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When I saw this at Boots for just over ￡6 for 50ml I admittedly was a little skeptical as to whether this would actually help my skin to look radiant. I didn't like that my skin looked so dull when it shouldn't, so I was on the hunt for something that might counteract this, but at the same time, it simply HAD to be suitable for sensitive skin. Although my skin isn't overly sensitive, I was having so many problems with my skin as late that I didn't want to use anything that would aggravate it, and make it worse. Being made for sensitive skin, Simple's Daily Radiance Moisturiser was definitely worth some looking into. After reading a couple of reviews, I made the purchase and started using it the very next day. I won't go into detail about the packaging but the product itself is fairly thick in consistency without any obvious perfume-y smells. Despite it's thick consistency, it is very easy to blend into the skin and doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin. I cannot stand greasy moisturisers or moisturisers that leave the skin looking really shiny. This one does neither. It just feels light and Moisturising as a day moisturiser should. However the product doesn't specify as to when it should be used, so I have used it a couple of times at night, so my skin looks radiant in the morning. On the mornings I have used this, I've always applied make-up afterwards and had no problems with applying it, or with it's staying power. The product contains several skin loving nutrients and vitamins, including Mango, known to be good for brightening up the skin. The fact this contains spf in it is good for not having to apply another product as well as this. After just a couple of days of using, along with a new, gentler skin care routine, I was already beginning to see the benefits of using this on a daily basis. My skin was looking a lot brighter than it had been a few days previous, and warmer in colour. I definitely looked a little less pale than usual. My skin actually looked the healthiest it has looked in quite a while! I'm so glad I decided to try this as it proved to me that skin-brightening products don't always have to contain shimmer that only frightens up your skin when wearing it. If you have really dull, pale skin then this moisturiser really helps to brighten your overall skintone over time. For me this time was just a few short days. Admittedly a new skin care routine, probably helped to even out my skin tone, but it also looks much more radiant since using this. Plus it moisturises well for dry skin, and works well under make-up or when used alone.
The moisturiser is part of Simple's Daily Radiance range which also includes eye make up remover pads, facial wash, facial wipes, and eye cream. It comes in a white cardboard outer which contains a creamy coloured 50ml plastic tube with a flip top lid. The tube itself is well designed and easy to use. The moisturiser is SPF 10 and contains light reflecting particles and mango extract and as with all Simple products it contains no perfume or colour, is dermatologically tested and is suitable for sensitive skin. The price varies slightly depending on where you shop but is usually in the region of £6.50 per tube. I must confess I have always been a bit of a 'snob' when it comes to beauty products, I would never have considered buying a moisturiser under £30. I was given Simple Daily Radiance Moisturiser as a birthday gift a few years ago and must say I was very reluctant to try it. I didn't see how anything so cheap could possible compare to my normal (and much more expensive brand). Once I did finally give it a try though I have to say I was proved to be completely wrong. I have quite dry skin but found this product to moisturise beautifully. It has a nice thick consistency, not at all greasy and absorbs effortlessly into the skin. This is now my firm favourite brand of moisturiser, a fraction of the cost of my previous brand but far far superior in quality. I love it.
