We all have something on our face or body we would like to smooth out. Be it enlarged pores, scars or wrinkles, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just smooth them out, easily and quickly, by using a serum?
Well, the Nip + Fab Smooth Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot promises to do just that. But does it work and is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out.
The serum comes with cardboard outer packaging that has the typical Nip + Fab branding design.
The actual serum itself comes in a black glass bottle with a screw on cap. The screw cap has a button at the top which you can press in order to dispense the serum out of the dropper.
The product definitely looks the part.
Colour and Texture
This serum has a pale yellow-white colour (which is natural from the ingredients) and a thick serum-like texture.
It spreads easily and is absorbed quickly.
This serum has a floral scent that you will likely not smell at all unless you put you nose on the product or your skin.
A 30mL bottle retails for £24.95, although it is on offer right now on the Nip + Fab website, for £5.00.
Practicality of use – user experience
A glass dropper is very useful in serums because it allows you to dispense a small amount of product. However, this specific glass dropper doesn’t work very well.
The button at the top of the cap is supposed to push the serum out of the dropper and although it does create some pressure, it’s not enough and the serum doesn’t come out easily. It’s very frustrating to use and not very practical to hold.
However, when you actually manage to get some serum out, applying it to the skin is very easy and pleasant.
Sadly, I didn’t see any results from this product. It didn’t blur anything, at all. Not even a little.
This serum is compatible for all skin types.
However, do not use cosmetics on broken skin. If you have sensitive skin, try a little of it first at the back of your hand.
This serum lasts for 6M which is a reasonable amount of time given the ingredients and the fact that if it did work, you would use it up in no time.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“This highly potent blurring gel expertly hides pores and smooths out lines, creating the appearance of a retouched finish. Just two drops help achieve flawless, silky-smooth skin.
5x concentrated Syn®-Ake: smooths and softens
soft focus powders: mattifying + instant blurring effect
tightening complex: immediate lifting effect”
The Nip + Fab Smooth Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot contains 21 ingredients of which 9 will offer you some benefit, 2 potential negatives and 8 irritants.
Overall, the ingredients of this product are not bad but the blurring effect is mainly based on the presence of the Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, which is present in small amounts and doesn’t seem to be effective here.
This serum is not one to use for skincare benefits, but rather for the blurring effect, although since that doesn’t work either, there isn’t much reason to be using this.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation or colour purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Aqua (Water) based formulation.
- Polysilicone-11 – A film former which in turn has water binding abilities and leaves a smooth feeling on the skin.
- Xanthan gum– Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract – Anti-septic, anti-irritant and anti-ageing properties. Can also help the skin heal. Adds shine to hair and glow to skin.
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – A hair and skin conditioner.
- PVP – A water soluble polymer which dries and forms thin coatings on the skin. This is what makes your makeup last longer.
- Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate – This peptide replicates the effects of a peptide found in an Asian snake and is a safer alternative to botox. It blocks the body’s uptake of sodium which causes facial muscles to relax and therefore, reduces the formation of wrinkles. Anti-ageing.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
- Parfum (Fragrance)– This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
- Dehydroacetic Acid – A preservative, fungicide and bactericide killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms. Controversial reports, some classify this as toxic and others as safe.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this serum have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Geraniol, Citral.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Polysilicone-11, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Laureth-12, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Dehydroacetic Acid, PVP, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Geraniol, Citral.
This product sounds good but unfortunately doesn’t work. The glass dropper is slightly frustrating as it doesn’t dispense well and the serum itself didn’t blur anything at all.
Have you ever tried this product? Did it work for you?
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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