As some of you might remember, back in January, I was one of ten Thirty Plus bloggers selected to try out No7's revamped Lift & Luminate skincare range. I've now been using the products for just over a month, and I'm ready to share the results with you.
I talked about my first impressions of the range, as well as the ingredients and how they're designed to work in this post, but just in case you haven't got time to go rooting through old posts, here's a brief recap.
The range consists of a day cream, night cream, serum and eye cream. Based on the theory that skincare works #BetterTogether, No7 have taken the powerful technology from their Triple Action serum and added it to the other products, resulting in an anti-ageing range that's proven to deliver results against the three most common signs of ageing - by visibly reducing wrinkles, firming skin and producing a more even skin tone.
So, in addition to the concentrated hit of anti-ageing goodness from the serum - containing, among other things, hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and powerful peptides to smooth wrinkles - you'll boost its effectiveness even further by following up with the day or night cream. As if that wasn't enough, you also get No7's most advanced protection against UV rays in the day cream, with SPF 15 and 5* UVA, while the night cream is designed to work in harmony with skin's night time renewal process to nourish and restore moisture. The eye cream, especially formulated for the delicate skin around the eye area, should soften crow's feet and reduce puffiness and dark circles.
As I mentioned, I've now been using the complete range for more than a month, and honestly, I couldn't be happier with the results. As a long time fan of No7's introductory anti-ageing range, Protect & Perfect, I was fairly confident that my now older skin would like Lift & Luminate too, and it certainly does. If you like to see instant results from your skincare, you should definitely check these products out, because just as the claims about the night cream state, my complexion looked plumped and refreshed from the morning after the very first use.
However, it's with continued use over several weeks that the range as a whole really comes into its own. I've been meticulous about applying eye cream, serum and day or night cream every morning and evening, conscious of the fact that I really wanted to test out this #BetterTogether theory. And you know what? I think it works!
My skin definitely feels firmer after several weeks of using these products. As for fine lines, you all know by now that I always feel the need to say how difficult I find this to judge, simply because I am always using skincare that claims to soften them! However, I feel that this range does a great job in this regard. They are all still there - it's not a miracle in a jar - but they are all still fairly faint. And here I feel I have to single out the eye cream for special praise, because I have noticed a more dramatic softening of fine lines in the eye area than anywhere else since using Lift & Luminate. Often, I find that eye creams are more disappointing when it comes to softening lines than face products are, so I will be holding onto this one for dear life.
However, it's the luminating aspect of this range, and the evening of skin tone, that I'm most impressed with. It contains a lightening complex including Indian gooseberry and Vitamin C and I think this has been something of a revelation for me. I've probably mentioned before that I'm not blessed with naturally clear and luminous skin. No product, no matter how fantastic, is going to transform me into someone who is, but after two to three weeks of using Lift & Luminate, I noticed that my skin was looking generally brighter, healthier and more even in tone. And goodness knows that's not down to my diet, because I have been very lazy on that front since Christmas! When you catch yourself in the mirror without makeup on, and you're pleasantly surprised - that to me is the sign of a skincare range that's doing well for you.
In terms of application, all these products are pleasant to use. They have the faintest hint of a clean, fresh fragrance, and the eye cream is light as a feather and absorbs pretty much instantly. The other products take a little longer, but none of them feel unduly heavy on the skin.
So, my final verdict? Well, if you wanted to try just one product, I'd say go for the eye cream, but the results I've had overall have come from using the range as a whole. So I guess that means I'm firmly in agreement with No7 - skincare really is #BetterTogether!
But don't just take my word for it. Everyone's skin is different, and if you're interested in finding out how my fellow Thirty Plus bloggers got on with the range, make sure you check out Hayley, Tracey, Alex, Jane, Louise, Lisa, Fritha, Jo and Sareta to find out their opinions.
And what about you? If you're one of the lucky winners of my giveaway, or if you've tried the products anyway, I'd love to know what you thought. Let me know in the comments! If you haven't tried the range but would like to, you can find the day cream and night cream on sale at Boots for £24.95, the serum for £27.00 and the eye cream for £17.00.
*This post was sponsored by No7. All opinions, as always, are my own.