Last year Palmers decided to expand their range by releasing new skin care products. Soon afterwards, I read a review of their eye cream that was very positive and I promptly filed that away in my brain for later. I should also say that I have never used their body products before as I am not a fan of cocoa butter smells generally.
The money I have wasted trying major brands only to break out in a couple of days is enough to make me cry – so I decided to try something more budget friendly – enter Palmer’s Night Renewal Cream.
I have hesitated in writing this review because unlike many review-based blogs that have a system (like Temptalia or Grey) I was unsure how to best organise my thoughts to make this review useful for readers. I finally came up with – packaging, smell, texture, performance against it’s claims and value for money.
Packaging – I like it. It is simple and reasonably forgettable. I know some people hate jars because of the hygiene factor and possible degradation of ingredient but I kept mine on the night stand so it was out of the way and sealed tightly.
Smell – in reading other reviews of this product some people noted that this had a strong fragrance – I tend to disagree but Lancome (my daytime moisturiser) are well known for strong fragrances so perhaps I am not a great judge. I certainly couldn’t smell anything once it was on my face and the scent is much more delicate than their body products.
Texture – I love the feel of this cream. It does have a thicker texture than a lotion but it is in no way gloopy or greasy. The cream itself is quite silky and I certainly feel softer in the morning after using it as well as when applying the cream at night. It does take a minute or so to be completely absorbed but as it is for night use this isn’t a real drawback for me.
Performance against its claims –
- “loaded with targeted skin firming and smoothing ingredients”
- “leave(s) skin soft, smooth and radiant”,
- “maintain(s) moisture levels throughout the night for smoother, softer skin.
- I am not sure I can see any firming here but when my skin is hydrated my wrinkles seem milder anyway.
- I definitely agree with soft and smooth. I haven’t seen any brightening of my skin but I am pleased with the overall effect
- Definitely agree that my skin feels more hydrated and pretty much like it did in my teens when I wake up.
I have consistently used this on my whole face including my eyes at night, where I had a persistent dry patch on my eyelid. After 3 days the patch disappeared and it hasn’t come back. I have no irritation with my eyes after application either. A very impressive but unexpected bonus.
Value for Money – I cannot express enough how fantastic I think this product is when considering I saw a great improvement in my skin’s hydration and softness without any breakout (even during summer). My first jar is almost empty now and I have been using this almost every night since November/December. And I get all of that for approximately $13 AUD. I love this stuff!