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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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