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Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream has become a real cult product and I was interested to try it out to see what all the fuss was about. I have the 50ml version which is the perfect size for keeping in your handbag as it's not too bulky but still big enough to last you a while. The packaging is a very simple clean white tube, I especially love the fact that the lid is a screw top as I feel safe carrying it in my handbag without worrying that it will leak everywhere.
The cream itself was not what I expected at all, in fact I wouldn't even describe this product as a cream it is more of a balm. The balm is an orange in colour and is very thick in consistency, I thought the thickness of the cream would make it quite difficult to apply however it warms up nicely when it comes into contact with the skin and is easy to spread. Much has been made of the smell and it is definitely medicinal, however I actually really like the scent, it makes a refreshing change from all the sweet and fruit scented products that are around these days and I find the scent quite soothing.
In terms of results, I find this cream super moisturising and it leaves my skin and lips feeling very soft, hydrated and well cared for. This is a product I could live without however it is so lovely to use that it has become a staple for me, I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like an intensive moisture boost and is not put off by a herbally/medicinal smell.
After constantly hearing about the wonders of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, I decided to give it a try. The product is fairly thick in consistency but don't let that put you off. In my opinion the consistency is what ensures that the moisture really is locked into your skin for up to 8 hours. Ina edition it has a father Niue smell but I wouldn't say that it is a horrible smell, perhaps just a bid medical-like. Did it do its job? Most definitely tested it on my skin during a long haul flight and instead of arriving at my destination with dry skin my skin was hydrated and soft.
Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is one of those products that I'd always been aware of but never got round to trying. Until recently that is. Many people seem to rave about it, citing it as a 'holy grail' product, so I was excited to give it a go myself.
The product: First of all, it's not exactly what I was expecting from the title - I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a cream. Though the consistency is fairly creamy I would describe it as more of a gel appearance which is orangey in color. The smell is quite strong, and difficult to determine exactly what it is. It smells a bit like oranges, but only a bit. There is a fragrance free version available, which I would definitely go for if I were to repurchase, not that the smell is particularly unpleasant.
What it claims to do vs. what it actually does: The cream is described as a 'skin protectant' on the bottle, and claims to have endless uses. It can basically be used for any area of dry, rough, sore or chapped skin, including the lips. My experience with the cream when used on the lips is not great however. I recently went on holiday to Spain and found that the hot weather really dried out my lips, to the point where they were painful to touch. I would put a thick layer of this on and found that within ten minutes or so it had completely absorbed and made very little difference.
However, I have found some useful uses for it. I use it on any old acne scars at night, and seem to wake up with less visible marks. I also use it on any areas of dry flaky skin I have on my face and find that it does make a difference. I would recommend only using it at night for these reasons, as it has quite a greasy finish on the skin.
Overall, I would recommend this product. It doesn't come in useful every day but is handy when my skin plays up and needs a helping hand. It is worth trying to get a sample though, as my friend was able to get a free 15ml sample from Boots only recently.
I received a 15ml tube of Elizabeth Arden's eight hour daily moisturiser as part of a gift set I got a few months ago. I would never have purchased a full size tube of the cream individually as it costs nearly £20 in Boots, but it was nice to have a smaller sized version to try out.
The cream comes in a white tube with the lid on the bottom on which it stands upright. It has a screw lid - I would have preferred a flip top lid (I'm clumsy and keep dropping the lid!) but the tube itself is handy to store. To apply, you just squeeze it from the tube onto your fingertips and gently rub across the face and the neck. They suggest that this routine is carried out on a daily basis, which I have done for over 3 weeks now, always in the morning before applying my make up. The 15ml tube I have is rapidly running out. I think a full size 50ml one would probably last me around 2 and half months, perhaps up to three months at a stretch so I suppose the £20 could be justified as it tends to last a while with it only needing one application per day.
The cream is white in colour, making it easier to see if I've missed anywhere when applying. It's easy to rub in and disappears within a couple of seconds. I find it slightly greasy and sometimes need to wash my hands after application but it's not exceptionally greasy to the point that I don't like it being on my face - it feels ok on there once it's been rubbed in and it doesn't feel noticeable - it soaks in rather than feeling like it's sat on top of my face. The eight hour claim I find to be true - I apply it once in the morning and don't do it again until the following morning, so in all honesty I think it seems to last more than the eight hours they say. I have also found that my skin has felt softer since using this - especially on my forehead where I used to get a bit of dry skin. It has SPF 15, which is always a nice bonus. I have sensitive skin but haven't experienced any issues using this cream so far.
What does offend me however is it's scent - or what I would describe as smell - it's absolutely stinks and I find it very off putting. The smell is partly the reason I apply in a morning rather than at night because it's so strong I thought it might distract me from getting to sleep! It smells exactly like some of the other products from the range do - I have the eight hour skin protector too and that has the same stench. There isn't anything specific that it smells of but the general smell reminds me of something you'd find in a hospital - very strong and almost like a cleaning agent! It's the strength that makes it even worse as it just seems to linger for ages. I'd rather it be completely unscented than this smell.
