Total Moisture Facial Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $40
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a heavy-duty, thick-textured moisturizer for dry to very dry skin. We’d love to be able to recommend this very emollient facial moisturizer because there just aren’t many of these around, but this relatively pricey formula ends up disappointing. It just doesn’t offer dry skin the range of ingredients it needs to significantly help it be repaired and look radiant.

Instead of a range of anti-aging ingredients, the formula contains standard emollients and thickening agents, with more fragrance and preservatives than state-of-the-art ingredients. Plus, the tiny amount of antioxidants won’t remain potent for long due to the clear jar packaging. Please see More Info below for details on why jar packaging is a problem.

Total Moisture Facial Cream is not recommended for sensitive skin because it contains a small amount of fragrance ingredients known to be sensitizing.

  • Rich emollients help smooth and soften very dry skin.
  • Thick, lubricating texture to help dry skin feel comfortable, not parched.
  • Jar packaging.
  • Very small amount of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Lacks a range of skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients that can significantly improve dry skin.
  • Pricey formula for such a dated, ordinary formula.

More Info:

The fact that this moisturizer is packaged in a clear jar means the beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable once they’re exposed to light and the jar is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.


This facial cream provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion.


Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Lanolin, Squalane, Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Ceteth-20, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Betaine, Decyloxazolidinone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Steareth-25, Mango Seed Butter, Steareth-21. Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Xylitylglucoside, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract, Sorbitol, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Algin, Xylitol, Cellulose Gum, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, BHT

Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare lacks impressive formulas and contains potentially irritating fragrance; concealers options fall short; lackluster lip balms and lip plumper.

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

Benefit Makeup

It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

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Perfect moisture for dry winter skin

I have very dry skin, very sensitive and prone to breakouts from hormones. I was desperate for a good moisturizer that wouldnt irritate. I tried a sample of this and loved it! It's very creamy, goes on thick and is wonderful in the winter! Provides a smooth base for foundation, doesn't feel greasy and doesn't irritate or cause breakouts. A little pricey, but a little goes a long way. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who had oily skin.

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