Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Product Review: Nuance by Salma Hayek My Secret Super Moisturizing Body Cream

By Randi Reed

Disclosure: I got this product free as an “extra” as part of my regular paid Birchox subscription. The CVS Link in this article is not an affiliate link and is included for your convenience. When someone clicks on my Birchbox link, I do earn points toward future purchases, which I  use to purchase products to review. (All Birchbox members get points from referrals: a win-win!)

When I first saw Nuance by Salma Hayek products in my local CVS, I ignored them, thinking they were just licensed products with her name on them. Then some months ago, long before this blog, Birchbox asked if I’d like a special Nuance box as an extra as part of my regular Birchbox subscription (which I pay for). I was still skeptical but said yes.  Who doesn’t love to try a new product for free?

I’m happy to say I was wrong about Nuance by Salma Hayek being just another licensed line. As it turns out, the formulas for many Nuance products are based on product recipes Salma Hayek’s cosmetologist grandmother created and used on her own skin--chief among them, My Secret Super Moisturizing Body Cream. They're also paraben-free.

Salma Hayek's grandmother must have been a genius, because this is the only stuff that's helped my ever-present dry cuticle issues. Having tried many cuticle oils, cuticle creams, cuticle butters, and even a few homemade concoctions of my own, this is the only stuff that takes my cuticles out of a constant state of crispy. For this reason, My Secret Super Moisturizing Body Cream is now my go-to hand cream (bumping my beloved Nivea Creme from Germany to #2). I have yet to actually use this as a body cream, but for someone with dry skin it would certainly do the job.

This product goes on very thick, so it doesn’t take much. I prefer to squeeze a pea-sized blob onto each nail bed, let it sit for a few seconds, then massage it into my cuticles, spreading it onto the back of my hands as I go.  Usually that’s plenty, because the moisture in this stuff is intense and hangs around for a while. I like that, because it gives a nice glowy sheen to my hands, and it keeps working after several hand washings without turning into slippery goo.

As a hand and cuticle cream, I find I only need to apply it once or twice a day, and it's especially nice as a nighttime hand cream. Although I haven’t yet tried it as a foot cream, the richness of the product tells me it’s a good candidate for applying to dry feet and wearing socks to bed.

(Photo: CVS.com)
The barely-fruity fragrance is extremely light (it's a bit more fresh than fruity) and isn’t noticeable, which works well for me because I’m extremely sensitive to fragrances. It definitely won’t clash with perfume or other scented products you may be wearing. Because the fragrance is so light, and the fact that the packaging isn’t too “girly”--while there’s  flowering plant logo on the package,  it reads more “plant-y” than “flowery”--I think this could work for a guys’ extra-dry skin, too. Just be sure to tell him to give it time to sink in and let all that shea butter, macadamia oil, honey, and other good stuff do their job! This is definitely not a hand cream you can apply shortly before trying to text or turn a doorknob!

This is all that's left!

As you can see from the above photo, I’m quite a fan of this product. Fortunately, it comes in a nice, big tube! While it's not not the least expensive product in the store, given the quality of the ingredients and the small amount of product it takes to be effective, I feel it's definitely worth the price.

Score:  10 out of 10.

Available exclusively at CVS.

Update: 12/20/13: Someone asked whether this product dulls or softens nail polish when used as a hand cream. I'm happy to say it does not! 

Also, when I added this update I was horrified to find I'd misspelled Ms. Hayek's last name. My apologies to Ms. Hayek.      

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