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Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector

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Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - packaging
Eeee I won!!

I received the Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector from a giveaway that a few beauty bloggers were having (namely, both Beautezine and The Burgundy Book). Since I was lucky to win two, I kept one (pictured) and gifted one to my sister. This was immediately put to the test as I was going out that same night and I was working all weekend.

There are two transformations to this product: instant and over time. The instant transformation is even, luminous skin with reduced fine lines. The over time transformation is supposed to reduce wrinkles, firm up skin, and help you be visibly younger looking.

This was released on Feb 11 so I felt extra special to try this out before it even hit shelves! [Note: I received this in the mail several days before it was released in stores and had begun drafting this post the same day. In true procrastination fashion, the post wasn’t completely finished and posted until now…]


The Packaging

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - tube
Free-standing tube

The tube is made of a pliable plastic, which allows it to retain its shape after you squeeze it. It’s not too tall and fits easily in your hand.


Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - nozzle

The nozzle itself has a flip cap, which opens to reveal an opening. It’s not too small, so a little squeeze will get you a good pea size amount. If for whatever reason the product dries up in the opening, the cap does screw off the tube, so you can clean the cap separately.


The Product

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - swatches
Swatches from L-R: out of tube, lightly rubbed in, completely rubbed in 

You can see from the swatches above that the product comes out white in colour. On closer inspection, there are tiny little white beads in there. In the middle swatch, lightly rubbing causes these beads to burst, and I believe this is where the activation occurs as it’s starting to change to a beige colour. On the far right swatch, you can see all of the colour has been activated. It’s colour is a little darker than my skin tone, but once spread out, it’s very sheer.

There is a smell to it that I can’t figure out. It’s not an overly strong chemical smell, but there is some sort of smell that may bother those with sensitive noses.

How did I like it? Not very much unfortunately. I don’t know if I’m just not applying it correctly, but I feel it dries a little too quickly for my liking. The first time I used it, I used a pea sized amount and found that it started to dry and flake off onto my fingers. At first, I thought I wasn’t using enough product, so the second time I used it, I used 2 pea sized amounts, but that was too much for my face and made for an uneven application. On my third attempt, I used 1.5 pea sized amount, and still thought the coverage was still looking spotty. I continued to try to even it out, but the product started to dry and it flaked off onto my fingers. Am I the only person experiencing this?

I tried a fourth time, this time while wearing contacts. I found that if I worked fast to even out the coverage, it dries evenly without the flaking. However, if I took my time, it would start drying and thus start flaking off while I was still rubbing it in.


The Verdict

I really wanted to love this, I really did. However I have come to the conclusion that I can really only use this product when I’m also wearing my contacts. With my extremely poor eyesight, it’s difficult to tell if I applied it evenly or not without stopping the application to get close enough to the mirror to see. Thus it dries more and starts to flake if I’m trying to even out any particular area. Otherwise, if I’m wearing contacts, I can see clearly while I’m applying it so it is much quicker from start to finish, thus not drying before I finish.

So if I’m wearing contacts, it’s a wonderful product. It provides sheer coverage but just enough to cover some redness and even out the skin tone. If I’m using it without glasses, it’s not fool-proof. So those who wear glasses with poor eyesight, be wary.


Where to Buy – approx $22.99 

  • Most drug stores
  • Wal-Mart
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Written by Jessica

April 27th, 2014 at 10:05 am

Posted in Beauty,face