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Following the success of the No 7 Protect and Perfect range, Lift & Luminate also caused quite a stir when it went on sale in April last year. It is targeted at the over 45s and was tested on over 1,200 women. Seven out of ten women in the trials said their skin looked younger after a month of using the product line.
The night cream comes in a chunky but attractive 50 ml pot. The pot is actually a bit too heavy for anything other than home use but I have managed to get a few free smaller trial tubes (look out for No 7 free gift packages) which are ideal for travelling.
According to the Boots website it is a multitasking night cream which effectively targets the 3 key signs of ageing in older skin: Line and Wrinkles, Lack of Firmness and Uneven Pigmentation. For best results, the advice is to use with No 7 Lift and Luminate Night Serum which works at a deeper level.
The moisturiser is rich and creamy but absorbs into the skin well. The directions for use are to massage in small upward circles into face and neck after cleansing. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised and
I have definitely notice an improved in my skin's appearance since I've been using the cream. Unfortunately I can't claim that all the wrinkles and lines have disappeared but the lines, particularly on my forehead, have visibly reduced.
For anyone over 45 who is worried about the first signs of ageing, it's definitely worth a try. A 50ml pot costs £24 but will last a couple of months even when used quite generously. Compared to some of the more expensive makes, I reckon this is good value particularly when you can take advantage of a three to two offer or use your Boots Advantage Points.
I've used Boots Protect and Perfect serum for a while now and really like so, I when I saw the Lift and Luminate range advertised on the TV before Christmas I thought I would give it a try when I was next in the market for a night cream. Protect and Perfect really did seem to be good for my skin and Lift and Luminate looked like the next step up. Boots claim that Lift and Luminate will 'work mini miracles while you sleep', and will even and 'lift' skin tone.
I purchased a jar of Lift and Luminate night cream in January of this year. The first thing I have to say is that this cream is NOT CHEAP. I know there are more expensive creams on the market but £24 still felt like a lot of money. However, since Protect and Perfect is equally expensive but has proven to be worth it in terms of results, I thought I would still give Lift and Luminate a try. I should also mention that Boots very often run offers on their No 7 skincare range, such as three for two, so if this is a product you like then it would be worth taking advantage of these offers.
Lift and Luminate night cream comes in a 50ml jar- it's a nice-looking glass jar with a blue inner lining and a black lid, but it's also rather deceptively shaped to suggest you're getting more product than you actually are. 50ml is a fairly standard size for a jar of night cream and will normally last me several months, depending on the product.
Once you open the jar, the cream itself seemed rather heavy to me, even for a night cream, although when I applied the cream to my face it was a lot less heavy and oily than I had first thought. I thought the scent of the cream was rather strong, and for the first night or two that I used it I was very aware of this scent as I went to sleep; however, it's not an unpleasant smell, and just took a little getting used to. I doubt I would have noticed it to the same degree in a day cream.
I used Lift and Luminate for about a month, but have to say that I did not notice any difference in my skin. In addition, my initial fears about the cream being on the heavy side for my skin proved to be correct, and in the end I had to switch night creams as I was worried about spots. I did find, though, that my skin was really soft to the touch whilst I used this cream and felt really well moisturised.
To be fair, I wonder if the fact that I had been using (and continued to use) Protect and Perfect for so long stopped me seeing any major benefits from Lift and Luminate, as they are essentially from the same family of skincare products. In addition, Lift and Luminate is marketed for older skin than mine; although I have rarely found that to make a difference when trying out skincare products, this would explain why the cream seemed to heavy for my skin.
I didn't love this product but, although it didn't deliver on its promises, I didn't hate it either. I think the best thing I can say is that it just wasn't for me; since I've personally had good results with Protect and Perfect, I wouldn't want to put anyone off trying this range and finding the best product for them. Given the high price tag though, if possible it might be worth trying a sample first, or nabbing a bit off someone else who has a jar.
I have had a tube of this in my drawer for months and finally decided to use it a few weeks ago. I don't normally opt for a special night cream but my skin felt really dry of late, I'm not sure if it was the colder weather or being pregnant had sucked all the moisture out of my skin.
I am a big fan of No7 products generally; there are not many I haven't liked so I was sure this night cream would be a hit. Upon first using the cream I noticed how thick it was, this is typical for night creams so I wasn't surprised but it seemed like I needed quite a lot for full face and neck coverage. It didn't sink in very quickly and my face felt quite greasy for at least half an hour after applying. I think this is not a good trait for a cream you apply before resting your head on the pillow!
Results and price
In the morning my skin felt soft and moisturised but not greasy and I am sure this helped to rehydrate my skin. Price wise, it retails at around £25 for a 50ml pot but you can sometimes get 3 for 2 deals and of course Boots points with your purchase. I did not suffer from a break out or have any problems from using this product.
I do think this is quite expensive and it's not a cream I would consider using during the day as it is just too thick but it does make an intensive treatment if you are feeling a bit dry. I don't consider my skin to be aging particularly but I do think this would work well as an anti aging treatment.
As for whether the cream lifts and luminates, I don't think I have enough in my tube to prove or oppose this claim. I think any care that you take of your skin will help condition it in the long run rather than ignoring it.
My tube came in a set of free gifts from No7 for buying something else from the range. It has been nice to try it but I won't be repurchasing this as I don't think it is the solution for my skin.
