Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask

Recently I have been using the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask. I have an interesting history with Glow Recipe products.

I know everyone raves about all of them, but for me they are very much hot or miss. The Blueberry Bounce cleanser was okay, but not fabulous. In fact I forgot I even tried it until I went to write this review and then had to double check. Generally that is not a good sign. If I liked a product, even a little I generally tend to remember it. The Blueberry Bounce was completely forgettable.

The Watermelon Sleeping mask was really good, but only in the summer months.  I ended up not liking it once the weather grew cold.  I just don’t think it provided enough moisture for my skin when the winter arrived and the central heat kicked on. It was a sample size though and I do have a full sized one to try out once this has been emptied. The Watermelon Ultra fine Mist did very little for me.  It was cooling after I’d been on a walk but truthfully I prefer the Avene Facial Spray. It may not smell like watermelon, but it is cooling and soothing. Its one of those products I go through a lot of but always forget somehow to write up. Also as they tend to move around the house, when empty they are placed in the recycling instead of my empties bin. It is something I need to get better about. I do highly recommend the Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray though. It is a $9 product that beats both Evian and Glow Recipe in my book.

But that isn’t the point.

Night Cream is the point.

And I am always looking for a good night cream. Retinol is very good for my skin so I am very glad that is a label mentioned ingredient. (It can also be sun sensitizing so generally use it at night as a precaution). So on with the night cream.  According to the Glow Recipe site…

The retinol of your dreams is here to make all your radiant and plump skin dreams come true. The Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask is a creamy, nourishing mask formulated with antioxidant-rich avocado, exfoliating PHA, and the most gentle form of retinol, encapsulated retinol. This super gentle, yet effective mask works to reveal smoother, hydrated skin with each use. Use as a wash-off flash facial or overnight mask for deep recovery.

Full Ingredient list: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, C9-12 Alkane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyisobutene, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, C13-15 Alkane, Platonia Insignis Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Hexylresorcinol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gluconolactone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Malachite Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Maltodextrin, Hydrated Silica, Curcumin, Ethylhexylglycerin, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Retinol, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Sodium Phosphate, PEI-10, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Arginine, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Flavor/Aroma*, PVP, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol. *Natural Fragrance

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There are a lot of really good ingredients in this night cream and to be completely honest, I really enjoyed using it. Avocado features heavily in the top ingredients which should be expected (despite all of the really long terms surrounding it). Ginge is also up there too as is my buddy Squalane.  There are also a lot of preservatives and antibacterials, which as I’ve seen avocados go black and mushy within moments of being sliced, I’m really certain is a good idea.

inside the jar

It is a thick cream.  It sort of has the consistency of mashed avocados to be honest.  I found that rubbing it between my hands helped in warming it up before putting it on my skin.  It is more moisturizing than its watermelon counterpart and in the cooler weather is where this product shines. When it is warm outside, I found it a little too heavy unless it was on the days where I spent too much time in the sun. Then I felt like a raisin and this was the perfect night cream. I think that is again my middle of the road skin showing it’s more obstinate side. If you have oily skin, I think you could still use this at night, I would just use less. If you have dry skin, just use more. I like heavier creams in cold weather so for me, this is a winter use night cream.

Not a lot is needed and if you warm it up in your hands before applying it to your face then it absorbs very quickly into the skin.  If you don’t, then it takes a little longer.  As night cream is the last thing I put on my face and I tend to read in bed after putting it on. The absorption rate was not a big deal for me either way, but it does absorb faster when warmed.

While it didn’t clog my pores and didn’t really have much of a scent, there was one issue that bugged me about using this product.

The jar.

the cream itself

While it is a cute shape and the dimples in the glass make it very easy to grip, the shape of the jar itself insures that once you have used the product down to a certain point, it is difficult to get out of the jar without a spoon or spatula.

Maybe I just have short fingers, but I reached a point where I needed something other than my fingers to extract the product from the jar.  It is just the way the jar is shaped.  Which is really annoying because so much thought seems to have gone into the rest of the jar.

The dimpled glass makes it easy to grip even with wet hands, the lid turns smoothly and easily.  It is great, except for getting product out once the level drops a little past the midway point of use.  Don’t get me wrong, I will still use the rest of the cream, I have just appropriated a spoon in order to do so.

I think because everything else works so well, that one design issue stands out more.  I think it is a good product, one of the best Glow Recipe Products that I have tried thus far actually.  I will use it down to the bottom of the jar, using my appropriated spoon to extract all of the product, and I will purchase this night cream again next fall when the weather once again turns cold. That is when this kind of night cream works best for my skin. All in all I am very pleased with this Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask.


Today is not only Veterans Day (happy Veterans day to all who have served in the armed forces, including several of my family both past and present. I hope you are having a fabulous day. In my family it is usually a day of gathering where fried chicken is eaten and Thanksgiving plotted out. Dishes are divided out and an official turkey day headcount is made. Alas that is not this year’s plan, although I suspect the fried chicken will still be eaten.) but it is also Singles day and sales aboud. Some sales start this morning and some this afternoon. Some actually started last Friday. It’s a wacky year. Anyway for those wanting to take advantage of these, I will be posting some of them below and again later in the afternoon as they become active. They are also mentioned in the ads. If you are trying to get things ordered before the crush of Black Friday/Cyber monday this might be your best chance. Happy shopping.

Shop Versed’s Singles Day Affiliate Exclusive Sale: Take 15% Off Everything 11/11 only with code: SINGLESDAY15

Elemis: Singles Day 20% off & 11 Treats. For 48 hours only, save big and get an 11-piece treat with $150 orders. Don’t miss the single best deal of the Year! Use code 11GIFTS and remember there are still deals with the Advent Calendar until November 19th…

Enjoy a FREE Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment when you purchase an ELEMIS Advent Calendar.* Use Code: ICONIC

Singles Day is here at Skylar! For 11/11 only get 11% off sitewide. Use code: BRIGHT11 at checkout. Terms apply*

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