Adding an SPF moisturizer to your skin care routine is always seen as a bonus in the healthy skin department. As a huge fan of the Simple range, that shelf was the first I went to when investigating SPF moisturizers. Bought for around £6 in Tesco, it is one of the pricier products in the Simple range. My skin can be quite sensitive to harsh products but I have never had a problem with anything in the Simple range so never see the need to 'test' a small amount of new Simple product. If this is a brand you have never used before or have very sensitive skin, do a quick test patch behind the ear just incase you have a reaction, better there than all over your face! The tube was around 50ml - 75ml (its been a while!). The tube did use to come in a recyclable box but I am not sure if that is still the case. My only bugbear with Simple is some of their unnecessary packaging on a few of their products! The tube is a white, soft plastic. You cannot see through the casing to see how much product is left but when it becomes a struggle to squeeze out, I find cutting off the top of the tube reveals week's worth of product. The tubing will cut easily with decent scissors and the amount of product left around the sides of the tube can be staggering. The cream itself comes out with a similar consistency to sun cream and is quite thick. As with other Simple products, there is no perfume. I have oily skin and using this product neat increased the oiliness of my skin ten fold. I was severely disappointed. Though my skin felt well moisturized and protected - visibly it looks shinier than a new 2p coin. The cream was easily absorbed into my skin but left a glistening sheen all over my face, more so on the t-zone area. I discovered that if I used a tinier amount of the cream, I could mix it with an oil balancing moisturizer (from the Simple range) that seemed to solve the extra shiny-ness problem. I do wonder though how effective the SPF protection would still be if I am mixing products? I did not see any change with regards to my acne, it neither worsened or got better but my pores did feel more clogged when the cream was on my face. I used it till the tube ran out but have yet to purchase it again. SPF10 does not seem very high to me and they do carry SPF15+ products in the Simple range now which seem to work better with my skin. The added oiliness to my skin was a huge no no and if it had not been for the oil balancing moisturizer used at the same time, I doubt I would have ever finished the tube. I think this product is more suited for dryer and dull looking skin. Combining the product with another did not bother me, but it is the cost of having to buy both products that start to add up. The Simple range is usually on offer in Boots on a 3 for 2 and Tesco and Asda sometimes carry similar offers. Superdrug tends to be quite cheap when there is no 3 for 2 offer on in Boots.
I was lucky to receive a 7ml sample sized tube of this product in the post some time ago and put it in the bathroom cupboard to try out at some point. I normally use Garnier day creams for my face but Garnier have an annoying habit of every few years discontinuing your favoured cream and not bringing out an immediately obvious successor so I am always on the look out for back up moisturisers in case this happens! I was looking forward to trying it as Simple products do have a good reputation and you do not have to use them only if you have sensitive skin! I thought a simple moisturiser may contain less chemicals so might be better for my skin overall so I was quite prepared to give it a go. I decided to give this a try one morning when I did not have to go to work, so used my normal face wash and then applied this cream- as directed "apply to cleansed face". It comes out of the tube like hand cream and it is very white and looks more like double cream than salad creme (ie it is an opaque white and not a see through colour). It does not smell of anything in particular- I have tried really hard to smell this to describe it but it has "no perfume" plastered all over it so it does not smell of anything distinguishable- except maybe baby lotion (just a little). This feels quite thick when applied (like hand cream does) but I thought asit says on it "Daily radiance" it is a day cream rather than a night cream so I thought I would be ok to apply this (my usual 5p sized amount of cream rubbed in to my face as with any day cream) then apply make up as normal. Tere was nothing printed on the tube I received to indicate otherwise. I was very wrong. I waited a good five minutes before applying a dab of concealer here and there as is normal, then my powder based foundation (not a liquid one as I hate liquid foundations!) by this time my skin felt a little heavy but the cream had sunk in to my skin so I was not applying make up on top of anything obviously greasy. When I was applying my make up I did not like how it felt going on- I knew something was not right. As I applied my make up it seemed to go a bit darker than it is. I hoped it was nothing and it would all sit right on my skin when it all "set"/ settled. Half an hour later, I passed a mirror and saw my make up had, for want of a better word "melted", and it looked as if I had been in the gym for two hours and sweated all of the make up off my face! I was appalled and instantly went to get washed and use my normal moisturiser. I am disappointed this happened as I wanted to be able to use a moisturiser that has an SPF without it actually feeling like sun lotion (you cannot apply make up over sun lotion for the same reasons as what happened here). Luckily, this was a sample tube I got for free. I would have been annoyed if I had paid full price for this. This currently sells in Boots for £6.49 for a 50ml tube. Overall I would AVOID this if you want to use it as a light daily moisturiser underneath make up. As it does NOT work- it will leave your skin feeling heavy (as if you have used a night cream) and your make up will look a state before you even make it to work! I'm glad I tested it at the weekend. This is one product I will not be buying again.