The Best Normal-Combination Skin Face Serums at Different Price Points (Affordable and Luxury Serums)

Looking for a new face serum to add to your skincare routine? Check out some of my favorites!

The best face serums for normal to combination skin at every budget
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Affordable face serums for normal to combination skin

I've tested close to 100 different face serums and these are by far my favorite serums that are the most effective for my normal to combination skincare concerns (i.e. anti-aging, redness, dull skin, skin texture, appearance of pores, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles). Below I've sorted them into price categories, and given a little bit of information about why I prefer them and why I will continue to use them.

Best serums that cost close to $25


If you're a skincare newbie and are wondering where to start, I would say to start with a retinol serum and this one from Versed is excellent and cost-effective. 

Retinol is a key vitamin and antioxidant ingredient that works to restore the skin. Most notably, retinol is recommended as the key part of any anti-aging skincare regimen. I prefer this Versed serum because retinol is one of the ingredients that needs to be stored away from light and excess air, and packaging plays a key part in the effectiveness of the ingredient after the package has been opened. Any jar or clear container won't work well for a retinol product, and this Versed serum comes in a pump which is more ideal to keep the retinol stored away from sunlight and is able to perform correctly and bring the most benefits to your skin when you use it! 

Best serums that cost close to $50


This peptide serum from Mario Badescu helped produce major changes to my pores. After using it for a month, my pores looked smaller and the surface of my skin felt significantly softer with less texture. 


After using this Georgette Klinger serum as a part of my nighttime skincare routine for quite some time, I noticed that my skin looked visibly softer and my pores had begun looking more airbrushed in the mornings. It's great for those who are wanting something to incorporate into their routine that focuses on anti-aging benefits.


If you are more prone to redness like I am, you will want to get your hands on this anti-redness serum from REN Clean Skincare. Only a little bit is needed and applying it strategically is key. Like any treatment serum, you want to apply it only to the parts of your face where you need it (i.e. my cheeks and nose appear redder, so I only apply the serum on my cheeks and nose). 

Best serums that cost close to $100


Sometimes you get what you pay for, and that's definitely the case with this eye serum from Glo Skin Beauty. I have been using this eye serum for months and I'm never going back! My undereye area has never looked as bright and healthy as it does now. I know it's a bit costly, but, I recommend you invest in this serum. 


The good news is that Drunk Elephant sells this serum as a smaller size so you can try it out before you're ready to commit to their large size. The bad news is that it's expensive. But there's a good reason for this! 

Take a look at the ingredients--this resurfacing night serum from Drunk Elephant is made with a potluck of beneficial ingredients for my skin. If you need to generate more turnover and see some major changes to your skin, this is the serum for you. If you are already happy with your skin texture, don't have acne scars, don't have an issue with your pores, and don't have any wrinkles or fine lines you don't need this. But if you need to see a change in your skin texture, this is the serum you want to invest in. 


The epitome of luxury skincare, the Verso Hydration Serum is one of the most luxurious serums I've ever used! Not only does it deliver results--it drastically helped reduce the appearance of my dark spots--but it's vegan, clean, and smells great. 

This serum is made with a high concentration of niacinamide, which if you're unsure what that is, it's a game-changer ingredient that works to support the skin barrier. It helps balance oil production, greatly improves the texture of the skin which helps make pores appear smaller and increases the resiliency of the skin barrier itself. The best part about niacinamide is that it's compatible with most ingredients in other kinds of skincare so adding this serum into your skincare routine will boost your results and not interfere with the active ingredients in other products. This Verso Hydration Serum is amazing, and while the sticker shock is real, it's definitely worth every penny in my eyes if you're wanting to invest in your skin.

Luxury face serums for normal to combination skin


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15 comments

  1. I would love to try the anti-redness serum. Hormones has done a wonder on my skin lately!

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  2. Thank you! I will have to try some of these for sure. My skin needs the help.

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  3. I definitely do not have 100 dollars for a serum but I might try a $25 one. It is so good to get the best one I can afford.

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  4. These all sound like some amazing serums for combination skins, I do love Ren as a brand so I am really interested in trying that one for myself.

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  5. I haven’t tried any of these yet. Would love to give them a try.

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  6. I'm not a person who uses serums, but if I was going to try one it would be one of the more affordable ones.

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  7. Thank you for all these details. I always need to take care of my skin but not always can afford expensive products.

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  8. These serums all sound so awesome to use. My wife will absolutely love to check out that Georgette Klinger Ceramide Reparative Serum.

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  9. First time for me to see these brands and they looks really a good serum from me to try. Thank you!

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  10. I am so glad you sorted this out into the price category to fit every budget. I look forward to trying the Drunk Elephant TLC.

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  11. It's nice to see the many serums out there. I use to use serum, but I haven't in a while. I should check some of these out.

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  12. I'm not huge on selfcare but my the other day my friend was telling how serum is important for your face. I cant afford the $100 one, but I will try the one for $25.

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  13. I've been using natural brand serum and moisturizer for years now. Great investment for your skin and its a good habit to take care of your skin as early as possible.

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  14. Those Mario Badescu serums are no joke! I love my Vitamin C serum from them.

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  15. I don't use serums much, and these would be interesting to try. I have heard of the Mario Badescu one, but not the others.

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