Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader $210
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, and they are 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 the skin-care-obsessed, one of whom 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 line 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.
Victoria Beckham Beauty by Augustinus Bader’s Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum delivers on their lofty goals and then some. This next-generation serum simply feels different than others; the texture is thicker and more substantial than most, yet smooth and quick to absorb. But it’s the formulation—elegantly composed, highly concentrated—that truly stands out.
Bader’s patented TFC8 complex works 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.
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.
In clinical tests, after using the Power Serum over the course of six weeks, 100% of testers reported "significant" improvement in their skin's barrier function, 97% saw immediate reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, 86% reported more radiant skin, and 84% said that their skin looked firmer. 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 Mrs. Beckham’s makeup-free selfies as compelling evidence of the serum’s capabilities.
“I’m obsessed! The texture is perfect and the glow on the skin, with or without makeup, is amazing. This serum is going to replace others in my routine.” – PATTI DUBROFF, Makeup Artist
“I have been struggling with dehydration and I love the way this has quenched and plumped my skin, plus I am confident this aided in the recovery and healing of my irritated skin during and post-breakouts.” – MOLLY GREENWALD, Makeup Artist
“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
With a chorus of rave reviews (and the clinicals to back them), Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader’s Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum was VIOLET CODE APPROVED and earned a place on THE SHELVES.