“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Cream / Type: Night Cream / Subcategory: Moisturiser / What it does: Moisturizes / Product line: Boots No7 „
My tub of Boots No7 Essential Moisture Night Cream was included in a gift set I was given at Christmas. Lots of the stuff in that set was really lovely, and I am a fan of many No 7 items, but I was very disappointed in this particular product.
I've been spoiled I suppose. I normally use a brilliant night cream (Olay Regenerist - review to follow), But Olay is quite expensive, so naturally I hoped that this one would be just as good, but cheaper. Not so!
*** Product details***
Being a No7 product, this cream is only available from Boots. A 50 ml tub of it costs £10, but there are usually offers around (eg buy two products, get third free ) to bring the price down. I would estimate that if you use it every night, this tub would probably last you about three months, so I suppose it's not expensive. It comes in a plastic double-walled tub which looks ... just OK. It won't enhance your dressing table, but it won't make your eyes cry either. Apparently it is hypo-allergenic, dermatologically tested and fragrance-free.
The instructions for the cream are exactly what you would expect - ie apply to cleansed, toned skin and massage gently over face and neck.
I used the product exactly as recommended. The first thing I noticed as I dipped my fingers into the tub was that it is quite solid and stiff feeling. When I applied it to my face, I felt my skin was being dragged and stretched - and that's the last thing most women want. Application became a little easier once I started warming it between my fingers, but surely that shouldn't be necessary?
Once it was on, my face looked shiny and greasy. It felt sticky to the touch. If someone had rung the doorbell I would have been too embarrassed to answer it. I thought it might sink into my skin after a few minutes, but it didn't. If anything, as the temperature of the cream rose due to the warmth of my skin, the shine increased. The next morning it looked just as shiny and my hair was greasy where it had rested on my face.
To be fair, it felt reasonably 'comfortable' on my skin, but I didn't have any confidence that the product was going to reduce or prevent wrinkling. It looked and felt like a cheap, budget product.
*** The verdict***
I really didn't like the way this cream made my face look and feel each night, but I could have tolerated that if I had noticed any improvement in my skin's appearance or texture over the following weeks. Unfortunately I can't say that it improved my skin tone in any way.
This cream seems old-fashioned. When I looked in the mirror, I saw my mum looking back at me from the 1960s after applying her Ponds Cold Cream! There are many products out there that DON'T leave my skin shiny and sticky, and that don't cost much more. I'll stick with them, thanks!
No 7 is a funny brand to me. The vast majority of the products I have tried haven't been very good, but a few I have tried have been really good. To make sure I don't waste my money I normally try them when a voucher comes out. If you spend over a certain amount (it was £18 at this time) you get a make up bag with a gift set in. I was buying some of the famous protect and perfect cream from the range for my Mum, I got a gift set free with a sample size of this product in. I do suffer from dry skin, so it seemed like it could be useful. However I can't really win with my skin and didn't want to end up sending it the greasy way!
The cream comes in a tub with a screw on and off lid which you have to dip your finger in to get some out. I hate that set up of cream, even though so many creams exist in this way as I get it stuck under my nails.
At night, at the end of a long day, I did my usual cleansing routine and took off my make up, cleansed and toned and then put this cream on. It immediately became clear I needed to pin all my hair out of my face, as a small amount of this got on my fringe and made it really greasy which was a pain.
I only applied a small amount but it went a long way and made quite a difference. I went to sleep not looking very attractive with a big shiney face (so maybe this is ideal for the nights you spend by yourself!) but woke up with silky soft skin and using this cream everynight eliminated horrible dry patches from my skin. It did end up with me getting more spots in my naturally oily patches, but when I started not putting it on every single night this minimised the downsides!
I think the trick with this one is to use it in balance.
As i have mentioned in my previous reveiws on No7 products i am a bit of junkie when it comes to this brand and use alot of their skincare products ona daily basis. I use the Essential Moisture Day Cream pretty much everyday before i put on my make up to make sure my skin is soft and smooth. On a night when i remove my make up my skin can still feel a little dry, (probably because of the amount of make up i wear lol) so i use the essential moisture night cream to ensure that even while i sleep i am taking care of my skin.
