Today we have a review of the much hyped, almost iconic product - Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I received a sample of this at the #LiveBloggers event last year and was so excited to see it in the goody bag after hearing everyone talk about it. The 50ml retails for £25 and I have a cute 15ml sample.
An absolute must have for everyone! This skincare classic restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked and dry skin. It works efficiently to sooth roughness, redness and minor skin irritations.
What does it actually do?! Let me address some of the points on the EA website:
1. Skin Saver - Protect skin from drying wind, central heating & air conditioning. I assume that means tackling dryness. Although I have really dry skin I couldn't imagine rubbing this thick gel on my face or body as it's greasy and kind of sticky. It relieves burns, scrapes and abrasions - Now, I'm not in the business of regularly hurting myself if I'm honest and if I were too, I'd probably apply some £2 antiseptic cream from the pharmacy.
2. Shine factor - Apply to lids, cheeks and legs - I'm not a professional MUA and EA informs me this is all the rage with them but I don't see us everyday make up users getting much use from this. (As always, correct me if I'm wrong but I've never seen it in a FOTD).
3. Eye opener - Use this to keep your eyebrows in place. Seriously I have no words!? I just can't imagine why I would use this when I can use a clear £1 mascara for that job.
As you can tell, I wouldn't use this product for any of these purposes. What I have been using it for however is as a lip balm. It is a thick but smooth consistency and although it would be too much for summer, I don't mind using some in winter. That was till I discovered in addition to salicylic acid and vitamin E this product is over 50% petroleum! Now, I'm the first to admit, I'm no ingredients expert but isn't that essentially Vaseline? I stopped using my vaseline lip therapy as I believed it wasn't actually moisturising my lips but instead creating a barrier so that leads me to the question...Is Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream essentially glorified, overpriced vaseline?
I feel now is a fitting time to add that lots of my aunties who have spent 20+ years putting vaseline all over their faces at night, now have beautiful flawless skin in their 40s/50s and it's something they swear by. That is something that always leaves me intrigued but the thought of applying a product of that texture on my face just isn't something that appeals to me.
Back to 8 hour cream, clearly it can't be a cult product without working for thousands, if not millions of ladies worldwide so I really want to try and give a balanced view. Ingredients aside though, other than using it as a £25 lip balm I just could not find a day to day use for it (cuts and burns aside of course) so I would not buy the full size.
Let me know what you think ladies?
Till next time...Toodles! :)
Edit: For the purpose of this review (against all my instincts) I did try it all over my face but it felt sticky as expected and weirdly left me a bit itchy. The stickiness doesn't last though and I have woken up with fairly smooth skin so I could potentially use it on my nose from time to time to see if it helps with flaking but then I could use Vaseline for that if I wanted. I also tried it as hand 'cream' but it was so hard to rub in and left them so sticky that I couldn't touch anything for quite a while.