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More Effective Than Wishing Upon a Star
Soap & Glory Wish Upon a Jar
Member Name: rosebud2001
Soap & Glory Wish Upon a Jar
Date: 07/07/11, updated on 07/07/11 (121 review reads)
Advantages: Fast acting - genuinely does deliver results in 21 days
Disadvantages: Very potent - has the potential I fear to irritate sensitive skin
One of the side effects of reading and rating reviews I find is the way I do on occasion come across a product I had never noticed before and am sucked in by the enthusiasm of the author or by the sheer ingenuity of the product - leading to me purchasing the item almost as soon as I can hit the shops.
One such product is Soap & Glory's Wish Upon a Jar, an anti-ageing "collagen overhaul cream" which unlike so many, promises results within 21 days. I have been happy using my Aldi Lacura anti-ageing serum for a considerable period of time but the promise of visible results within 21 days sucked me in, so I made a beeline for Boots four weeks ago and spent £14.25 on the product.
~~The Packaging and Promise~~
Wish Upon a Jar is packaged in a box with the usual quirky Soap & Glory artwork, including a retro photograph of a woman who looks remarkably like Hedy Lamarr and would no doubt have been delighted to be told of this resemblance in her youth. If you don't know who Hedy Lamarr is you might be too young to need this product!
The jar itself is a work of art - it's a polished silver globe which you open by unscrewing the lid which is located in the middle of the jar. For something in this price bracket I haven't seen such aesthetically pleasing packaging before.
Soap & Glory claim that Wish Upon a Jar contains "triple action Youthfake wrinkle disguising diamond spheres". That sounded a bit technical and according to the box "Youthfake Diamond Spheres invisibly illuminate your skin with a special spectrum blue glow to instantly minimise the visual aspects of lines and wrinkles, shadows, large pores, pigmentation and discolouration".
Hmm, I thought - this sounded akin to the stuff of fairy tales, with images of the Blue Fairy from "Pinocchio" entering my head and her own blue glow - never mind the song her friend Jiminy Cricket sings in the film which inspired the product title. Could this product really make such a difference to my skin?
Most anti ageing products really have to be used for a period of 3 months before you will see a visible difference in my experience. Most usually state this on their packaging so Wish Upon a Jar is unusual because the idea is you use it for a 21 day period and then revert to your usual product. As my skin is rapidly heading towards the dreaded "mature" phase I was worried I wouldn't notice results but vanity then kicked in and I parted with my cash.
You need to use Wish Upon a Jar twice a day and the idea is you cleanse, apply the product and then apply a moisturiser over it. Soap & Glory do say it works best to wear a product with SPF over it to reduce hypersensitivity - not an issue here as I don't wear a moisturiser unless it has SPF.
The cream itself is a lovely pink colour and is rather thick in consistency. It has a very light, sweet fragrance that isn't overpowering in the least. You do have to be very careful when applying this to avoid getting any product in your eyes but other than that you can apply to the face and neck as you would any other face cream. Because it's quite heavy it is slower to absorb than the serum I normally use so expect to wait a minute or two for it to sink in to your skin before applying your moisturiser.
I have to say I do find that Wish Upon a Jar makes my skin tingle a bit after I apply it - and I don't have particularly sensitive skin. I mention this because it's a potent cream and I suspect that this might cause problems for those with more sensitive skin than me. I have also noticed little red blotches occasionally show on my face when using this - invariably between my eyebrows on my forehead (and it can itch there slightly too) and on my chin.
And even though I have carefully avoided the eye area when applying the cream I have found my eyes watering on occasion after I have applied to my crow's feet so you really do have to handle this with care.
These issues haven't been bad enough to cause to me to stop using the product as I really wanted to "finish the course" so to speak to see if the bold claims on the jar were true. And I can say that while some promises haven't come to fruition, I have noticed a visible difference in my skin which crept up on me slowly but by the time I only had a couple of days to go I could see quite clearly.
Firstly my lines are definitely smoother than they were before. My crow's feet are still there obviously - but they aren't as obviously deep as they were before I started to use the cream. My skin feels softer too. I have a lot of freckles on my face and haven't really noticed a visible difference where they are concerned - perhaps due to my constant use of SPF anyway and the red blotches I mentioned have gone too. The biggest difference for me has been the cream's ability to visibily minimise the dark circles under my eyes. I am so delighted with the results here that I am wishing I had encountered this cream years ago!
I feel that moisture levels have increased on my face too - certainly the patches of dry and flaky skin I have had in the past have disappeared.
The packaging claims that Wish Upon a Jar will make your skin look "super fresh" within 21 days and while I am probably a bit too long in the tooth to have "super fresh" skin these days, I really have been delighted with how the product has worked.
My sister and I both started to use this product at the same time and I have noticed a visible improvement in her skin too - in fact I noticed it in her before I did in me - perhaps due to the fact I don't see her face every day. The product just seems to freshen your face up all over and give you a more youthful glow.
So in conclusion I can highly recommend Wish Upon a Jar. For the price, and the results it gives, it's a bargain as you only use it for 21 days in a three month period. I have already noted in my calendar when I plan on using this again so impressed was I with it.
Over the course of 3 weeks I used just over three quarters of the jar so I will finish this off when it's time to do my next course and buy another jar in the interim. It's also worth stocking up on this when Boots do one of their regular 3 for 2 offers on Soap & Glory to cut the cost.
Having said all that, "Wish Upon a Jar" is so effective, and has such a fast acting formula, it's a bargain even at £14.25 a jar.
Summary: A face product which delivers what it promises - magic!