Serums are a great way of boosting your skincare routine and adding or increasing an ingredient (or more) that will benefit your skin in some way. However, there are so many serums out there these days that it can be very hard to choose, even amognst the good ones.
Sadly though, probably because of their fancy name and specialised product title, most serums are not worth your time as they tend to contain more marketing than actual beneficial ingredients that could make a long term difference to your skin.
In this post I wanted to investigate whether the Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum is worth your time and money as it could be a nice mid-range financial option. Let’s find out!
The Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum comes in cardboard outer packaging which has the typical Nip + Fab branding design.
The product itself comes in a pinky-orange plastic bottle (full size, 50mL) or plastic tube (travel size, 30mL). Note that the images in this post show the travel size product. Whether travel or full size the product packaging looks simple and in-line with the branding. Like with the outer packaging, it’s not particularly beautiful but it is simple and works for the brand.
A full size, 50mL, bottle retails for £19.95. It’s definitely not super cheap but also neither as expensive as the high-end brand serums.
The Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum has a gel-like texture which spreads easily and is absorbed by the skin quickly. The gel has a pale white transparent colour.
This serum has an aftershave-like scent. Not as strong as a male aftershave but that type of scent, which comes from the added fragrance in the product.
It’s not a bad scent but it is a little strange for a serum.
This serum lasts for 6M.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“In the morning I always use the Dragons Blood Serum as it is the most amazing base for my make up and is super moisturising”. – Kylie Jenner
Super hydrating and plumping serum.
A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.
dragon’s blood (from the Croton Lechleri tree): forms protective film on skin to protect against environmental aggressors
velvet flower: enhances moisturisation + illuminates skin
gransil EP-9: absorbs excess oil + smoothes
hyaluronic acid: hydrates + refines skin texture
HOW TO USE
- Apply to a cleansed face and neck.
• Use morning and evening before your moisturiser.”
Practicality of use – user experience
This serum is easy to use, whether you use the full size or travel size packaging. It is also easy to spread, because of its gel-like texture, but I must admit I was really put off by the scent and the ingredients.
This serum is absorbed quickly but leaves a sticky feeling (not actually sticky to the touch though) behind. As if your skin is pulling. Always moisturise after the use of a serum, especially ones that contain hyaluronic acid or other moisture binding ingredients.
This serum is compatible with all skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin it’s always best to try a little at the back of your hand first. If you are concerned contact a medical doctor.
Do not use cosmetics on broken skin.
I didn’t see any results from this serum and quite frankly I didn’t want to use it for long either as it is poor ingredient-wise, see ingredients section below.
This serum contains 26 ingredients of which 9 will offer you some skincare benefit (some more than others), 3 potential negatives and 13 irritants. It is worth noting that the ingredient list stated on the brands website and at the back of the product I have where different. This analysis is based on the ingredient list found at the back of the product which is legally required to be correct. Plus, it is not uncommon for websites to be neglected and not updated often.
This serum is very poor ingredient-wise. Not only does it contain a couple of ingredients that you could do without, but the presence of the good ones is likely in very low amounts. Serums are only of value if they add something to your skincare routine, either by quality (so ingredients that your other creams don’t contain) or by quantity (increasing the amount of an ingredient in your overall routine) and unless the rest of your skincare is poor too, then this serum will not add much.
The second most abundant ingredient in this product is alcohol which can dry and damage the skin. In place number 6 of the ingredient list you will find Phenoxyethanol which is a preservative found in quantities of 1% or less. This means that any ingredients listed after are found in very small quantities and sadly the ingredients that would be of value are all listed after. Additionally, the overall valuable ingredient content of this product is also very low, with only Sodium Hyaluroate and Dragon’s Blood being notable.
Finally, this serum has a very high total ingredient to ingredient sensititser ratio, 42%, as 11 out of 26 contained ingredients are known to cause irritation or sensitisation to some. This means that if you have sensitive skin the this might be your nightmare type of product but even if you don’t have sensitive skin, there is no need to expose your skin to that. Treat your skin with kindness regardless of sensitivity.
The Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum is a great example of when marketing takes over. It sounds amazing and everyone would want to use it but it’s not that amazing once you look at the ingredients. Unfortunately, this serum is not worth your time or money ingredient-wise.
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 purposes. For the full list of these product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Water (Aqua) based formulation.
- 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.
- Butylene Glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
- Polysilicone-11 – A film former which in turn has water binding abilities and leaves a smooth feeling on the skin.
- Propylene Glycol – Skin conditioner and humectant.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – An alternative preservative to parabens. Sometimes used in ointments to treat eczema.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – Known in the science community as “the fountain of youth” compound. Can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it is a king moisturiser. Helps wounds heal faster and increases collagen production leading to younger looking skin. For more info and all the scientifically proven claims see “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”
- Amaranthus Caudatus (Velvet Flower) Seed Extract – A skin conditioner.
- Croton Lechleri Resin Extract (aka Dragon’s Blood) – A skin conditioner. Forms a barrier that protects the skin. Has skin healing and anti-bacterial properties.
- Alcohol Denat.– There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.
- 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.
- Sorbic Acid – This compound has mixed evidence with some suggesting that it could be a human skin toxicant where others find it only slightly irritating. There are some studies that link it to cancer and some have reported it as an allergen.
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: Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water/ Eau), Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Phenoxyethanol, Tapioca Starch, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth-12, Amaranthus Caudatus (Velvet Flower) Seed extract, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool.
I can’t recommend this serum as it is very poor ingredient-wise and is not worth your time and money.
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