Ultra Lift Intensive Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
1.5 fl. oz. for $16.99
Last Updated:06.14.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Claiming to plump deep wrinkles while you sleep is the enticing promise this relatively inexpensive product wants you to believe is possible. So, will you wake up in the morning looking like you’ve had a face lift or had dermal fillers injected into your lines? No. Not only won’t this product perform that outstanding feat, the formula is an utter disappointment and an overall problem for skin. Despite a silky texture, the amount of alcohol is a serious cause for concern (alcohol causes free-radical and collagen breakdown) and the formula is practically void of antioxidants and key antiwrinkle ingredients (i.e., those that can stimulate healthy collagen production and skin’s natural repair process so wrinkles truly look better). Even if those ingredients were present, the jar packaging wouldn’t keep them stable so it doesn’t matter anyway. There is nothing ultra, lifting, or professional about this night cream. Rather, it is ultimately a poor formulation that isn’t antiwrinkle in the least.


A nightly solution that plumps deep wrinkles and intensely firms and hydrates while you sleep.


Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mineral Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Benzyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Laureth-7, Lauroyl Lysine, Linalool, Octyldodecanol, PEG-20 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyurethane-2, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Ginger Root Extract, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn't—did they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy face–rated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchase—but you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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Nothing to see here

I bought this just hoping, I guess. It didn't do a thing for my skin which is more dry than ever. Now that I've read this, I won't even finish the bottle. Looking forward to some changes with the products I've bought based on PC recommendations.

Reviewed by
Andrea E.

Well, I'm surprised at your review of this product. I'm hoping there will be no adverse affect from the alcohol as you stated. This product works amazingly well, and very quickly also. It has not only tightened my skin, it has also kept blemishes away since I've been using it. I guess I can't explain why it works so well if as you say it doesn't have beneficial ingredients..but IT DOES!!!! I NEVER write reviews but felt I had to for this product.

Reviewed by
Kelly M
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