So, just how does one follow up 14 days of luxurious, priced-out-of-your-pocket skincare?
Why, by switching it up completely, of course.
With Glasgow currently Canada crazy thanks to the opening of the UK’s first branch of Tim Hortons – still queued out the door on Day 2, by the way – it seems like the perfect time to introduce you to Elizabeth Grant. Although the company’s eponymous founder was born in London, Elizabeth Grant is a Toronto-based luxury skincare manufacturer run by three generations of the Grant women. The story goes that Elizabeth was severely injured by a bomb blast during the Second World War but later, while working as a makeup artist, created a blended cream based on natural ingredients originally used to treat war wounds.
The company that Elizabeth founded in 1958 to sell her formula, and of which her daughter (or possibly daughter in law?) is now president, has since become one of Canada’s most recognisable names in luxury skincare. In the UK, Elizabeth Grant products are sold exclusively through home shopping channel Ideal World – who kindly sent me some lovely products to review.
I’ve been using four products from the Elizabeth Grant Caviar Nutruriche line, which combines rich, regenerating caviar with the company’s proprietary moisturiser blend, Torricelumn. If it strikes you, as it did me, as a bit of a weird ingredient for skincare products then just bear with it: there’s nothing fishy about how rich and luxurious the Caviar Nutruriche feel on the skin.
As an avowed fan of the old micellar-water-on-a-cotton-pad version of daily cleansing, I’ve particularly enjoyed adding the Ultra Rich Face Scrub* to my skincare routine, particularly with the recent bout of muggy summer weather we’ve been having. I’m too much of a fan of cutting corners to commit to using a scrub every day, plus my face can be a little bit sensitive, so I’ve been aiming to use this around three times a week. The professional grade aluminium oxide crystals contained in the scrub help with deep cleansing, while the rich cream base means that although there is a little redness after use, it doesn’t feel particularly abrasive. Most importantly: the crystals are soluble, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty plastics slipping down the drain.
The 3-in-1 Eye Treatment* is my favourite of the four products I was sent. If you’ve read any of my skincare reviews you’ll know that the eye area is the bit I worry about most, with stress and poor quality sleep leaving me prone to dark circles and computer-based work causing puffiness and tired eyes. This product promises to smooth and brighten the skin while reducing the look of dark circles and fine lines – ideal.
I’m not a big fan of the tube that this comes in, as it’s almost impossible to gauge the correct amount of pressure with which to squeeze it so that you get some product out without it going absolutely everywhere. What makes up for it, though, is the applicator, with its three metal ball bearings enabling you to apply it evenly under and around the eye. They’re also incredibly cooling and soothing, as is the product itself. I’ve been using this morning and night.
My least favourite product was the dual phase Infusion Serum*. It’s quite a clever product, combining two chambers packed full of luxury ingredients to plumpen and rejuvenate the skin, but the bottle looks and feels like a hairspray can and doesn’t sit right with the more luxe look of the rest of the products. It also took me a couple of goes to get the nozzle dispensing both products equally.
Phase one of the serum features a combination of black truffle and black pearl to firm, brighten and revitalise the skin, while phase two incorporates gold and caviar to strengthen and enrich. The product sinks delightfully into and feels great on the skin … so, what’s my problem? Well, the way in which the two serums – one clear, one cloudy – combine once dispensed looks really unappealing, while the inclusion of black truffle gives the serum this strange, yeasty smell which, while not unpleasant, I can’t call myself a fan of. I think that what it comes down to is that I can cope with caviar in my skin products, but throw in some mushrooms as well and it’s just too much for me. I’m sorry, Ideal World: you were looking for a sensible 30-something to trial these products and I am in fact a child.
Allow me one final rave though for my final trial product: the Ultra Rich Treatment Cream. This premium moisturiser is one of the most luxurious things I have ever used on my face, and is particularly delightful applied on those nights when I have used the scrub. Although I usually prefer lighter, lotion-style moisturisers I love the way this sinks into the skin without clogging, the lightly whipped texture and the fresh, light scent.
There was definitely plenty to enjoy in this new-to-me brand, and a quick glance at the Ideal World website shows lots of lovely Elizabeth Grant skincare ranges just waiting to be explored. They all seem to be at a really decent price point too, given how much use I’m getting out of the products (the photo of the Treatment Cream above was actually taken after three week’s use, would you believe).
Have you heard of this brand? Any favourite products?
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.