Apart from the unpleasant scent, I find this a very good cream that ticks most of the boxes for me. It moisturises my skin very well, lasts the claimed eight hours (I've found even longer) and has softened my skin and helped dry skin patches. I also only find that I need one application per day - something that is important to me as I don't have the time (or inclination really!) to keep applying lotions and potions through the day. I personally wouldn't purchase it again though, just because of the strong smell - I find it unbearable and it's a deal breaker for me here. I rate the cream four stars - I was going to take two off for the smell, but I think I'll be generous as it might just be my nose being over sensitive!
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I had heard a lot of people raving about Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and as I have quite dry skin at times I decided I wanted to try it. I asked for a sample of the product at my local Elizabeth Arden counter so that I could try it out before I decided if I wanted to fork out for it or not.
The little sample size of this product that I received came in a white tube with a red lid that screwed on and off and contained 7ml of the product. I was surprised to find that the cream itself was quite firm and difficult enough to squeeze out of the tube. I imagine with a bigger tube this would be easier, however perhaps not when you are getting to the end of the tube.
The cream itself is an light orangey/amber colour. I was surprised to find that the cream had quite a thick and waxy kind of consistency. I would refer to it as more of a serum or a balm than a cream as such. The smell of the cream is quite medicinal and in my opinion, not that pleasant. I would actually prefer it to just be unscented rather than to have the scent that it does.
Elizabeth Arden say this cream has a multitude of uses. They say it will help restore, calm and relieve dry, cracked or chapped skin. It is also meant to sooth redness and roughness and relieve minor skin irritations. It can be used on any skin including facial skin and lips. It can also be used to smooth down eyebrows and to moisturise and care for cuticles.
Before I got the sample of this product, I was under the impression that it was a face cream, but it turns out I was wrong. This is not the kind of cream you would use to moisturise your face after cleansing as it is simply too thick and greasy for this. I have applied this at night time to dry patches of skin on my face but I was put off by the heavy, greasy feeling. It is definitely not something I would apply to my face during the day as I am sure it would leave my skin looking oily.
I am prone to mild eczema on my hands and I have used this cream to try to treat this and to moisturise my hands in general. Again I was put off this by the greasiness of the cream. A little really does go a long way but it still left my hands feeling too oily and as if the cream wasn't being absorbed. I think I prefer normal hand cream to the 8 hour cream for this purpose.
One thing I found this cream was quite effective at was moisturising dry cracked lips. Whilst this left my lips feeling soft and smooth, I didn't find the taste or smell to be all that pleasant, and again will probably stick to my normal lip balms in future.
As you can tell, I was not that impressed with Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and would not buy it. I am glad I got a sample before buying as at the price of £25.00 for a 50ml tube (Boots) it is extremely pricey. Just one star for me for this product. Thanks for reading/rating.
I have always been curious as to the effectiveness of this product having heard rave reviews in glossy magazines about how great it was so I picked up a tube for myself just after Christmas using my Boots points, I noticed that the price for this product varies considerably and I have seen it recently for £21.25 at feelunique.com and £13 on Amazon, so its worth shopping around (May 2013).
The cream comes in a tube with a small screw off lid that is easy to use and replace and does not leak. The product of part of the Elizabeth Arden range of cosmetic, perfumes and creams and was originally introduced in the 1930's. The product is designed to sooth and restore your skin. It can help with cracked and dry skin and also minor skin irritations and generally redness and rough skin. In addition the product has moisturising properties and anti-inflammatory properties that can sooth and heal scrapes on your skin; it sounds magical really.
The cream is a light orange colour and is very thick, almost the consistency of Vaseline and it is also very oily in texture. It has a slight medicinal smell but not one that I can describe very well, though it is not unpleasant. I will say that I have not used this on my face and would imagine that it would leave my skin very greasy. I use this on my hands that get very dry and chapped and also on the odd patch of dry skin that I get on my knees and feet.
You only need a small amount of the cream, as a little goes a long way and it will take a while for it to be fully absorbed into your skin. I use it as often as I like, which is usually three or four times per day on my hands and about once per week on my feet and knees. I have also used it my nails to help improve them and on occasion as a lip balm, but found it too thick and washed it off!. When my feet come out of hibernation from the winter I have also used it by putting quite a generous amount on them, putting some socks on and sleeping with them on over night, my feet are much softer in the morning and after a few treatments over a few weeks are ready for summer sandals.
Overall this cream is very useful in the battle against dry skin. I would recommend this product to others as it really works well on very dry skin, the only downside is that it is very thick and will leave your skin a bit greasy after use. There are other products out there that can do similar things and this product is not the cheapest out there, but due to its versatility, I would say give it a go.
