“ Brand: Harmony / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Subcategory: Balm / Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: regenerates, „
Every month I look forward to seeing what I'm going to get in my Glossybox, a subscription beauty box. In May's box, amongst other items, I received a small tub of Premae Harmony Moisturising Crème Balm. This is not a brand I have heard of before nor did I really know what part of the body this product was for. I only received a small 10ml sample whereas the full size product is 30ml and costs a shocking £27.50. Considering that is only three times the size of my sample, I was expecting this crème to work wonders for that kind of price.
The crème comes in a small tub which is extremely basic in design. The sample design is exactly the same as the full size tub. Wrapped around the glass tub is a white label which has on it the name of the product 'Harmony' printed in black and with a yellow background. Underneath that is a description of the product as well as stating one of the ingredients. Now, if I was paying full price for this product, I would be extremely disappointed with the packaging. It doesn't stand out, it doesn't look overly nice and it definitely doesn't look expensive.
This moisturising crème is also to be used as a primer, something which I have never used before on my face so I was very unsure about how well it would work. The crème also has ingredients such as lemongrass oil and aloe vera both of which sooth the skin. Unfortunately though, as soon as you unscrew the lid, it becomes clear that this crème does not carry the scents of the ingredients which was a massive shame.
The crème itself is very thick in texture and due to the small sample size, I began to use it very sparingly. As this is intended as a moisturiser and face primer, I didn't think the sample would last very long at all. However, even with the thick consistency, the crème goes quite a long way. You only need to use a little bit at a time and it softens up quickly as you begin to apply it to your skin. After applying the crème to my whole face, my skin did feel a little tight but nothing too uncomfortable and this did ease up.
After applying the crème, I then went on with my normal make-up routine and applied foundation. I do usually use a moisturiser beforehand but not one that also acts as a primer. I could definitely see the difference between the two different kinds of products. With this crème, my foundation went on a lot easier and looked a lot nicer. My skin had a flawless finish to it whereas sometimes, I can end up with some patchier bits on my forehead/ between my eyebrows. The crème also helped my foundation to look nicer for a lot longer than it normally does so because of this, I was impressed.
Although I did like this crème, I couldn't justify paying such a price for it. I would, however, like to try different primers now so I could compare a cheaper one to this.
As a regular subscriber to Glossy Box each month I receive a selection of beauty products contained inside beautiful packaging. In amongst my May goodie box was a 10 ml jar of Harmony Moisturising Crème Balm with Aloe Vera Butter. My initial thoughts were that it was intended for the lips, but when reading the text on the reverse of the jar I discovered that it is to be used twice daily on the face after cleansing and toning and that it is suitable for those with combination skin. Accompanying my beauty products was a leaflet giving a brief explanation of each and it was here that I learned that the balm is a dual functioning product, which protects the skin in addition to acting as a primer.
As my 10 ml jar is smaller than the full size product, which contains 30 ml, I do not intend discussing packaging other than the fact that its appearance looks very similar to the larger size. As I previously had no knowledge of the Harmony brand, I got the distinct impression from the dull white coloured jar together with its bold black text and splash of yellow that it was on the lower end of the price scale. Consequently, I was rather shocked when I learned that the 30 ml jar will set you back £26.50.
Whilst we should never judge a book by its cover, this is not something that would have jumped out and me crying "buy me, buy me". I was interested to discover that Harmony possess six seals of approve such as using 100% natural ingredients, their products are not tested on animals and their ingredients are Soil Association Approved although I cannot speak very highly of their website due to the fact that I spotted a few spelling errors.
As I suffer with T-zone skin, which is oily on my forehead and nose with dry patches on my cheeks, excess oil is a real issue for me, particularly in the warmer weather. Despite my love of beauty products, I cannot admit to ever having tried a skin primer and was eager to discover the benefits of this product, which includes antiseptic lemon grass oil and aloe vera; both of which sooth the skin and reduce excess oils.
As I unscrewed the lid I anticipated to be hit with the refreshing waft of lemon grass; a fragrance that I adore, but I was a little disappointed that the white coloured balm was totally odourless. I felt really apprehensive as I sparingly applied a small amount to my cleansed and toned face, particularly as the balm was quite thick in texture and similar to that of toothpaste. However, it melted quickly due to my body heat, which subsequently loosened the balm enabling me to easily spread it over the surface of my skin.
My skin initially felt a little strange and whilst I would not describe it as being tight, it felt similar to the sensation offered by a just applied face mask although this feeling was short lived. Due to the consistency of the balm I had anticipated it to take forever to absorb in addition to offering stickiness. However, it soaked in extremely quickly with the surface of my skin feeling comfortable and silky smooth. I was impressed with the appearance of my skin following application of the balm, as normally my nose and forehead will appear a little shiny, which is my reason for choosing mousse foundations. The balm offered a wonderful matt finish with the oily patches being completely transformed.
Within just a couple of minutes of application I was ready to apply my mousse foundation although I did so cautiously, as I was afraid of wiping away the balm despite the fact that it had already fully soaked into my skin. I need not have been worried, as the foundation effortlessly glided over the surface and offered a flawless finish. The real test for the Crème Balm was during the day when I was sat in a warm office and in and out of the car as I carried out my daily work related visits.
I have to admit to being highly impressed, as the balm most definitely lives up to its claims, as I experienced no oily patches despite the soaring temperatures that we have recently been enjoying. An issue for me was that I did not find the balm to be moisturising enough for the dry areas I experience on my cheeks and as a result, I used it solely on the T-zone area where I suffer with excess oil and in doing so, the 10 ml tub is lasting me a lot longer. It is difficult to say exactly how long it would last if using over the entire face twice daily and I would hazard a guess at approximately four weeks due to the small amount that is needed. Consequently, the full size 30 ml tub will last just under three months.
Whilst I loved using this product and will continue to do so until my tub is empty, I find the £26.50 price tag to be far too high. However, as I am totally new to primers I am looking forward to trying and testing out other brands. Due to the reasons discussed above, I would have awarded five stars, but I feel it appropriate to remove one due to the price. You can purchase Harmony Crème Balm directly from their website or from Amazon.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
This is a review of the Harmony moisturising crème balm I received in a recent beauty box. I was pleased to see one of the main ingredients was aloe vera butter which is obviously great for its moisturising properties. The product is also ideal for combination skin which I seem to have now, being dry one minute then greasy the next. Fortunately I seem to have quite clear skin so don't particularly worry about spots.
The balm is really thick but has a strange consistency... like congealed wallpaper paste! Having said that, it does sink in to the skin easily so it's not all bad. Smell wise, there is a light fragrance to it but it's not unpleasant, in fact it smells a little lemony to me (I just noticed the first ingredient is lemongrass oil so I was spot on there). The pot advises daily use after cleanse and toning.
£27.50 for 30ml.
This cream is quite thick so it is more one that I would use as a treatment rather than a daily effort. It does leave my skin soft and dewy though and it feels like a quality product going on to the skin. I was just not a huge fan of the consistency of the product as it seems really thick.
I honestly liked this cream but it's not cheap and I didn't like it enough to warrant a further purchase. That said, I was pleased to try it in the beauty box and used every bit so it was OK to use but I think I prefer a face cream with a thinner consistency generally. A lot of other people are raving about this product online so it may be that it really does suit some skins more than others.