Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Review for Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Hey guys! Today’s review will be on the highly raved by almost everyone on the planet Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I got this from Luxola, using my $10 store credit when I first signed up, so the total amount I paid was $23 (original price is $33).

The product has a unique way of using it. Firstly, do not shake the solution. You need to wait for the solution to settle and separate (around 10-15 minutes) then apply the paste to get the optimum effect. Direction: Dip a cotton swab into the pink sediment and dab on the pimple. Let it dry and wash off the next morning.

It is a pink opaque paste so I encourage only using it at night or on days where you do not need to leave the house. Or if sporting pink spots on your face is your thing then… 


I really like this product, therefore this review is going to be a positive one. This solution promises to dry out the zit in 24 hours and I do see significant results. I usually get these painful huge ass zits on my chin and nowadays on my forehead and after using it my pimple is notably less inflamed and the size is reduced. Sometimes my zit gets so small, it stops getting painful!

It leaves a minty cooling sensation when applied and the solution does sting a little if your pimple is an open wound. You only need a dab of this, so the entire bottle was probably take months to finish! It contains 29ml of product. 


Do note that the drying lotion is very drying (it contains alcohol), so you are bound to get flaky skin around the area where you applied the solution. If you have very dry or sensitive skin, you might want to skip days because it is very harsh.

The texture of the drying lotion is very similar to calamine lotion (it does contain calamine) and Proactiv’s Refining Mask. It has a clay consistency that dries within minutes. Do note that this drying lotion, in particular, is very hard to wash off. Therefore I do not recommend using large quantities of it on one spot because it grabs on tightly to the skin.

Let me warn you guys first. This product is pungent. Despite the smell being so strong, it does not smell bad as in stinky. It has a chemical, herbal smell and for those who are sensitive to scent, you might want to test it out first.

I do like the design of the product; it looks very exquisite and old school. What I don’t like about it is that the bottle is made out of glass, which means that you have to be extra careful when handling it because the glass can break. It also makes travelling with it almost impossible. 


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If you are looking for a pimple acne treatment and everything you have tried is not working, I highly recommend trying this out. I do see significant results and think that it is worth every buck. 

I paid $23 for this product. 

Will I repurchase? Yes. I do see the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion becoming a staple in my skincare bag.

Packaging: 3/5 (not the most user-friendly)
Price: 4/5
Effectiveness: 5/5 (It works!)
Overall rating: 4/5

Do you have any pimple treatment to recommend me? Or have you used the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Do share with me your thoughts on them! 

Thank you always for reading, if you have any questions or suggestions please leave them in the comments section below or email me at, I will be sure to reply them! See ya in the next post! Cheers!



  1. Hello err sorry that my question has no link to this blogpost but I read your past blogpost that you paste double eyelid sticker before sleeping? Why? Isn't it more normal for people to paste double eyelid sticker when going out (when their eyes will be open) so as to look nicer and to create permanent eyelid over time? When you sleep, your eyes aren't open and like no point in pasting it :@

  2. And for the darkness doublesided eyelid tape, what's the actual difference between the three coloured packaging? I notice alot of people using orange packaging!