I tried the product out yesterday evening at the Origins’ Ion Orchard store and instantly fell in love with how the scrub made my skin feel so moisturised and supple after.
This is the first time I’m giving Origins a try, and yesterday evening I purchased some beauty gift sets for my relatives’ family whom I will be visiting in NZ and spending Christmas with. They’re around my age and I’ve only met them a few times when I was younger. So hopefully they will like the presents I’ve picked up!
Here’s a breakdown of my preliminary thoughts on Never A Dull Moment. I feel that it’s best I review it right after I’ve used it, so the feeling is still fresh in my mind. And it’s unlikely that my opinion of the product will change after several weeks or months! I usually won’t change my mind about a product.
The product is very much like a wet, fruity, very slightly sticky paste. It feels kind of like a banana-mango puree of sorts, but in terms of looks, it’s a little translucent rather than opaque.
As for the beads, the size is small but not too small – while the packaging says to avoid the eye area, I was kinda like “meh”, shrugged my shoulders and just applied the face polisher to every part of my face and scrubbed in small, circular motions. The beads aren’t too small which is a good thing, ‘cos if you get a scrub with very fine beads, you might find them getting stuck in your eye and it will be VERY painful and uncomfortable to wash out (always happens to me, sadly). So the bead size is fine. The beads in the scrub are made from ground up apricot and mango seeds, so it’s completely natural and non-synthetic. I noted that there aren’t a lot of beads in the scrub, but just enough to do a nice, mild scrub like a mini treat for your face!
The fragrance comes across as pretty strong and fruity – a natural and sweet kind of tropical fruity smell, not super artificial. (There’s also a small tinge of an herbal kind of smell.) Think of the smell of pineapples, bananas, and mangos being blitzed, that’s what it smells like. The product contains papaya extracts, but Never A Dull Moment doesn’t have a papaya smell to. The smell fades off a little after you’ve washed your face, so it doesn’t linger on your hands or face.
Level of Cleansing
After washing my face, it didn’t feel 100% completely clean. Personally (it might differ for others), I felt like the face polisher only removed about 85% of the grime and dead skin cells off my face. As for my makeup, I felt that it was more effective at removing my makeup than my dead skin – maybe 96% of my makeup was removed.
After using the product, my face looked like the makeup had mostly/pretty much been removed from my face. Also, when I touched my face right after, it was nice and soft, and hydrated. Not dry and parched – like how my face feels if I use too drying a facial cleanser that’s unsuitable for my skin type.
For Never A Dull Moment, I would agree that it is suitable for all skin types, whether you have dry, normal, oily, sensitive or combination skin. My face didn’t feel oily or sticky. Another thing about Never A Dull Moment is that my face didn’t look more dewy afterwards, but my skin did look kind of brighter. It did feel very hydrated and soft. If you want something that does the job of cleaning AND hydrating AND brightening, you probably don’t need to look further. Just remember, this ISN’T a heavy duty facial cleanser. You probably could pair Never A Dull Moment with a weekly face mask.
It’s quite a gentle facial polisher, and it didn’t sting my face or burn or anything. A while after I did notice my cheeks and forehead were a little bit red, but it could have been because I was a bit too aggressive in washing my face, I’m never as careful and gentle as the facialist. Anyway, my skin has always been quite sensitive, but it definitely didn’t leave my skin hurting or stinging or irritated.
Would I recommend this?
Admittedly, the Never A Dull Moment is a little on the expensive side, so it would be hard for me to say whether I would/wouldn’t recommend it. I did contemplate purchasing online, only to realise (1) Origins doesn’t ship to Singapore, and (2) It’s around $41 (SGD) online so throw in shipping costs, it would probably work out to be around the same price.
Ultimately, it really depends on how much you like it and whether you find it worth paying for.
There’s 125ml worth of product, which can last for at least a few months.
For me at least, this is probably the most $$$ I’ve spent on a facial cleanser.
Personally, I prefer another of the cleansers that I’ve tried from Origins (as a sample), which is Checks and Balances, which is really pepperminty (like a more solid feeling toothpaste texture), fresh smelling cleanser. Is very, very frothy and creamy! I felt that that one gives a deeper cleanse, and also an uplifting feel afterwards. It’s so refreshing. As for Never A Dull Moment, my face felt like it needed a bit more scrubbing/exfoliating/deep cleansing to BE clean. Basically my face didn’t feel 100% clean after, but it did feel moisturised (but not oily) and not dry at all, and I’m pretty glad that it removed most of my makeup.
I would recommend Never A Dull Moment to someone who:
– Is of any skin type;
– Wants a gentle facial cleanser;
– Doesn’t want too tiny beads in a scrub;
– Doesn’t want too many beads in a scrub;
– Likes a light face exfoliator;
– Likes fruity, tropical scents;
– Wants to try Origins;
– Wants brighter, more even-looking and radiant skin; and
– Is OK with spending $59 on a facial scrub!
After much thought and reflecting on Origins’ Never A Dull Moment, I feel like I should go pick up Checks and Balances at an Origins counter instead. I simply like that one much better!