Thursday, 22 September 2011

Premium VS High Street

It's always a fight with myself when I go and try and purchase new skincare and I'm so easily pulled in by new beauty offers or promotions so I tend to be a sucker for anything the women at the counters tell me. But recently, I've stuck to these few products which I change and swap between depending on how I think my skin is feeling. So the real question is, out of the two, premium brand skincare or high street skincare, which is the best?

High street skincare:
I went out on a whim one day when I was in Body Shop and looking for a gentle face wash when I came across the vitamin E range. I'd seen that it was highly recommend to those who suffer from normal/dry skin so I thought I'd give this a go. At the time, it ran in a special offer when I could get the facial wash, day and night cream and a facial brush all for £20 so I snapped up the deal without really thinking about it. Another thing, cheap prices for a lot of items always gets the better of me.

The night cream which is shown at the top, I have hardly used. I personally don't like the cream or feel that it is particularly moisturising. When I first purchased this set, I stuck to the day and night routine with this set but found that when I applied the cream, it sat on my skin instead of soaking in leaving my skin feel greasy. The cream is very thick and not a lot is needed but I found that when I woke up the next morning, my skin still felt dry and tight.

The day cream I use before applying make-up, it's a good base and moisturises the skin well but the effects are not long term. The cream has a more runny consistency in comparison to the night cream and is more easily soaked into the skin but I found that later on during the day, my skin still felt quite dry. Overall, this cream is good but generally, it's only really good as a quick fix whereas I need something that will keep my skin moisturised for the whole day. Another disadvantage to the creams is that they do not contain an SPF.

Premium skincare:
Clinique's big beauty and skincare marketing campaigns make it easier for the naive such as myself to fall straight into their traps and come out of the store pounds down and a heavy bag in hand. This Superdefense cream is actually marketed as an anti-ageing cream and said to "fight the effects of emotional stress, which can damage skin with effects much like sun and pollution". Realistically this cream is not really suitable for me because I am 18 but it's never too early to start, right?

Again, this is a cream I've used a lot, I'm nearly at the bottom but a little does go a long way. Generally, the consistency of this was very rich and when I applied it to my face, my skin soaked it up immediately. The only downfall to this cream is that, if I apply too much it can leave my skin feeling greasy and looking shiny.
The cream is very moisturising and keeps my skin soft all day long. I find that this is a perfect base for foundation such as Double Wear which can be very drying. It also has a high SPF factor of 25. I really would recommend this product to anyone with very dry skin but only to apply small amounts liberally to the skin.

Everyone gets blemishes, spots, dry skin or a rash of some kind and these products are the most suitable products I own to combat the problem.

Sudocrem: If anyone hasn't used this, it's a life saver. It retails around £1-50-£5 depending on what size you buy, it's so cheap and so good at what it does. If my skin is ever irritated or I get a spot, I immediately apply this and within the next day, the problem has more or less vanished. On the traditional tub it does say that it is for nappy rash, bed sores and eczema, but it can be used to treat sunburn, rashes or scars. The consistency of this product is very rich white formula which requires a lot of rubbing in so minimal amount is needed, meaning that a large tub could last years.

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream: This product is totally different in comparison to Sudocrem. When I visited the Elizabeth Arden counter at my local store, I asked the woman about the cream and what is it specifically targeted for, she replied that it is used to do the same job as Sudocrem and it can be applied to spots, sore skin or rashes and have the same outcome. The texture of the cream is very different to Sudocrem, it is more of a greasy gel a lot like Vaseline which means applying it to the face can make the skin look oily. The 8 hour cream retails around £20 in stores but does last a long time because of the minimal amount needed. Celebrities for years have been swearing by the 8 hour cream but personally, I find that this isn't for me. I only really use the 8 hour cream as a lip balm and rarely use it for dry skin around my face during winter. Overall, I wouldn't repurchase this product as I think it's too much money for what it does.

What are you favourite premium/high street skincare products?


  1. The eight hour cream is really my favorite but Neutrogena makes some wonderful products too:) Great post and review darling!I love your blog and now following! Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)


  2. I really enjoyed this post, I have really dry skin and find that barely anything works, so this post was really welcomed! My boyfriend's mother bought me some wonderful moisturiser for my birthday though, I wish I could recommend it but the name of it has escaped me!


  3. This is so interesting. Ah to sound cliche I mix and match. I buy a lot of clinique because I have really sensitive skin but I also layer on sudocrem (did you know the tube isn't medicated, just to pot?) . x hivenn


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