Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 Night Radiant Overnight Creme/Mask Review

Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 Night Radiant Overnight Creme/Mask Review

Price: HKD580 (RRP) | HKD493 (Sasa)
Volume: 50ml

Being the night-time counterpart of the Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Cream, the claims are for your skin to be the following after eight days of use:

  1. Nourished
  2. Hydrated
  3. Energized
  4. Calmed
  5. Supple
  6. Refined
  7. Smoother
  8. Radiant

Housed in a darker jar than the Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Cream,image the Overnight Cream — or essentially, the night cream of this line — has a dual purpose to function both as a cream and a sleeping mask.

The night cream is of a gel-cream texture that’s creamy smooth upon application and it fully absorbs into the skin without leaving behind a greasy or oily residue. It has a subtle sweet pomegranate scent that’s very light and refreshing; in addition, it may be lightweight on the skin, but it is indeed highly hydrating — even more so when I paired it with my ANR II Face Serum (blog link). I used a loonie-sized amount to cover both face and neck and kept my skin well-hydrated overnight.

As a general rule, I don’t like sleeping with an air-conditioner on but for the sake of testing this product out, I put this cream on at night after my usual Micro Essence and ANR II routine, and went to sleep with the a/c turned on for the night in my room. I woke up in the morning to see that my face was neither greased up — as a result of a super heavy moisturizer that didn’t sink into my skin but instead just stayed ON it — or dull and flakey; my skin just looked…like how I did when I first put on the moisturizer the night before. I was curious so I tried this the next evening, only this time I amped it up a bit in terms of the amount so that I could try out its mask properties and I turned on the a/c.

As a side note here, I normally don’t like sleeping masks (aside from my trusty Origins one) as I usually wake up with a small break out (if I’m lucky) or a number of small pimples on various parts of my face from the mask having clogged up my pores. Le sigh.

The morning after, my face looked a teensy bit shinier but DAMN. I was glowy. Was I sold? Not quite yet, so I used the night cream religiously every night, changing up the environment in my room when I sleep (i.e. a/c or fan or nothing at all). I still woke up with glowy skin and…nary a new breakout in sight.

All in all, I’m still decidedly Team Lauder with this night cream (and subsequently, the Nutritious Line); if I were to take either the Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Cream or  Nutritious Vitality8 Night Radiant Overnight Cream on a trip (aside from the cumbersome tub-and-no-spatula situation for both), I would actually be okay with bringing the Overnight Cream only. There’s no SPF for the day cream to begin with, and I can alternate the amount of hydration that I need based on the amount of cream I scoop out and use; of course, the fact that the Overnight Cream can pull double-duty as a mask makes it an awesome bonus 🙂 This is entirely a personal preference and for some of us, yes, it would be better to have a separate day and night cream; if budget is an issue and you could only choose one, I’d go with the Overnight Cream 🙂

Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Cream Review

Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Cream Review

Price: HKD580 (RRP) | HKD493 (Sasa)
Volume: 50ml

8 days. That’s the focus and claim from Estée Lauder for this line and of course, the claims are that once you use this line that is infused with the Pomegranate8 Complex, your skin is:

  1. Nourished
  2. Hydrated
  3. Energized
  4. Calmed
  5. Supple
  6. Refined
  7. Smoother
  8. Radiantimage

Housed in a luxurious red and gold glass jar with a twist-off lid, the cream has a white, almost mousse-like texture that’s soft and silky smooth upon application and it fully absorbs into the skin without leaving behind a greasy or oily residue. It has a subtle sweet pomegranate scent that’s very light and refreshing; in addition, it may be lightweight on the skin, but it is indeed highly hydrating — even more so when I paired it with my ANR II Face Serum. I only used a loonie-sized amount to cover both face and neck and kept my skin well-hydrated for the entire day.

As a day cream, this was fantastic in terms of hydration for my combination-dry skin as although it’s in a cream form, my face didn’t oil up into a greasy mess, and I’ve tried using this under makeup as well as when I went make-up free to see if this would turn me into a disco ball during the day without the help of any primers or other products. However, at the same time I was slightly disappointed that this didn’t have any SPF in the formula. I wonder if it’s because the added SPF would make the texture of this cream a little too thick or harder to absorb? In addition, germaphobes would not be too pleased with the packaging, as not only does this come in a jar, there’s no little spatula for you to scoop out the product; as such, you’re left with either using a spatula that you already have or your own fingers (the horror O_O).

