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Whilst I do have a couple of favourite products when it comes to moisturising my face, I do like to vary my skin care regime from time to time to avoid my skin getting too used to a certain product. As a result, when my Johnsons face cream recently ran out I went on the hunt for an alternative, one that wouldn't set me back too much money but would be nourishing to my dry skin. Browsing in my local Asda, I came across this Garnier Soft Replenishing Day Care moisturiser. Whilst I had not seen it before, my eyes were immediately drawn to the girly packaging and soft pink rose which adorned the front of the box.
~~ The product and packaging ~~
Once home, I was keen to try out my new purchase but as I had already moisturised for the day I put off opening the box until the following morning. The box is very classic looking in my opinion and features a pink and white theme with the Garnier logo imprinted onto the front. On the front of the box we are told that this moisturiser contains rose water and vitamin E and is specially formulated for dry and sensitive skin. Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised that the jar of face cream is the same height as the box. I have purchased creams in the past where the size of the box is entirely misleading as to the size of the jar within but this tub is the entire height of the container it comes presented in. The tub is a lovely soft pink colour and is topped with a white screw top lid which gives this face cream a lovely sense of femininity in my opinion and looks lovely on the side of my bathroom cabinet. Although pretty, I was disappointed that the tub of face cream had little text on the outside meaning that the majority of information was given on the box. I generally like to throw the packaging in the recycling when I buy a new product and with this face cream I would have to keep the box should I want to refer to any information on it in the future.
~~ The cream itself ~~
Screwing open the lid of my tub, the face cream fills the tub to the brim and is a lovely soft white colour which has a soft nourishing feel to it. This cream has a lovely scent in my opinion with the rose extract being very noticeable and this smells feminine and clean without being too highly fragranced.
~~ Application and use ~~
I was keen to apply this cream from the minute I opened it as I loved the smell and texture so much. However, before applying I did follow the same regime that I do every morning and made sure that my face was thoroughly cleansed and my hair was scraped back off my face. Taking a blob of cream I began by dotting it over my face concentrating on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and then began to rub it in gently. As I did this the smell of rose became very apparent and gave a lovely relaxing fragrance as I massaged the cream into my skin. Once I was satisfied that every last mm of skin had been covered, I then proceeded to wait for a couple of minutes for the moisturiser to sink in before applying my makeup in my usual routine.
~~ How did my skin feel? ~~
When first applied to my skin I found that this moisturiser gave a light sheen to my skin which felt incredibly nourishing and soft without being too greasy. By the time I came to put on my makeup however, I found that the cream had sunk into my skin so quickly that I was left with areas of skin which felt dry to the touch such as under my eye area. This meant that my usual makeup routine with a dot of concealer and a touch of powder left my skin feeling dry and not as enriched with moisture as it would have been with my usual product. In my opinion this was disappointing given that this states it is as face cream for dry and sensitive skin but did not leave my skin feeling particularly nourished.
~~ Any other points? ~~
It is also worth noting that this facial moisturiser does not contain any SPF which is usually something that I look for on a face cream. Unfortunately in my rush to get out of my busy Asda superstore I failed to check the information on the box adequately and therefore when I got home I was disappointed to see that there was no mention of any SPF in this product but that it is just a moisturising cream. I guess this would make this product good in the winter months when we seem unlikely to see any sun, but in the summer I would look for an alternative, one that protects my skin while it moistens.
~~ Price and availability ~~
I purchased this face cream from my local Asda and paid just £4 for it which I consider pretty average for a daily facial cream. It is also available from most cosmetics stores and other supermarkets for around the £4 - £5 mark.
~~ Summary and recommendations ~~
In summary, whilst I like the smell and immediate moisturising qualities of this facial cream, I do not like the longevity of the product nor the fact that it does not protect my skin from the suns rays. As a result I would recommend it as a general moisturiser for normal skin but will not personally be using it again.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I am always on the look out for new face creams, and having not used a Garnier face cream before thought I would try this one! I picked it up for around £2 from Tesco, which I thought was a bargain. I can't remember if it was on offer, but looking at the price on other websites it must have been, as is £6 on the Superdrug website, so twas a bargain indeed!
Given that the full price is quite, well, pricey - It makes this cream even more disappointing I'm sorry to say.
It comes in a small pink pot, with white lid, and is boxed (which IMO is always a sign of a more premium product!). However the pot doesn't look anything special, and if I'm being honest feels really quite budget with the quality of the plastic- which is surprising for the price (although not the price I paid). You get 50ml for your money, which isn't a huge amount but it has lasted me quite well.
This cream is supposedly for dry skin, and claims to provide 24 hr moisture. The white cream is quite thin, almost lotion-y and not the consistency I was expecting for a dry-skin moisturiser so that was initially disappointing. However the plus side of this is that you don't need a huge amount - about a 5p size would suffice. It is nicely fragranced with a floral scent (as it contains rose water), although some may find it a bit strong for a face cream. The cream applies well, and doesn't take a lot of time or effort for it to absorb which is good. I have fairly sensitive skin, and didn't have any issues with this product affecting it.
So the important bit is the moisturising ability... Its pretty average. I use this in the morning before foundation and at night, and although it does moisturise - I wouldn't say its any better than cheaper creams available, and certainly not as well as I was expecting from a Garnier product. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised for a few hours at least, but it doesn't last all day- and certainly not for 24h. However, it is fab for use under foundation, due to the fact that it absorbs quickly without stickiness so plus points there. For £6, I would expect a cream with a thicker, more luxurious and velvety consistency.
There is absolutely no way I would pay £6 for this product, it simply doesn't perform well enough to warrant that price. And to be honest, I'm not sure I'd buy it again at any price - Its by no means bad, but its simply average and there are other, cheaper products out there.