Recently, I received a good selection of Murad skincare as a little bonus from work and have been very excitedly trying out my new goodies. Since Murad is such a varied and popular line that somehow isn't very talked about in the blogosphere, I've decided to bring you some reviews here and there in form of a 'Murad Monday', and today we'll start with my new morning mate, Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion
($35 for 1.7 fl oz).
'Pores are minimized as texture is refined by this ultra-light, oil-free
moisturizing formula. Queen of Meadow and Algae Extract penetrate to
clear pores and reduce sensitivity. Retinol encourages healthy cell
turn-over while Arnica soothes irritation'
(from Murad's website).
First off, props to Murad for encouraging acne-prone and oily skins to use a moisturizer; I know how badly dehydrated my skin gets with all those acne treatments! The Skin Perfecting Lotion is essentialy a lightweight hydrator with a hefty dose of retinol to help exfoliate the skin, and interestingly enough it's part of two lines within the Murad product range: the Acne line (blue) as well as Age Reform (purple, formerly grey) - it's exactly the same product under the same name, just different packaging and target group. Pretty smart, right?
The consistency of the Skin Perfecting Lotion is that of a quite thin, almost gel-like lotion (duh!) with a very, very subtle fresh scent; most of the time I can't smell it at all. For my face and neck, I squeeze out a dollop about the size of a hazelnut, spread it onto my fingertips a bit and then quickly pat it on the face. It completely sinks in within a minute but still gives a bit of a glow to my skin; the finish is definitely not matte. The product feels very cooling and refreshing on my face and actually helps to calm down the redness I get after washing my face. After applying the lotion, my mug feels hydrated, supple and very comfortable - no tightness or tingling there!
But the main reason this is such a firm favorite not just for me, but also for hundreds of people who have rated it on Makeup Alley, Sephora and Murad's own website is that this light refreshing lotion REALLY hydrates, without any of the greasiness or clogged pores some moisturizes leave behind. My face can get very irritated and flaky due to acne topicals I've been prescribed and this really helps to balance it out in the morning. I definitely enjoy using my tube of the Skin Perfecting Lotion and will probably repurchase once I run out.
Have you tried Murad's Skin Perfecting Lotion? What is your favorite lightweight oil-free moisturizer?
Hey Monika, I haven't tried anything from Murad (though I think I have a sample tube of something lying somewhere), but this sounds promising! My favorite lightweight oil-free moisturizer is Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet. I've repurchased it several times now!ReplyDelete
Oh, I didn't like the Caudalie! The scent was too strong for me and it felt sticky. Its funny how different our skins can react to products!Delete
Oh, will have to give this another try! I got one in a swap ages ago but realized after that I didn't know how old it was and didn't feel good about using it.ReplyDelete
I have thought about trying this out! Does it help calm down acne?ReplyDelete
Simple Charm Beauty
In the sense of calming redness and not clogging things further, yes, but if you have a nasty breakout (like I do right now), it won't really take care of it on its own... Hope that helps! :)Delete
Hi Monika, I tried the Murad Essential C range, I really liked the cleanser for very deep cleansing actually (dry skin). I use it from time to time now. Glad this is working out for you / Claire xxxReplyDelete
I have some reviews coming up of the Essential C too; I like what I've tried so far!Delete
Great review! I've been finding my usual moisturizer (the Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse) too heavy for my oily skin. But like you, I use acne treatments and can't pull off not wearing moiturizer - it usually gives me a red and blotchy face! I'll be looking into this one since it seems like I'd really like it. :)ReplyDelete
I'd like to try it but i'm afraid it might be another empty, ordinary product.. that it doesnt give nothing to the skin. or is it Really good? i've tried some amazing products and i was looking for something less expensive or discovering something new and amazing, but i feel like i'll only find average but expensive products.. sob. are they worth it?ReplyDelete
thank you! x
Hi Eli, I'm now at the end of my tube and I can say that the Skin Perfecting Lotion is a nice, lightweight moisturizer, but not more than that - not a miracle worker, at least on my skin. You could probably find cheaper products that perform similarly. If you're not sure how you'd like it, I suggest asking for a sample at Sephora and giving it a try!Delete
thank you for the prompt reply! i'm a little sad it's not special on one hand and happy i have a problem/doubt less on the other.. and unfortunately i dont think they have it here. ...i'd like to tell you the products i liked that i was talking about to give you a reference and try to find something similar but they only sell them here(again)!Delete