Is Youthquake by Marc Jacob’s worth it?

I have been a fan of many Marc Jacobs products for a while. I have a bronzer that I will use down to pan and when I found I still had a Velvet Noir Mascara still in my dressing table I squealed with delight. So I was very interested when I found out that Marc Jacobs was delving into skin care. I was even more pleased when I managed to get my hands on a jar of the Marc Jacobs Youthquake Moisturizer (retail $59). I have been using it for the past month and now it is time to share my thought on the product with you. First, a little about the product.

A multitasking moisturizer, with powerful pineapple enzymes and encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, that provides deep hydration and retexturizing results for a glowing, makeup-ready canvas.

Have it all with Youthquake. This multitasking moisturizer has the perfect combination of moisturizing and retexturizing results. Why bother rehydrating dead skin cells? Smooth away rough texture and reveal a fresh surface that’s ready to receive major moisture magnitude. Formulated with 54% enzymatic pineapple water and 5% encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, this innovative gel crème gives you an instant glow and lasting hydration for up to 24 hours. Most suitable for normal to dry skin, Youthquake’s hydrating formula with a full-bodied gel-crème texture and creamy tropical scent melts luxuriously into skin. With the addition of antioxidant-rich starfruit and dragonfruit extracts, the nourishing formula results in a makeup-ready canvas that looks smoother, plumper and more youthful.

Ingredients:
ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT WATER, AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, ISOHEXADECANE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONOL, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, POLYSORBATE 80, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, MICA, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, SORBITAN OLEATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, GLUCOSE, SELENICEREUS MEGALANTHUS FRUIT EXTRACT, BROMELAIN, AVERRHOA CARAMBOLA FRUIT EXTRACT, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140).

Marc Jacobs Website

Okay, first off – the packaging. It is gorgeous. It has a sleek and sophisticated look to it. I love the rounded edges and the way the product seems to hover in the jar. It is not a hardship to look at on the skin care shelf. I also like that inside it has a secondary lid to protect the cream from air and unwanted contaminants.

The scent of the cream is delicious. It is a tropical coconut pineapple blend. It is mixed with the scent of cream so that it doesn’t feel like you are smearing a cocktail on your skin. And the scent is light enough that it is not overpowering. It does linger though. You can smell it on your skin for a little while after you apply it. If you have issues with scent, you may want to think about that before trying it out. (or get a sample before committing to a full sized jar)

The texture is thick and creamy. Usually, in the winter I like thicker creams so that wasn’t an automatic dealbreaker for me. This cream is not just thick though. It is heavy. I would not be able to use it in the summertime. If I had very dry skin then maybe, but my skin just can’t take that much moisture in the warmer months.

I started out using the cream both day and night. For the first week I was fine. It was a heavier cream than I was used to and I applied much less during the day then I did at night. That first week it worked like a dream. Even though it is on the heavy side, it absorbed well and I felt any of the rough spots I from summer sun damage rehydrating and smoothing out.

Because it is so thick, I found that putting it on my hands and rubbing them together to warm the cream up slightly before application helped it absorb more quickly. Otherwise there was a lot of rubbing on my face as I waited for it to absorb in. That is more common in thicker creams, so I didn’t have a problem with it, I just have to remember to warm it first.

By the second week I realized that while I was still applying this cream normally at night, for day time use I was dipping a finger in to get as little product as possible on my finger, then rubbing my hands together before applying. It was simply too much for my skin during the daytime and I was beginning to see breakouts.

I stopped wearing it during the day and used it only at night for the rest of the trial, using a lighter weight day cream during the day. The break outs cleared up so I was happy.

For reference I have what is amusingly referred to as Normal skin. It means I balance on a very thin line with my skin’s needs changing with the seasons and sometimes the weather of a particular day. My activities during the day also have a greater impact on what product I use. In the summer, I lean more towards oily and in the winter I lean more towards dry.

As a night cream, the Marc Jacobs Youthquake worked well for me in the moisturizing department, combating the dryer air of the central heating system. I don’t mind a thicker cream at night, in fact I prefer it. I like putting on a thicker night cream and letting it soak in while I sleep. That way I can go with a lighter, more quickly absorbing cream during the day. That helps cut down my getting ready time while not depriving my skin. It absorbs well into the skin and really left me feeling hydrated.

Some of you may have noticed that with this post, there are no before and after pictures with this moisturizer. That’s because the only thing this moisturizer did was moisturize. While I felt hydrated and could feel no dry patches, it really didn’t do much beyond that.There was no minimizing lines, and quite frankly I’m pretty sure any resurfacing action was done by my exfoliators. This is not a multi tasker, at least I did not find it to be so.

It hydrates, that’s it.

With a night cream this doesn’t bother me. I really like using exfoliators and serums and then finishing off with a hydration bomb that sinks in overnight. As such this worked. It is simply too heavy a cream for me to wear during the day. I will continue to use it as a night cream until it is gone.

To be honest, it is one of the better night creams I have tried in a while in terms of moisture and I would keep it around just for that. I suspect that it would also be good for me in the summertime after a day with too much time I the sun. It wouldn’t be an every night use as it is in the winter, but it would be an occasionally welcome addition to my skincare arsenal.

At the moment while I have several moisturizers that I like, the list of night creams I enjoy is rather short and this does top the list. I would consider repurchasing only to use as a night cream and to be honest, really only if it went on sale. I think that at full price I would probably pass it up, but I could easily see myself tempted into a purchase by a sale, especially if I don’t find a better night cream. (That search continues). I would probably add it on when purchasing a bronzer or a mascara rather than seeking it out on it’s own. Kind of a while I’m here, and since it’s on sale purchase, not something I would stalk to wait for a sale. (To clarify). I like the scent of the Marc Jacobs Youthquake and I like using it as a night cream, especially in the winter. It moisturizes well, but overall it falls short on all of the other claims.


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