No 7 Lift and Luminate Night Cream
I received this product as a free sample when I purchased some Boots No 7 products and because I liked it I bought a full size tub.
WHAT DOES IT PROMISE?
The Night Cream allegedly produces mini miracles while you sleep, by chasing away the signs of ageing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because the cream is rich and easily absorbed, it sinks into skin, leaving it feeling softer, more supple and moisturised. It does all of this because it contains anti ageing and energising complexes which work together to make skin firm tone and smooth skin, and apparently after 4 weeks skin will look younger.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The cream comes in a 50ml tub with a screw on/off lid. I like the idea of a tub because it means I can get the very last bits of cream out and so none is wasted.
The cream itself is nice and rich but not overly thick so I don't worry that it will be too heavy for using every night. It is white in colour and because of the consistency of the cream, a little goes a long way and I find that a few dots of it on my face is enough to ensure it is applied to my whole face. It is very lightly scented although the smell is not one which I can immediately name although I would say it is more floral than anything else.
The cream should be applied all over the face after cleansing and toning. It does massage in easily and there is no feeling of oiliness or greasiness which is nice.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The cream costs £22 for a 50ml tub of the stuff. Its not the cheapest cream but because a little goes a long way it does last a long time. I have had mine a month now and there is still some left.
It is available instore and online at www.boots.com
I will definitely buy this cream again, as it suits my skin well. It is nice and moisturising and leaves my skin feeling fresh and well moisturised without any oiliness. I don't think it would be any good for younger more oily skin since it is rich, but it is marketed at the more mature skin.
I haven't noticed any reduction in lines and wrinkles but didn't really expect to, and have given up hoping for miracles from any cream that promises them. That said, my skin does feel more supple and less dry, which is great because in this cold weather I find that my skin needs a bit more moisture.
Recommended as a night cream
Thanks for reading
==Lift and Luminate Night Cream by Boots No7==
I am a big fan of shopping in Boots and I must say that when I am in there I will more often than not get carried away with all the fancy products glittering on the shelf and calling out my name. A few months back I really went to town and stocked up on a ton of lotions and potions, one of which was this No7 Lift and Luminate Night Cream
==Price, Availability and Packaging==
The cream itself was probably a little more expensive than what I would usually like to pay but seeing as how I was buying the matching day cream as well I thought that getting the set may mean that my skin became more lifted and luminated. So at £22 (before any reductions such as my 10% discount and a coupon I had) it is not exactly one of the cheaper creams that is on the shelf.
However for this price you do get a fair amount of the cream as it is held within a tub of 50ml. The tub itself came within an outer cardboard box which looked okay but seemed like a bit of a waste of packaging in my opinion. The tub has a limited amount of information on but the outer box is where most of the product details are.
The No7 brand is stocked up well in all the Boots stores even in the smaller ones you will always find the No7 range so considering there is a Boots in almost every town in the country this product is not in the least bit hard to come by. Plus you can always source it out on ebay if you are looking at saving a few pennies.
==Design, Look and Smell==
The tub itself is practical if not a little plain in appearance. It has a screw topped lid which is easy to take on and then put back on and the pot is short and dumpy which means it sits well and there is not much chance of knocking it over.
The product inside the pot is a thick and creamy white colour and looks nothing special either. There is no shimmer to the product and the smell is very light and fresh but again nothing overly special or out of the ordinary.
The directions for use are the same as they would be with any other night-time moisturiser in the fact that the cream is best applied once the face has been cleaned of all the days impurities such as make up and general grime. They obviously recommend using a No7 product for this but I find a bar of Dove is just as good and probably more affective.
The cream then needs to be applied in circular motions to the face, neck and I always like to rub a little on my chest too and it seems that because this cream is so thick and luxurious that a little bit of it certainly goes a long way so don't make the mistake of slapping a ton of it on as it will never soak in.
The texture of the cream was really nice and did make my skin feel hydrated and nourished. The fragrance wasn't really noticeable and the product felt gentle and kind to my skin. I did however find that even though I only used the cream sparingly (it was £22 after all) that it seemed to be so thick that it took for ever to fully soak into my skin and this was a bit of a problem. I know it is a night time cream and these in variably are thicker and more nourishing than a thin and light day time cream but this product just seem to be far too thick for my skin.
Even though I am nearly finished with this cream and I have been using it daily for a few months I can honestly say that I haven't really noticed any difference in the appearance or feel of my skin. I have been using the Lift and Luminate Day Cream in the morning as well so I should of thought that some difference would be seen. This is not the case and to be completely honest I don't think that it is a cream I shall be buying again.
It seems that although it has a lot of good sounding claims, that it doesn't actually live up to them and at the price I paid for it I would have liked to have seen some sort of improvement even if it was only a mild one. I think I could have been using a basic Nivea cream and had the same results and a ton of money left in my pocket. I think it is a well over priced item that really is not worth it whatsoever.
The basic Nivea cream which you can buy in the blue tubs is thicker in texture than this but even that seems to soak into the skin and disperse quicker and easier than this one did. Overall I can't say I was impressed with the way the cream was on my skin or the lack of any visible improvement either. This was a real let down and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and for that reason I feel a really bad score of 1 out of 5 stars is in order.
It is an over priced basic cream that does soak in well enough and gives no real improvement in the skin!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read