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I first purchased this after reading an article in a paper about how it was exactly the same product as a cream that sells in Harrods for £300 just in cheaper packaging! The basis of the cream, as far as I can recall, is that the grape element used in the cream comes from special grapes which are able to regenerate cells after sun exposure and therefore enables the skin to replenish itself (or something along those lines). So next time I was out, I aimed straight to Superdrug where I picked up the day cream and the night cream. I bought them on offer (half price, which they do for time to time). I think the full price is about £13.
It is well and attractively packaged, and comes in a bright purple cardboard box and the bottle itself is a hard, grey plastic tube with gentle pump action dispenser and clear lid. Now this is just me, but I do prefer to see how much product is left and so opaque bottles like this I'm generally not a fan of. Especially with the pump dispenser you don't get any warning as to when the cream is going to run out which is annoying. But it does seem to last a long time (if you were to use every day I reckon it would last between 3 and 4 months).
The cream itself is white and of quite a thin consistency. So it does feel quite unsubstantial, but you do only need between 1 and 2 pumps and it spreads well. It is absorbed by the skin quite quickly too. My skin is only slightly sensitive, and I have not had any problems with this cream. Sometimes when I try a new cream I get spots during the first couple of weeks but no such problem with this one. My skin is also on the drier side of normal so normally I prefer a richer day cream, and when my skin does feel particularly dry then I will revert to an alternative day cream as this one doesn't cut it unfortunately. But for every day use, and particularly under make up this cream is fab and the SPF 15 is an added bonus.
I can only comment on the anti-aging effects when used in conjunction with the night cream (which I highly recommend, and if you only buy one product from this range make it the night cream). As I'm nearing 30, I have noticed increasing amounts of fine lines around my eyes and larger lines on my forehead becoming more prominent and felt that it was time to start sorting them out! I noticed results after using this range in the first few months. I have now been using it for between 1 and 2 years and my skin felt more supple, and the lines on my forehead are considerably reduced- Which is more than I had expected from any cream. To be honest, before using this cream I didn't have much of a skincare routine (just moisturised as and when) so how much of the line reduction is down to this cream in particular and how much is just regular moisturising I can't say. But I certainly am very pleased with the results.
But given the results I highly recommend this range but much prefer the night cream as it just feels more nourishing than the day cream. I probably would only buy the day cream if it was half price or similar offer.
Giving a star rating is tough for this product - The cream itself I would probably give a 3.5, but given the issue with the bottle and the price I'll have to give it a 3*. As the night cream doesn't seem to be in the catalogue I am unable to review, but for comparison purposes the night cream would get a firm 5* from me.
I have been using a Neutrogena moisturiser for the past couple of years now - it's a favourite beauty product of mine as it keeps my dry skin at bay and also contains SPF to help protect it from the elements.
Earlier this year however my head was turned in Superdrug by their Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape range. It was on offer at half price so rather than paying £12.99 for a 50ml bottle of day cream, I picked it up for the far more reasonable price of £7. The range also includes a night cream which I also bought at the time.
The cream is actually more of a runny liquid. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump mechanism. It has a clear plastic lid. The bottle is packaged inside a cardboard wrapper which is recyclable.
Superdrug claim this cream also helps firm the skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and help reduce the effects of ageing. The active ingredients are PhytoCellTecTM "Solar Vitis" Grape Extract which is a powerful antioxidant and Collaxyl®, a unique hexapeptide. It also contains shea butter, vitamin E and pr-vitamin B5. The cream is paraben free and dermatologically tested.
As a day cream this is a UV defending product which has SPF 15. It is suitable for use by vegetarians and vegas and is BUAV approved. It has a shelf life of 12 months once opened. I found a 50ml pump lasted 3 months with daily liberal applications.
As a moisturiser I have been rather impressed with this product. As an anti-ageing cream I have been less impressed however.
The cream is easy to apply. I usually press the pump twice and find that produces enough cream to cover my face and neck. The cream itself is quite runny for a product sold as a cream and I find it takes a few minutes to fully absorb into the skin. I've been wearing this moisturiser for much of the summer and have been impressed at how well it has protected my face and neck from the sun. The Scottish summer has been rubbish this year but I am mindful of the fact you can still get burnt on overcast days and having ended up with burnt shoulders on one such day I can confirm the areas covered with this cream were thankfully unaffected.
As an anti-ageing product I have to say I haven't really noticed much of a difference at all. Superdrug claim you should be able to see a visible difference after 4 weeks use but I can safely say I didn't notice any difference at all. I do wonder if these claims you can notice a visible difference after 4 weeks apply to people who haven't been using any anti-ageing products as opposed to people like myself who have switched from another product. Of course another reason could be I am getting to the stage where those lines are getting deeper and past the point of help from just a cream.
I have to say I am disappointed with the lack of any visible difference to my skin. The Super Antioxidant Grape range has been heralded in the press as a bit of a miracle product and I can only conclude that's down to marketing on Superdrug's part as opposed to careful use and research by beauty editors. I must be honest and say it was the Antioxidant aspect of the cream that sucked me into buying it so I feel rather let down.
My other gripe with the cream is the packaging. The pump is easily removed by just unscrewing from the top of the bottle. This is good for getting the dregs out of it once the pump stops picking the cream up but the design is such that the plastic cap has a habit of working this pump loose which in my case led to a bit of a spillage when I went to lift the cap off and the whole pump came away with it.
The plastic cap has a habit of getting rather messy too - it catches on the pump which no matter how well I wipe all cream away from it when applying the cream seems to collect whatever is left when you replace it. I actually got to the stage where I discarded the cap after a while because it was more trouble than it was worth.
I have used this in conjunction with the matching Night Cream and have to say I have been underwhelmed by both products. I suppose if I hadn't used them my skin would perhaps look a little worse but there are cheaper moisturisers available with SPF 15 and more effective anti-ageing serums on the market so I won't be buying this again.