Jan 25 2015

Skincare Sunday: Murad Products Minis


As a beauty lover (borderline hoarder),  I often find that I have several deluxe sample sizes of skincare products from the same brand at any given time in my collection. Usually, I like to test them out together. By grouping them, I can get a sense of what the line/brand has to offer and how the products work together.

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The most recent of these “test groups” were some Murad products: the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate MoistureRapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening SerumAcne Spot Fast Fix and Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15.  They’re pretty much all empty now (pictures taken before use, of course) and I thought I’d share my thoughts. I used these products for a period of 3+ weeks (or as long as the container lasted). The only thing that still has product in it is the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum.

Murad Products Minis - Skincare

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

This is described as a “super-rich, anti-aging moisturizer formulated to relieve dry, dehydrated skin and restore youthful resilience and tone.”

murad products hydro dynamic ultimate moisturizer

According to Murad (and based on a Murad sponsored study), it locks in optimal moisture levels for 8 hours.  It is a fairly rich cream which, despite that richness, absorbs into the skin fairly well. No adverse reactions were experienced. While it really helped with dry patches, I have used lighter-weight moisturizers that work just as well. The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturer retails for $65.00 USD.

Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

Described as a fast-acting, Hydroquinone-based treatment that fades dark spots, age spots, and freckles…while evening out skin tone and inhibiting future pigment formation to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion.

murad products rapid age spot pigment lightening serum

According to Murad (based on a Murad sponsored study), 85% of subjects saw spots lighten in 1 week.

There are concerns surrounding the use of Hydroquinone, which a skin-bleaching agent that works by inhibiting melanin pigments in the skin. It is banned, for example, in the European Union.  In the U.S. concentrations are limited to up to 2%. Hydroquinone is not to be used by women you are nursing or pregnant.  Prolonged sun exposure is to be avoided and an effective sunscreen should be used. It is recommenced that you consult your physician before use.

Although I’ve never purchased this product, I’ve used a sample of it in the past with average results. For the purposes of the review, however, I did use it these past weeks (every other night) and came to a similar conclusion. While it does appear to have limited effects on certain types of dark spots (fresh post acne marks), for me, it’s not really worth it. I can achieve the same results with Glycolic Acid  which I feel better about using.  The Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum retails for $60.00.

Acne Spot Fast Fix

According to Murad, the Acne Spot Fast Fix is a “powerful fast-acting spot treatment [that] reduces acne-causing bacteria and helps reduce pimple severity in as little as 1 day”.

murad products acne spot fix

This is a reformulation of the original Acne Spot Treatment and personally, I don’t think the reformulation was for the better. The older formula worked great on me, but I don’t find the new formula to be as effective in the short-term. While this product is nice for maintenance, it does not elimate the acne over-night by any means. Contains micronized Benzoyl Peroxide at a concentration of 3.5% and retails for $16.00 USD.

Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15

If you stayed with me so far, it may seem like I’m being a negative Nancy when it comes to these Murad products. And stranger still, some of you will know that I really enjoy the brand – the Murad Anti-Aging Acne line, for example, is awesome (reviews here and here). But we can’t love everything, right?

Well things are looking up with this last product, described by Murad as a “patented anti-aging eye cream featuring UV protection that brightens, renews, and protects the delicate stressed eye area”.

murad products essential c eye cream spf 15

Although it retails for a whopping $69.00 USD, I’d drop the cash for a full size (which I’ve owned in the past), for the simple reason that I usually have difficulty finding a nice, effective eye moisturizer that has SPF but doesn’t irritate my eyes. While SPF products play alright with my skin – I have a harder time with the eye area. Which is more delicate and actually requires more protection. This Essential-C Eye Cream by Murad does the trick. 🙂


So that’s it for this mini roundup of Murad Products. What are your thoughts on the brand?



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  1. Hey Kimmy, I might have tried some Murad samples, but I don’t remember being overly impressed with them. Therefore, I haven’t purchased anything full-size or looked further into the brand! The eye cream does sound great tho! I am guilty of forgetting to offer my eyes sun protection (oops). I should start looking for at least an eye cream that contains SPF soon!

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:32 am
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      I think I was fortunate in the sense that the first few items I tried from the Murad were good ones. I really do enjoy their Anti-Aging Acne Line (which is different from their regular acne line), especially in the Summer. And yes, definitely look into that SPF (or, as I’m sure you know, you can use your regular moisturizer around the eye area, so if that one contains SPF, you’re good to go!).

    • anoushkaloves on January 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm
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    We have Murad on sale in Marks and Spencer and my nanna gets staff discount. I’m not sure whether I should bite the bullet and get the AHA/BHA cleanser.

    The skin lightening serum sounds ace but so expensive. La Roche Posay have one called Pigmentclar which I have been using and its really lightened my sun damaged face 🙂

    Anoushka xx http://www.Anoushkaloves.com

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:34 am
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      Oh, I need to look into that La Roche Posay lightener – sounds so promising. Let me know if you get the AHA/BHA cleanser – I’d be interested to know how you get on with it. I need more acids in my life, hehe. xo

  2. Murad is brand I haven’t tried a lot! I have deluxe size sample one of their cleansers with vitamin C and I do love it. The eye cream you described sounds amazing and i agree its hard to find a good eye cream. x

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:35 am
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      Besides my love for their anti-aging/acne line, the Vitamin C products are pretty good as well. I forget to mention the fact that usually Vitamin C products cause me to develop more black heads (I think this happens to many people), but the eye cream did not. 🙂

    • kpsays on February 1, 2015 at 12:13 am
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    I love your idea of gathering all the samples you have from a line and using them in tandem. Genius! I have a ton of Murad samples, but the few items I’ve tried from them in the past were a bit lackluster. But will round up my current samples, and have at it!

      • Kimmy on February 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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      Thank you, Karen. 🙂 Definitely try it out. We all have so many samples, it’s a challenge to get through them all! xo

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