Moisturizer, Plain and Simple - Beauty Addict

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Moisturizer, Plain and Simple

Every new face cream from a major beauty company these days seems to promise the moon. MAC Moisturelush Cream bucks this trend. It is unexciting in that it's, well, just a moisturizer, but it's refreshing for the very same reason.

It doesn't promise to reduce visible signs of aging, or claim that you'll perceived 37% fewer fine lines in six weeks. It promises to moisturize your skin. And it does.

A quick look at the ingredient list reveals a pretty basic formula: water, caprylic/capric trigycerides, and sweet almond oil are the first three ingredients. (Caprylic/capric triglycerides are composed of glycerin and fatty acids derived from coconut and palm kernel oils.) There's also some squalane, a lovely emollient that I particularly like, and linoleic acid, a fatty acid that aids in moisture retention.

Moisturelush is pretty heavy, so I'd recommend it for dry skin, or any skin suffering the effects of dry winter air. It takes a few moments for it to soak in, so it's probably best for night, or daytime if you have a few minutes to spare between moisturizer and makeup application.

It has a bit of a plasticky smell at first, but this dissipates within about a minute. The only true drawback is the jar packaging, which we know isn't the most hygienic.

Overall, though, at $32 for 1.7 oz, Moisturelush is a pretty good value compared to a lot of competing moisturizers on the market. It does what it says it does, it's widely available, and it won't break the bank. Hard to beat that!