I got this back when Gilt had half off their Herbivore vouchers back in September of 2018. $100 in exchange for a $200 gift card? Hell yes. I wouldn’t have picked this up without the voucher because of the hefty price tag ($62), which will likely prevent me from a repurchase. But while I’ve had this, and I’ve barely made a dent in the bottle, I’m going to enjoy using an ethically made product free of additives and preservatives.
So what’s in it?
“Bilberry Lactic, Sugar Cane Glycolic, Orange Peel Citric and Apple Malic Acid pair with Vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum to gently brighten and clarify skin.
Rose Water, Aloe Water and plant-derived vegan Sodium Hyaluronate combine to soothe appearance of redness, visibly plump and hydrate dry skin.”
Basically a delicious fruit and botanical acid medley with a hyaluronic acid compound. So far, so good.
So I don’t waste anyone’s time, I would not recommend this to anyone who has already built up a tolerance to chemical exfoliators. This would be better suited for someone who has limited exposure to acids and sufficient funds for purchase. With only 5% actives, this only worked for me because I have not been using chemical exfoliators for very long.
The product itself is incredibly lightweight and feels more like a water essence than a serum. I didn’t need more than 3-4 drops to cover my face and neck. I primarily use this at night to prevent excessive sun damage during the day, but it can be used during the day as long as it is paired with an adequate SPF.
As for concerns regarding the shelf life of the product, Prism starts off as a clear serum, but over time will change color. Don’t fret! Herbivore explains why this occurs on their site:
“As all of our products are made with natural ingredients and do not contain synthetic color stabilizers, it’s normal for them to vary and change in color over time. In the case of Prism, it may change to a deep amber which is just due to the presence of Vitamin C in Kakadu Plum extract, which is naturally a vibrant gold color.”
One of the most frequent concerns I’ve seen about this product is whether it is still potent once the color turns from clear to red. I can confidently say that, yes it is! Don’t throw it away!
When I wrecked my moisture barrier during vacation I stopped using all chemical exfoliators until I felt that my face was ready. When I first started using Prism there would be a slight tingle, meaning the acids were doing their job. My face grew accustom to that and after awhile I couldn’t feel the tingle, which is totally normal for this kind of product. After about a month of avoiding chemical exfoliators I came back to Prism because of its low acid content. Immediately felt that tingle on application.
Prism is the only exfoliator I am using at the moment because of the cold weather and my inability to handle cool showers. I want to avoid over exfoliating for the rest of winter and Prism can deliver that mild exfoliation without being so minimal that my skin looks dull.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that this is a totally life changing product or an absolute necessity in a skincare routine. It works and I enjoy supporting Herbivore’s endeavors, but there are other products from their line I would rather spend my money on. I can, and have, found chemical exfoliators for half the price that do a similar job of evening out my skin tone and preventing break outs. Right now this is the perfect product for my sensitive skin while the weather is cold and my heater is blasting, but my skin will not stay susceptible to its effects forever.