Stockists:Like all No7 products it is only available from the Boots store or Boots.com.
Price: £9.50 for a 50ml tub
~What It Claims To Do~
The cream claims to do pretty much the same as the day cream, only while you sleep!! It contains some of the same ingredients including elderflower and vitamin E and F, which work to leave skin soft and silky and replenishes the moiusture in your skin whilst you sleep.
~What I Thought~
The packaging is EXACTLY the same as the day cream, its a plain white tub with the No7 logo on the front and the lid, as i mentioned in my last reveiw i love the packaging as i think it looks quite expensive and classy. Inside the cream is also the same pale pink colour however the consistency is a bit thinner than the day cream. The cream absorbs really well into your skin and your skin instantly feels softer and smoother. The cream also isn't too greasy which is good as no one want to go to bed with greasy feeling face!!! When you wake up the next day your skin definitley feels alot smoother and you look a lot frsher tahn when you dont use it.
I would definitley reccomend this cream especially if you use it with the day cream as your skin will instantly feel hydrated and smooth.
For me this product really is an essential and something I honestly couldnt live without. As I wear quite a bit of make-up at times when Ive taken it all off at night I really need to put some moisture back into my skin to keep it from drying out and this is the product I think is best at doing that "No7 Essential Moisture Night Cream". I get a lot of No7 sets from Christmases and birthdays so I try to make my cream last in between those as this is something that is always in the sets - I dont know what would happen to my skin if this was discontinued LOL.
Price: 50ml = £9.50 100ml = £19.00
For: Replenishing your skin and helping to lock in moisture. This cream is also hypo-allergenic, dermatologically tested & fragrance free so if you have funny skin on your face this could be your perfect product as it wont irritate your skin at all.
This cream is actually reallt hick compared to other face lotions/creams Ive used but I think that is much better in some ways as when I apply this my skin feels really pampered and it feels really luxrious - more than any other face cream Ive tried anyway. You dont need too much of this to cover your whole face and neck and even though it is so thick a little goes a really long way and rubs in really easily. Your face is covered with this really easily with about a 1p piece worth of cream so one tub will last a really long time. Obviously this cream coming in a tub makes it slightly less hygenic than one that pours out of a bottle but as long as your hands/fingers are clean there shouldnt be any problems with infections.
This cream takes a little longer to sink in than most which at first I counted as a disadvantage but then later found out that as this is a special cream ONLY to be used at night time it takes longer to sink in while your sleeping so you wake up with a really smooth and soft face. So it does feel a little greasy for about half hour but when that has sunk in you will have dead soft skin. So dont use it in the day before you apply make-up as youll be waiting ages for it to dry.
The results of this are really great and my skin feels amazing in the morning when Ive used this the night before. REALLY soft and super smooth my skin also feels really plumped up and hydrated as well so I think this is an overnight miracle cream. You can really feel and see the difference in my skin when I DONT use this as my skin simply doesnt look as good and with prolonged use I really do think this helps give you softer skin than ever and thats only after about a week of use. Highly recommended as its something Ill never be without!
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No7 is a Boots own brand beauty range. They offer skincare, makeup, bodycare, suncare and electrical items in the mid price ranges.
Here we have the No7 Essential Moisture Night Cream. Designed to work alongside the same day cream, this night cream is suitable for normal to dry skin.
The night cream is supposed to nourish and replenish your face whilst you sleep and leave your skin soft and smooth.
The night cream comes in a double wall hard plastic tub. The tub is rounded with a screw off lid. The tub is a pearlescent pink colour with black writing. It looks basic yet modern.
The No7 logo and product name are on the front. The back has the directions for use and some blurb about the cream. There is a peel open label on the base with the ingredients and contact details for Boots.
The jar can be recycled and the cream can be used for 24months from opening.
