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KaplanMD Replenishing Night Cream

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Sagging Skin
December 3, 2010 Reviewed by Emily 6 Comments
As a happy TIA “VIP,” I had the chance to try and comment on the KaplanMD Replenishing Night Cream just in time for the start of the holiday (and cold weather) season.  I knew that KaplanMD products have had generally good press from the TIA community,  and hoped that the cream’s good credentials and TIA-approved ingredients would make for noticeable improvements in hydration and appearance.

Yet my overall reaction (entirely out of character, I might add) is ambivalent.  This really bothers me—I’d rather offer a rave, or at least an amusing dis.  But my experience is sadly middle-of-the-road.  And I guess that’s not where I’d want to be on a product sporting a passing-lane price tag.

I’ve been using it for about a month, at night (duh), and often over other products like the tried-and-true Nutra-Lift C serum, sometimes alone, but always with an eye cream.  Perhaps, in fairness to KaplanMD, the mad-scientist tendency that TIA has unleashed in us all (what a monster Marta has wrought!)—mixing and matching across product lines and formulations—doesn’t allow each line to do its best.   I’d be curious to know whether others who use the entire suite in concert have had a better experience.

On the positive side, the product has a really nice, unusually light texture that absorbs immediately (at least on my sometimes dry and always middle-aged face), leaving just a trace and a hint of moisture:  no oiliness, no glop.   Skin feels smoother and fairly well-hydrated as I approach the morning coffee pot.  But I’m not sure it’s out-performed a bevy of cheaper options (e.g., La Vie Celeste), and I can’t say it’s done anything at all for fine lines.  And in fact, in the last week I’ve been plagued by some small and uncharacteristic break-outs.

Now those may be the result of my recent frenetic exercise habit, or of the existential holiday blues:  I hesitate to lay them at Kaplan’s door.  But overall, while I find Replenishing Night Cream an adequate product, I can’t, unfortunately, find a “wow” factor either.  Certainly at $145 list price, it is a better option than the products flogged by preternaturally smooth-faced blondes at department store cosmetic counters, but I am unconvinced that it trumps products selling for half that tariff.
  • December 6, 2010

    by Emily

    Thanks for the feedback--good to know about the eye cream. I've put the night cream aside altogether; I'm now convinced it was making me break out! I took advantage of the TIA shop offers and stocked up on Your Best Face and after a few days of antioxidants, Restore, and Boost, along with Correct, feel my skin is doing better!

  • December 5, 2010

    by Lori

    Junko, thanks for the tip! My lids need a pick-me-up!

  • December 4, 2010

    by Junko

    I'm a big fan of KaplanMD's eye cream for my lids! It's the best I've found so far to help pick up the lids.

  • December 4, 2010

    by marta

    I feel the same too. While I really think that the serum and eye creams are very good, I wasn't knocked out by the night cream either.

  • December 4, 2010

    by Lori

    Emily, I reviewed the same product as well as Kaplan's Day Cream a while back and felt very much the same way. I still use what's left when I seem particularly dry but it's not something I would replenish once this bottle's gone.

  • December 3, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    I appreciate your honesty, Emily. This has happened to me before, which does, in fact, offer comfort when I lovingly lather Skinn's Night Balm (combination formula which is creamy in texture). You have fortified my barriers to overpriced potions. Yet, I do still look at ingredients and consider a cream that includes actives that comes close to what I use now. Good Review! ~jk

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