Elizabeth Grant Wonder Effect Retinol Day Cream is one of those products that qualifies as a great multitasker for the winter months. It contains vitamin A also known as retinol and is responsible for promoting collagen production in the skin leading to visible anti-aging related changes.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Delicate and protected skin through-ought the day.
❇ Formulated with powerful stabilized retinol, moisturizing Torricelumn™, and nourishing pomegranate, this day cream helps to stimulate healthy skin as it hydrates, smoothes, and brightens the appearance of the skin to a more youthful looking complexion.
❇ Suitable for combination, oily, acneic, pigmented and mature skin types.
❇ This intensive day cream will reduce the appearance of age spots and lines and it provides superior moisturization with its hefty formulation that includes nine skin hydrators.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply to face area every morning after cleansing. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

Ingredients:

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Glycolic Acid, Algae Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Alpha-Bisabolol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Hydrated Silica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Serine, Threonine, Lysine, Titanium Dioxide

My experience:

Elizabeth Grant Wonder Effect Retinol Day Cream is a great way to introduce retinol ingredient to your skincare routine without reaching for the big guns yet ( which, FIY, without proper use cause skin peeling and potentially more damage than good). I have hit my 4th decade this year and I am happy to report that at this point my anti-aging care is not solely built around retinol. I focus mainly on hydrating and pore care and introduced  myself to retinol years ago without knowing it. Now that I am more cautious buyer, I am glad to report that I found the perfect product for cutting my AM routine by half!

 

The Elizabeth Grant Wonder Effect Retinol Day Cream is what it says. It is a day cream, skin active and SPF in one. What's not to love? Packed with algae extracts, Coenzyme Q-10, hydrators, peptides, vitamins A and E is a nutritious cocktail for the skin. I am considering it as a powerful treatment because it works like one on my skin. Major selling point for me was that it is literally became my 2nd and last step in my skin care routine after my spray on Vitamin C toner from Andalou Naturals. Spray, apply EG cream and go to work is officially my mantra now!

 

The cream is white and looks thick when it comes out from the tube. Once you spread it over the skin it turnes more into gel and absorbs entirely within 10 minutes. After full absorption there is zero cast on the skin. It also leaves zero residue. My skin feels soft and moisturized and has satin finish to it. I don't have any sensitization issues from this product which is super cool considering that I react with breakouts to a of retinol products and AHA acids.

 

As for the results I definitely see noticeable improvement in fine lines around my mouth and on my forehead. My skin is not aging as it is supposed to and thanks to my hormone shifts lately it's been not doing well at all. I got rapid increase in pore depth and my moisture levels in the skin were on and off. At one point of the day I would have a perfect skin and 5 hours later I was looking like a prune or 50-year old chain smoker. Thank's to the super neat skincare line that addresses the hormonal changes in combination with this EG day cream, my skin is back on track! Can't recommend this enough. I wouldn't use it in the summer though due to the much higher UV index happening in the area where I live. It is perfect for the gloomy winter though 🙂

opaque white texture
light gel like consistency
after fully absorbed
Pros:

+ Alcohol, paraben and sulfate free formulation
+ Contains Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin E, Allantoin, Panthenol, Alpha-Bisabolol, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol (other form of Vitamin E), Serine, Threonine, Lysine and plenty of SPF protection
+ Light, almost gel-like texture
+ Economic in use
+ Good price : quantity ratio
+ Lovely floral scent
+ Extremely effective on my oily skin due to huge amount of nourishing ingredients
+ Perfect way to introduce Retinol into your skincare game
+ Great for all skin types
+ Amazing for pore reduction

 

Cons:

— Absorbs like any other SPF, for about 10-20 minutes
– Nozzle opening is too big for my taste, easy to overuse the product
– Somewhat hard to get in EU
– Contains silicone
– Winter time only

 

Where to buy:

❇ NL and BE: Not Available
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon.de, qvc.de, Elizabeth Grant official webshop
❇ Price is 24-55€ per 60 ml tube with twist-off lid (EU only);  in Canada it comes in 50 ml jar

 

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati ?