garnier moisture + (previously moisture match) review

I love when companies change the packaging of a product. I got these on clearance for something like $6 purely because Garnier has changed the name from “Moisture Match” to “Moisture +” and they were taking up valuable shelf space that the new packaging could be occupying. Seriously, it’s the best. I got both the Moisture + Protect (aka Moisture Match Protect & Glow) which came in the old box but the new bottle, and Moisture + Soft (aka Moisture Match Start Afresh).

20160529_133202 eirtMoisture + Protect

Dita von Teese says her secret to not aging is “no sun, no cigarettes” and this one is SPF20 so if I’m gonna be venturing out of my cave into the outside world I use this one under all my makeup.  Because it’s really more of a light lotion than a heavy cream it’s perfect to wear during the day. The only thing that I do not like about this product is the taste. Yes, I know, you’re not supposed to eat it. But when I’m doing my makeup in the morning I have to be super careful not to get  any on my lips because inevitably some will get in my mouth and it’s just got that awful taste like when you were a kid and you got sunblock in your mouth. Blegh. It’s got Calendula extract which is awesome because Calendula is used as an anti-inflammatory, can be used to treat acne and sooth irritated skin. I have dermatitis that creeps up on my cheeks if I’m not careful so I love anything that’s gonna be anti-inflammatory and help keep my redness down. The other thing I really like about this is it’s quite illuminating and gives you a really nice glow. If you like a dewy finish, this is fantastic as a primer. It’s oil free and has glycerin in it which is the ingredient that makes Nikkie Tutorial’s fav Nivea Men Aftershave Balm such a hit but it has the added bonus of the glowy finish. It also smells lightly of lemon which is cool, too. Really fresh and nice.

20160529_133233 eitMoisture + Soft

This is actually my favourite of the two. It smells almost identical to the Benefit It’s Potent eye cream and I love that because it smells almost identical to this old Chi Chi glittery perfume spray you used to be able to get back in like, 2008, which was my life in high school. Does anyone else remember that? Ahh, nostalgia. This one is super silky and smooth. It’s quite quickly absorbed, your skin just drinks it on up and it’s non greasy and really light feeling. One of the things I hate the most about moisturisers targeted at people with dry skin is how heavy and clingy a lot of them feel because they’re so loaded up with oils. This one is not oil free but the oils are extremely light and just make your face feel quite soft without it feeling like it’s coated in face cream. I don’t think this is super intensive so if you have very dry skin it may not be enough for you. It doesn’t target blemishes or reduce redness or have any anti-aging properties, it has no special features really other than being a nice, uncomplicated moisturiser. It contains blue lotus extract which apparently is good for balancing oils but I tried to google the effects of it on the skin and all I found was pages and pages of people using it as a legal high so I’m not entirely sure what the purpose of it is in this product. Blue lotus or no blue lotus, this is just a really good moisturiser.

Neither of these products are expensive (I think around NZ$10) and both are available at the supermarket so two big ticks in the price and convenience catagories. The packaging isn’t anything special but I like how simple it is… and at least they didn’t use comic sans.


As always, nobody paid me to write this blog post. It is entirely my own opinion and I do not represent anyone or anything.

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