Did you catch the launch of Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active on Ideal World last week? If you did, then you’ll already have an idea of how good it is. If not – read on!
Disclosure: I was sent the Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active range for review, but the opinions below are my own and unbiased.
I was sent the Hydra Cell Active Day and Night Face Cream, the Eye Creme and the 2 Phase Hydra Treatment. I’ve been testing the range for the last two weeks, so if you didn’t see the launch programmes, let me tell you a little bit about these products.
What They Say
Elizabeth Grant say that their new Hydra Cell Active range contains Tri-Complex Hyaluronics to help “plump up, moisturise, and firm the appearance of skin.”. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body but levels fall as we get older, making skin look lined and less firm. The three forms of hyaluronic acid in Hydra Cell Active act in different ways, ensuring that skin “remains optimally moisturised throughout the day.”.
All of the products include Elizabeth Grant’s own formulation Torricelumn™. This is a blend of vitamins, proteins, botanicals and anti-oxidants which penetrate into the skin making it look firmer and smoother. The Day and Night Cream also contains other ingredients to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles. The Eye Creme contains Coenzyme Q10 and marine collagen to “provide the look of a lifted upper eyelid, reduce the appearance of puffiness, and minimise the look of crow’s feet and dark circles”. And the Hydra Treatment helps skin “feel more supple and smooth, decreasing the look of lines and reducing signs of dryness”.
The range is exclusively available from Ideal World. The Day and Night Cream costs £39.99 for 100ml, the Hydra Treatment costs £29.99 for 55ml, I couldn’t see the Eye creme on there at the time of writing. There is also a combined package which includes all three products, currently on special offer at just £29.99!
I really liked these products from the first day I tried them, I liked the clean lines of the packaging and the plumping effect was immediate. After having a bad reaction to a heavily scented product recently, I was pleased to find that the Hydra Cell Active range isn’t highly fragranced. I would have preferred the products to be in pump dispensers, but that’s a personal preference and wouldn’t put me off buying the products in the future.
If you didn’t see my First Impressions post, you can read that and learn more about the woman behind the brand by clicking here.
I don’t have masses of deep wrinkles, but at 41 I definitely have my share of fine lines. I was keen to see how these products would deal with those. I also have two quite prominent vertical lines between my eyebrows, and I was very interested to see if the appearance of those could be improved.
Now, ideally I would have taken a photo this morning to show you the effects of the Hydra Cell Active range. But thanks to the very high pollen count at the moment, my eyes are incredibly red and swollen. It’s not a good look. So the photo I’ve used instead is one that I took last week, after using the products for around a week. I’m quite pleased with the effect they’ve had!
The Hydra Treatment is a white, milky serum which instantly made my skin feel moisturised. In fact, it almost felt like a moisturiser on its own! One thing I did find with all of these products is that a little goes a very long way. When I first tried them, I was applying far too much which meant that it took a long time for them to be absorbed. Over time, I realised that I needed to apply less and then the products sank in much quicker.
After applying the Hydra Treatment and letting that sink in for a while, I apply the Eye Creme. This is very light, and yet just a tiny amount is enough to moisturise my entire eye area. I’ve been very impressed with the results that I’ve had from this on the fine lines at the sides of my eyes. My eyes can be quite sensitive, and this creme hasn’t irritated them at all. As I mentioned above, none of the products are highly fragranced which I really like. I can’t say that I’ve noticed much lift in the upper eye lid, but then I do have very heavily hooded lids – I didn’t really expect to see much of an effect.
My biggest surprise came from the Hydra Cell Active Day and Night Cream. I usually prefer to use separate creams for day and night, because I want a rich cream to nourish my skin overnight and a lighter cream in the morning to give a good base for make-up. Could this cream really give me both of those?
When I tried the cream, it immediately had a great hydrating effect and I loved the way it plumped up my skin. Fine lines definitely appeared reduced and once the cream had been absorbed it gave me a great base for make up. So surely that means it wouldn’t be rich enough for a night cream, right? Wrong!
This cream works really well overnight and by morning my skin felt soft, smooth and really well nourished. The moisturising effect of this range is really impressive and longlasting. I’ve seen an improvement in my fine lines, my neck and jawline look firmer and I’ve even noticed an improvement in those lines in between my eyebrows.
Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active – The Verdict
I’ve been very impressed with this range. The Hydra Cell Active products that I tried are good value and boast an impressive list of ingredients. I love the fact that they aren’t heavily fragranced, and I’ve been pleased with the results that I’ve seen after just 2 weeks use.