e.l.f. Cosmetics

Nourishing Night Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 12.00
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e.l.f.’s Nourishing Night Cream feels soothing and refreshing, but poor packaging and some ingredient missteps mean it isn’t the oasis dry skin needs.

This moisturizer’s luxurious gel-cream texture provides instant hydration and a cooling sensation to skin (though thankfully, it doesn’t have any traditional “cooling” ingredients that cause irritation, such as menthol). It absorbs quickly without any residual greasiness or stickiness, and leaves skin looking supple and dewy. Because of its texture and the amount of moisture it provides, it’s best for those with normal to dry skin.

Analyzing the ingredients, there are go-to hydrators included, among them glycerin, shea butter, jojoba oil, sugar cane extract, and sugar maple extract. There’s also skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, though not in a significant amount.

Those ingredients would qualify this as a good basic moisturizer, though two problems hold it back: First is that it contains orange and lemon extracts, which, while low in concentration, still put skin at risk for irritation.

Then there’s the fact that this is packaged in a jar, which – while not an issue for anti-aging ingredients, since this has few of them - is unhygienic, especially considering this is a water-based formula (see More Info below for details).

While the feel of this moisturizer is great, it simply doesn’t stack up to alternatives you’ll find on our list of best nighttime moisturizers.

  • Gel-cream texture provides instant moisture and a cooling feel.
  • Absorbs quickly without residual greasiness or stickiness.
  • Includes some reliable hydrating ingredients.
  • Contains orange and lemon extracts, which put skin at risk for irritation.
  • Packaged in a jar, which isn’t the most hygienic option.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Basic Moisturizers: Jar packaging is rarely ideal, but if a moisturizer lacks antioxidants, soothing and nourishing plant extracts and oils, and skin-repairing and skin-restoring ingredients, it’s not as much of a problem because the product doesn’t contain any of those beneficial ingredients that will break down when exposed to air or light. On the other hand, jars are still unsanitary because you dip your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product—especially water-based formulas.

So, generally, it’s best to buy products in airtight or air-restrictive packaging. But, if it’s a ho-hum ordinary moisturizer, it’s not the worst thing we can think of, although your skin deserves better than just ordinary!

Reference for this information:
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

This Nourishing Night Cream is the perfect formula to nourish your skin. The soothing cream is filled with skin hydrating ingredients that are infused from jojoba, aloe, cucumber, and shea butter.

Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate(Ve), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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