I know it’s been a while. I struggle to post something consistently and though I don’t think there’s a rule that says bloggers should post every x number of days, I really wish I was better at keeping this blog fresh and updated! I love the feeling of hitting “publish” but most of you will know how much work there is behind a post.
Anyway, today I chose to write a short review. Short because I haven’t tried the full size of this product, but only a good sample which I have used every day for a week or so. I just want to share with you some of my initial impressions.
The brand is MV skincare, an Australian organic skincare company, retailed on Cult Beauty (and in many other places too). All their products come in elegant white aluminium packaging and contain no ingredients that you might call “nasties” – as they call them on their website.
As you can tell from the picture, I’ve tried the Rose Soothing & Protective Moisturiser. This moisturizer is designed for sensitive and delicate skins, and depending on your type of skin (oily, normal, dry) is supposed to be mixed with some mist to make it lighter or can be used on its own for those with drier skin. They recommend using it on top of their of their Rose Hydrating Mist, applying a small quantity of it on slightly damp skin. Of course I don’t own their Rose Mist (which is so expensive!), so I’ve used it on top of mine (on rotation, Caudalie Grape Water or Lush Eau Roma).
I’ve tried both methods, using it on ‘dry’ skin and using it after a toning mist, not immediately after having spritzed it on my face, but after a minute or so, when it begins to dry and my skin is still damp but not too much. You obviously have to find the right balance. If your skin is too damp (and this applies to all other oils and serums) the products will struggle to absorb and you’ll feel like you’re just rubbing a liquid on your skin. Practice makes perfect, but generally speaking, it is a great thing for your skin to use products when it’s still slightly damp, as it helps them absorb more quickly.
I was a bit sceptical the first time I tried this moisturizer. You definitely need a small amount of it, and that’s why I made the most out of my 5ml sample. This cream might feel heavy at first, given its thickness. But when I applied it on my skin (slightly damp, as said before) it was absorbed in just a few minutes and the result was very calm skin, with almost no redness at all. I’ve found that other moisturisers make my skin go red and flare up, just through me rubbing it on. In this case my skin deeply nourished. It has also proved to be an optimal make-up base. I expected it to be sort of greasy – like the kind of rich moisturizer which leaves a thin layer of oiliness on the skin, because of the oil it contains – but it did not. I could almost say the result was very close to matte, which is surprising if you consider the kind of ingredients it contains. Which leads me to the next point.
As you can see it contains some essential oils (Rose and Geranium) and others natural oils like Jojoba, Camellia and Calendula. Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol are, respectively a natural plant-based emulsifier and a natural alcohol used to thicken skincare and body products. Glyceryl and Glyceryl Stearate are both hydrating agents. Oh, I forgot to say that the Mv moisturizer smells of roses, of course.
Would I purchase it?
The 15ml size of the Mv Rose Protective and Soothing Moisturizer retails for £25. I do believe that the quantity could be higher. But at the same time, after having used it and tried it myself, I know that the amount you use for each application is tiny, much less than what you’d use normally. In addition to this, it’s also not the kind of moisturizer I would use every single day, all year long. I probably wouldn’t use it in summer, if I have to put sunscreen on. I would happily use it after a purifying mask or a deep exfoliation, when I feel like my skin is begging me for a rich moisturizer.
So yes, considering that’s is an all-natural product, that I personally wouldn’t opt for it every single day and that it did make my skin look very calm and healthy, I’d probably purchase it, but I’m just looking for the right opportunity.
Have you tried this?
Have a lovely day!