06 September 2015

Review: NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer


This has got to be one of the most expensive moisturizer I have ever purchased. I bought this from mecca for $76 a few months ago, however it has since jumped to a whopping $86. I guess the million dollar question is "Is this moisturizer worth it?"


A bit of background knowledge about my skin - I have oily, dehydrated skin (although I think my skin has improved and is heading towards "normal"). Dehydrated because my skin is normally quite dry in the mornings but get oily in the afternoons, as my sebaceous glands are over producing oil to compensate for the dehydration.

NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer claims to restore radiance and reflect light. It also claims to hydrate and revitalise the skin to increase suppleness and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

As I haven't any wrinkles nor noticeable fine lines, I cannot comment on whether those have been reduced. I do think it does help hydrate the skin, as my skin doesn't feel so dry in the mornings or oily in the afternoons (although the pill may have helped).

The moisturizer has a light, gel-like texture (as you would expect from its name). It has a similar, if not identical, texture to that of Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel. Having such a light texture ensures quick absorption into your skin, providing a great base for foundation.

The only problem I've had with this moisturizer (besides the packaging, but more on that later) is that it sometimes balls up on my skin, which is highly annoying. I'm guessing it doesn't go hand-in-hand with the toner I'm currently using (Kiehl's blue astringent herbal lotion). However, it doesn't explain why I don't have this problem some days, but do on others.

Unlike most high end, bank breaking moisturizers, the NARS Aqua Gel does not have a very strong fragrance. It has an inoffensive light scent that becomes unnoticeable really quickly.

The moisturizer is packaged in a white plastic square jar, with a lid that twists off/on. Besides the issue of hygiene, there's not much to say about it, as it's such a simple white jar . It would be good for travelling, as the plastic packaging is light and as mentioned before, the lid has to be twisted to remove it.

So with all that in mind, do I think it's worth the exorbitant price tag? 
Unfortunately not. If you're looking for a gel moisturizer, I think Neutrogena's version (Hydro Boost) works a treat at a fraction of the price. 
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