The night cream is sealed with a foil seal. It is a baby pink colour and quite think in consistency.
To use, moisturise into your face at night after your normal cleansing and toning routine.
*Availability and Price*
This night cream comes in a 50ml size. It is available from Boots stores and online at www.boots.com at £9.50. The corresponding day cream is £8.50.
I have dry skin on my face. It didn't use to bother me but I seem to be more inclined to look after my skin now. I trust No7 products and have an extensive collection from the range. I also have sensitive skin which can react with certain products. With No7 being hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, I feel confident that their products won't cause my skin harm.
A few months ago, I went into my local Boots and asked the sales advisor for some advice on my dry skin. She recommended the No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream and the Night Cream. I bought both alongside some makeup during one of their gift with purchase promotions and received a lovely goody bag of makeup! I was happy but hubby tutted when I returned home with yet another Boots bag!
I had never used a night cream before so was unsure what to really expect. The night cream is kept fresh in this double wall tub and is easy to access. I can really get my monies worth as a tub allows me to get all the product out so no wastage is involved!
The baby pink shade is very girly and despite being fragrance free, there is a creamy aroma about the cream. Scooping some up, I was suprised that the cream didn't feel that cool. Once applied to my skin, the cream became cool and soothing. The cream is a reasonable thickness but is easy to rub in.
Using my fingertips, I was able to moisturise the night cream onto my face avoiding my eyes and lips. The cream absorbed very quickly though left a sticky feeling on my skin. This feeling soon subsided and my skin felt soft. I went to bed and anticipated the next mornings results...
***fast forward roughly 8hours sleep***
Morning all! So inspecting my skin, it still felt smooth and soft. The night cream hadn't worked wonders after one use but after quite a few nights of applying this, I was starting to see an improvement. The main difference was my dry skin on my forehead and around my nose. It didn't feel as rough as before but it does come back occasionally.
Used alongside the day cream, I feel a bit more confident about wearing makeup as my face isn't as dry and rough as before.
At £9.50 it is mid price range but I do believe that this and the day cream are good value. I only buy No7 when I have money off vouchers or when their gwp time is on as I feel like I am treating myself to something more worthwhile..well thats my excuse to hubby so I am sticking with that!
I would highly recommend this night cream.
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I have to say I have mixed feelings about this product which I will go on to explain.
I started buying more No7 products and when my normal moisturiser ran out, I decided to try Essential Moisture Night Cream, after all we have all heard of the "miracle" products from No7. A 50ml pot retails at £9.50 in Boots and the No.7 range is very often on 3 for 2, recieve a free gift or £5 off vouchers to be used.
It comes in a rounded simple white pot like the picture above and the cream is a pale pink in colour. The cream is for Normal to Dry skin and I would say my skin is a combination of the two, and it claims to'nourish and replenish your skin while you sleep'.
The cream smells slightly chemically as if it has been overprocessed, personally I would like either a nice fragrence, it does claim to be fragrence free but I don't know how true that is. It contains Elderflower, Vitamins E and F and is hypo-allergenic, which makes it kind to sensitive skin.
I found I didn't really need much to apply it, I would say about half a grape sized blob for my face as the cream is quite thick and heavy. It took a while to soak in to my skin due to the consistency and left it looking slightly greasy.
My skin does feel soft in the morning but I have found since using this cream, my face has become more spotty. I have given the cream a fair go (more than 4 weeks) but I think I will be using a different one in future.
I think if you have really dry skin then this cream may work for you, it is a good price for what you get. I would say I have used about a third of the pot over 4 weeks, it is just slightly heavy and may block your pores.
Last Christmas I got a few different gift sets from Boots with lots of lovely Boots No7 products in. This was a great way of trying some different products to see what they are like. The one I am reviewing today is the Essential Moisture Night Cream.
The cream is available only in Boots stores or online at Boots.com. It costs £9.50 for a 50ml tub although Boots often have special offers including 3 for 2 or a free gift set when you spend over a certain amount so its worth looking out for these offers if you are interested in buying it.
