“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Moisture Lotion / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
It will come as no great shock to anyone who regularly reads my reviews to learn that I love beauty items, and if they happen to be from Yves Rocher then even more so.
Having last ordered from their mailing leaflets just before Christmas last year, I am now working my way through my lotions and potions as I tend to stock pile and take full advantage of 2 for 1 offers or items that are half price.
One such product I purchased was this - 'Zero Defect Concentrate Anti-Imperfections' - which doesn't really give a lot away in the title does it?
My review will now focus on my experience of using this product.
*~*What is it?*~*
Well the title certainly doesn't give much away, but the actual product is lightly formulated cream that can be used both day and night. It is aimed for oily/ combination skin and as my skin falls under the combination category then I thought it would be ideal to try.
This is a gel based cream if that makes sense and is designed to tighten the skin whilst concealing minor imperfections - so it claims. It's main ingredients are Scutellaria extract and Green tea extract and is a non oily cream that is supposed to leave a light and velvety matt finish when used.
This doesn't contain any added sunscreens though does clearly state it is made with a non comedogenic formula which means it wont aggravate or produce acne.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
This cream - and I use that term very lightly - is presented in a fairly sturdy and quite heavy glass bottle. The bottle is a cylindrical shape which is wider at the base and narrows slightly towards the neck with the glass being completely transparent so the product can be clearly viewed.
There is an easy to remove screw top lid in a dull silver/ grey colour and apart from that there is very little decoration apart from the logo which is emblazoned on the front of the bottle in a bold green font. This bottle comes packaged in a predominantly white cardboard box - all of which is recyclable (even the bottle) as Yves Rocher likes to promote the fact they are a very earth friendly and green company by using natural plant based materials and making as much packaging as possible recyclable.
As is the norm this can be bought from the following places:
*By phoning 0870 049 22 22
*Online on Ebay - I've picked up many a bargain on here so it is well worth trawling the pages if wanting a particular item
This doesn't come cheap however, it comes in one size which is 50 ml and when not on offer is around the £13 mark. I purchased this when it was not only on an offer price at £8 but was also buy one get one free.
*~*My experience of using this cream*~*
I was on the search for a new moisturiser for my face when I placed my last order from Yves Rocher shortly before Christmas last year. What appealed to me mostly about this particular one is the fact that it is a day and night cream and stated it is very light, so immediately I liked the sound of it.
The cream is a pale looking green in colour and has a very light appearance and an almost whipped texture. The consistency is very much gel like in my opinion and is of a reasonable thickness, it appears light and airy though the texture is thicker than it looks.
On opening the very easy screw top lid I was greeted with a very pleasant aroma which I found difficult to pinpoint. Normally YR products tend to emit an obvious 'leaf' scent though this doesn't tend to be the case here. It's not an artificial scent though doesn't remind me of anything in particular apart from a generic face cream fragrance with a floral hint.
Though it states it's an ideal day and night cream I decided to mainly use it for the day time as it just didn't appear to be rich enough for the night times, and given my skin can be dry from time to time this is a requirement I seek when looking for new creams.
On applying to my freshly cleansed skin on a morning, I massaged into my face making sure I avoided the sensitive eye area. The cream is quite quickly absorbed and this is where the lightness is apparent as it literally disappears within seconds of applying.
Though I have mainly been using this cream as a day cream I have occasionally tried it out on a night so will give you my findings.
As a night cream:
On applying on an evening after my usual cleansing regime, I knew almost immediately that this just would be no good as a night cream as it just doesn't have enough thickness or density to fully cater for my skin's needs. Nevertheless, I used for 4 nights consecutively and found as soon as the cream had absorbed into my skin I started to experience a slight tightening sensation which I tend to find happens when a cream is too light for my skin.
As the morning approached I found my predictions to be correct as my skin felt tight and dry - not overly so but enough to know that it wont suffice for night time use.
As a day cream:
On applying to my freshly washed face in a morning, the cream felt incredibly fresh and cool against my skin and as mentioned absorbs almost instantly. As the day progressed I could feel it starting to get a little tight so knew to reapply again which isn't an ideal scenario though if I was at home at the time it wasn't too much of an inconvenience.
My skin has always felt fresh and hydrated on first applying though becomes problematic after about 2 to 3 hours later as it seems to dry out too quickly. Though this is actually aimed for combination skin, as mentioned in an above paragraph, I felt it didn't really do enough for my skin at all as all it tended to do was dry and tighten it more than anything which is a real shame.
To be honest no not really. I adore YR products and for the majority of their ranges they do suit my skin though that's not to say everything is ideal - as demonstrated here unfortunately. The main problem for me was how taut it left my skin feeling as though there wasn't much elasticity left and whilst I don't like creams that leave greasy residues, I also don't like the tight dry feeling either.
On it's positive sides it didn't cause any soreness or rashes and at first really does feel refreshingly light when applied..just not for long.
I would say if you wanted to try this to either see if it can be found cheap on ebay or as a free sample from YR themselves (they do give out samples regularly). It's not something I will buy again merely because it just didn't agree with my skin but that's not to say it wont be any good for other people.