One of the skincare brands that most recently rocked the skincare world is the very affordable The Ordinary. However, due to their dramatics and theatrics, and being generally underwhelmed with their products, I have washed my hands of them. And then, I stumbled on another very affordable brand – The Inkey List.
I don’t propose to tell you a lot about it right now, because I’m really saving it for a mega-post to come LOL! I bought quite a few of the items in their rather considerable range, and I want to deal with it together.
But one product quickly stood out for me, and wormed its way into my affections.
The Inkey List Turmeric Moisturiser. I bought it for a very simple reason – I’m Asian and we use a lot of turmeric (kunyit) in our cooking :P
I was also very curious to see if it was yellow. Fresh turmeric (looks like a ginger root) is orange, but when ground into powder, it is a strong, bright yellow that stains everything in sight. It is also popularly known to be an antioxidant (when consumed) and has anti-inflammatory properties.
When I received my The Inkey List order, this was the product I zeroed in on, and immediately put to the test. In fact, I put almost everything to the test LOL! But this stood out to me.
First off, to answer your question, no The Inkey List Turmeric Moisturiser is not yellow, and will not therefore stain your skin – whew! :P This is unlike when Kiehl’s made a turmeric based mask and kept the yellow tint.
This is, in fact, quite a simple moisturiser. It promises on the box to rehydrate dry skin, brighten skin and reduce wrinkles. Aside from the key ingredient of turmeric (or curcuma longa root) it also contains 1% Vitamin E to soothe skin and Squalane to hydrate and protect skin.
From what I can tell, The Inkey List Turmeric Moisturiser is tailored more for someone with dry skin, i.e. someone like me!
That said, the texture of the cream is not too thick. It is thicker than a lotion, but melts quite easily on skin, and smooths over nicely.
While it doesn’t have a yellow tint, it does have a slight herbal scent, with a hint of warm spices. I personally find it pleasant and very natural. I don’t think anyone would find it unpleasant, to be honest, unless you don’t like the smell of spices. It’s very slight.
Now, why was I impressed?
Because this little tube (and it is little!) isn’t only very affordable, it is effective.
I liked its emollient, yet rich texture, that did not mask my skin nor make it feel oily or greasy. It does stay on skin a little longer, without sinking in immediately, which I’m fine with. In fact, I love this for the day, because I find that it keeps my skin feeling moisturised and comfortable all day.
For the evening, I do find it a wee bit light. If I layer an oil underneath, it will serve its purpose. But on its own, I feel like I need something more.
I like it for a basic moisturiser. I don’t ask very much of moisturisers, save that they moisturise and keep my skin from flaking and falling off. I use serums and lotions and oils underneath, so a moisturiser for me can be fairly basic. And for me, this fits the bill.
I like that my skin feels comfortable, and does not feel dry. Although it is quite light in texture, I can feel the weight of the squalane in it, that works to hydrate the skin. And it feels good.
I like that my skin does not feel like I have drawn a layer of silicone over it, like how many moisturisers feel. I am now quite sensitive to how a cream feels on my skin, and I find that many department store brands tend to be heavy on silicone. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I just don’t like that texture. This feels comfortable, like it sinks into your skin gently, bit by bit, nourishing your skin all the way.
Does it brighten or reduce wrinkles? I don’t put much score by it. If it does, well and good. If it doesn’t, I won’t worry, because I rely on other products to do that job, not my moisturiser!
From an aesthetic viewpoint, I have to say that The Inkey List doesn’t have the most beautiful of packaging. The Turmeric moisturiser is very rudimentary. The plastic tube is small, short and squat, and fits in your palm. The black and white design is plain, with no frills.
It only contains 30ml of product, which is 20ml less than most moisturisers. Used day and night, I reckon it might last you a month. Maybe a little more, depending on how generous you are. I know I certainly see myself finishing this tube quite comfortably.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Inkey List Turmeric moisturiser is a creamy textured moisturiser in a 30ml tube. The texture is creamy, but light on skin and sits well to moisturise dry skin very well and comfortably. I prefer it for use in the day, as I feel it to be a little light for night use. It sinks into my skin, nourishing and keeping it moisturised all day. It also sits well under my sunscreen and makeup, and my skin seems to enjoy it. There is a slight scent of spices, but nothing offensive. All in all, I think it’s a great little moisturiser and the low price point is very attractive too!
PROS: Creamy texture but lightweight on skin, No greasy or oily feeling on skin, Nourishes and moisturises dry skin well, Very comfortable, Portable
CONS: Packaging is very basic and utilitarian, 30ml is a little to small in content
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone with dry skin or skin tending to dry
PRICE: £7.99 for 30ml
If you’re interested, here’s the ingredient list for The Inkey List Turmeric moisturiser.
From what I can tell, there’s a lot of moisturising ingredients in there, which I suppose, serves its purpose as a basic moisturiser.
Are you intrigued by The Inkey List Turmeric moisturiser?
I have a whole bunch of other products. I can’t quite decide if I should go through them singularly, if there are standout products like this moisturiser, or if I should do one giant post to cover everything. Thoughts? :)