I was invited to meet with Kat Burki, founder of her namesake beauty brand. at the Nordstrom Vancouver Beauty Trend Show. Kat has a background in nutrition and she uses her knowledge of how ingredients interact with heat and other external aggressors to create a skincare line that uses only cold press methods in ingredients extraction, without any cosmetic fillers.
Since the brand’s inception in 2011, Kat has introduced several new products to its beauty line, including the Complete B skincare line that launched this year that contains products featuring a complex Vitamin B cocktail. The core line of the Kat Burki brand is Essential Radiance and is headlined by the customer favourite Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream. For anti-aging needs, look to the Advanced Anti-Aging line, which contains Form Control Marine Collagen Gel serum, used to plump up the skin and boost collagen production, the Rose Hip Revitalizing Serum, as well as other products to protect and nourish the skin from signs of aging. The Body line contains award-winning products such as Hand Therapy, and the Raw Sugar Body Scrub.
Today I’m reviewing the Form Control Marine Collagen Gel, which is part of their Anti-Aging line.
Kat Burki’s Form Control Marine Collagen Gel (C$165 for 30mL) claims to transform your skin by contouring defined areas and encouraging correction to fill in shape and form. The product contains pure algae Keratin, which regenerates skin cells, while Botanical Hyaluronic Acid fused with Raw Silk Proteins instantly fills the epidermis to visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve elasticity. It is formulated with 14 known Collagen Boosters to work with the Marine Collagen for filling and plumping. Lastly, it is further boosted by KB5™ Complex and Reishi Mushroom, Plant Stem Cells promote deep hydration.
You can use this either on top your moisturizer for immediately plumping, or under your moisturizer as a serum for long-term benefits. The texture is of a light gel that’s super lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. You’re supposed to set it sit for 3-4 minutes before applying other products so that it can absorb properly, but I’m impatient so I’ve just been slapping my face until it feels mostly absorbed and then applying my moisturizer. I’ve only used this on top of moisturizer once, and it really helps to create a dewy finish with an immediate plumping effect – my skin looks so healthy and glowy!
After a few weeks of using this as a serum – which is my preferred method – my skin definitely feels plumper and more nourished. I haven’t really noticed any sculpting and contour effects, per se, but I feel like that would be more obvious on older skin. I’m a big fan of the light gel texture, and there’s a very shallow fresh powdery “marine” scent that I really enjoy as well. A lightweight product like this is perfect for layering, and I can use my facial oil mixed with moisturizer on top without it being heavy. A little also goes a long way, so despite the $165 price tag, you can use this for longer than the usual 3-4 months that a 30mL serum lasts for.
For the $165 price point, it is definitely a luxury product, but I’ve really enjoyed using this and will recommend to those looking for a plumping and nourishing serum. Even though it is marketed as an anti-aging product, I like to think that people in their late 20s and early 30s can also use this as a preventative measure. It’s easier to try to maintain the collagen in your skin rather than try to replace it after its been lost!
My next Kat Burki product will have to be the Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream – I also tried this at the Nordstrom Trend Show and it just felt so hydrating on the skin.
Ingredients: KB5™ Complex (Arnica, Gotu Kola, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Hydrosol), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Algae Extract (Keratin), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (Plant Stem Cells), Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative, less than 1%)