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Influenster selected me to apply for a luxury skincare campaign on 01/17/18. This application process never takes more than a couple of minutes and from my experience, I get into about 50% of the campaigns I apply for. Thus, it is worth the effort. On 01/25/18, I found out I got accepted into an Erno Laszlo campaign. Some of you may know that while I love this brand, I am hesitant to pay the high prices it charges so I could not he happier about getting included on this one. Audrey Hepburn said, “I owe 50% of my beauty to my mother and the other 50% to Erno Laszlo.” With a beauty like that pushing the brand and a history that dates back to 1927, Erno Laszlo can demand the prices it charges.
According to the product card, there are 5 Erno Laszlo products in this campaign. Each of the 2554 participants selected into the campaign received one item. Mine was the full-size 1.7oz Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream, and it arrived on 01/31/18. It retails for $115!
Until the product arrives, you will not know the size and sometimes may not even know what the product is. There are times when you receive a very small sample of the item. I really like receiving full-sized products, because it gives me a chance to really give the product a proper review. Unfortunately, the deadline to write the review was 4 days after I received the product. I really dislike when companies do not give me enough time to give a thorough review, but you never know until after you are officially in the campaign how much time you will have. Thankfully, I’ve sampled this particular cream in the past so I already knew how I felt about it. My opinion has changed a little but the overlying premise from the original review remains the same.
Once selected into a VoxBox, you get follow-up emails. Some urge you to use the product and start sharing. Others go over how to use the product. This specific campaign did not send a lot of emails. Other than the 01/17/18 email to apply and the 01/25/18 email accepting me into the campaign, I only received one other email today reminding me to review the product on ernolaszlo.com.
That is probably because this is one of the easiest campaigns I’ve joined. There is only one simple task to earn a badge and complete it. All you need to do is write the review on the retailer’s site. Most products require a lot of social media attention so even writing this article is a lot more than I needed to do. What can I say, I like to write the articles anyway to tell prospective Influensters about the program.
I completed my review, albeit more prematurely than I would have preferred.
In the review, I gave the product four stars. As I mentioned in my review, I may adjust this up or down once I’ve seen the long-term benefits of the product. I cannot adjust it on the Erno Laszlo site so I will only adjust it here, if necessary. It may end at 4-stars when this is all over. When you receive a product for free, it is important to list that in your review. Influenster requires that, but readers need to know if there is a chance the review could be biased. Although, the best reviewers never let free products sway them. They should consider the review as if they paid the full-price for the item and let the reader know if the product is worth the price.
It is very moisturizing for a light-weight cream. The moisture maintains on the skin longer than 12 hours even on very dry skin. I like the silky smooth formula that feels almost like a medium density cream combined with a gel. This is not a straight gel though so it is a great moisturizer for dry skin. Unless this has long-term benefits, I am not comfortable giving such an expensive cream 5 stars. Many cheaper creams moisture this well so I need to see long-term results to see if this is worth the price tag.
The claims on this product are interesting. It uses a moisturizing complex with a pH that is nearly identical to the skin. That helps it maintain the fatty acids essential for skin function. I closely follow the ph of products and have tested mine for a while. My next empties (because I have too many I did not test in the one that is about to post) should have the ph of most (if not all products) I try. This also has Glyceryl Stearate conditions to support hydration, Dimethicone to encourage hydration and repair the skin, and Humectants that attract and bind moisture. It is no wonder that this cream is hydrating without boon heavy.
While I still cannot remember the name of the night cream I sampled from this brand years ago, which was the most amazing hydrating cream without being overly heavy, this is a close second to that one. When I sampled this years ago, I did not find it as hydrating as I did this time. It is important to note that I lived in a drier climate in 2015 when I originally reviewed this. As I’ve noticed with many products since moving, moisture in the air helps skin retain moisture overall. Thus, people who live in more humid climates can still have dry skin, but it will be more dry even using the same products in drier places.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.