You read that right. No, there is nothing wrong with your eyes. We tried a $400+ serum that has the word “diamond” in it. Très fancy? Without a doubt. Worth it? We weren’t quite sure, but we were hell-bent on finding out. And while we, too, were slightly mislead in thinking that Omorovicza’s Blue Diamond Concentrate — whose reviews include claims like “immediate results”, “brighter complexion”, and “delicious” (yes, just delicious) — might have actual diamonds for the taking, the serum does contain diamond peptides. What are those, you ask? Do they matter? Because Bleu’s team is packed to the brim with beauty junkies who will slather just about anything on their skin if it promises results (for the greater common good, of course), we equipped three editors with this so-called magic serum to see what all the hype was. Remember: we swear to tell the whole truth and nothing, but the truth. So, if you’ve been curious about this blue baby and what it can do for you, consider this your official guide. We spared no detail.
40-something, Editor-In-Chief, James Kicinski-McCoy
“To know me is to know that I love a good serum, and I could not wait to try this one in particular because it comes with a flood of A+ reviews. That and I was really curious as to why it carries such a steep price tag. I have been using Omorovicza’s products for several years now and have my favorites: the Queen of Hungary Mist (always perched next to my bed), the Perfecting Lip Balm (seriously soft lips ahead with this stuff), and a charcoal body scrub that looks to have been since discontinued, which is a shame because I am almost out of it, but I have found a new one from Orlane that I think I like even better. But, I am getting side tracked as per usual, let’s get back to the serum.
The bottle arrived and as expected, like every Omorovicza product I have tried, it was beautiful. The packaging is sleek and luxe. I like the unique closure on this serum. The cap has a pop-up, button-like top which clicks down once the bottle is closed. The formula itself is an almost milky, water-gel consistency. It goes on smooth and easy and penetrates the skin instantly. I appreciate a serum that doesn’t leave behind a sticky or oily film in its tracks. Now for my favorite part…as soon as I slathered two dollops of this over my face and neck, I could feel my skin tightening. Say WHAAAAT?!! Whatever diamond peptides are, or the mix of other contents inside of this bottle, they perform! It was love at first swipe. The texture of my skin when using this product (so soft and taut) was something to write home about. I am nearly half-way through my bottle and will be sad to the last drop because replacing this one will hurt — it’s over $400! But, damn it’s good.
Closing arguments: 1.) I think this one is geared towards the mid-to-late 30-somethings, 40-somethings, and up. I don’t see why a serum of this caliber would be necessary for anyone that was not starting to experience the trials of maturing skin. 2. ) I wish it were cheaper. 3.) I am curious to see my skin once the bottle runs dry. Then, and only then, will I know if I will repurchase, but I’m thinking there is a high possibility that the answer will be yes.”
20-something, Senior Managing Editor, Tiana Lewis
“I’ll be the first to admit that absolutely no one needs a $400 serum, especially not a 26-year-old. But, when you’re as beauty-curious as I am and one lands on your desk to review, you cease the opportunity because when are you ever going to have it again? And, just for the record, you 1000% would’ve done the same thing, too. Don’t lie.
That said, I’ve been a fan of Omorovicza for years. I was first introduced to the brand during a facial at Therapy Systems in Nashville where they used Omorovicza products exclusively. It was there that I fell in love with the Thermal Cleansing Balm (you can read all about it and more of my favorites on Bleu’s holy-grail products round-up). From there, I began working my way through other items in their line. The Queen of Hungary Mist (love!) and Refining Facial Polish (A solid like!) to name a few. And, although the brand is pricey, I would gladly save to spend a little extra on any one of these products. They’re just that good. The ingredients are usually on point (although I’ll be the first to admit that that’s not always my highest priority) and they feel luxe, like you’re getting what you pay for. The Blue Diamond Concentrate, however, was my first time entering into anything over the $150+ range for Omorovicza.
The first thing I noticed about it was the packaging. It feels heavy in your hand, and even has a mechanism that pops the top up when you twist it in a way I’ve never seen in any other product. There was clearly a lot of thought that went into the design, and as a designer myself, I appreciate that. The second thing I noticed was the fragrance, of which I can only attempt to describe as a light, fresh ocean floral. I’m miserable at describing what something smells like, but I assure you the scent is wonderful. I also mention this because I know some people prefer products without fragrance. While both are nice, packaging and a great smell don’t justify $400, do they? So, let’s dive into my actual findings.
When I first tried the serum, I noticed results immediately. I didn’t want to. I wanted to write this product off as gimmick, but I did. My skin was more vibrant, smoother. I 100% could have been drinking the product-claim Kool-Aid, but I really did notice an instant boost in the glow of my complexion. Did it last forever? I don’t think so. Do I notice a visible difference if I don’t use the Diamond Concentrate? Not day to day. But, I’m also 26, turning 27 next month. There is a strong argument to be made that I don’t need the serum to begin with. That said, I really enjoy having it in my rotation, and I know I will be absolutely gutted when I run out for a couple of reasons. First, I feel like I’m doing something good for my skin long-term, and that with enough use, I will likely prevent wrinkles or some form of premature aging. The shitty part about that though, is that there’s no guarantee. You just have to trust the process and hope that it’s working long-term. I also know that when I run out, I won’t be able to afford another bottle, at least not without making some major sacrifices in my budget. And, for me, the potential promise of preventing premature aging and doing something good for my skin in the long-run doesn’t outweigh the fact that I’m a millennial with looming credit card debt who’s trying to save for her future. You shouldn’t go into debt over a serum, especially when you can find other, more affordable alternatives that will (fingers crossed) provide a similar effect.
So, here’s my final two cents: If you can afford it, if investing in your skincare is something that you do regularly and without worry or strain, try this. I promise you won’t regret it. If nothing else, it provides a daily pick-me-up for your skin. At best, you’re doing all you can to reverse the hands of time as far as wrinkles are concerned. But, for all my 20-somethings (and maybe some 30 and 40-somethings+ too), if you can’t afford it, I promise you can find similar products (they won’t be exactly the same, but hell, they’ll come close) or added steps in your routine, so you don’t break the bank. And, if you need some in particular, find me in the comments section, below. I’d be happy to share what I know! ”
30-something, Contributing Beauty Editor, Brooke Baxter
“Diving right into my first Bleu review with my unabashed thoughts on the Blue Diamond Concentrate Serum from Omorovicza…
Texture: 9/10. Once applied, this serum completely disappears without any residue whatsoever. Your skin is left feeling fresh, soft, hydrated, firm, with almost zero ‘stickiness’ which makes the perfect base to layer SPF or other products.
Scent: 3/10. It has a bit of a Davidoff Cool Water circa 1992 smell. I got used to it after a while, but I tend to steer away from products that smell like Men’s cologne or any cologne, period.
Packaging: 10/10. Looking at the blue bottle just makes your skin feel hydrated. It looks and feels like it should be sitting on a marble vanity in a a stucco Greek Isles villa. The top has a really cool twist pump that gives you the perfect amount of product for one use. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this bottle went through multiple flights and did not leak — major bonus points there.
Refill Potential / Would I buy this again? No. It retails at $410. If it was $210 (half the price) I would consider it, but in the new age of single application multi-purpose products, the serum days are over for me, but that extra boost of hydration while firming came in handy for my dry, beach vacationed skin. However if you love a clear, hydrating, and firming serum this should be highly considered.”