Packaging aside though, I’m still firmly in the Team Lauder for this particular day cream as I felt that it followed through with most of the claims up until this point, albeit I would give it some time — not necessarily just the eight days — to prove itself 🙂 I had to keep telling myself to calm down when I first used this and I would check to see if my skin actually looked any more different the next day LOL 😀 As with any good cream, I would look for high-performing creams that prove its worth over time as opposed to ones that overpromise and underdeliver.

Give this time and you shall see with this cream 😀

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Energy Lotion Review

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Energy Lotion Review

Price: HKD400 (RRP) | HKD325 (Sasa)
Volume: 200ml
Type: Intense Moist

After trying this toner out imagefor the past little while now, I’m ready to talk about it 😀 This comes in a Fresh Moist and Intense Moist consistency; in terms of texture, I preferred the latter over the former at this point since I purchased this during Fall and I wanted something a little more hydrating than usual; in the event that my skin ends up liking it quite a bit, I can purchase the Fresh Moist for the warmer months afterwards. If it turns out that the Intense Moist is not hydrating (enough) for me, at least it won’t dry me out and I can pretty much forget about getting the Fresh Moist afterwards :/

imageThe scent is decidedly pomegranate as when I first poured a bit out on a cotton pad and smoothed it out on my face, the scent came on a little stronger than I expected, but it gradually became a much lighter scent before disappearing completely. The consistency is a little syrupy and it does feel a little heavy due to the consistency of the product, which I presume should be geared towards users who have dry skin, even though on the bottle and their website it states that it’s suitable for all skin types. I’m assuming that my skin was happy after using it because it’s combination-dry and I can and always have done well with an extra bit of hydration 🙂

With this toner, there are two ways that you can use it, depending on your skin’s condition and personal preference: a) you can either use a cotton pad and pour the product onto it before smoothing it over your face and neck or b) you could pour it into your hand and  use both of your hands to gently press it onto your face and neck with light, cupping motions. The former method would be for when you would like to use when your skin is feeling relatively normal you don’t have any particular immediate needs; the latter would be when you need an extra oomph of hydration and you’re helping your skin drink it up. I personally use the cotton pad method because I would be doing the pressing method with the Micro Essence afterwards as well and I felt lazy about having to stand there for the next 3-5 minutes (an eternity when you’re in a hurry) patting and pressing products onto your skin 😛 However, I will try out the pressing method with this product when I need an extra boost and most likely if and when I’m in a colder and drier climate than Hong Kong’s current weather conditions 🙂

I’m looking forward to trying this out in Vancouver and Vegas; if this ends up being equally hydrating in the local climate for those places, I think I can call this a holy-grail toner that I can put up there with another holy-grail product, the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic .

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser Review

Estée Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser

Price: HK 198 (Sasa) | HK 260 (RRP)
Volume: 125mlaillis201510292154887

I bought this cleanser along with the Clinelle Deep Cleansing Gel during my last Sasa haul; I have designated this as my PM cleanser once I’m done removing my makeup with the Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil as part of my preferred double-cleansing method. I decided that I really should separate my AM and PM cleansers as my skin requires less cleansing power in the morning since I would just be washing the sleep and last night’s cream off my face; the PM cleanser would need to be slightly stronger in making sure that I take off any residual makeup from my face.

In terms of packaging, it’s in a large squeeze tube with a screw-on cap which I like as I can most definitely bring this along on trips in my checked baggage without worrying that the cap will snap or break. This cleanser has a nice light pomegranate scent that did not make my combination-dry and sensitive skin go into overdrive. A little bit really goes a long way as it lathers up quite nicely; once I rinsed it off, my skin didn’t feel tight or dry. My skin simply felt clean without being…squeaky, which in terms of my skin means tight and possibly flaky patches. Given the amount that I use every time, this tube will last me for quite a while 🙂 Although this cleanser is supposed to pull double-duty as a hydrating mask, I haven’t gotten around to using it as such; it seems like Estée Lauder is doing that with its other cleanser, the Perfectly Clean series — which I’ve tried and did not like at all as it was…very drying. 😛

For the price, volume and effectiveness of this foam cleanser, I am a very happy customer and I feel that I’m getting my money’s worth with such a great high-end brand; similar high-end brands usually charge around HKD300-400 for a slightly smaller tube of cleanser in which they have similar claims. I think I have found a product that will be a permanent fixture in my skincare 🙂

I’m more than willing to add this to my skincare regime with my Estée Lauder Micro Essence and ANR II serum 🙂

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