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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Product Review: Merlot Natural Grape Seed Moisturizer

The reason why I decided to try out this new moisturizer was because I noticed my face was getting really oily and the moisturizer I was currently using was not helping with my oiliness at all! It was actually making it a lot worse. I purchased this moisturizer with the help of Christiana Divine because she also uses this moisturizer and it seems to work wonders on her skin.


The reason why I'm using this moisturizer for my oily skin is because it's not like your typical creamy moisturizers that sometimes leaves your face feeling sticky. This moisturizer has a very light consistency and it absorbs quickly. This moisturizer reminds me of Clinique's Moisture Surge which has a gel-creme like consistency.


What it is: MERLOT is made of natural red grape seed polyphenals. It offers sensational antioxidant properties thereby helping to inhibit the aging process. MERLOT is fragrance free, non-oily, absorbs quickly.


AVAILABLE AT: Walgreens
PRICE: $15 USD
SIZE: 4 fl oz (118 ml)
VALUE FOR PRICE: 4/5
EASE OF USE: 4/5
PACKAGING: 3/5
MEETS EXPECTATIONS: 3/5
OVERALL USE: 3/5


PROS:
Comes in a big jar with a lot of product inside it. Can last you a long time!
Has SPF 15
Has sort of a pleasant soapy smell to it which isn't horrible. (Others describe it as grapefruit but I beg to differ)
Non-oily which is ideal for people who already have oily skin.
Leaves your skin feeling hydrated, refreshed, and smooth.
Can be used day or night.
Absorbs quickly
Made my skin less oily.
Has anti-aging antioxidants
It comes with a travel size container when you purchase it. (15 ml)

CONS:
I felt that it absorbed TOO MUCH of my skin's natural oils that it kind of made my skin a little dry around my chin.
My nose gets the most oily and this did maintain the oiliness around there but it was still slightly oily.
Because it's so light and absorbs almost like water, I feel like I had to put on more to feel like I'm getting enough moisture.
The packaging says it's fragrance free but it's not.
Having to dip your finger into the jar isn't very sanitary.
After my first night of using this product I grew about 3 pimples on my forehead but they've subsided quickly after that.
More ideal for people who have oily skin. (can also be a plus!)

OVERALL:
I have only been using this moisturizer for about a week. So far I like it, but I don't love it. It has its up and its downs and I'm going to continue using because it does a much better job at maintaining the oiliness on my face than my previous moisturizer. The only irritation I've had with this product was the dry patchiness around my chin but I'm not sure if this is caused by the moisturizer. I also let my boyfriend use the small travel size container that it comes with because he CLAIMS he has oily skin. But he said it left his face feeling irritated.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT? Yes only if you have oily skin.
WOULD I PURCHASE AGAIN? As much as I like this product, I have to love it before I consider repurchasing. And so far this product is just okay for me.



DISCLAIMER: The products reviewed on this blog are based on the opinions and experiences of the author. This product was purchased by the author and in no way was this review influenced by the company of the product.