Snowberry Beauty: anti-aging skin care range

I have been using some products from Snowberry Beauty, a new range of anti-aging skin care products from New Zealand that works on the premise of delivering skin care benefits via clinically proven bio active ingredients such as antioxidants, enzymes and peptide complexes, yet avoiding petrochemicals, sulphates, artificial colouring, parabens, silicones and glycols. This is not a 100% natural skin care range but rather, the products are formulated with a combination of natural extracts plus scientifically-derived anti-aging and skin renewal compounds.

Three products were sent to me on a complimentary basis for review and these were the items I tested – Snowberry Instant Deep Cleanser, Snowberry Bright Defence Face Serum, and Snowberry Smoothing Eye Serum. I have been using them only in the evenings for about five to six weeks now and you can see how they fare for me based on the pictures I’ve posted here.

Snowberry Instant Deep Cleanser 50ml S$83

Ingredients: Melia azadirachta linn (Neem) seed oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Plukenetia volubilis (Inca Inchi) seed oil, Olive Oil sqalane, Passiflora edulis (Passion flower) seed oil, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides & Cymbium grandiforum, Candida Bombiola extract & Glucose & Methyl Rapeseed Ferment, Rubius chamaemorus (Cloudberry) seed oil, Echium plantagineum oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis leaf extract, Polydecene & Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) extract Lycopene extract,Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Macadamia Ternifolia seed oil, Coleus Forskohili (Coleus) oil

This cleanser is kind of interesting as it feels like an oil cleanser but looks nothing like one. It is very oily though as Neem seed oil is the first ingredient on the list and the oily residue stays on even after two washes – more pronounced than using the typical oil cleanser – as this one does not emulsify. I definitely have to follow on this with a foaming cleanser. So I would consider this as something for pre-cleanse as it is rather effective in removing makeup and surface dirt. Nice color though and smells orange-y. However, I consider this too expensive to be used as a pre-cleanse in my case.

Snowberry Bright Defence Face Serum 30ml S$93

Ingredients: Aqua (Demineralised), L-Ascorbic acid, Sodium lactate, Saccharomyces/Qylinum black tea ferment & Glycerin & Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerine (Coconut), Magnesium alumium silicate, Retinyl palmitate / Carrot polypeptide, Ascorbic acid/Citrus polypeptide, Ascorbyl glucoside, Water & Vaccimium myrtillus fruit/leaf extract & Saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract & Acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract & Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange)fruit extract & Citrus medica Limonum (lemon) extract, Benzyl alcohol & Glycerin & Benzoic acid & Sorbic acid, Sceleotium gum, Xanthan gum, Vitis vinifera (grape seed) extract, parfum, Dimethylmethoxychromanol palmitate, Citrus bioflavonoids (grapefruit).

I was actually both leery as well as intrigued by the ingredient list. The unique combination of ingredients is said to prevent pigmentation in the skin, allowing for a much more even and brighter skin tone. I’m a bit concerned about using products with retinyl palmitate plus this one has some citrus fruit extracts. Yet, I’m intrigued by Kombuchka – a fermented black tea extract that decreases glycation, preventing the sticky sugar molecules from attaching to and damaging healthy skin proteins. I think this product works. As to how much it does, I leave you to decide based on the pictures I posted below.

Snowberry Smoothing Eye Serum 15ml S$75

Aqua (Demineralised), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Hydrolysed Hibiscus Esculentus extract & Dextrin, Sclerotium Gum, Rhizobian Gum, Xanthan Gum, Tetrahydropiperine, Andrographis paniculate leaf extract, Parfum, Glycine Soya seed extract & Ceramide-3, Echium plantagineum oil, Vaccinium vitis-idae (Lingonberry) seed oil, Olive Oil sqalane, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) seed oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolysed Sodium Hyaluronate, Water (Aqua), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Cecropia obtusa bark extract, Water & Dextran & Acetyl tetrapeptide-2, Water, Dextran & Tripeptide-1, Sorbitol & Yeast extract, Ubiquinone,Idebenone, Podocarpus totara, Hinokitiol, Algae extract & Pullulan, Hydrolysed Keratin protein, Hydrolysed Rice Bran Protein & Oxido Reductases & Glycine Soja protein, Soyabean lysophospholipid, Ethyl Ximenynate & Lecithin, Fragrance, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) extract

I was a little disappointed to learn that this eye serum is only for night use but nevertheless have been using it diligently every night. It contains a unique blend of natural peptides and herbal extracts said to reduce eye puffiness and the depth of wrinkles; most notably it contains Guanidine HCL & Tripeptide-1 that clinical trials have shown to activate and stimulate collagen and elastin production. So did it do any wonders for me? Check out the picture!

