Sonya Dakar vs. Mario Badescu

Which do you fellow members prefer?
Sonya Dakar's Drying Potion (MSRP $25)


Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion (MSRP $17)

They both claim to clear up pimples over night, and apparently they are every celebrities secret weapon.

Is it BS or do you think they really work?


Cupcake Lover <3
Aug 12, 2006
Mario Badescu is amazing. I have been using his line since 2003 and my skin has never looked better.

There is a whole thread in the beauty bar about everyone's favorite products from his line and the drying lotion is definitely at the top of that list.

I have never heard of Sonya Dakar.

I know a ton of celebs use MB. I started using MB after a friend of mine that is a publicist told me about the line.

Here are some of the people who use MB:


Jun 18, 2007
Mario Badescu works, but only on certain kinds of pimples. It won't work on all types of pimples every single time, kwim? I haven't tried Sonia Dakar, because it's more expensive and it basically contains the same acne-fighting ingredients, plus some essential oils. There is also a copycat version of Mario Badescu that you can buy at Ulta for ~$8. It's harsher on the skin than MB, but it does an ok job.