Who doesn’t love a good moisturizer? I was low on product, there was a sale. There’s not much of a story that led me to Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. I’m going to call it Moisture Rescue for the rest of this post because it’s a wordy name.
The box is long gone, but the website claims that skin looks better instantly and stays moisturized for twenty-four hours. It claims to protect the skin’s moisture barrier after an hour and that skin looks healthier with prolonged use.
After three months of use…
I’m at the end of my jar, which took about three and a half months of using it twice-daily. For reference, I have normal skin, and my skincare routine is to wash and moisturize in the morning. At night, I remove makeup with a makeup remover cloth, use some oil cleanser, foam up a face wash with my Foreo, toner, serum and eye cream (if I remember them), and moisturizer. I also try to use a sheet mask and a more traditional mask of some sort at least once a week. Even when I’m travelling and tend to be super gross, I always- always- put on moisturizer.
Here’s the thing: I want to say something amazing about this super cool gel moisturizer I found one day by complete chance. Who wouldn’t want to walk into a pharmacy, pick up a budget moisturizer on a whim and have their mind blown?
The fact is that it’s okay.
There were things I liked. It was quite cooling, which felt especially nice when tired or feeling a little delicate from an awesome night before. It absorbed pretty quickly and layered well under makeup. My skin never felt overwhelmingly dry.
I don’t love the packaging. Every time I stuck my finger in the jar I died a bit inside. Even with a super clean, just washed hand, it still felt a bit like I was sullying the entire pot. I don’t think there’s any jar pretty enough to justify the contamination factor. Also, it’s tough to get all the last little bits out as most of the product ends up under my nails.
To be clear, I don’t think this is a bad moisturizer. Moisture Rescue is not expensive. I wasn’t blown-away-squealing-with-giddiness by it, but for $5.99, I don’t have to be. If I saw it on sale when I needed moisturizer, I’d probably rebuy it. If someone wanted a good, all-purpose cheap moisturizer I’d recommend it if it’s fresh in my mind. Yet… the wordiness of the name and the meh-ness of the product make it a tad bit forgettable.
You can buy the Garnier Moisture Rescue here