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I have been a fan of Elizabeth Arden skin care products, particularly their Visible Difference cream for many years before I wised up and realised that the product had become stuck in a time warp. Recently Elizabeth Arden have revamped a lot of their products, especially the Vis Dif range and when I saw a set of their next generation products ? a serum, a facial wash and this Vis Dif Skin Balancing Lotion SPF15 on sale in TK Maxx (where else?) for something like GBP 16.99, I snapped it up to see if they could drag an old favourite into the 21st century without totally ruining all that it had originally represented. The product came in a 30 ml stand up tube. If you fancy buying some, you can pick up a 50ml pump version on Amazon for GBP 30 which makes 30 ml tube worth GBP 20 and means it paid for the rest of the set with money left over. I probably shouldn't have bought this product because I have rather dry skin and this is designed for combination. However, when it comes to the summer, I am increasingly looking for lighter day creams that won't leave me looking slimy. I've been buying sunblocks for oily skin and wearing them over non-SPF light day creams just to avoid the whole basted appearance that can occur with dry skin products with high SPF. I can't say it's the right thing to do, but it works for me. Because the tube stands on its cap, the product is always easy to dispense, perhaps a bit TOO easy as I know it will drip straight out if I open it upright. The cream inside is a light, thin lotion and it smells very clean and fresh, like sheets that have been dried outdoors on a sunny day. It spreads across my skin remarkably well so only a small amount is needed and it soaks in really quickly, even when used over a serum. There is no white ?ghosting' effect left on the skin and it doesn't feel at all greasy. Although it's less heavy duty than most of my creams, it still leaves my face feeling soft and moisturised and I'm impressed by the balance it manages to strike between lightness on the skin and effective moisturising. I've not yet exposed this to really intense sunshine. I used a factor 40 or 30 face cream for my holidays in Morocco and Croatia and I wouldn't trust a mere SPF 15 cream in a place with really strong sun. However, for just running around in the UK on a sunny day, it seems to deliver what I need ? no burn, no sting, and no aggravation. I take care to keep it away from my eyes ? as I do any product with sunscreens ? but I've not had any problems with stings caused by accidentally rubbing it around the eye area.
I love trying new beauty products and one of the ways I feed this addiction is by subscribing to a beauty box. This is how I got to try the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion. To be honest, I have tried a few products by Elizabeth Arden and really can't understand what all the fuss is about, so far I have found them to be unimpressive and not worth the money, but I'm always willing to try a new product from the line.
What's special about this one?
They say: Creating a Visible Difference in your skin means giving it the right amount of hydration and protection all day. This gentle, oil-free lotion helps protect skin from UVA/UVB rays while providing the right amount of hydration all day long. I say: it's not that special for reasons which Ill go into...
Upon pumping out the product (around a five pence piece in size) I notice that it is a bit thin and runny. To me, it smells a bit like cucumbers but not overwhelmingly so. It rubs in easily and sinks in straight away and there is no greasy residue to this product.
I was pleased to try this product and didn't find that I had any problems with it but I really don't see why it has such a huge price tag on it. The results were OK but not amazing and to me it performed adequately as a moisturiser but it was the sort of results I can expect from Nivea or another off the shelf brand. I would have preferred a more solid rather than runny consistency but other than that it was just OK not terrible, not amazing either. My skin felt quite soft and moisturised afterwards but it seemed to make my skin a bit thirsty and I could have reapplied the product again a couple of hours later which is not ideal for a busy lifestyle or the purse strings for that matter!
A 50ml tube costs £27.20 on the salon skincare website.
I just wasn't blown away by this face cream but it wasn't awful or anything. I wouldn't recommend it as I feel you could buy something from the Body shop or Boots that would perform just as well. I can't see a purchase on the cards for me with this moisturiser as I just don't think it's worth the money.
Creating a Visible Difference in your skin means giving it the right amount of hydration and protection all day / This gentle, oil-free lotion helps protect skin from UVA/UVB rays while providing the right amount of hydration all day long / Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Compound: Refines, clarifies and retexturizes your skin / Retinyl Linoleate: An exclusive retinol derivative that gently and effectively retexturizes skin, improves skin tone and skin clarity, and helps repair the appearance of sun damage / Sodium Hyaluronate: Found naturally in the epidermis, this ingredient lubricates and attracts moisture to the skin / Vitamin C Derivative: This stabilized form of Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and helps brighten the appearance of your skin / Tocopherol Acetate: This Vitamin E derivative has antioxidant properties to provide free radical protection and help condition skin / Oxybenzone and Octinoxate: Provides broad spectrum sun protection / How to use:After cleansing and toning, smooth gently and thoroughly onto your face and throat / As always, you'll get best results if this is part of a consistent, daily Visible Difference essential regimen: 1) Cleanse 2) Tone 3) Treat 4) Moisturize / Non-acnegenic and dermatologist tested /