Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream – Review

wpid-PicsArt_1386253039844.jpgYou may remember me posting this little sample a few months ago in my Benefit haul? Well I totally forgot I even had this until I was rummaging through my bathroom cupboard around a month ago to see what needed used up. In the time between my Benefit haul and now, I had fallen in love with their It’s Potent Eye Cream and as such decided to but a mini skin care pack, which included this face cream in it. I swiftly decanted this into my tiny pot of face cream and began moisturising.

What Benefit Say?

‘Say good-bye to dry skin and hello to “total moisture.” This facial cream provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion. Our exclusive tri-radiance complex helps develop the skin’s reserves of water & reinforce skin’s moisture barrier. Contains mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient known to provide moisture. For normal to dry skin.In consumer testing, 100% of people tested felt that their skin was immediately and intensely quenched.’ – Benefit

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream


I am basing my thoughts on the miniature jar I have and looking at the pictures on benefit’s website, the full size jar looks much ans such the same. I love that this face cream comes in a very vintage feeling and robust glass jar. It just looks so classy. I am very wary now as I managed to shatter my bottle of Bio Effect EGF Serum at the weekend by dropping it in the sink. Total bummer as I had just started to see real results with it in terms of skin smoothness. The packaging is typical to Benefit and I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t think it is cute.


This contains alcohol. Great if you like rubbing alcohol on your skin, but not so great if you have sensitive skin. I have to question why alcohol is in here. I mean why? It’s a moisturiser and alcohol dries the skin. Seems counter intuitive. Anyway, I haven’t noticed this being overly drying and it is pretty good at its job, so maybe we can just pretend it isn’t there?

I was pleased that there isn’t any parabens in here! Yay! And the inclusion of mango seed butter made me happy. So alcohol aside, the ingredients don’t shout out as being too nasty to me.

Look at that Cute Little Jar

Look at that Cute Little Jar

Texture and Moisture Factor

The texture of this is very light and the smell is a clean one. I know that makes no sense, but I can’t actually pin point what the smell is, it eludes me. It is sweet and girly, but also very clean and fresh smelling. Benefit have really created a magic smell there. The cream applies well and soaks in pretty fast, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth. I would have liked if this was slightly thicker, but that is just my personal preference. This isn’t the most moisturising moisturiser I have ever tried, but it does pack some punch. After using this for a couple of weeks, the dry patches on my nose, cheeks and under eyes had not totally cleared up, but they had noticeably improved so I suppose that means it is doing its job. I find that a blueberry sized blob of this is enough for my neck and face, so this little jar will probably last me another while.

Total Moisture Face Cream

Total Moisture Face Cream

Price and Where to Buy

This is an expensive moisturiser and comes in at £27.50 for 48.2g from Benefit.

Final Thoughts

I did like this moisturiser and it did work well under make-up, reducing my dry patches, but I think it is quite pricey. If it was a few quid cheaper I would probably repurchase, sadly I have a lot of half opened tubes of moisturiser in my cupboard, so maybe one of those will fare just as well for cheaper?

Have you tried any of the Benefit skincare? What is your favourite moisturiser? Any budget friendly recommendations with no parabens?



16 thoughts on “Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream – Review

    • I did really love it, but wish it was a bit cheaper. It was great at sinking in so quickly, but I don’t think I will buy a full size yet, need to use up stuff first 🙂 thanks for stopping by.


  1. I’ve always been curious about this product so thank you for the review. I hate when they add alcohol into moisturizers. I have such dry skin so I hate when they do that! That is sad that you broke your Bio Effect Serum. I can kind of relate. I dropped the bottle of a makeup remover I was trying (only been using it for a week or so) and pretty much all the product went down the sink.


    • Yeah it’s a weird thing to put in moisturizers. I get dry patches and this seemed to help, although I think if it was a little thicker I would like it more. I was absolutely heartbroken. I bet you were too. I know glass bottles look pretty, but they just aren’t practical


      • They also put alcohol in a lot of hand lotions. So when my hands were so dry and red/rashy from work the alcohol dried them out and made my hands burn. Now I always make sure that my hand lotions don’t have alcohol in them.


      • Alcohol is certainly unhelpful for those with with particularly dry and sensitive skin, but it affects the texture of the product which would be my guess for why it’s included. It makes products feel more lightweight and quick-drying/quick-absorbing. For those with skin that isn’t so sensitive, it shouldn’t actually be drying since the moisturizing ingredients would counteract it. It also may help preserve the cream’s lifespan, since it’s paraben-free. Just my guess! It’s a great review, I’ve never tried this cream.


        • Oh I didn’t know alcohol affected the texture. Thanks for that. It certainly does feel very light and sinks in quickly. I would recommend this cream but it is quite pricey for my liking. It’s worth buying the mini six piece skin care set for 12pound as then you can decide whether it’s worth shelling out or not. Thanks for stopping by x


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  3. I haven’t tried any Benefit skincare, but I LOVE their makeup products. I’ve wanted to try this moisturizer and the matching eye cream, but the price is what has prevented me from buying it. I’d love to snag a sample of this before plunging into buying it, so we’ll see. Great pics and killer review! 🙂


    • Thank you! They do a little kit, which is where I got the little pot to try longer after the Little sample sachet. The kit had 6 different skin care bits in it. I agree about the price, so expensive. I did buy the eye cream though as it was head and shoulders above anything I had tried before.


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