Today I am going to be reviewing the Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel. I’m sure y’all are well aware by the title that I did receive this product from Influenster, but I was not obligated to post a review on my blog, just Sephora.com. With that being said, I still wanted to post a review here, so that if any of y’all wanted to try a new moisturizer, then you could include this product in your consideration.
Cost: $60 for 1.7 oz (=$35.29 per oz) There are no other sizes for this product, meaning you can’t purchase a bigger size for better value. The amount of 1.7 oz seems like the “standard” size for gel moisturizers that come in a jar, but the price is a little higher than other high-end moisturizers like this. Some examples include the Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer which is $39 for the same size and the belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb which is $38 for 1.68 oz.
Packaging: This product comes in a plastic purple jar with a grey/silver twist top. It also comes with a mini plastic spatula. This type of packaging is again, the “standard” for moisturizers in a jar, especially gel types because of the mini spatula. If you have been a reader of mine for a while now, you already know what I think about this type of packaging… >_>…I HATE packaging like this. I think it’s so unsanitary to open up your skincare products like this and have it exposed to the air and whatever bacteria, oils, and dirt the comes from your fingers. Sure, there’s a spatula, but are you cleaning the spatula every time before and after use? What if you lose the spatula? Then it’s definitely game over. One day, I am going to share with y’all exactly why jar packaging is bad, which ingredients are affected, how this affects our skin, and why it’s important to avoid jar packaging for specific types of moisturizers. BUT for now, just take my word for it – jar packaging is a NO-NO.
Formula: This moisturizer has a oil-free, gel formula. It is lavender colored and smells like a spa. The scent isn’t overwhelming and is actually very pleasant. It contains a mix of peptides, vitamins, and minerals that help your skin to retain moisture and to become stronger and smoother. The Murad and Sephora website lists which peptides, vitamins and minerals that are included in this mix. However, I’m not going to get into all that. If you’re interested in that “nutrient-charged” mix then click HERE to read it off the Sephora website. What I do want to concentrate on is the amount of hydration this moisturizer gives me. First off, if you’re looking for a heavy-duty moisturizer, this isn’t it. This gel formula is lightweight and absorbs pretty quickly. I’m not saying that it isn’t hydrating or that it doesn’t work. My skin definitely feels hydrated after application, but is it anymore than any other gel formula out there – ehhh, probably not. Even though it’s March and I have been testing this product out since February, the weather hasn’t been that dry or cold to where I find myself having to double moisturize or use a heavy-duty moisturizer like I do in December and January weather. With that being said, on some days I find myself still having dry patches that start to flake or look crusty and to avoid that I’m having to apply aloe under this moisturizer for extra hydration and moisture retention. If I have to do that, then this moisturizer isn’t as hydrating as it’s being hyped up to be.
Murad challenges all product users to “eat your water, wear your water, and drink your water” for five days to see increased hydration and better skin. What does that mean? Eat your water as in consuming more foods that have a higher water content – mostly fruits and vegetables. Wear your water as in using this moisturizer consistently in your AM and PM skincare routine. Lastly, to drink your water as in drink more water and no soda to help flush out toxins and boost energy. I did the challenge. Did I see results? Yes and no. I had some texture and dry patches on my cheekbones that went away – yay! However, the dry patches near my mouth are still there. To be honest, I think me working out more and eating healthier the past month has helped a lot. I started to change my diet and fitness plan about a month ago, which is around the same time I started to use this product. So I can’t say that using this moisturizer alone helped me to achieve these results. I think if I did what I did but used any other gel moisturizer, I probably would have gotten similar results.
If you’ve tried this moisturizer, I would love to know what you think. If you have tried other gel moisturizers and have liked them, please comment below what product that is, ESPECIALLY if it doesn’t have jar packaging. I hope this review was helpful and that y’all enjoyed reading it. Ttyl~
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***Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for free for review but all opinions are my own.