Beauty Review: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Chin hairs.

The first time I saw them, I screamed. You see, I didn’t see them when I was in my bathroom and conveniently around some tweezers. I saw them while sitting in my car. You know how you’re at a stoplight and glaze into the rearview mirror just to take a quick peek at yourself? Yep. And there they were. Not one. Not two. But a good three chin hairs.

My first thought was, “I’m turning into a man.” Nah, I’m kidding. I’ve always known that with age, some women start sprouting a little more facial hair. Freakin’ A!! And then I remembered reading a review by Afrobella and how much she loooooved Mario Badescu’s Drying lotion.

I was wishing on a star that it could help alleviate those insane ingrown hairs I would get before a pesky hair sprouted its ugly head.

Did it work? Well, let’s get some background info about this Drying Lotion first.

The Mario Badescu website says it is an excellent Acne spot treatment made with a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid to clear up and soothe unsightly whiteheads overnight. A dab of this lotion will heal and dry pimples quickly.” (source)


A 1 oz bottle will run you $17.00 but don’t complain about the price, sisters. Achieving and maintaining clear and healthy skin is an investment. Can I get an Amen?

When you purchase your bottle, it will look all pretty-fied like in the above picture. But after a few uses, it will look like this…

And here’s how it works…you take a Q-tip and stick it at the very bottom of the bottle.

The tip of your Q-tip should be saturated with the pink calamine.

Locate pimple and apply.

Or in my case, locate pesky chin pimples…

I know…it ain’t pretty. It just ain’t. But the good news is, the stuff actually works! While you may head to bed smelling a wee bit “medicinal”, the lotion literally helps clear up the pimple over night. Does it disappear? No. But is it smaller and less noticeable…absolutely! This will remain a staple in my skin care regimen. And I think I’ll be selling it in the Clumps store as well.

Don’t let the small size fool you. That bottle is a good 2.5 months old and I use it on at least one pimple every evening. So yes, while $17 is steep, I think you get your money’s worth considering how long it lasts.

You can find Mario Badescu at Ulta stores, online and any where else their products are sold. I remember seeing this line last year at The Makeup Show LA and not giving it a second thought. But after my success with the Drying Lotion and a sample of the Enzyme Revitalizing mask, I may be putting the Purity to the side and trying out the some of their cleansers.

What say you? Have you ever tried the Drying Lotion or any other Mario Badescu products?

  • myolie

    have not tried the drying lotion yet ( the price is too much for me,but since our skin is an investment will try to get it,lol), so far have tried the silver powder which i love(it lightens the appearance of blackhead and so economical) and also have tried the healing cream which i hate (gave me an allergic reaction).

  • Ugochi @ Beauty 365


    i feel you on the initial horrifying response to chin hairs. They are the bane of my existence and the ingrowns/dark spots that they leave behind can almost be worse.

    i'll look into this, tho, because i have heard lots of good things…

    good post!

  • lazybeautiful

    Great review! I've been on the fence about trying the Drying Lotion, but I may give it a try now. I really love the Hyaluronic Eye Cream, though. It's a good, basic eye cream that's affordable compared to other prestige brands.


  • rmcandlelight

    I never heard of this product. It kinda looks like calamine lotion.

  • kateypie35

    I really like Mario Badescu – and I also recommend the Healing Cream – it helps take away the redness….good stuff!

    Oh, and – I keep a pair of car tweezers in my glove compartment – 'cause the sunshine in my rearview mirror is spectacular lighting for catching stray hairs. 😀

  • Vanessa S

    I'm currently using the drying lotion and it does help to dry up the blemishes.

  • Stacy

    Hey B!
    Do you think this is comparabele to the Juice Beauty stuff? I was recently thinking about buying some of that for my never ending adult acne. And I have chin hairs galore! UGGH. I keep tweezers EVERYWHERE…in the car, in my desk, in my purse, I never know when one will sprout. They are hideous!

  • Lorie

    This product/line is love. Another product I love that you may want to try is the Cucumber Cleansing lotion. It's toning/ without being too drying. I also love their masks. I use the green one from time to time and it is heavenly. Soothing/does the job.

  • Sunny

    O M G. I have this issue with the hairs on my chin and ihate it. I always keep some tweezers in my disposal. lol.

  • NewRibena

    I bought this product almost 3 months ago and finally had the opportunity to use it this week…it worked great for me and the next morning I couldn't feel the pimple anymore. Hubby doesn't think it's very sexy but neither is a big old zit!

  • Michelle

    For those who are more budget conscious (like myself), you can try Bye Bye Blemish Drying Lotion. It's just like the Mario Badescu one but only about $10 and you can get it at Target.

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