NOTE: Cosmetic Monster and the author, Jennifer Suzuki are NOT Nerium Brand Partners and do not receive any compensation for any sales generated from this review. The direct links on this review will direct you to sub-site of the Brand Partner who is not affiliated with Cosmetic Monster, who provided the sample for review. It is Cosmetic Monster’s practice to promote the company/site of the provider of reviewed product without any compensation.
PRICE DETAILS: $110 for 1 fl.oz. ($110/oz.) (♦♦♦♦♦)
PRESENTATION: Hard plastic canister with pump top.
TEXTURE & SCENT: NeriumAD has a slightly waxy, thick cream texture that disperses well with moist skin (recommended) and massage. I really don’t like the smell of this product – I can’t quite describe it. Be ready for it.
SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types
KEY FEATURES: Nerium scientists developed a breakthrough process, NBio-PL2, to extract from the Nerium oleander plant in a way that preserves its unique and beneficial properties. This patent-pending extraction process yields the NAE-8 extract used to formulate this first-of-its-kind age-defying product line. (Source: Nerium)
QUICK REVIEW: Has a strange texture and scent that is hard to get past. No miracles here. The heavy texture makes for a good healing environment for skin…but has no proven anti-aging key ingredients.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I honestly did not know what to expect from this product since the information online seemed to be biased since NeriumAD is sold by “Brand Partners” much like Nu Skin, Melaleuca or Amway. Several people I know, who are in the cosmetic industry, mentioned that they were familiar with and loved the product, so my interest was peaked.
NeriumAD has a thick, almost wax/cream texture and a strong, odd smell that can instantly be turn-offs for those who are accustomed to silky, nicely scented products. However, you get used to the scent (I swear) and NeriumAD applies evenly when massaged (well) onto damp skin.
I’m going to say here that I’m under a logical assumption that part of the reason NeriumAD works on certain people is it feels like it forms a sort of cocoon effect on the skin – which provides an optimal environment for skin to heal and regenerate. That’s just my layman guess.
DAY 1 (07/02/2012): I started NeriumAD at a disadvantage since my skin was irritated, super oily and breaking out (hormone related – ahem). You can see the angry red bumps on my hairline – so I really expected this to aggravate my sensitive skin.
DAY 9 (07/11/2012): After over a week of PM only use, my skin is less red, irritation has subsided – and do I dare say my big spot looks lighter?
DAY 24 (07/26/2012): We’re heading into hormonal skin territory so my skin is acting up. I’m also having issues with clogged pores on my cheeks which is unusual, but its likely from the use of heavier sunscreens (its HOT here right now). The improvement on my spot seems to have stalled and there’s no big difference in pore size. However, the overall smoothness of my skin has improved (you can’t tell in these photos) and I believe the heavier texture of NeriumAD will work primarily on those with visible age related skin issues and can help prevent undesirables from appearing.
**All photos are 100% bare skin and were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note with flash and a neutral expression. The photos were only altered for size – not for brightness/color and were not “airbrushed” or retouched in any way.
NeriumAD is a reasonable choice for those with deeper lines, wrinkles and prematurely aged skin. While it did not address my pigmentation, breakouts and redness like I had hoped, there was a noticeable improvement in the overall texture and look of my skin. With more dedicated use over a longer duration, results are likely to be more dramatic, but requires becoming accustomed to unique texture, application and scent.