Being someone that a) is on a budget and b) has sensitive skin, it takes me a bit of research and thinking to buy a new skincare product. Being an intern at the moment – and waiting for my first pay check- I have to be reasonable and cannot, for the time being, buy the Clinique moisturizer that my heart desires. However, I do believe that the drugstore has upped their game recently and that good products can be found on the more affordable side of the spectrum.
When l’Oréal launched their new moisturizer a few months back, I was definitely intrigued but as I was using the Garnier one which was half the price (but has less product to be fair) and was working well for me, I decided to wait a bit before trying it again. I read a few reviews on it and decided to keep it on my “buy later” list.
I was shopping last weekend in my local supermarket and decided to pick it up as my Garnier bottle 2 was running out.
The product retails for 11€ for 50ml. It is in a gorgeous blue, higher-end looking packaging and the winning point is that it has a pump which I find very practical and hygienic.
The Hydra Genius moisturizer contains aloe vera which nourishes the skin, has healing properties, helps to renew skin cells and works well again acne and tightening the pores.
The texture is like nothing I have tried before. It comes out looking like a gel but feeling like water. It’s advertised has being a “liquid cosmetic innovation inspired by the latest Asian trends.
I like to pump it out on my finger and dot it on my nose, cheeks, chin and forehead and then rub it in. As soon as I started blending I noticed it felt like rubbing water on my face which I really liked as it didn’t have that greasy feeling and means the product gets absorbed within seconds. It does leave a slight tacky feeling on the skin but only lasts about a minute before it feels and looks like I have nothing on my face. My skin has changed over the past few years but I would say it’s normal to oily and I haven’t noticed any more oiliness, and even less oiliness than before even though the weather has been hotter.
Makeup looks great on top and my skin reacting to it in the slightest. A few days after using it I started to get a few breakouts but I’m not sure if it’s because I had been eating a bit too much carry hearty foods (read pizza and muffins) as my skin easily reacts to a change in my diet, or perhaps if it was the aloe vera purifying my skin by getting rid of impurities. My skin is totally normal now so it is not the product itself giving me breakouts.
The smell is not overpowering, it’s a faint smell that reminds me of men products to be honest, which at first put me off a little, but actually it doesn’t smell of anything on the skin once rubbed in.
Overall I would definitely recommend you try it if you are looking for a more affordable moisturizer.
Have you tried it? What did you think? Do you have a holy grail moisturizer I should try?