The following is a review from Jude Chao, author of the blog Fifty Shades of Snail and contributing writer for Fashionista.
Notable ingredients: For me, the donkey milk was the key attraction of this product. As some of you already know, I love the Freeset Donkey Milk Aqua and Healing masks. They were my introduction to the moisturizing, nourishing, reparative properties of donkey milk. And I was a little taken aback to see the donkey milk content of this mask listed at a measly one percent, though I give Freeset a lot of respect for disclosing the percentage, rather than attempting to imply that this cream contains more donkey milk than it actually does.
Luckily, donkey milk isn’t the only thing this cream has to offer. Skin-repairing, barrier-supporting ingredients like caprylic/capric triglyceride and squalane make an appearance, and so does niacinamide, which stimulates the skin to produce more of its own lipids while also contributing brightening effects. A bevy of brightening and antioxidant extracts fill the middle of the list. And, most excitingly, the ceramides, cholesterol, and other fatty acids in this product provide all the components needed for an ideal skin barrier fixer. While we can’t tell whether those components are present in the ideal ratio, their presence is a promising start.
Freeset Donkey Milk 3D Moisture Cream has a faint powdery/floral fragrance, definitely there but by no means overwhelming, and an…interesting texture. Neither thick nor thin, it’s soft and non-oily, with an oddly pleasant slimy quality to it. I say that in the most loving way.
As you scoop it out of the jar, it has a tendency to pull into long strings like very evenly melted cheese. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good photo of this, though if you follow my Snapchat (username: mommasharkus) you may have seen it in action.
Thanks to its slippy texture, the cream smooths on and spreads out extremely easily. I was surprised and happy to find that it doesn’t feel greasy at all on my skin, as many moisturizing creams do, and that it sinks in quickly–so quickly that I often layer two coats of this onto my face before I go to bed at night. It does leave a slight film, but not a suffocating one. The film reminds me of Guerisson 9 Complex Cream, which makes my skin feel like it’s gained an extra moisture barrier on top of my natural moisture barrier. In other words, it feels like a good thing. In the morning, I wake up to even, bright, and deeply moisturized skin.
That’s not a placebo effect, either. I’ve made it a habit to take my skin’s moisture levels right before bed and right after I wake up whenever I’m testing a new cream. According to my digital skin analyzer, my skin tends to max out at about 57% water, so I shoot for that in my evening routine. Several of my creams have allowed my skin’s water content to drop by ten percent or more overnight, a real disappointment. The Freeset donkey milk cream allows my skin to retain almost all of the moisture I go to bed with. My average drop in water when using this cream is only 3%. That’s pretty incredible. Now that I’m using tret, moisture retention has become extremely important to me. It’s easy to add extra hydration to my skin, not so easy to make it hang around through the night (or day).
Speaking of day, Freeset Donkey Milk 3D Moisture Cream is the only one out of the three creams in this series that I’m comfortable using in the morning as well as at night. Most of my sunscreens rely heavily on chemical filters, which work best on bare or close-to-bare skin. For that reason, I’ve always avoided using heavier occlusive creams during the daytime. I don’t want such products to interfere with my sunscreen’s ability to bond with the upper layers of my skin. Additionally, heavy creams tend to keep sunscreen from drying down all the way, resulting in a heavy residue that takes hours to go away.
Check out the rest of the review by one of our favorite skincare bloggers, Jude Chao, from Fifty Shades of Snail