Cell Perfecto didn’t work for me either. It totally congested my pores! Stupid skin! Doesn’t leave me with many options to address decades of acne-scarring (I’m an Accutane survivor, twice around).

    • How did I not meet you at the event? Oh wait, because it was crazy packed! Such a fun night.

      I’ve only tried a couple C serums and am interested in researching more. For me, it’s gotta have a good consistency and ease of use … I have too many products and need something that will stick with my routine! I didn’t experience any little white bumps, thankfully. For me it’s all about lightening and brightening! I’m on Yuli’s Cell Perfecto right now and am really liking it … no congestion for me thus far! Skin is so interesting and different … I am glad you found something that works for you so far! I’d love to hear more after a month // two months of use. Appreciate you stopping by my home on the ‘Net :)

    • Victoria

      Hi RM,

      I would love to hear your skin update and how this product is working out for you. It is indeed a concentrated product so your decision to go slow is a great idea. I agree that a Vitamin C product made with a complete C source is more gentle on the skin. I really hope this will be the one for you.

      So wonderful you came to our event and I hope you found other exciting products you took home. :)


      La Bella Figura

      • RM

        Hi Victoria,

        Thank you for reaching out. I will certainly keep you updated on how my skin fares with your product. I have taken a short break from it while a small pimple on my chin heals (hormonal I think), and will return to using it within a day or so. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the gel cream texture! It completely sinks into my skin. Any chance that you might consider formulating a gel cream moisturizer for us ‘sometimes dry-ish but acne-prone/congested’ skin types? Would be a dream come true! I also bought your Barbary Fig serum to use over it at night, which I love, but find that I need something additional that’s a little occlusive for the drier months. Haven’t found the right product yet. Do you think your Rainforest Hydration would be appropriate for me?

        Thanks also for hosting the wonderful Green Beauty event. It was exactly what I needed to commit to several products that I had been eyeing for a while besides the two LBFs — May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver and Youth Dew, and OLO’s new cleansing oil — and am so glad that I did. They’re working out great. Oh how I love clean skin products. True product junkie and proud of it!

        I really appreciate you taking the time to connect with your customers. Not that I need yet another reason for going clean, but no one from La Mer ever reached out to me while I used their (mineral oil-ridden) products. It’s very reassuring to see your commitment to your cause!

        Yours gratefully,

        • Victoria

          Hi Ruchika,

          Thank you for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed the event and finding new products.

          There are two things you can do for winter skin relief. One is be very consistent with the use of barbary fig seed oil as it helps regulate sebum and put your skin in balance. This helps to overcome real dryness. The other is to apply a bit of RHT right over your BFSO on really cold days after you’ve been exposed to the elements. This product is super moisturizing and blends seamlessly into your skin for more intense hydration. It also works great after exfoliating skin which will allow your skin to penetrate nourishing oils and butters deeper into the dermis causing reparative results faster.

          As far as a moisturizer in development, well we’re working on it right now! If all goes well expect a release in January. We’re using fantastic ingredients that mimics the skin’s own natural oils to create harmonious results when using. Most cream moisturizers are 60-70 percent water, but we’re making a richer cream that isn’t too dense and blends very, very well. As a true oil fan, I wasn’t so sure how I would pull off this cream well enough for me to like it, but I have to say I am loving this formulation and am using it both directly on clean skin and over a little barbary fig seed oil and I love it.

          Hope the MRC and BFSO continue to work great on you. The key to using cleaner products is staying committed as your skin begins to heal and repair. It’s a process after years of using “addictive” products that never worked. Three years for me and my skin has never looked better and no wrinkles to boot, which for a 45 year old woman it’s a major accomplishment! :)

          So wonderful to hear from you and I look forward to more.


          La Bella Figura

          • RM

            Victoria, thank you for your invaluable advice. I will certainly follow your recommended protocol and can’t wait to try your new moisturizer! I am wholly committed to green beauty products, and LBF is so luxurious and effective that I truly look forward to my nightly routine.

            Kimberly, thank you for this blog!

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