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kypris moonlight catalyst

“Some things are best done under the moon and stars.”

That sentence — the first line on the back of KYPRIS’ Moonlight Catalyst serum — enchants me every time I read it.

kypris moonlight catalyst

{KYPRIS sent me a sample of its Moonlight Catalyst serum for review. It costs $72 for a 1.59-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Besides the beautiful language and imagery it evokes, it’s a reminder of how our evening skincare routine can inspire powerful changes and healing in our skin.

That’s especially true if you’re using an evening skincare serum that’s an herbal replacement for retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids.

During rest, our bodies and skin renew and repair itself, prepping for the next day of mental, physical and environmental stress. Our daytime skincare regimens should focus on antioxidant-boosting, sun-shielding ingredients that help our skin dodge free radicals and stay as healthy as possible when faced with the elements.

At night, it’s all about restoring what was robbed from us and starting fresh. That’s what I feel like my skin experiences when I use Moonlight Catalyst (a favorite for something like six months now!).

In the evening, after washing and toning, I follow the KYPRIS emulsion routine of combining 4-5 drops of Moonlight Catalyst serum with 3-4 drops of my facial oil of choice (I will dare to say that Beauty Elixir II is my favorite facial oil on the market) and, if necessary, an additional booster, such as the Clearing Serum or other targeted treatment.

kypris moonlight catalyst serum

The gel texture of Moonlight Catalyst allows all of these serums and oils to combine beautifully for a silky, slippery emulsion that slides onto the skin and dries to a perfect, moisturizing finish. Your skin never feels heavy, oily or tacky — just perfectly quenched and ready for rest.

After a good night’s sleep, I wake up to find my skin looking the way KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst promises: Refined and renewed. I don’t know how else to explain the look of beautifully resurfaced skin that has fewer visible pores and a smooth appearance. It’s as though my face has a Photoshop skin blur effect.

That’s thanks to the herbal cocktail makes KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst so special. This so-called “skin blur” is the smoothing-texture effect that many achieve with prescription retinoids — but without the irritation thanks to KYPRIS’ smart formulations that include a combination of fermented pumpkin enzymes, biomimetic epidermal growth factor (EGF), and hydrating botanical extracts.

Fermented pumpkin enzymes help soften the skin and decrease the appearance of inflammation and discoloration. It’s these enzymes that trigger deep yet gentle exfoliation that result in a refined texture.

Biometric epidermal growth factor is a new addition to the recently reformulated KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst. This peptide was added to help mimic the renewing benefits of your skin’s naturally occurring EGF.

In addition, Moonlight Catalyst’s updated formula includes a new peach extract that has higher hydration properties as well as organic neroli flower extract which helps soothe both the mind and the skin during application.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Xylitylglucoside, Sclerotium Gum, Algae, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, sh-Oligopeptide-1,  Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Flower Extract, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Extract, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water Extract, Hydrolyzed Fucus Vesiculosus Protein, Sodium Chloride, Trehalose,  Sodium Levulinate, Maltodextrin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Citrate

Besides the high-tech ingredients mentioned above, we have to acknowledge the inclusion of some of our favorite familiar skincare ingredients. Think rosehip flower extract, sea buckthorn extract, plum fruit extract and willow bark extract. These aid in the delivery of essential fatty acids and hydration as well as the acne-prevention that we all hope for in an evening serum.

I’ve tried both the original formula and this new formula, and I will say that while I had wonderful, refining results with the original formula, I have indeed noticed that the new formulation has even greater results — mostly in the speed in which you see cell turnover and renewal.

With my first run at KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst’s original formula, I could tell the difference in my skin’s texture within three weeks. With this new formulation (and mind you, with breaks in between to test other nighttime skin serums), I saw texture improvements within something more like 10 days.

That said, you should always test new products 1) as a patch test or sample first and then 2) give them a good, solid month to truly have a full effect, at least.

KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst is a repurchase for me and an absolute recommendation. It’s one of the better-priced evening serums available, too — $72 for a HUGE 1.59-ounce dropper bottle — and many retailers offer samples if you’re still experimenting.

Get Moonlight Catalyst at BeauTeaBar, Credo Beauty, The Detox Market, Integrity Botanicals and Spirit Beauty Lounge.

What evening skincare treatments do you use? Have you tried Moonlight Catalyst or anything else from KYPRIS? 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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  • Laura

    I have tried samples of the Moonlight Catalyst one sample was a peachy color and one was clear maybe because of the change in formula? Love your reviews of so many different products. I plan on buying the Moonlight Catalyst and Clearing Serum hopefully soon. I have thought about trying the Antioxidant Dew but have so many facial oils that I’m not sure if I really need it. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

    • Yeap that is correct. The clear one is the newer formula. Both work great! I appreciate your readership. The Clearing Serum was also reformulated, and I am actively testing that now to see if I get faster results. The original Clearing Serum worked well, but it took me a while to see results. I’ll have a full review in a few months :)

      I do have a review of the Antioxidant Dew — I recommend it, especially if you like the KYPRIS regime of creating emulsions. It’s not an oil, though — it’s a moisturizing creamy serum made to be blended with your favorite facial oil. If you are very dry, though, it may not be enough moisture for you. If normal / combo-oily, it will be great for you.

      Here’s my review >>


  • Ali P.

    I LOVE Moonlight Catalyst!! I am on my 4th bottle now and have already purchased my 5th. It does wonders for keeping my skin clear and decongested. The bottle I am using now is still the old formula – after reading your review of how the new compares to the old I’m super excited to get to my bottle of the new formula!! Thanks as always for the awesome review :)

    • Wow, looks like you have found your holy grail of nighttime treatments! I agree on the clearing and decongestion. I just love the refined look and feel in the morning. Glad you stopped by! xoxo

  • Caitlin

    Just purchased this on your recommendation. Thanks for another thoughtful review! Looking forward to receiving it and giving a try.

    • You are very welcome! I hope it works wonders for your skin. I really do love this stuff. Enjoy, and stop back by after you’ve used it for a month!

  • Jenny

    I remember that you did a review of the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum. I was wondering how you would compare that serum with this new formulation of Kypris’ Moonlight Catalyst and which you like better. I have some redness, old acne scars and in general uneven skin tone that I’m hoping to correct with one of these, but I can’t decide which to purchase. There’s a big price difference between the two, and I wonder if Kypris really performs better than the other, since I have tried neither one. Thanks!

    • I sure did! That is a gem of a serum. Of the nighttime herbal retinoid replacements I’ve tried (KYPRIS, Mad Hippie and Marie Veronique — review to come — Mad Hippie’s feels the most “active” meaning it’s tingly and kind of intense, so depending on your skin type, you may or may not respond well to that. I love trying all pricepoints and formulations to be able to make recommendations to people based on their skin’s needs and their budgets.

      I would recommend getting a sample of KYPRIS from one of the online retailers and then checking your local health food store that carries Mad Hippie to get a sample of it as well. Both formulations are impressive, and I’d repurchase them both. One thing to consider is the amount of acids, enzymes and and hydrating ingredients in each. What does your skin need more of? Balance or extreme exfoliation? And, how reactive is your skin to acids? If you aren’t used to using fruit acids or AHAs, the Mad Hippie serum may be too much for you. Let me know what you try!

      • Jenny

        Thank you! I just picked up the Mad Hippie Serum after reading your comment above and am anxious to give it a try.