A while back when I did my facial oil collection, the Kypris Moonlight Catalyst was featured among the massive stash. I made a mental note to do a proper review of it as the product sounds very intriguing and promising.
Can you believe it took me this long to come up with this review? 6 months, that’s how long it has been! The reason it dragged till today is because for the longest time, I couldn’t get myself to use it consistently to form a conclusion – I would use it one night and keep it aside for a week, then pick it up again to try one more time. Why? You ask, well, it really is just because I hate the smell. Every time I open it, it reminds me of wet, old smelly shoes, disgusting right? I even wrote an email to cultbeauty where I purchased this product, and asked if it supposes to smell this way, and their exact words were:
I’m afraid this is normal with some Kypris products as they contain very potent natural ingredients and no fragrance. I believe it is the pumpkin enzyme that may be causing this smell.
So, I took their words for it and decided to give it one proper try – use it every night before moisturizer (I don’t feel it goes well with oils on top, a traditional moisturizer layers much better) for weeks. And boy, was I happy I took the leap of faith!
If I put the scent side, which I still haven’t gotten used to after a month – I sometimes hold my breath when applying it – the product itself is surprisingly really good! It has a rather odd consistency, sort of in between water and gel, leaves a slight sticky/tacky feeling on the face after application. The product absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn’t disturb moisturizer that goes on top of it- I have tried layering it with thin or thick moisturizers, and they all work well together.
What impresses me the most is that it actually does what it says to do, which is providing a skin renewal result without the harsh effects of traditional retinol products. Kypris is a brand that uses all natural and organic ingredients, and the moonlight catalyst boasts to have 15 active ingredients to “accelerate turnover”, and “simulates skin’s natural renewal cycles”. I didn’t have high hopes at the beginning, because with the initial few nights, I honestly didn’t feel any differences. But after about one week mark, I started noticing my skin texture has improved: a bit softer, smoother, and my complexation becomes a little brighter – nothing drastic, but different enough so I know I’m not tricking my own brain. It does all these without any irritation or burning sensation, you really cannot feel there is any exfoliating going on because it’s that gentle! Moonlight catalyst refine & renew, what a clever and accurate name.
Price wise, Kypris is an expensive brand. The moonlight catalyst comes in 47ml and priced at £74.00 at cultbeauty.co.uk (though you can get 20% off if it’s shipping outside of EU) – definitely a steep price. But I do find this bottle can last quite a while, I usually apply 3 drops directly to my face, which is a quite generous amount. And after about one and half months of consistent usage, seems like I have only gone through ⅕ of it.
So the bottom line is that I really like it – like it enough to lug this bottle along with me when travel. And if you are thinking of adding concentrated anti-aging serum into your daily routine, but is concerned about the potential side effects of retinol cream (especially if you have sensitive skin), I would recommend giving this one a try.