When I was asked to test Luxtural Sophisticated Veil ($276), I immediately checked out the manufacturer’s website and Googled the product. After a bit of research, I concluded that I had to try this serum and see if it was as marvelous as its users claimed.

Luxtural has just three products in its arsenal: Mystique Fountain (hydrating mist), Silk Premonition (moisturizer) and Sophisticated Veil (serum). Each product is meant to be used together, in that specific order, though I only had the opportunity to test one. The reason for applying the serum last is that “in addition to its anti-aging and moisturizing benefits, this serum creates a sheer veil on your skin that smoothes it, protects it and prevents it from loss of hydration.”

According to the patent application, the base of the products are pure rainwater from the Pacific Ocean, collected above ground in order to avoid any impurities (for detailed information, see patent application). Luxtural claims that it chose each ingredient “for its effectiveness, quality, benefits and safety.” The list of ingredients is as long as your arm (well, at least if your arm is about six inches long…) and, apart from the somewhat dubious cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone crosspolymer, a lot of them are beneficial. Seaweed, rosa rubiginosa seed oil, evening primrose oil, coumarin, pomegranate extract, portulaca extract, cucumber oil, sweet almond oil as well as a whole bouquet of essential oils for aromatic purposes are all included.

I’ve now used this product for four weeks – mornings and evenings, in a regimen that looks like this:

  1. Cleanser: Clinique cream cleanser (morning) and Stemulation Micro Derm Scrub (evening)
  2. Eye serum: Retrospect Flash Firm Eye Gel
  3. Anti-wrinkle serum: ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-aging Serum
  4. Moisturizer: Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift (morning) and Royal Nectar Face Mask (evening)
  5. Face serum: Luxtural Sophisticated Veil

Note that when I began the test, I excluded my beloved ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-aging Serum ($145), but after a week I had to reintroduce it, since Sophisticated Veil wasn’t keeping my wrinkles in check (in particular, the naso-labial grooves).

Luxtural’s Sophisticated Veil has a pleasing fragrance and when you massage it onto the face it really feels super-luxurious (I’m afraid, though, that the “gliding-on-super-smoothly” may be due to the silicones in the formula). It is aptly named, however, since it really feels like your face is swathed in a sheer veil – sophisticated or not, I leave to others to decide.

After the four-week trial, these are my findings: The product does keep the skin moisturized for longer, and I have to say my skin has a slightly more even skin tone – as well as looking a bit more “satiny.” My main concerns, however, are the wrinkles and gravity-challenged skin that comes with 58 years of living. For those areas this product did little.

To be fair, though, I don’t think the target group for this product is 50+ people, since we need more of “re-” as in regain and restore. The strength of this product is probably more of “keep what you have for longer,” so if you’re in your 30s and you have $300 burning in your pocket you might think of going for this one. (Actually, if I were in my 30s I’d like to try the whole system.)

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin (Vegan), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), PEG-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Aldehyde C-14 Natural, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Benzyl Acetate Natural, Cinnamomum Cassia Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Listea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Citrata Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Oil