This month I have been using two products from Juice Beauty and as they are both from the same product line (Stem Cellular Anti-wrinkle) I thought I would not only use them together, but review them together. The two products I have been using are the Stem Cellular Anti-wrinkle Booster Serum and the Stem Cellular Anti-wrinkle Eye Treatment. As those are both really long names I will probably just call one Serum and the other Eye cream throughout this post.
My trial of both of these products ran twenty-two days instead of my standard two week trial. At the start of the trial the Serum weighed in at 4.47 ounces. The package contains 1 ounce of product so 3.47 ounces of that is packaging. The eye cream which has 0.5 ounces of product weighed in at 1.82 ounces with a package weight of 1.32 ounces.
The packaging is interesting. The containers do well in keeping the product from the light and air which I really like as it lessens the chance that they will spoil before I can use them up. I don’t like the fact that you can’t tell how much product is left in the containers though. Once I start getting low on a product, especially when it is skin care related, I like to make sure I have a replacement ready to go. I’m not entirely sure how you would fix that though. The same feature that I like for the fact that it keeps out the air and light is also what keeps me from seeing how much is left. It’s just sort of shrug it off and do the math for estimates sort of situation.
When I got the serum I was worried about the relatively small nozzle getting clogged. I have to say that has not been an issue at all. It has worked perfectly. With the eye cream I was intrigued by the applicator. I like the pump to release the cream and I like that I can apply it with the applicator, but the plastic is simply too hard for use on the skin under my eyes. It works great on the fine lines on the side of my eyes, I just don’t like it on the under eye area. Otherwise it too is a nice feature. It dispenses just enough product so there is little waste and remained operational without jamming or having other malfunctions. Overall I am happy with the packaging and I liked not having to dip my fingers into the jar of eye cream.
At the end of my trial I weighed the products again to see how much remained. In this case it was actually a necessity as I had no idea how much product was left in the jar and could do no estimations based on sight. At the end of the trial the serum container weighed 3.5 ounces. Given that the packaging weighed 3.47 ounces only 0.03 ounces of product remain in the container. This isn’t much of a surprise as this morning when I went to apply it, the product squirted out in a not so steady stream, sputtering as it went from bottle to hand. I am pretty sure it will soon be empty. As yesterday was day twenty-two and I’m pretty sure I will have enough for tonight but not much past, I will say this product lasts about twenty-three days for me. So a little less than a month. With an $80 retail price tag that makes it $3.47 per day.
I also weighed the eye cream in at the end of the trial and it now weighs 1.5 ounces. Subtracting the package weight of 1.32 ounces and there is 0.18 ounces left of the eye cream. Given the math, I have about twelve days left of use in this product so it should last about 34 days in total. As it has a retail price of $50, that ends up being about $1.47 per day for this eye cream.
But it is not all about packaging, volume, duration and pricing. The most important part is the product itself. After all a product is only worth it if it lives up to it’s claims. So first the Serum.
On the Juice Beauty website the STEM CELLULAR ANTI-WRINKLE BOOSTER SERUM claims to…
Reduce the appearance of wrinkles with this ultra-light gel serum. Power packed with an optimum dose of our proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol-rich grapeseed formula to help boost and enhance skin tone and texture. Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging.
Formulated to maximize the performance of the STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizers by preparing the skin to absorb rich antioxidants. A proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C infused into organic resveratrol-rich juices can improve the appearance of skin tone and luminosity. Hydrates and moisturizes skin with organic antioxidant-rich jojoba and shea. Provides essential fatty acid emollients and powerful antioxidant action with evening primrose, linseed & borage seed. Plant-derived hyaluronic acid provides plumping moisture to skin.
I will say it is an ultra-light gel consistency. While I don’t mind that, it does take a little while for it to absorb into the skin. I generally found that I had to apply it and then postpone the rest of my morning routine while I went to make coffee and do a couple of other things. While I know you are supposed to let serums sink in before putting moisturizer on over them, this one did seem to take an extra little while to settle. It isn’t a deal breaker but it is something to watch if you are trying to get out of the house in a hurry in the morning.
I like that it has vitamin C in it as my skin usually reacts well to it and I appreciate that it is cruelty free and free of a whole slate of things I don’t really like. I wouldn’t say it made my skin luminous but it did make my skin feel soft and smooth. It is a good serum and if it came my way, I would use it again, however I will not actively seek it out. There are a couple of products that I sort of stalk and as soon as they are offered on sale, I pounce like a bargain seeking Ninja. This is not one of them. I like it, but it is not in my top tier of products. Perhaps I would feel better about it if I hadn’t just used a really good serum, but I still found it to be just okay. I will use it until it is gone though (which will probably be tomorrow morning).
On to the eye cream.
On the website the STEM CELLULAR ANTI-WRINKLE EYE TREATMENT has a similar description to the serum (it is from the same line after all) and it claims to be…
A proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C infused into certified organic, antioxidant-rich botanical juices works to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes and minimize the appearance of dark circles. Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment is designed for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging. It delivers rich hydration around the eye area with organic antioxidant-rich jojoba and shea. Visibly reduces the appearance of under eye dark circles with organic essential fatty acids of evening primrose, borage & linseed. Delivers nutrients and vitamins around the eye area with Vitamins C, E & B5.
It too is cruelty free and without a bunch of ingredients I don’t like. And I am starting to get those fine lines around my eyes. While dark circles aren’t really one of my problems, I have to say I did like this eye cream. While it didn’t erase the lines (which I think is an impossibility and not something I should expect) the formula of the cream worked well with my skin. It sunk in quickly and made my skin feel soft and hydrated. Even though it has a very similar product list to the serum, it is a ream rather than a gel consistency and I think that might be why I had less of an issue with absorption.
While I have no way to test whether I absorbed vitamins with the cream, I did enjoy using it and will finish the bottle. I may have to set it to the side while I run a trial on the QMS eye cream but I will return and use the remaining product. In addition I think I will put this on my ‘to stalk’ list as it is one of the better eye creams I have come across lately. I would not only use it again if I came across it, I would actually go out and purchase it. And truth be told, I might not actually wait for a sale to do so. It gets two thumbs up and a claim that it is in fact worth the price.
So there you have it. My take on two products from Juice Beauty. Both are good, but only one would I actively try to re purchase.
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