Timewise Night Restore & Recover Complex-Normal/Dry (Discontinued)
1.7 fl. oz. for $40
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good fragrance-free moisturizer whose thin cream texture plus emollients and silky moisturizing ingredients are best for normal to dry skin.

The formula does not contain anything special or unique to skin’s needs at night. The notion that skin need special ingredients at certain times of the day really only applies to sun protection during daylight hours; otherwise, skin needs the same types of ingredients (such as antioxidants and repairing substances) every second of the day, not only at night.

This moisturizer contains a nice mix of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical substances that work to repair skin’s surface and help prevent moisture loss. When dry skin is fortified with these ingredients and protected from daily sun damage, it will do what it loves to do when in top shape: generate healthy collagen. So although Mary Kay’s collagen-building claim is accurate, this is far from the only moisturizer to offer that benefit.

Ultimately, the only reason to think twice about this is the price. While it’s not outrageous, you can find less expensive moisturizers that provide your skin with an equally good mix of beneficial ingredients. Kudos to Mary Kay for packaging this so the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable during use.


Awakens the age-fighting potential of your skin at night to activate collagen production and restore skin’s barrier.


Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Methyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Punica Granatum Sterols, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Gossypium Hirsutum (Cotton) Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Steareth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-32, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cyclohexasiloxane, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Methylparaben, Sodium Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, BHT, Red 33, Yellow 10, Ext. Violet 2

Brand Overview

Mary Kay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance-free; packaging that keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use; a handful of well-formulated moisturizers; very good eye-makeup remover; effective wrinkle filler; excellent cream blush and several other impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: The overall collection is a mixed bag of exciting and disappointing products; several outdated moisturizers and cleansers; no AHA or acceptable BHA products; the CC Cream doesn't provide good enough UVA protection; some lackluster makeup products.

The last few years haven't been glamorous for one of the world's largest direct sellers of cosmetics. Mary Kay lost a lawsuit filed by TriStrata, the company whose founders hold over 100 patents on the use of AHAs in skin-care products. It was revealed that Mary Kay's former AHA products infringed on three of these patents, and, after some back-and-forths in court, Mary Kay ended up paying royalties of over $40 million (interest included) to TriStrata. Perhaps because they're still licking their wounds after this defeat, the company has not launched any new AHA products, and no longer sells the ones that were in question during the legal battle (Source: www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2006/04/03/daily26.html).

However, the company's spin on the issue of AHAs is that they no longer use them because skin-care technology has advanced. That's an interesting twist, but the fact of the matter is that AHA products, when well-formulated, are still considered advanced and capable of doing far more for skin than the alternatives Mary Kay has devised (including an at-home microdermabrasion scrub and products with vitamin C derivatives).

Although they're not a company for you if you are looking for exfoliants (though you should be looking for a good exfoliant), Mary Kay has recently developed a surprising number of excellent products. With over 1.6 million Mary Kay consultants selling products in 30 countries, this family-owned company (founder Mary Kay Ash passed away in 2001) has slowly been proving that they intend to remain competitive with the best of the best. A refreshing change of pace is the omission of fragrance from almost all of the products. Now that is what we call progress!

Despite its size and capital (wholesale figures were $3 billion in 2012), Mary Kay still has a lot to learn. For instance, although their guiding philosophy of empowering women is admirable, the assortment of products still leaves much to be desired. Yes, things are looking up, but there are several weak spots that keep Mary Kay from being in the same league as Avon, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble (Olay), and Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC). These include outdated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, along with letdowns in products designed for oily, blemish-prone skin. The TimeWise product range has expanded considerably, and offers a few state-of-the-art products worthy of its name (although, as with all skin-care products, they're not going to turn back the hands of time and erase all signs of aging).

If improvements like those in Mary Kay's latest products were translated to the entire line, it would be standing much taller, at least as far as what current, substantiated skin-care research indicates is optimum for creating and maintaining healthy skin. As is, this is a line to approach with a keen understanding of what to focus on and what to avoid. One last bit of good news: Mary Kay offers well-packaged samples of selected products, either directly or from your consultant.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all Mary Kay products are fragrance-free.

Note: Mary Kay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Mary Kay, call (800) 627-9529 or visit www.marykay.com

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Can you use a night time moisturizer during the day??

I really like this night time moisturizer My question is can u use a night time moisturizer during the day??? I would follow up with a spf over the top. Is that the only reason why they label night time product nite time Cause it has no spf???

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  You are absolutely correct that there is no issue with wearing a night moisturizer during the day as long as you are also wearing an SPF of 25+.  Many people with dry to very dry skin prefer this, actually!
-Beautypedia Team

I liked it a lot!

I could see immediate improvements in my skin upon the first use of this product. I did follow with a moisturizer. Applied at night before bed, and in the morning my pores were a tad bit smaller and I also had a more even overall tone to my complexion. I will not purchase again because of the cost and because my Mary Kay rep really ticked me off!!!

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Lynn W
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Can't believe this made Paula's best list. Tried it for a week and told Mary Kay rep it didnt seem very moisturizing, she told me it wasn't a moisturizer and was meant to be followed by t a moisturizer. Sure enough the package directions stated use before moisturizer. One of the ingredients made my eyes sting each time I used it.

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