The 27 Best Facial Serums Real People Actually Swear By

Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community a skincare question for the ages when we requested a list of your favorite facial serums that are so good they make you want to do this:

(But you wouldn’t, because “a little dab will do ya” and serums can be pretty pricey.)

Below are facial serums for all skin types and at various price points — so that you can find something that makes sense for your own face + budget.

1.Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra Clarifying Face Oil

“It has salicylic acid to help clear acne but also has other oils mixed in to help not dry out the face. I was afraid to use it because I have really oily skin… so I thought adding a face oil onto mine would be a bad idea but actually it’s made my skin less oily since it adds extra moisture back into my skin while cleaning out my pores. I put it on my face at night after my skin routine and then it seeps in while I sleep.” —ericam4968e0c88

“Yes. She’s quite pricey BUT if you have sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts, you need this. I was breakout free while using the entire bottle, even when I get the worst hormonal acne.”

—tori1017

Get it from Sephora for $80.

2.Physician’s Formula Rosé All Day Oil-Free Serum

“Okay. This stuff is worth its weight in GOLD, y’all. You can use it under your make up, or even just alone. Either way, it makes your face all glowy without it looking oily. I love wearing it both ways. Cheap, smells AMAZING, and actually does what it says it does. Run, don’t walk.”

—ptyram7

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

3.Herbivore Botanicals Emerald CBD Glow Serum

“It really makes your skin glow and doesn’t leave you with that weird greasy feeling. It soaks into the skin super quick and also helps soothe inflammation and redness.”

—giannav496e59556

Get it from Sephora for $58.

4.OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum

“Ole Henrickson Truth Serum, it smooths out the texture of my skin and helps with dark spots. Plus, it makes my face so smooth. And it smells fantastic!”

—tinajoplinc

“Ole Henriksen Truth Serum is my favorite daytime serum. It gives my skin a glow, helps fade scars, and adds some extra moisture. I put it on before my moisturizer every morning.”

—megane46c00540e

“I am 32F, red hair, freckles, fair, dry, sensitive skin and this works best for me. I’ve tried samples of everything I can imagine from cheap drug store brands to La Mer, and this is a nice middle of the road option that absorbs nicely and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. You can get free samples on their website if you want to try it out!”

—theanonymousone

Get it from Sephora for $49.

5.The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

“As a Sephora employee I’ve had the opportunity to try just about any and everything. I have combo skin and I’ve struggled with adult acne for a few years now. I was self conscious of my acne and the subsequent scars but with The Ordinary’s 10% Lactic Acid serum I now have glowing skin. I’ve been getting compliments left and right. Our skincare consultant even said my skin was radiant and she’s not lying.”

—alyalesh

Get it from Sephora for $6.80.

6.Go-To Skincare’s Face Hero

“Go-To’s Face Hero, it’s an oil and makes you feel absolutely fantastic. I put on a few drops before my moisturizer at night and wake up with gorgeous glowy skin. Anything Zoe Foster Blake makes is gorgeous.”

—louisew4894abd0e

Get it at from Sephora $34.

7.Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum

“It is definitely pricey but I haven’t been able to find anything else that can come close! It helps keep my acne at bay and helped smooth out my skin. It also doesn’t sting or burn when you use it which is always a plus!” —morganclaytona

“It does a great job with smoothing and brightening my skin plus helping clear up any break outs I might have. The price tag is high, but I cough up the money yearly. My skin was awful most of my life, and this serum has people complimenting me consistently on my skin.” —megane46c00540e

Get it from Sephora for $90.

8.Sweet Chef Kale Vitamin B Serum Shot

“Sweet Chef Kale/Vitamin B, Beet/Vitamin A, and Ginger/Vitamin C serums. You can use any of these serums on their own or in different combinations to either hydrate your skin to the max, make it bounce, or to achieve glass skin.”

—kristinm496488746

Get it from Target for $19.99.

9.Juice Beauty Stem Cellular

“I just turned 36 this year and I was starting to notice a lot of fine lines on my cheeks and around my eyes. I went in and I’m about halfway through this bottle and it’s made almost all of them disappear!”

—christophero40ff2fa11

Get it from Amazon or Ulta Beauty for $80.

10.Tarte Maracuja Oil

“Tarte’s Maracuja oil is my holy grail product. I have really dry skin and I also work in the entertainment industry so after sweating all day or wearing prosthetics for 8 hours I put this on before i go to bed and I wake up with the smoothest face ever. Baby bottoms wish they could. —andream30

“I put this on at night and my skin is plump and hydrated through the next morning. It’s also great to mix with foundation for a moisturized and dewy look!”

—samanthag46aea85dd

Get it from Sephora or Ulta Beauty for $48.

11.Graydon Skincare Fullmoon Serum

“What I like about this serum are the ingredients — jasmine, moringa, bergamot, pineapple, Vitamin C, malachite — but what I absolutely love is how it feels on my face. No other serum I’ve tried has been so hydrating and quick to absorb, while leaving my face feeling fresh and supple. I use it every morning with my gua sha tool and truly hate to go a day without it.” — W.J.

