I have been using this brand’s products for 7+ years, as you can see I have added bits over the years but what sparked my initial interest in Elizabeth Arden was their 8 hour balm – I first purchased this on a ferry trip 7 or so years ago to France in the duty-free store 🙂 . I have repurchased this balm 4 times now, original fragranced tubes and fragrance free version, plus added plain & tinted balm sticks, and they make great gifts, too (my mum loves this now and I often get gwp travel sizes that I have passed on to my sister – she isn’t a fan of the exfoliating nature of the balm so only uses this at night).
Here’s a list of my Elizabeth Arden skincare arsenal, a little information about the products, my experiences and thoughts so far (and for the record, I have Combination, Sensitive, Clog-prone skin with pigmentation from blemishes and dryness on cheeks… It’s a mouthful, I know):
Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance-Free
“This fragrance free version of the legendary skincare classic works wonders to moisturise and protect anytime, anyway you choose. Shape brows, revitalise shine, soothe dry hands and smooth cuticles and nails. Also for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips. No wonder it’s loved by makeup artists all around the world.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £18.
I use this on dry areas, such as lips, cuticles, elbows, to smooth eyebrows, and on dry areas on my face – if I am going away I’ll mix a little with my moisturiser before the flight and it stops my skin getting excessively dried out. I love love love this and cannot imagine using anything else. I often layer this on top/underneath a very drying lipstick (sometimes colour wins over formulation…), or on top of a lip liner for a paired down weekend look and love the comforting feel this give my lips.
Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15
“Elizabeth Arden’s renowned Eight Hour® Cream in a super-protective, portable stick for lips. Enriched with emollients, protective sunscreen and vitamin E.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £20.
This is my on-the-go lip balm, it is expensive for the amount you get but mine, with frequent use, lasts around 6 months, which a regular lip balm cannot do for me. I don’t reapply often throughout the day, maybe twice at most, as my morning application keeps me going until lunchtime. I’ll use this as a base for lipstick in the daytime or a just a plain SPF lip balm – my lips are pigmented enough! I also love the tinted versions of these in Blush and Plum, great for a two in one quick flush of colour (these can be found here at boots.com).
Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence for Face SPF 50 Sunscreen High Protection PA+++
“Provides powerful SPF 50 PA+++ protection to help shield skin against UVA/UVB rays that can cause sunburn, surface skin cell damage and premature signs of ageing. Lightweight, oil-free lotion helps protect your skin from sun exposure while hydrating for up to 8 hours. PABA-free.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £26.
The cream is very thick on application, so I use a toning mist or Avene thermal water mist and apply quickly so that I can blend it in well, it can have a white cast for me if I don’t take time massaging in the product. I really like this as it is the only sun cream that protects my skin from breaking out in rashes from spending a long time outdoors in the sun. I find that if I wait 10 minutes it absorbs better and makes applying makeup easier. It can be a bit much reapplying this on the beach as it is so difficult to blend in, but after a few years of struggling I decided to try out the balm stick and now use that to top up protection on beach holidays – less mess and fuss, plus, more time crafting my sandcastle 🙂 – yay!
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence Stick for Face SPF 50 High Protection
“Target sensitive, over-exposed areas such as lips, nose, earlobes, even scars to help shield from the burning and ageing effects of UVA and UVB rays for healthier looking skin. This maximum defence, lightweight stick glides on smoothly and invisibly for easy one-handed application. Powerful SPF 50 sunscreen protects against sunburn, surface cell damage and premature signs of ageing. Eight Hour hydrating benefits sooth and smooth for up to 8 hours. Oil-free and PABA-free. Water-resistant and Perspiration-resistant. Non-acnegenic & Non-sticky. Ophthalmologist, clinically and dermatologist tested. Suitable for all skin types. Non-comedogenic.” (Available at boots.com for £15)
As mentioned in my thoughts of the previous product, I use this to top up my sunscreen when I feel I can’t blend in the SPF50 cream I top up my spf protection by slathering this balm all over! It’s give a really fine application
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Toner
“It can be difficult to refine and tone dry skin without causing irritation. But this alcohol-free toner does both beautifully while gently preparing your skin to absorb the vital moisture it needs. Leaves your skin feeling soft, refreshed and resilient. Clinically and dermatologist tested.” (Available at boots.com for £18)
I bought this as a set from Boots, sorry I can’t seem to find the price I paid and it looks like they don’t have this set anymore, and have been enjoying it over the last 5 months. I use the Pixi glow tonic first straight after cleansing and then follow with this. I have found that the dehydration lines that had formed on my forehead have eased a little and now feels less tight. Honestly I haven’t been wowed by this one, and am not sure if I will be repurchasing it, but it is nice to have something work and not cause any issues. I have the Thayers rose water toner lined up next, a break from a product always better shows me if I really just liked something or if I took it for granted, we’ll see if this will be joining the EA-repurchase list.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Hydrating Cream SPF 15
“For those with dry skin, it can be an ongoing struggle to moisturise properly and remove rough, dead skin without causing irritation. We’ve drawn from over 100 years of spa science to create a cream that hydrates gently yet continuously while helping to slough away dead skin and reveal your own smooth, healthy looking skin. Helps your skin maintain its own ideal moisture level and leaves your face feeling fresh and smooth.” (Available at boots.com for £34)
This day cream came in the set with the toner. I have been using this during the winter months and have found it moisturises my skin very well, but I think I prefer the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Face SPF 15 (£30). This cream gives my skin a nice glow and provides a hydrated base for makeup but I have found during the few warmer days we’ve had here this can look a bit too dewy – eek! I would say this would be better for someone with straight up parched dry skin, as I am combination I find it’s just a tad too much for me now. I would like to try the combination skincare, again – I tried it last year and wasn’t too impressed then – but maybe this is where my skin is at now… will keep trying 🙂
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift & Firm Eye Cream
“Targets fine lines and crow’s feet to plump, lift and firm the look of skin in the eye area as it minimises the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Light-weight yet intensive eye care formula. Lifts and firms the look of skin in the eye area for a younger, more rested look. Dark circles appear minimised as it targets puffiness. Delicate skin in the eye area is gently brightened and smoothed. Encapsulated SPF 15 sunscreens provide full spectrum protection without irritation” (Available at boots.com for £40)
I got two of these as gwp samples, I gave one to my Mum and have been using this alone during the daytime as it contains SPF 15. The little tub is just under half the size of the full 15 ml version, and I have got through about 1/3 over the last 2 months. I like this but find it too rich in texture for me and makes my collection 2000 concealer slide around a bit, I will use it up and try to find another SPF eye cream in the meantime.
All in all, as you can see, I have been enamoured with Elizabeth Arden skincare for some time. I am willing to give most of their products a go, as my skin seems to take well to their line and I have never had adverse reactions – *crosses fingers and toes*. I might try their makeup soon, I had a little look last week and saw some intriguing bits.