Victoria Beckham and Augustinus Bader combine forces for a breakthrough serum that just may be the future of skin care.
Written By ANNIE TOMLIN
On paper, it sounds like a far-fetched pitch for a Hollywood comedy: An English pop superstar turned fashion designer teams up with a brilliant Bavarian scientist, and together, they revolutionize skin care as we know it.
And yet, here are Victoria Beckham and Professor Augustinus Bader of Leipzig University: deeply serious about pushing the boundaries of clean beauty. Bader, a regenerative medicine expert and one of the world's leading stem-cell researchers, has become revered by the beauty cognoscenti thanks to his eponymous cult creams. Since its 2018 launch at VIOLET GREY, The Cream and The Rich Cream (and their unique complexion-perfecting powers) have become word-of-mouth sensations among makeup artists, actresses, models, and fashion insiders for whom nothing less than smooth, radiant skin will do.
One of those famous fans happens to be Victoria Beckham, who has partnered with Bader for a new approach to clean beauty. The pair set out high standards for their collaboration: their skin care would be cruelty- and fragrance-free (not to mention made without parabens, phthalates, alcohol, or silicones). It had to include effective active ingredients that were soundly backed by the latest research, not dusty findings from a few decades ago. The formulas should feel luxurious and pleasurable as part of one's daily skin ritual. And above all, the Beckham-Bader products must deliver superior results—not only by clean standards but as compared to anything else out there.
First, came the Victoria Beckham Beauty by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer, a hybrid formula that simultaneously offers instant glow and long-term repair with Bader's patented TFC8 technology, which was born from three decades of stem cell research in wound-healing. This month's debut of Victoria Beckham Beauty by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum shows that the duo delivers on their lofty goals yet again—this time in a new silky format. This next-generation serum simply feels different than others; the texture is thicker and more substantial than most, yet smooth and quick to absorb upon application. But it's the formulation—elegantly composed, highly concentrated—that truly stands out.
The TFC8 complex comprised of amino acids, vitamins and synthesized molecules found in skin work synergistically to usher reparative ingredients to skin cells and target the body's natural healing processes. Then, a cocktail of proven active ingredients such as fragmented hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin E, and olive fruit extract go to work to help balance the skin's microbiome and strengthen the moisture barrier to protect against complexion scourges such as pollution, blue light damage, and environmental stressors.
All great, but what about the results? In clinical tests, 100% of people reported "significant" improvement in their skin's barrier function, while 97% saw immediate reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Over the course of six weeks, 86% of people reported more radiant skin, while 84% of people said that their skin looked firmer. In qualitative terms, that translates to healthier, more resilient skin and an even-toned, glowing complexion—witness VB's recent makeup-free selfies as compelling evidence of the serum's capabilities. Note, too, the rave reviews from our panel of beauty experts who gave enthusiastic, unanimous approval for the Violet Code.
As it turns out, pairing a German stem-cell researcher with a global style icon is actually a genius move. Boy meets girl, they swap ideas on science and skin care, and the result gives everyone reason to cheer. In the end, this is a Hollywood story after all—and with a few drops of serum, anybody can be ready for a close-up.
"I'm obsessed! The texture is perfect. The glow on the skin, with or without makeup, is perfect. This serum is going to replace others in my routine." —Pati Dubroff, makeup artist
"This winter, I have been struggling with dehydration. I love the way this has quenched and plumped my skin. I also was struggling with a few breakouts, and I am confident this aided in the recovery and healing of my irritated skin." —Molly Greenwald, makeup artist
“I’m a huge fan of the new Power Serum for many reasons. First, it’s like the one-stop shop of skin care—it brightens, hydrates, strengthens, and rebalances while working with your skin’s natural pH. I also love that it contains fragmented hyaluronic acid, consisting of much smaller molecules that penetrate better into the skin.” —Misha Shahzada, makeup artist
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added the staple to our skin care edit with the Violet Code's official stamp of approval.