Where to purchase: Yesstye: HERE – Discount Code: CVQFZA
Made in: Japan
What is it?: An Anti-ageing Moisturising/Night cream.
Brand Description: This line of Muji products contains mineral water from Kamaishi which supposedly provides ”concentrated” care towards dry and ageing skin (I’m dubious).
Supposedly Good for: Dry + Mature skins
What I think: Totally agree as this is very thick and heavy. But Please don’t think that mature skins means that this is an anti-ageing cream, it simply helps replenish oils for more mature skins.
Packaging: Plastic tub with a screw top metal cap.
Directions: ”Please use after washing the face and applying beauty lotion. Apply an amount the size of a pearl on both cheeks and apply evenly to the whole face with your fingertips.” (From the Muji Website).
How I use it: I used this in the PM as instructed. However I never used this alone, I used the TINIEST bit of this (because a little goes a long way and it’s so thick) and I thinned this out by mixing it with the COSRX Honey Propolis cream (Blog Post here) and/or the L’Oreal Eye Cream for the face (review HERE).
Key Ingredients: Olive Oil, Vitamin E (Antioxidants). Glycerin, HA, Squalane + Diglycerin (Hydrating/Moisturising).
Full Ingredients: Water, shea butter, olive fruit oil, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, dimethicone, beeswax, hydrogenated polyisobutene, PEG-32, betaine, behenyl alcohol, rose water, PEG-75 stearate, polysorbate 60, cyclopentasiloxane, pomegranate fruit extract , Raspberry juice, apricot juice, peach juice, lemon juice, centifolia rose flower extract, romaja moth flower extract, arnica flower extract, aubergine flower extract, lavender flower extract, water soluble collagen, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid Na, acetyl Hyaluronic acid Na, polyquaternium-51, pecan shell extract, squalane, diglycerin, tocopherol, BG, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
-When checking these fruit extracts, they seem to have no scientific benefit). Also putting collagen on top of the skin seems to do nothing for the skin – but peptides that stimulate collagen production are better for an anti-ageing routine.
I’m really not a fan of Shea butter as it makes a product so thick and far too occlusive for my liking. Of course it’s really good for dry skins, but it doesn’t work for my combination skin.
I do like the addition of HAs, but to be honest it doesn’t really do much to hydrate my skin as the overwhelming emollient nature of this formula doesn’t really make it feel hydrating.
Swatch: As you can see it’s very creamlike. It holds its shape.
Texture: This is definitely more emollient (more buttery and less watery) than the Muji Sensitive skin cream (review HERE). This really reminds me of the Innisfree Olive Fruit Oil Eye Cream (Review here), where the texture is like butter (which makes sense as the second ingredient here is shea butter). It’s also got that sort of thickness as shea butter does, so I actually need a spatula to scoop product out (it’s that thick).
It feels like there is little to no water in here i.e. the oils really take over this product. I feel like I’m applying a thick-ish butter onto the skin. I could imagine dry skins really eating this product up as it’s almost an ointment.
When applying to the skin, it does have that very similar texture to butter.
When applying this to the face, it is fine to spread, but takes a while to absorb and it doesn’t make my skin feel like it can breath.
I do have to thin out this product, simply because it’s too thick on its own for me. I mix this with more of a gel or watery cream.
It’s almost like a cream paste. But you can see as it spreads out, it does become more translucent, and the product itself does ”soften” up as it warms up on the skin.
It does seem to spread fine and I’m not rubbing or tugging this along the skin, but it does feel so occlusive, like my skin can hardly breathe.
Fragrance?: No added fragrance, and this doesn’t smell bad to me. This simply has that typical moisturising cream smell.
Good Under Makeup?: Yes it’s fine
How long have I been using this?: I couldn’t finish this as I found it too emollient/thick for me. So I used this for a month.
The Effect?: Moisturising skin (a little bit like the skin can’t breathe). This didn’t cause any acne or pimples, but it didn’t do much for my skin and no difference in terms of anti-ageing. I think when the company implies this is for mature skins, they mean that mature skins usually prefer very emollient formulas to try and replenish any lost ceramides and oils in the skin.
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What I like:
- A little goes a long way
- No added fragrance
- No essential oils
- didn’t irritate my skin (no acne)
What I don’t like:
- No spatula
- Not a fan of jar packaging
- Very emollient
- No watery feel to this – feels like thick-ish butter.
- Couldn’t use this alone (had to thin it out otherwise it would be very uncomfortable to use.
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 2/5 – too thick for me. I don’t like the buttery texture. I prefer my creams to be more water than they are oil and this is quite the opposite. Definitely wouldn’t say that this is a failed product, it’s just not made for my skin type. This is aimed at dry and mature skins, so I think that demographic will enjoy – but oily/combo skins should probably stay away (unless you thin this out/dilute it with a gel-like cream). I also think this is a bit too pricey for the amount you get.
Would I repurchase?: No I would not – it’s not for my skin type.
Dupe?: The Muji Milks are better for my skin type or from another brand: The Curel Intense Moisture Cream – it says that it’s this really emollient cream, but what I like about it is that it’s so lightweight, it’s even lighter than the COSRX Propolis Cream. I would recommend it over this IF you have my skin type (or the Curel Milk).
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
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