Antipodes Apostle Skin-brightening Serum - review


Last time Priceline had a fifty per cent off skincare sale, I bought two Antipodes products and this was one of them. I did have a huge list of items that I wanted to try from the brand, but the purse strings were tight so I limited myself to two, knowing that I could buy a couple more next time around.

This particular serum wasn't my first choice but most of the Antipodes stock was gone by the time I got to my local Priceline, so I settled for this and a toner (I'll review the latter shortly) and I'm now almost done with the bottle so it's definitely time to review it.

While I do like it, it's probably not one I'd buy again because I prefer other serums I've used, but it's not a bad product and I wouldn't say no if it came my way again.

Antipodes claims/product details:
  • A water-based corrective serum to help target pigmentation, brighten your skin and restore even tone
  • Destined to have a leading role in your daily beauty ritual with its revolutionary bioactive ingredients from New Zealand nature
  • Waiwera mineral water from an ancient spring voted the world's best water restores essential moisture to parched skin
  • Antioxidant-rich Vinanza Performance Plus addresses facial redness and the melanin production that can cause discolouration
  • Add in the subtle exfoliating action of superfruit kiwi enzyme and soothing Oxifend from red grapes, and your skin will be gloriously glowing! 
  • Mamaku black fern and Reishi mushroom assist with healthy cell renewal for the ultimate fresh-faced beauty
  • RRP $59 AUD for 30ml, but do shop around


If you read this blog, you'll know that I recently fell for Antipodes' Chia & Kiwi Seed Superfood Serum (reviewed here) so I think I was half-expecting to love this serum as much as I did that one. While I do think this is a decent product for the price, my skin much preferred the chia product so I'd rather buy that one instead.

When I first used this I got a bit of a fright because it's a dark brownish red colour (I guess that's the red grapes) and I wasn't expecting it to look like that. In some lights you'd be forgiven for thinking it's blood - eep! It's a very thin watery product that's lightweight and smells of fruit, so if you prefer thinner serums like I do, this might appeal to you.

What's good about this product is that it spreads well and absorbs almost instantly, given how thin it is, so I have no concerns that it's coating my skin or interfering with my moisturiser's ability to absorb. This is how I like my serums so it gains points on that front.

I've been using this at least once a day - often twice - for almost three months now, and I think that if it were going to offer any cumulative benefits it would have done so by now so it's safe to say that this hasn't done much for my skin. While I do enjoy using it and it has a temporary brightening effect after application, it hasn't made my skin happier overall like the chia serum did so I can definitely say that the latter is the better product (at least for my skin).

On the claims: I don't think this does anything towards pigmentation or uneven skintone but it does have a temporary brightening effect; it does hydrate a little but I definitely need a moisturiser over the top because this isn't moisturising enough on its own; I don't think this has done anything for facial redness or discolouration; but I do think it makes my skin glow for a while immediately after use.

All in all, this isn't a bad product for the price but I think Antipodes has better serums on offer. Whenever Priceline has another sale, I'll be sure to try something else from the range.

Nice but not great.

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