It contains Vitamins E and F and elderflower which is used for its soothing properties. It is hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and is also fragrance free.
My cream comes in a little tub with a screw top lid. The cream is pale pink and is of a moderate consistency. The smell isn't very exciting, I would have liked something a bit nicer and fresher instead it smells a bit chemically.
Applying the cream to my skin it feels quite nice and is richer than the day cream in the same range. You don't need to use much as a small amount goes a long way and is enough to cover your face and neck. At first it does give a slightly greasy look to your face but then it absorbs fairly quickly into my skin and leaves my skin feeling softer and smoother after using it.
This is a good general night cream for most skin types but I think if you had really dry skin you might need a cream that was a bit richer. When my skin is really dry I either change to another moisturiser or use this one but in conjunction with a face serum to give my skin a little bit more moisturiser.
Having used a number of the Protect and Perfect range from Boots, I recently bought a large No. 7 Gift Set containing a wide range of skin care products - bought as part of a 3 for 2 offer this worked out at about £2 per item, so was a real bargain! In light of the financial climate, a more realistically priced skin care regime was looming.
The night cream is for normal to dry skin and promises to nourish and replenish while you sleep. It is hypo-allergenic and the tub holds 50ml of product. The cream itself is fairly thick, pink coloured with a slightly clinical smell. On application, I have found that it feels a bit heavy and takes a while to sink in. I have sensitive skin and find it a little too gloopy.
In the morning, my skin feels refreshed but I can't say that I have noticed any difference in fine lines, however, it doesn't make any claims in this respect.
This is a pleasant enough cream for the price and my sensitive skin feels fine whilst using it but it, understandably, doesn't feel as luxurious as more expensive creams but then it doesn't have that sort of price tag. Does what it says on the tin!
I always use No 7 products. I used to use the Age-Rewind cream, at 24 I didn't really need it but it worked for my skin. At £17 for a tiny 30ml pot it was expensive and since losing my job at the end of last year it is no longer practical to spend so much money on a pot of face cream that I didn't really need.
I have since been trying out other creams in the No 7 range. First up was the Essential Moisture fluid; at £9.30 for 100ml it was definitely a more reasonably priced cream. But, I had definitely compromised on something as it stung my face!
What?!?!?! I have never had sensitive skin in my life but this made my skin turn red and sting like hell.
After this, I was a bit apprehensive about trying the Essential Moisture Night Cream, after all, it was from the same range. My fears were unfounded... It's great!
£9.30 for 50ml is a lot cheaper than my original cream so I was happy to pay it, and I could always take it back if it irritated my skin.
It comes in a rounded white pot with a kind of very pale pink iridescent hint to it.
The cream is for Normal/Dry skin and claims to 'nourish and replenish your skin while you sleep'.
Inside, you will find a baby pink cream that looks delicious and totally edible!
It contains soothing Elderflower and caring Vitamins E and F. It is also hypo-allergenic and fragrance free so really shouldn't irritate your skin.
When you apply it, it blends in well and easily skims over the skin so you don't have to use any more than is necessary (remember - less is more, Ladies! lol). Once it is applied your skin feels slightly damp, but not clammy or tacky. It takes longer than most creams to sink in but then it is a night cream and is heavier than all in one creams.
My skin feels soft and refreshed after use. It doesn't really help skintone or anything else but it does what it says on the tin and is a reasonable price so I am happy with it (well, until I can afford my expensive cream again!).
If you like the sound of this cream then head down to your nearest Boots asap as they currently have 3 for 2 on most of the No 7 range. And don't forget your advantage card as this item is worth 36 points.
It is also a risk free investment as unlike most other beauty/cosmetics companies, if you are at all unhappy with any No7 product you can return it for a full refund, as long as you have your receipt of course.
For Christmas my sister got me a set of No.7 skincare products, which I was really pleased about as it included a few of my favourites, such as the soft and soothed cleanser. One product which I hadn't tried though, was their Essential Moisture night cream.