Smell and texture of the serums
Both the serums smells a bit like herbs to me but they’re pleasant to my sense of olfaction. I actually like the texture of the serums as they are absorbed quickly into the skin and are lightweight. And despite the combination of active ingredients, they do not cause my mildly sensitive skin any problems. However, because these are just serums and while they do provide some amount of hydration, I still have to use a cream over my skin to increase moisturization.

Looking from this picture, you can tell that my skin tone is visibly brightened and some of the spots are also looking lighter. Also noticed the spot near my mouth? It’s not as red as before.

The improvement on this side of the face looks less obvious though but on the whole, I think my skin tone is better and not quite as red.

I don’t see much effects on the reduction of puffiness but without taking a picture, I really can’t tell that the depth of the wrinkles are reduced. So note to self – always take before and after pictures when testing products to show myself the results.

Overall summary
I really like the serums quite a lot. I like the idea of using products that marry good active ingredients with natural botanical extracts without too much chemical overloads. However, they’re expensive. Another concern is that the shelf life of each product is stated as three months after opening; that’s like very short! Although the bottles are very small, but they look as if they’ll stretch beyond three months as I don’t use a lot of the serums. So if you ask me, I would recommend trying these products if you are convinced of the results and do not mind paying the premium prices.

For more information on the range of products from Snowberry Beauty, check out Pure Tinture. And besides New Zealand and Singapore, the brand is also available in a few countries – Austria, Germany, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, UAE and UK.

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  1. Heather says

    Why are you scared off from retinyl palmitate? Does that mean you don’t incorporate any Retin-A products into your skincare? I have yet to do so, although all I keep hearing is how it’s the leading ingredient in anti-aging at the moment. The side-effects are kind of off putting, but I’m still rather curious to try it.

    • sesame says

      Because of the side effects if one is not careful. So I try not to use too much or for too long. It works wonders though…

      • Su says

        What are the side effects of retinyl palmitate? Im interested because my eye cream has that ingredient. Thanks!

        • sesame says

          One of the main ones that I’m most concerned is photosensitivity…so this is best used at night only. Other than that, some pple may experience peeling, irritations if their skin is sensitive.

  2. says

    Your skin texture in “after” pictures looked more well moisturized. “v
    BT last post is: HABA VC Lotion, Squa Balancing Gel, White Lady & Point Repair II

  3. says

    It looks like these work for you. Hope your family will be OK.
    Soos last post is: My Husband Looks Like Someone Else

  4. says

    I am yet to find out an eye product that works for wrinkles, so I’m piqued by the result of the eye serum. But when I hop to the website to see the price, my jaw drops…
    Amanda last post is: 50 Facts About Me & Why Write About It?

  5. says

    I always think that if they are going to give you less product, they should charge you less for it. At least the serums seem to work for you.

    I hope everything is okay with your family.
    Chris last post is: EOTD: Purple and Pink using Wet n Wild Lust Palette

    • sesame says

      Well, the quantity is okay but the lifespan is a bit too short. Probably, I can use it up to 5 – 6 months I think…

  6. MissHu says

    The serums sound great and look quite effective but the short lifespan is such a minus. If only they lasted longer.

    Does anyone use products with salicylic acid? My facial cleanser contains a bit of BHA(salicylic acid) and glycerin and my whiteheads and milia seeds have become more obvious over time. Could the BHA have caused this? I wish I knew how to get rid of milia and whiteheads permanently without surgery.

    • sesame says

      It really depends…why don’t you stop using and see what happens. Grapeseed oil helps to reduce milia seeds for some pple.

      • MissHu says

        Thanks for the advice! I’ll stop using it for a while and see. Could it be possible they’re going to pop out instead? I’ll look into grapeseed oil.

  7. says

    Many female baby boomers want to look young for their husbands, or even to date again. Age is just a number. And many female baby boomers feel that they are young in their hearts.

    Thank you so much for this.

  8. says

    Thanks for the great and detailed review!! The eye serum seems to work great!

    I agree, it’s always good to take before and after photos so you can see the results better.

    I’m sorry to hear about your family. Hope everything is okay.

  9. says

    Their packaging itself is such a draw!
    Do agree they are pretty pricey, but if they work, that’s a good investment :)
    Seems like the Eye Serum worked for you – congrats!

    P/S: May the challenges disperse with the wind and you emerge stronger than ever. In true blue Singaporean style: ADD OIL! :)

    <3 Dee
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