Over the years I have tried out more high-end face creams than I’ve had hot dinners and the truth is, I haven’t remained faithful to any one of them.
The problem these days is that we’re always moving onto the next best thing. And it doesn’t matter how great something is, or what it promises, it will always get dropped like a hot brick the moment something bigger and better comes roaring into the world. I know that most beauty blogs are aimed at ‘What’s next? What’s new? What’s the buzz?’ Everyone is scouring the planet for that wonder cream/serum that will give us mannequin- type perfection overnight. It’s all about instant gratification. We’re more and more needy when it comes to what we spend our hard earned cash on. We want results and we want them immediately. I am as guilty as they come for this. My fickle nature when it comes to products means that there are literally pots of perfectly good stuff, who’ve been overthrown, sitting around in cupboards like discarded lovers, hoping that one day I might notice them again.
So, instead of moving onwards and upwards,I decided to revisit an old flame.
The last time I used Dior’s Capture Totale was about 5 years ago. I think I had the serum and a moisturiser but that was about it. To be honest, I was a bit ‘Meh!’ about it. It didn’t seem to cut the mustard in the way I had hoped. But then again,I wasn’t in a particularly good place at the time ,which made me feel a bit underwhelmed by the world in general and not just face creams. Anyway, I was given a sample of what the SA described as the new, improved version of the Capture Totale cream. I wasn’t aware they’d done this. It must have slipped under my radar when I was courting something else.
But Ok, it was worth a shot. It was free. I had nothing to lose. And it was improved. So, almost like a new ,untested product then?…Yes?… Oh Goodie!….. I then spent the following week trialling it to see if it could redeem itself in any way.
I have to say, hand on heart, I was more than a bit surprised. Something major had changed here. Ok, so the scent was exactly how I remembered. The colour wasn’t in any way different, still that lovely soft pink. And the texture was as super nice, which I expect in a top range cream. What I didn’t expect was how much firmer my face felt. I’m not joking. I know this actually sounds like an advert but I’m in no way affiliated with Dior and I paid out from my own Piggy Bank for this stuff. Yes, my face actually felt a lot firmer. And the overall tone was considerably better. And above all things, my dehydration issues had been addressed. I looked fresh. Like a daisy. I had no horrible breakouts, no nasty film sitting on top of the skin. It was if someone had crept in and given me a facial while I was asleep.Although I’m way too long in my veneered teeth to expect an outright miracle, I must say I was suitably impressed. Something profound had definitely taken place. Literally overnight.
I then spent a little while looking for other reviews to see if anyone else had witnessed the same level of results. I was surprised to find mixed emotions over this. Some of the reviews were quite old and a few people had either sung its praises on department store sites with a few little words or had just flatly denounced it. But overall, nothing to really write home about.
Personally, I was more than chuffed with it by the end of that week and straight away hot-footed it off to Harrods to buy the whole range.(All of which I will review over time.)
Firstly, I have to give kudos to Dior for creating packaging that can be refilled. In this day and age of recycling and ever increasing concern for the environment, this is definite Brownie points for them. It also effects the price of the product significantly. I paid £127 for 60mls of the cream and when and if I purchase the refill it will be almost a whole £20 cheaper. Bonus!!
So what makes it so good?
I quickly went and looked up all the manufacturer’s guff about it and what its supposed to do. Alright, so you have the usual claims of smoothness and wrinkles diminishing, youthful beauty, more density, age defying ,contour revitalization etc.. And there’s also a picture of Eva Herzigova looking beautiful and unchanged since the Nineties. Fair enough… Yet, the greatest claim of all, is that this stuff fights the laws gravity..!!.This is the unique selling point! ……What? and How? I ask….. But, do I really care as long as it can stand up to the job?
All I can imagine is that the wizards in white coats at the Dior lab have created a product that basically has the ability to make your face look amazing, as if it’s floating around serenely in Outer Space. And that it’s all down to some sort of jiggery pokery involving stem cells. Well, the stem cells from a particular plant that can only be found in far flung Madagascar called a Longozo whose regenerative powers get to work on the mother cells at the origin of your skins elasticity.(their words, not mine.) It also says it will boost collagen. Something for which,in my forties, I’m almost certainly in need of a leg up . The plant/flower is a spritely looking red affair, which is apparently both rare and precious. And it’s the extract from the seeds of this marvellous looking thing that is now the main active ingredient for the whole Capture Totale range. Which gets me wondering whether it has to be extracted under the cover of darkness from the Dior garden, on a certain date, beneath the light of a full moon, or else it will lose all its magic? Ok, I go too far, but, they must know something we don’t, or why else would they invest and rest their whole reputation on one single species?
I’ve noticed that a lot of companies are now introducing stem cell this and stem cell that to their products. It seems to be major factor in a lot of high end treatments. Do they all work, I couldn’t even begin to say. But what I will say is that whilst this Dior cream might not work for everyone, I however,do feel that I at least got quite a bit of bang for my buck. My face has almost certainly improved as far as the firmness is concerned. I don’t expect the deep lines to vanish, but they’ve ,without a doubt, softened. Which is enough for me to heap on the praise for a product. My faith in Dior and their magical alchemy is restored when it comes to this range.
There are 3 different versions of this cream: Light, Universal and Rich. It comes in a truly gorgeous tub. And whilst I know a lot of people don’t like tubs and jars, it does come with a mini spatula so that it can be scraped out without being contaminated by our fingers in any way.
I chose the Rich version because of my dehydration issues. And boy is it rich! I tend to slather it on at night. Mainly, because it’s when products can work, uninterrupted by ourselves touching our skin or braving the elements. And its the time when the body recharges itself overall whilst we do nothing.
I don’t think I will cheat on this one for a while.Well,not while im still in the Honeymoon period anyway. I’ll finish the pot before I decide whether im still in love or not.