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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Venturing into the unknown...

...high end skincare category that is!! 

As many of you know, I'm not one for expensive skincare (or anything for that matter). 
I'm a firm believer that when you are young (or semi-young like me), it's not essential to use super expensive products that claim to anti-age/anti-wrinkle/lifting/make-everyone-fall-in-love-with-you-within-10-seconds. 

I've always found my beloved skincare products at drugstores/online indie skincare companies like Garden of Wisdom (Their HA serums are to die for!!).
However, when my friend Alice raved and raved about Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer and how it miraculously changed her skin (and therefore her life), I closed my eyes and swiped my card. I got the 5 oz luxury size for $120 (valued at $190), and the original size is 1.7 oz for $65. It was a deal I couldn't resist. 

Alice has combination to dry skin with noticeable pores and redness to her face. She said that this moisturizer gets absorbed within seconds and leaves her skin hydrated, incredibly soft, and minimizes the size of her pores. Sold, sold, and sold! 

This is what the package looks like. Very clean and simple looking with air tight pump dispensing mechanism. I really like how hygienic it is. The bottle is semi-transparent so you can guesstimate how much product you have left.

The original 1.7 sized one comes in one of those pressed-down top thingy...I don't know how to describe it. Here's a picture:
Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisture

Their claims:

Moisturize, rejuvenate and brighten skin with this sophisticated blend of proven anti-aging ingredients. Refreshing and light, Nourish is the perfect daily moisturizer for those interested in preventing and reversing the signs of aging.

- Contains Matrixyl™ 3000 and retinyl palmitate, clinically proven to rapidly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Encourages collagen production.
- Rich in antioxidants, shields skin from free-radicals.
- Light feel, absorbs quickly and leaves skin balanced, fresh and healthy.

What the cream looks like:

It's almost like a gel consistency. It's VERY easily spreadable. It almost reminds me a little like Laura Mercier's foundation primer. 

My review:

First off, let me tell you a little about my skin. I have extremely dry skin that peel and itch if I didn't moisturizer it within 15 seconds after washing. Now that Spring's here, it's gotten A LITTLE better, not by much, but anything helps. 

I think Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer is AMAZING for people with combination to oily skin. It's light, it's fresh, and in my opinion, it's oil controlling. Unfortunately for me, I need every bit of oil I can get. 

What I've been using it for (and it's INCREDIBLE at it) is a moisture mask. I moisturizer my skin like usual (with MAC Complete Comfort Creme), then I use two pumps of Nourish Daily Moisturizer (more than anyone needs as a moisturizer) and slather it in a thick layer all over face, let it sit for about 10 minutes and wipe it off. I'm left with incredibly soft skin and a glow like no other. It seals in all the moisture of the MAC comfort creme and gets rid of the stickiness. 

Final Verdict: 4 out of 5

Is it absolutely necessary? Not if you have extremely dry skin, there's something more hydrating than this. I would consider it a possible HG product for ppl with combo skin though.

Would I recommend it? ABSOLUTELY. While it doesn't really cut it as a moisturizer for me (maybe in summer?), it's wonderful as a moisture mask. It's hard to find something that isn't too thick or too light. This is the perfect balance. 

Hope this is helpful for some of you. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

Have a great day!




cjx3pooh said...

Wow this is even more expensive than the Philosophy Hope in a Jar. I guess if it's good then it's worth it; I'm tempted to get the Philosophy moisturizer since it's like $70 for 8 oz at Costco

sherri said...

I've heard great things about this and wanted to try it for my combination/oily skin. I am dying to find something that is oil controlling at least for most of the day. How long (hours) do you think it can hold up in controlling oil?
Thanks for the review.

glitteryeyesxx said...

Looks too good to be true! But I am highly curious and might even venture into getting it. Kate Somerville is the go-to for celebrities when they get their facials. So if it's good enough for them, it'll be good enough for me. Please keep us updated on how your skin reacts to this! =)

Tao said...

cjx3pooh: Not to discourage you from trying the philosophy hope in a jar, but that stuff smells like cat pee in a jar. Just sayin' LOL

Tao said...

Sherri: Since I don't have oily skin I can't honestly say for myself. Let me ask Alice and try it on Nathan and report back. :)

kelly said...

omg!! i'm so definately going to look into this. your friend's skin description is like AN EXACT MATCH OF MINE!!!! i need to get this ASAP... after i finish using up my current lotions though ;___; sigh...