These two NUXE products came to me in the July Glossy Box, I believe. I can recall seeing the NUXE brand before but I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from them until now. The first item is the Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Correctional Gel Cream for Normal to Combination skin.
While my sample size contained 15ml worth of product and lasted almost exactly two weeks, the full sized version is 40 ml and retails for $25.15 on the Glossy Box site. The odd pricing is due to currency conversion I believe. In case you are wondering (I know I was because I had to look it up) Prodigieuse means excellent in French.
So what is this excellent cream? According to the product information it is…
Refreshing care that rejuvenates the skin and corrects the issues caused by stress, fatigue and pollution. The Boost Multi-Correction Gel Cream preserves and supports the skin’s natural balance, easing the signs of ageing and providing a smoother, matt finish. Utilises a formula rich in natural active ingredients: jasmine, calendula, cellular sugar and hyaluronic acid. It contains 92% Natural Origin Ingredients and is Vegan Friendly. To use: Apply mornings to the face, neck and décolleté.NUXE.com
Ingredients: ingredients : aqua/water, alcohol denat., glycerin, phenyl trimethicone, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, propylheptyl caprylate, silica, parfum/fragrance, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ribose, sodium gluconate, xanthan gum, butylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, polysorbate 60, sorbitan isostearate, pentylene glycol, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower extract, sodium hydroxide, faex extract/yeast extract, mica, ci 77491/iron oxides, calendula officinalis flower extract, tocopherol, benzyl salicylate, linalool, citronellol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol [n3904/a]
I like that it is a day cream. Mostly because when I tried it, the cream wasn’t heavy enough to give me as much moisture as my skin needs at night. I also like the focus. Since I know my skin has different needs in the day and at night I like that the moisturizer knows it as well and concentrates on one thing at a time instead of trying to be an all round moisturizer. I think the extremes of this summer have made me rethink my skin care a lot and I am starting to separate out items I use in the day and those I use at night a bit more than I have in the past.
That being said I am not a fan of the denatured alcohol in the moisturizer. I’m not a fan of it in my skin care in general and really don’t like seeing it as the second ingredient. As I’m sure you are aware, the higher up in the ingredients list, the more concentrated the amount in the product. Ingredients are listed from most active to least until they get to be about 1% and then they can be listed in any order so it is generally the top ten ingredients you have to pay attention to.
The cream was nice on my skin though, I will give it that. I am glad I was only using it once a day though. While the cream absorbed well and wasn’t greasy, in fact it worked really well on my skin. The thing that got me was the scent. It is fairly highly scented. Even though the scent was stronger than I like, I didn’t really mind it, mostly for a nostalgia factor. It smelled exactly like the skin care my grandmother used to use. That is in no way a slam, she always had great skin and I’m not saying it smells old lady-ish. I’m saying it reminds me of my grandmother. She loved any skin care products that were scented with rose and this certainly fits the bill. In fact given her love of French skincare it is entirely possible that she did use this cream or an early predecessor of it. I think the company has been around since the early 1990s and she adored trying new skin care products. I actually get my love of testing them from her.
But whether or not she used this cream or not, the scent is so reminiscent of her that I enjoyed it even though it was a stronger scent than I like in my skin care. If you are sensitive to scent this might be something to take into consideration. Truthfully if denatured alcohol weren’t the second ingredient in the list, I would rank this cream really highly as a day cream. It was non-irritating to existing breakouts, didn’t cause additional ones and made my skin feel soft and lovely. It has however been drilled into my head that denatured alcohol is bad for the skin long term even if there are short term benefits. It is only the fact that moisturizer sits on your skin far longer than most other product (toners, face wash) that gives me pause. And honestly, I liked this day cream enough that I may have to look further into skin care and denatured alcohol before I am willing to cut it completely from my list of products to repurchase. Because I need to do more research, I’m putting this in the maybe category for repurchasing.
The second NUXE item sent in my Glossy Box however goes straight to the top of reordering. And that is the Nuxe Insta-masque. The 50ml full size retails for $22.25 and it is a definite repurchase for me. This mask is designed…
With an ultra-sensory gel texture, the mask turns into oil to exfoliate and even out the skin, instantly getting smooth skin and a luminous complexion. Suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive ones. Contains 98.3% of ingredients of natural origin.
While this too lists Rose as a primary ingredient, the scent is much milder and perhaps mitigated by the macademia. The mask looks like jelly in the jar, albeit a light pink jelly. Where it touched my damp skin during application it turned a little white and then faded to almost clear on the skin. I let it sit for two minutes while I brushed my teeth, then I wet my hands, rubbed them on my face and the jelly turned white and slightly foamy.
The exfoliation is mild, it didn’t irritate any of my break outs and it rinsed away super cleanly and easily. My skin felt amazingly soft and refreshed. I used it once a week, which is generally how I use exfoliators. There are few I would use daily even though some actually suggest it. This product recommends once or twice a week.
Once was perfect for me. I was very sad when this container was empty. It is definitely on my repurchase list. Unfortunately I am working through the products that I have and not buying new ones until I’ve used up existing ones so it might be a while before I get around to repurchasing this, but repurchase I will. The moisturizer maybe on a maybe list, but I have no qualms about using this Inta-masque repeatedly in the future.
As I mentioned before, both of these products came to me in a glossy box. If you are interested in trying out new products before you commit to buying the full sized versions, this might be a subscription box you might want to look into. They generally have deals for the first box in your subscription and thus far, I have not been disappointed by any box I’ve received from them. The current offer, at the time of writing this is $22 off 6 or 12 month subscription with the code 22OFF (valid: 8/17-8/23). There are of course other perks, such as 20% off their newly launched skin care products. I’ve been using their eye cream (which came in August’s box) and thus far am really liking it. I’ll post a full review after a month of use, but it does give me hope that the rest of their skin care line is going to be worth checking out. Anyway if you are interested you can check out Glossy Box below.