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Is This $500 Serum Worth The Pretty Penny it Costs?

If you're like me, you probably look at the price tag of Amore Pacific Time Response Pure Essence 100 Skin Renewal Serum and sloowwwly back away from the cosmetics counter. The spendy serum has a price tag of $500 for a one-ounce bottle. Yowza.

Fortunately, a story explains why the serum costs what it does—and consults experts to see if it's worth the cash. For instance:

Vegging out: More than 100 botanical ingredients fill every bottle. Yes, extracts of broccoli, grape and carrots may read more like a salad-bar menu than the components of an antiaging serum, but they help other active compounds penetrate the skin and counteract the effects of UV rays.
Expert opinion: [University of Alabama dermatology researcher] Santosh Katiyar supports using fruits and veggies on the face, but, he adds, they’re not exactly hard to come by and therefore shouldn’t be so costly.

Another dermatologist weighs in, too, and while both experts agree that the serum is a good one, the final consensus is that "the benefit of these ingredients doesn’t necessarily warrant the product’s cost." I can't say I'm surprised—what about you?

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Misskastar Misskastar 8 years
ridiculous, and this is coming from the girl who thinks $800 shoes are ok!!! An article came out saying that these creams are bs...and about every month allure, self, marie clare, ect.. comes out with the grocery store cream vs. designer cream...the verdict is always the same, those expensive creams are good but they are not amazing! Certainly not worth $500! Come on, $300 more and you could get yourself a pair of hot heels!! haha, kidding, kidding. Sort of.
Misskastar Misskastar 8 years
Ridiculous, and this is coming from the girl who thinks $800 shoes are ok!!! An article came out saying that these creams are bs...and about every month allure, self, marie clare, ect.. comes out with the grocery store cream vs. designer cream...the verdict is always the same, those expensive creams are good but they are not amazing! Certainly not worth $500! Come on, $300 more and you could get yourself a pair of hot heels!! haha, kidding, kidding. Sort of.
Misskastar Misskastar 8 years
Ridiculous, and this is coming from the girl who thinks $800 shoes are ok!!! An article came out saying that these creams are bs...and about every month allure, self, marie clare, ect.. comes out with the grocery store cream vs. designer cream...the verdict is always the same, those expensive creams are good but they are not amazing! Certainly not worth $500! Come on, $300 more and you could get yourself a pair of hot heels!! haha, kidding, kidding. Sort of.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i'm too young for stuff like this, but my mom tried a lot of expensive stuff... and let me tell her story - most of the expensive stuff made her skin even worse... we have very sensitive skin, so she got allergies. it took her 8 months to nurture her skin back to health. eucerene cosmetics helped a lot. it's not cheap, but not pricy as well. normal. so now she stick to normal products and doesn't really experiment. so the experience with dior and stuff was negative. the same with young cosmetics - i prefer to buy something made in my country naturally, and usually it's the cheapest thing. and the most organic. but now that i've moved to UK i discovered neutrogena and it's working very well for me. also pretty cheap.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i'm too young for stuff like this, but my mom tried a lot of expensive stuff... and let me tell her story - most of the expensive stuff made her skin even worse... we have very sensitive skin, so she got allergies. it took her 8 months to nurture her skin back to health. eucerene cosmetics helped a lot. it's not cheap, but not pricy as well. normal. so now she stick to normal products and doesn't really experiment.so the experience with dior and stuff was negative. the same with young cosmetics - i prefer to buy something made in my country naturally, and usually it's the cheapest thing. and the most organic. but now that i've moved to UK i discovered neutrogena and it's working very well for me. also pretty cheap.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Wow, ripoff. It may be good, but unless it uses some incredibly rare ingredients I'd rather just go to Origins and get something for $50.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Rosyrose, it's at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. But I have a feeling there aren't too many samples being handed out!
rosyrose rosyrose 8 years
What do I have to do to get my hands on a sample of this serum? It had been so difficult to get samples lately.
badkitty badkitty 8 years
amore pacifics products are very overpriced. i bought the moisturizing foundation and found it to not only be overpriced, but overhyped as well. The price of cosmetics and skin care has gotten way out of control (wait, didint I just admit I bought the 70 dollar foundation?)yeah, I'm a sucker.
aehunter86 aehunter86 8 years
Holy Cow! $500!? I'm sure it works great but my pockets sooo aren't that deep, at least for face serum. I love the Murad supplements, and at $130 I thought those were expensive. I think I'll stick to the vitamins and slather on some SPF!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
I agree with you & the experts. Way too much for something you can find elsewhere!
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