I’m not going to lie. I went into this one expecting to hate this. Heck, I was almost willing myself to hate this cream. It’s eye-bleedingly expensive, and I thought there was just no way in the world the results could justify the cost. It’s expensive to the tune of $150.00 for 1.7 ounces of it, and yet I now sit here trying to think of reasons why I shouldn’t buy a jar. My skin likes this so well that over the last nearly six weeks of use, it’s become increasingly difficult to not pay up and add it to my skincare routine.
I got sick three or four months ago, and just kind of put my overly involved skincare routine on the backburner until I felt better. I mean, I had a twenty minute beditme skincare routine going at the time. When I finally got over whatever it was I had, I started working a lot, and by the time I got home, I just wanted to crash and not waste time putting stuff on my face before bedtime. In truth, I was reduced to using a moisturizer at night and Clean and Clear PersaGel on any pimples I had crop up. Yeah, I realize it was laziness on my part (and all true beauty junkies need at least five products in their nighttime routine, lol), but my skin really calmed down and cleared up and became much more stable the less and less I would mess with it. By the time I got this Rejuvenating Creme in the mail, my skin was the best it had been in ages, and it was actually the perfect opportunity to give this a try.
The first thing I noticed about this upon opening the jar was the smell. There’s no way nice to say how it smells. It’s a very strong powdery scent that probably won’t gel well with most people’s noses. It’s pervasive, too. I could smell it for a few minutes after I put it on.
I think the texture is pretty light but a bit heavier than the moisturizers that I tend to gravitate toward. My go to is the Aqua Bomb from Belief or Water Drop from Dr. Jart. They’re light, quick to absorb, and don’t leave a greasy feeling on my face. When I first touched this, I assumed it would feel a bit heavier on than I would enjoy, but it wasn’t too bad when applied. It does absorb in less than fifteen minutes and doesn’t leave a greasy or sticky feeling on my face. For my preference, it’s still too heavy for me to use in the daytime, but I loved it as a nighttime moisturizer.
The performance of this product is unbelievably good. It didn’t feel like it would be special enough to make a visible change in the look of my face, but it did. Granted, I have a very normal skin type, so I can’t begin to say how this would be for dry skin, but, for me, it provides the perfect amount of moisture. Each morning that I woke up, I felt like my face looked radiant. It looked plump and hydrated. There was no question that it made my skin look better. Keep in mind that this was the only product that I was using nightly at the time, and on many nights, the only product I would use at all.
A major reason that I favor very light moisturizers is becuase of my acne-prone skin. I feel like they are much less likely to cause a breakout. I assumed the AmorePacific Creme would break me out. It just had the texture of something that would give my skin hell. After almost six weeks and one small jar later, there have been zero breakouts. None. Yeah, I’ll get a zit here and there, but that’s a part of my life I’ve learned to live with. What I’m saying is that this doesn’t make my acne any more prevalent. My skin was basically clear when I started using this, and it stayed that way the entire time. That noxious smell didn’t cause any sensitivity issues.
This works so well that I’m willing to look past the steep price tag and horrible smell. I mean, I dearly love it. I never thought something this expensive could live up to the hype around it, but this cream does.
My 8mL sample lasted nearly six weeks, so a full-size 50mL jar would likely last six months, so it might actually be a cost effective purchase given that when I had this around I didn’t WANT to use other products along with it, but, holy cow, that price tag. For that kind of money, I want the jar to play music when I unscrew the top. Or give it to me in a gold-plated jar. Or something. Something a little bit more than, hey, here’s a plastic jar of cream. Enjoy.
I’m still very much on the fence about buying this, especially since I still have Sunday Riley’s Luna and Good Genes kicking around my place, and those aren’t exactly cheap. I need to use them but am worried that I would let them languish in a corner somewhere if I buy a jar of this before they are gone. I may pick this up in during the VIB Rouge sale next month, though. the twenty percent discount I would get would drop the cost down to $120.00, which is slightly less eye-bleeding.
This stuff really is that good, and I would definitely encourage anyone who has ever thought of buying it to head over to Sephora and ask for a sample. If you’ve no interest in it, stay away from it lest you find out that it really is amazing and you’re stuck justifying buying a jar. It’s so good I’m willing to look past the price tag and that wretched smell. A few weeks ago, I would have said Belief’s Aqua Bomb was the best moisturizer ever. Not anymore. It’s this stuff.