I don't usually use night cream, but as it was, a couple of weeks after receiving this, I was reading a magazine, and it said that you should start using night cream aged 20! Now being 24 this panicked me somewhat. My head was spinning with (probably) irrational thoughts - 'This is where I've been going wrong all this time. This is why I'm getting fine lines. By the time I'm 30 everyone will think I'm 50. I'll start to look like a prune. No man will ever love me, and I'll have to become a cat lady and start collecting novelty teapots. And I don't even like cats. Or teapots!' Ahem... anyway, I'm sure you get the picture. I was worried, and decided to get this out of the cupboard immediately!!
The cream comes in a pale pink tub with screw top lid. Like the majority of the No.7 skincare products, the tub has a pearlescent sheen to it, which I like, and think gives it that subtly expensive look.
My skin is very dry, and in the colder months needs frequent moisturisation to keep it hydrated and keep the dry patches at bay, so given it's name of 'Essential Moisture', I was really hoping it would give my skin a good drink and keep it nice and soft.
The cream is for normal-dry skin and will help replenish moisture as you sleep. It contains a blend of Vitamin E and Vitamin F as well as elderflower, which is soothing to the skin. The cream is also hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and fragrance free.
On opening the tub, you will see that the cream is a sort of blancmange pink colour. The cream is thicker than your normal moisturiser, yet I find that I only need to use a small amount to cover a large area of skin, as it spreads out easily, and glides onto the skin very smoothly.
Despite the claims it's fragrance free, I do think the cream has a slightly subtle, 'baby lotion' kind of smell to it- very delicate and sweet, but barely noticeable.
I find that the cream does not absorb into the skin very quickly and seems to sit on top of the skin feeling quite greasy. Not having used a night cream before I was not sure if this was the norm or not. I do know by morning the sticky feeling has gone, but whether or not that is because the cream has sunk into my skin, or because it has rubbed off onto my pillow, I don't know!
When I wake up in the morning, my skin does feel soft and hydrated. I've had a lot less dry patches of skin since I began using this, so it's definitely providing moisture to my skin. I have recently had a cold however, and I had very dry skin around my nose, and this wasn't enough to get rid of that unfortunately.
A 50ml tub of this cream costs £9.30 from Boots. This is quite pricey, however only a little is needed per use, so that makes the cost a little easier to justify.
Overall, I've found this to be a good cream, and it keeps my skin well hydrated and soft. On a more negative note, I don't like going to bed with my face feeling all greasy, but it's not the biggest problem, and I would consider buying another pot to replace mine when it runs out.
In the set of skincare products I received for Xmas was a 50ml tub of No 7 Essential Moisture Night Cream so I've been using it on and off since then. The tub looks exactly as the picture above, is plastic and has an oval screw off lid, the product itself is light pink and smells faintly of a light fragrance.
When I first opened it I had trouble getting the seal off, the seal is made of thick foil and I couldn't get a grip on any of the edges to pull it off and had to resort to sticking some nail scissors through it and ripping sections off but that's a small gripe.
The Essential Moisture Night Cream has no anti-aging claims so it's not really designed for that but just to give good moisturisation through the night.
The cream is fairly thick and not at all runny and applies to my dry skin very well. It soothes any dry, tight patches and most of it absorbs but not all. I find there is still a layer on top of the skin that will not absorb fully regardless of the time it is left on. I sometimes apply this to my dry elbows too before I go to sleep as it is so good for dry skin.
The cream is hypo-allergenic and I haven't had any odd reactions to it and it's suitable for normal or dry skin but I think if you have normal skin this might be a little bit too heavy.
I find a blob about the size of a grape is enough to smooth over my face and my neck unless my skin is very dry then I use a little bit extra on my neck. I've been using this most of the nights since Xmas and still have a bit left in the bottom of the tub so it will last a long time. I don't usually use a seperate night cream but it seems like quite a good idea to get extra moisture in your skin while you sleep.