Get from Detox Market or Graydon Skincare for $87.

12.Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

“I used to be horrible about skincare (and to be honest, I’m still not great about it, because what I’m really horrible about is sticking to a consistent routine) but this serum changed my whole outlook. I got this as part of a gift set one year for Christmas and I’ve been faithfully restocking my supply ever since. I have sensitive combination skin and this makes my skin soft and smooth and feeling youthful, even if I only remember to use it once during a whole week.”

—jsealand

“It’s heaven in a bottle! I have sensitive skin and struggle with eczema and redness and this stuff saved my skin! Haven’t had any problems since I started using it and it’s hydrating and anti aging! I recently purchased my 5th bottle!”

—jennisz

Get it from Ulta Beauty for $70.

13.Fourth Ray Beauty Serums

“Fourth Ray Beauty’s Rainfall and Remedy serums have done wonders for my skin! It’s completely vegan and cruelty-free, and my skin isn’t as dry, and looks hydrated and glowy, all while being super affordable! Fourth Ray Beauty is the sister company to Colourpop Cosmetics and are great quality at a low price point.”

—elizabethmorganw

Get the Rainfall serum for $15 and Remedy serum for $15.

14.Kiehls Midnight Recovery Serum

“Kiehls Midnight Recovery Serum is liquid gold. Any hint of dryness and flaking on my face has vanished since I started using it in prep for getting married.”

—julias4354a33e5

Get from Ulta Beauty or Sephora for $49.

15.Vichy Mineral 89

“I love Vichy Mineral 89. Usually wary of serums due to my sensitive skin, but this one gave me no issues at all. I’ll use it before bed (a little goes a long way) and wake up with glowy skin.”

—k4284d1be7

Get from Amazon or Ulta Beauty for $29.50.

16.Clarins Double Serum

“It comes in a pump bottle with two separate chambers that combine when pumped. I use this day and night along with my other skincare products and let me tell you I can TELL when I have missed a couple days. It gives my skin a healthy, youthful appearance and puts life back in my skin, no matter how beat down I feel at least I know I don’t look it.”

—lilmissgrace16

Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $89.

17.La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5

“La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 really changed my life! I’m pregnant and have really bad acne AND dehydrated skin (perfect combo, right?)! Every night after removing my make up and cleaning my face, I massage it with only a few drops of serum. In the morning when I wake up, I literally glow! It also helps with wrinkles, I’m 35 and don’t have any but everyone knows that dehydrated skin can lead to more wrinkles so it also helps for that?”

—a4d342e867

Get it at Amazon for $29.50.

18.Jan Marini C-Esta Serum

“So good, smells divine. Really reduced the dark spots on my face and neck. I love all Jan Marini products but this is the best out there!”

—jeanniegallaherg

Get it from Amazon for $110.

19.Light Touch from Lush

“Light Touch from Lush, it’s a serum that is quickly absorbed and has toner in it so it’s basically my one in all for the morning.”

—caitline418b3beb8

Get it at Lush for $12.95.

20.Pixi Overnight Glow Serum

“Easy on my sensitive skin, but damn it packs a punch! It got rid of dark spots I had from acne, helps with any acne that I have that still pops up, helps smooth the texture of my skin and generally just leaves me glowing. It’s been a godsend to me, honestly.”

—k45b6df547

Get it from Target for $24.

21.First Aid Beauty Retinol .25% Serum

“First Aid Beauty Retinol .25% at night, it’s a beginner dose and is very gentle. Good for acne, tone and texture if you’re in your twenties.”

—chanelr437c79bff

Get from Amazon or Sephora for $58.

22.SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel

“It takes A LOT for me to hype up a skin care product. I’ve had such bad acne in the past and skin that scars SO SO easily. I’ve tried probably every single acne scar remedy out there, high end, drugstore you name it and NOTHING has worked like SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel. It’s shrunken my pores and faded my acne scars so quickly. I could see a difference after literally just a few days. If you have acne scars TRY IT it’s so worth it!!!” —mashrubah

Get it from SkinCeuticals or Blue Mercury for $67.

23.COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid

“Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid. It’s AMAZING! My skin has never been better and I have suffered with Rosacea and Psoriasis since childhood. My skin tone is more even and just looks healthier.”

—stephaniealesciof

Get it at Amazon for $42.99.

24.Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

“Innisfree green tea seed serum is a must have. It’s really hydrating and lightweight!”

—michellehe909

Get it at Amazon for $22.

25.Derma-E Serum

“Derma-e. It’s all natural, goes on light and has kept people guessing about this 42 year old‘s age for years.”

—auroraboreallison

Get it at Amazon for $15.

26.The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

“It has cleared up under my eyes: bags, dark circles and puffiness. It’s amazing!”

—rachelb4be9ba374

Get it from Sephora for $6.70.

27.Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil

“The Herbivore lapis balancing facial oil is truly stunning. The packaging, stun. The color (luxurious lapis fantasy as I like to call it), stun. The serum itself, stun! Pores, invisible! Acne, I do not know her! Skin, supple and calm sis!”

—wyattwoot

Get it from Nordstrom, Amazon, and Sephora for $72.

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