Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Reviewette: Origins Plantscription SPF5 Anti-Aging Cream

I finished my Be The Skin Botanical Power Nutrition Cream the other day so I've been working my way through my face cream samples I've hoarded over the months, taking photos each time to make reviewettes for them. The first sample I used up was Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Anti-Aging Cream so here are my thoughts!
Brand: Origins
Name: Plantscription SPF25 Anti-Aging Cream
Price: £46
Where to buy: Origins' own website, Boots (online or at Origins counters), Sephora.
This cream is formulated with raspberry plant stem cell technology, whatever that means, boosts moisture levels, improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles (something I won't be commenting on as I have none, thankfully!) and helps safeguard skin with SPF25.
The packaging for this is pretty boring but it does the job. The brand has a naturalistic aesthetic so it's only natural (was that a pun?) that they use earthy and natural colours like the khaki packaging. The full packaging looks like this:

Plantscription™ SPF 25
So again with the khaki, beige and white. The sample has a matte effect on the packaging and I think the full sized pot does too so this adds to the 'natural' look. It's a bit boring and ugly for me but I've been spoilt with cute Asian packaging. XD
The cream is quite thick, about the same or a bit thicker than my Be The Skin cream. It spreads and absorbs easily enough and takes around 3-5 minutes to get rid of any residue or 'creamy' feeling on my face. It does feel a little like applying sun cream because of the SPF content. As you can see, the colour is standard white and inoffensive. I can't imagine a cream being any other colour unless it's a gel type. I got two applications from one 1.5ml sample sachet so I was able to apply this at night and in the morning when I awoke.
This cream has a weird smell that I can only match to lychees. It's a weird mix of floral, sweet and perfumy. To be honest, I'm not really a fan of it - I'm not disgusted by it but it's a bit heady and overpowering for my tastes. It probably has an 'old lady' scent to it which will appeal to Origins' older target audience because of the price of their products.
This is a cream that does its job well - it provides mild sun protection, moisturises my skin and doesn't bring it back to its dry state after switching products. I don't really like the scent but that's my personal preference. The cream is very expensive for the results I got - I can get the same, or better results using Be The Skin, Secret Key or any number of cheaper face creams. I wouldn't purchase this as my money would be better spent elsewhere. 3/5 stars.