So how's my skin? Well I don't have as many dry areas as I did before I used this cream, the only area still prone to it is my neck. I haven't had any spots from using this either so even though a thin layer of cream isn't absorbed it hasn't clogged my pores and does leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. For me it's a shame this doesn't have any anti-aging properties as I usually go for those instead but it does do what it claims to and that's moisturise your skin while you sleep.
The only gripes are the seal is difficult to remove and after a couple of weeks the lid can get a bit loose and doesn't screw back on as tightly as it should. Otherwise this is a good night cream for dry skin, costs £9.30 from Boots for a 50ml tub and will last you ages.
Recommended for those with dry skin.
Oh no! I have just had a flick through everyone else's reviews and really feel like I am going to upset a whole load of people now with my review!
I really don't like the cream! I don't hate it as such, it just doesn't work for me.
You see my problem is that I have dry skin, so dry it flakes if I do not use decent creams every night and day, and, well, since using this cream instead of the trial samples of Origins or Clarins (which I have since run out of), my skin is now flaking and very dry, its also gaining spots- which is a rarity for me and only happened the last time I used a Boots facial cream (The Boots Prefect and Protect). I really did want this cream to work, I love Boots, I was really drawn to their claims and want to join the bandwagon- my mum bought me a massive facial set for Christmas and...nope, it causes me spots, it does nothing to resolve the dry skin on my forehead which I know can be resolved, and it therefore is £9.30 (for 50 ml) or £12.30 (for 100ml) not well spent.
You can buy this cream via the Boots website or the stores, and they tend to always have an offer on. This cream is apparently good for dry skin (but not mine). It comes in a pot- which to be honest is far better then a cream as you can get to all of it without chopping the tube in half! The pot is a round, tapered towards the bottom thickened plastic, slightly pink, as is the cream inside.
The cream inside is nice to apply-its a smooth, not too dense, not to thin, not too serumy cream, and applies very smoothly, then sinks in quite fast- OK, no faster then any other cream, but it wont take an age to soak in is what I am trying to say!
I think my skin- being very pale, has a double wammy of being also very fragile- in that it does not like too many man made additives congesting it. It throws them all back up again- in the form of spots. I have only ever experienced this with Boots No.7 products, but the dry skin? I get that if I use anything from Simple, through to No.7 and unfotunalty have only found a handful of products that work for it. They all cost over £25 a 50ml shot- so you can see why I was so desperate to have this cream work for me.
Just for reference, I had been using this cream for just over 4 weeks, I normally get spots about twice a year, and around the time of the month. So was distubed when these spots came about as it was not the time of year nor the time of month for them! I saw my face starting to get spots over 3 days, one or two per day, all whiteheads. Exfoliating made no difference. I stopped using the cream and the spots started to vanish, they were completely gone within a week of me not using the cream.
I hope others have more luck then me- it seems some already have.
I've been using this now for about a month so thought I would review it. I'm only in my early 20s but already worrying about my skin aging and not looking after it properly. So I decided to buy a good night moisturizer, I'm quite good with my beauty routine in the evening so knew I would get good use out of it.
When I got to the No7 counter I noticed there quite a few different ranges of face creams varying in price. I asked an assistant and she told me the "Essential Moisture" range are the lightest and cheapest range. She said these would be best for my young skin, as the others were more suited to more mature skin. I was still surprised at the cost: £9.30 for a 50ml tub which seemed a bit expensive but I went ahead and bought it anyway.
I love the packaging of this product! It is a white tub with a flat round lid which can be screwed on and off easily. The tub has a pink sheen to it which can be seem when it catches the light which looks really pretty. It has 'No7 Essential Moisture Night Cream' printed on the front in silver writing and a bigger 'No7' in silver on the lid. Overall the packaging looks expensive and also very simple and clean.