I got my first GlossyBox delivery back in January and since then I have been getting stuck into the many great mini products they have sent me - and I dont think I will be cancelling the subscription anytime soon. In one of my first two boxes I recieved this mini sample of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream - and this is the first product I have ever tried out from this brand.
Now at the age of 26, as my skin just isnt what it used to be, I am very into trying out new skin care products which cure problems I have such as uneven skin tone, random spots and dryness. So I was very happy to see this in the box as you can imagine.
What does it do? * Description from Amazon*
The Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant from Elizabeth Arden helps to sooth and care for minor skin irritations and complaints. This cream is also perfect for the symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking as a result of minor burns. This multi-use cream from Elizabeth Arden can also be used to sooth the effects of sun burn, wind burn, scrapes, abrasions or even cracked lips. For best use, apply the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream liberally and as often as you made need it.
At first glance...
The sample itself is rather cute in a little white plastic 7ml tube with a red screw top lid - the labelling itself it quite plain but effective which tells you the product is fragrance free and that it works as a skin protectant. From the description you would be forgiven if you thought this was a type of day cream / moisturiser but its completely different to what I thought it was going to be...
Whats in the tube?
To dispense this "cream" you simply unscrew the lid and squeeze the tube... when you expect a normal looking cream to come out you actually get a very VERY hard pearly orange coloured serum come out. When mixed into your skin the colour turns transparent.
Although information on the tube tells you this is fragrance free I can tell you now there is a distinctive scent to it, which is very hard for me to explain exactly but to me it is quite unpleasant and old-lady like which at times has stopped me from actually using this!
Where to apply?
As I suffer from dryness on occasions around my forehead and cheek area's this is where I rub the product in. With all the change in weather, dry lips is also another thing that I suffer from but due to the unpleasant scent to the cream I find this very hard to apply to my face so my lips is an even worse thing for me to go through.
How long does it last?
I have noticed over the last 2-3 months of use, the very hard serum in the tube has turned a lot softer and easier to dispense and apply from the first day I opened it. The best advice I can give is to possibly leave it in a warm place in your house for a couple of days before use and it should help to soften the cream. The total shelf life for this is 36 months which in my opinion is great!
Does it work?
In all honesty, due to the hardness of the cream when you first start using it I noticed it does tend to tighten your skin up and works as the next best thing to having plastic surgery as a short term solution. So that is definetely a bonus for other women like me who have qualms about the appearance of the skin. Downsides to me outway the good unfortunately in the sense that your skin is very sticky and too shiny looking afterwards and the effects defintetly do not last the whole 8 hours as claimed.
I don't think this will be a product I would buy in full size at all in the future. The only thing I actually liked was how it tightened my skin up, but the skin shiny-ness, sticky-ness and scent were absolute put off's for me. Not to mention the price... Its really not worth it for what it does.
The RRP for this cream is £22.50 but at present you can get this on Amazon for £13.15 for 50ml
WHAT IS IT?
Moisturiser from Elizabeth Arden that will keep your skin moisturised for 8 hours.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream comes in a white tube that has got the red Elizabeth Arden logo on the front and a lot of different size number 8s in light gray. It is a very attractive tube and I like to see it in my bathroom.
The 8 Hour cream is not very thick but I can feel that it is moisturising my skin from as soon as I apply it. It sinks in quite quick but sometimes it makes the skin on my face feel a little bit greasy for a few minutes after so I have to remember to leave it before I apply my make up. I like how easy it spreads across my skin and I have to use a little bit only for it to work. It has got an SPF of 12 so is good for warm sunny days and winter days also.
WHAT I THINK
I have used a full tube of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream now and I am very happy with it. The cream makes my face feel soft and smooth and that happened as soon as I started using it, I think the first thing I saw was that my skin looked healthy but after I had been using it for only a week I could feel that my skin was improved in texture and appearance.
I did not use the 8 hour night cream because I am very happy with my own night cream and because this was a sample tube I received to try I did not think to buy the night cream even though the 2 products are known to work well together.
The day cream is very pleasing to use because it feels soft and soothing when I apply it to my skin. I am happy with how moisturised my skin feels after I have used it and sometimes I apply it again through the day if I think my skin is starting to feel dry, I can do that because it is a light cream and does not feel like I am putting too much product on my skin. On normal days I think the moisturising lasts for 8 hours but on the days when my skin feels dry I think it is not so good and then I either have to apply some more or use something that is a bit stronger.
I like the smell because it is feminine and faint, it does not smell over powering and when it has sinked into my skin I cannot smell it at all.
This 8 Hour cream by Elizabeth Arden costs about £25 for 50ml and I think that is expensive because it is a good moisturiser but there are many others that will do the same thing for cheaper.
3 Dooyoo Stars.