Have you heard of Murad? I’ve heard of this brand plenty but I haven’t tried the range before… that was, until 3 weeks ago. I was sent a few samples, and I can now tell you a little about them. I won’t be able to tell you how it performs long term, since the samples sent allowed for a limited time trial, but I can tell you what I think of it in the 3 weeks I’ve been using them.
Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser, 150ml (RM148) & Hydrating Toner, 120ml (RM128)
The Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser is from their Pore Reform Range while the Hydrating Toner is from their Resurgence Range. The cleanser foams up once you pump it out and I find that just one pump is enough to clean my entire face. I usually wet my face first, and the foam goes on smooth and silky. It leaves the skin feeling clean and refined without any tautness or dryness. The Hydrating Toner is one you spray on your face, and also something I’m trying to work on. If I spray onto my face, I get some in my eyes, and if I close my eyes, I miss my aim. LOL! So, I spray onto my palms then pat onto my face. That works best for me. I find this toner does what it claims. It hydrates my skin, making it feel extra smooth after the toner dries. I didn’t experience any breakouts, and they do what I want my cleanser and toner to do.
Essential-C Eye Cream SPF15, 15mL (RM318) & Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes, 15ml (RM275)
I was recommended 2 different eye creams, the day one is from Environmental Shield Range. I was only able to try this for 7 mornings in 1 week, and I actually really like what I saw. The fact that it has SPF15 is a bonus for me! We all know about premature ageing caused by UV rays, and our eyes aren’t protected. Even though it’s only SPF15, I’m hoping the effects aren’t negligible. The Age Reform eye cream I use at night is for hydration which is what I need most. My eyes have been itchy due to the dryness. The combination of these 2 eye creams day and night worked really well. My eyes were markedly less puffy and somehow, the itch lessened. I am considering to purchase these 2 eye creams full size once I finish using my existing ones. LOVE THEM. Fingers crossed they’re not just a week of hallucination. LOL!
Advanced Active Radiance Serum, 30ml (RM428) & T-Zone Pore Refining Gel, 50ml (RM228)
I use the Advanced Active Radiance Serum after my toner before moisturizer and sunscreen. It has a slight fermented citrus scent but dissipates quickly. I apply the Pore Refining Gel at night where I need it – on my nose, at the sides of my nose where pores are very visible and on my chin. It is a little sticky, so after spreading it on the affected areas, I pat the serum in until absorbed before I apply my moisturiser. This gel also smells a little funky at initial application. In the last 3 weeks (just finished the radiance serum), I noticed my skin turn normal, without an oily T-zone. Is this the works of the pore refining gel? Or the combination of both? Or because I’m on a cleaner diet with regular exercise? When I started this Murad trial, I’ve already been on a whitening regime with great success. So, I can’t vouch for the Advanced Active Radiance Serum because I don’t see any difference in my skin’s brightness. Furthermore, for treatment products such as these, 3 weeks is not enough for me to tell you how well they work 🙂 I was sent more of these samples, so if you’re interested in a more in-depth review of these 2, do let me know. Perhaps I’ll do a follow up a few months down the road!
Overall, this trial has been pleasant. I know Murad boasts of their clinical strength ingredients and various dermatology patents and while I cannot report it does wonders to my skin in the 3 weeks, I did in fact see some small positive changes. I also like that it’s a 3-step regime, all clearly marked as 1 Cleanse | Tone, 2 Treat | Repair and 3 Hydrate| Protect on the products. This is especially useful for people like my Mom who can’t remember the steps. The price range is reasonable with the Environmental Shield range being pricier. I can’t tell you to run and get it, since this whole review is based on first impressions. However, don’t let me stop you if you feel like trying 🙂
In Malaysia, you can find Murad outlets in Damansara Uptown and a new one opening in Empire Subang. I’ve seen a few advertisements in newspapers too, so it’s quite obvious Murad is keen to expand here.
Have you tried any Murad skincare before? Care to share your experience?