***What it promises...
"Give your skin a little beauty sleep with No7 Essential Moisture Night Cream. No7's night moisturizer is a rich cream that replenishes lost moisture to leave your skin irresistibly soft and silky when you wake."
It also says on the tub that it contains soothing elderflower and vitamins E and F.
The first thing I noticed about the cream was the lovely colour. It is a very pale pink colour which looks really nice! It doesn't really have much of a smell as it is fragrance free, but just smells very faintly of a typical cream smell. The smell it does have his pleasant and fresh. It has a lovely thick, luxurious texture. The texture of it in my opinion feels expensive. I was actually a bit worried it might feel a bit sticky or heavy on my skin.
I usually apply a small blob to each part of my face and then start massaging it in. The cream spreads really easily despite the thickness and it absorbs into the skin surprisingly quickly. I have to act quite fast to be able to massage my face and spread it over all of my skin. But when it has sunk in it leaves my skin feeling really good. I can feel it replenishing my skin as I rub it in and I actually really enjoy using it.
Most nights after washing my face my skin feels slightly irritated and it burns slightly from where I have rubbed my makeup off, therefore I don't want a cream that will make this work. This cream however makes my skin feel soothed and refreshed. I could definitely feel the elderflower working. My skin feels really moisturized after using it, but it never feels unpleasant or sticky. I think it is just right for my skin type. This feeling lasts all through the night and when I wake up my skin still feels supple and moisturized, yet I can feel it has sunk in over the night.
I think this is ideal for people around my age or anyone who wants a good moisturizer that wont be too heavy on the skin. I also advise it for anyone with sensitive skin like mine, as it really does soothe the skin after cleansing.
I never feel the need to use too much at a time as it is really good quality and only a bit is required each time, therefore the tub is lasting really well. So I do think it is good value for money.
I would definitely recommend this product, I think it is quite expensive but worth the money and good quality. I would particularly recommend it to anyone with sensitive or dry skin.
Since graduating from University last summer there are a few little perks I've let myself have. One of these is the fact that I've started using the Clinique Three Step skincare regime which is something I've always looked at longingly in the past. While on a visit to my Clinique counter to stock up I mentioned that I was suffering from dry skin on my face to which the very clever assistant then tried to sell me a night cream for about £35 in addition to what I was already spending as apparently in addition to the Three Step cream I should have been using an additional moisturiser!
Now even I have to put my foot down somewhere and felt that to spend around £100 in one go on skincare products was a little bit excessive, especially when I'm not too stable in my career at the moment and actually don't really have one. So I kindly declined her offer and instead wondered off into the beauty counters in Boots to try to find a cheaper alternative. I ended up looking at the No 7 counter and if I'm honest I hadn't bought anything from No 7 for a good couple of years, despite it being the first skincare brand I really got into when I was a teenager all those years ago.
After chatting to the girl on the counter who seemed much less assertive than her Clinique counterpart I settled on the No 7 Essential Moisture Night Cream. This offered to do pretty much the same as the Clinique night cream, obviously without a few of the technical adjectives, and looked pretty much identical really. It was also priced at £8.75 for a 50ml pot of £12.50 for a 125ml pot. As I was trying to watch my spending and also had a £5 No 7 skincare voucher from my previous purchases I opted for the 50ml tub which cost me the grand total of £3.75 - what a bargain!
The night cream comes in an ivory coloured plastic tub which is circular in shape and has a pink tint to it in the light. The lid has No 7 imprinted onto it while the front also has the No 7 logo and the product name on it. The lid is a screw on lid which isn't always the best to get back on when you've got greasy hands from using the product but overall the packaging suits the product even if it is a little dated looking now.
The cream itself is baby pink in colour although from reading previous reviews I think it used to be white, they've obviously altered it slightly. The cream is un-perfumed but does have quite a fresh and rich scent to it which is lightly fragranced. It smells a bit like a beauty salon if I'm honest, quite luxurious and really nice. It's quite thick in consistency - if you tip the tub upside down without the lid it won't fall out!
It's recommended that you apply the cream after you've cleansed and toned your skin to make sure there is nothing on your skin that would stop the cream from getting to your pores. To apply the cream you simply need to dip your fingertip in, less than a pea sized amount is sufficient to cover my entire face so you won't need much. It's best to just gently rub the cream into your face as you would do with any moisturiser.
After applying the cream my face did feel quite greasy for a good five minutes after the initial application. It also had quite a shiny look to it when I glanced in the mirror, a bit like the look you get when you sweat! This disappeared within about ten minutes and my face just felt generally soft and as if it had a very light coating on it as well. I tend to put it on about half an hour before I go to bed to allow it to fully soak in and this way I never seem to get any grease marks or stains on my pillow case either.
The next morning my skin always feels really smooth and soft although that light coating feeling is still there. You definitely need to wash your face the next morning otherwise it does feel a little greasy. It washes off really easy and I'm always left with really soft and supple skin that feels much more moisturised. I don't use this cream every night as I don't want to risk greasy skin and tend to use it about once every three nights, more often if my skin is very dry as I find that if you use it two nights consecutively it will banish any dry skin.
The cream contains elderflower, Vitamin E and Vitamin F. The former has an astringent property and it's mild and healing so is really effective against dry skin. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant so can protect the skin from damaging elements and it's also a really good moisturiser which is often used to treat skin blemishes or scars. It's also been found to play a role in anti-aging of the skin which is surely a bonus. Finally Vitamin F brings suppleness and a youthful appearance to the skin as well as being used for its anti-bacterial functions.
I've been using this for about two months now every few nights and it's certainly made a difference to my skin. I find it best to only use it every few nights to avoid my face becoming greasy or oily due to over-moisturising it. I do tend to suffer for some reason with a dry chin so find that some nights I just need to use it on my chin and as I mentioned it seems to sort out the problem with about two applications. I'll certainly be buying this again as it's really improved the moisture level of my skin and is a much cheaper alternative than the Clinique one.
I imagine my pot will easily last me about eight months with my usage pattern, if you were to use it every night this will probably lessen to about five months. There are two different size variations available and the larger pot is certainly better value for money so I'll be investing in that in the future. My only warning would be not to replace your day cream with this as if you wear it in the day it can result in your skin going quite oily during the day - not a good look! So if you're looking for a cheap moisture burst overnight then look no further!
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Somehow I quite like the pearly colour, it looks kind of clean and smooth, just like the way I want my skin to be. This cost me 3 pounds because I had a boots no 7 voucher and I only got it because I was about to go on a plane and I wanted to use the voucher...
I think it's a great deal at 3 pounds!
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I think this works great for the UK kind of dry, cold weather. It works for plane rides, too. I wouldn't bring this to a humid climate though, I can sooo imagining it becoming super greasy.
It doesn't have SPF which is okay cos it's a night cream and we don't want to clog those pores up at night.
I used this on my 13 hour flight. I was really sleepy so I just kind of slapped it on and fell asleep. 6 hours later I expected my skin to be dry but it was still fairly moisturized! It felt a little greasy (or maybe it was just paranoia) but when I checked my skin wasn't very shiny at all...
The texture of this cream is really smooth and it's white, which means maybe artifical colouring but at least does not look disgusting like some all-natural products.
It's meant for normal/dry skin so for an combination skinned gal like me I wouldn't advise putting it on your oiliest spot (my nose for me).
It's lovely to have a night cream on cos your skin feels so smooth and drenched when you're going to bed and you wake up the next morning and it's soft!
Decent price (when I got mine at 3 pounds), nice texture, cute packaging, hypo-allergenic
As much as it's a nice product I'm sure I'll find a less greasy one for less than 8 pounds. Not a lot of information is written at the back is on one hand minimalistic, but also really annoying cos i love reading labels on food, books, video games... everything!!!
Give your skin a little beauty sleep with this rich, fragrence free night cream / It replenishes lost moisture ro leave your skin irresistably soft and silky when you wake /