Elizabeth Arden 8hr…. Sun Cream?

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 12 - 2010

Elizabeth Arden’s famous 8hr franchise has taken a new turn for the Summer.

Introducing Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for the Face (£22).  Boasting a potent SPF50 and a combination of both chemical and mineral sunscreens to offer intense sun protection.

I was given a sample to put to the test and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

When I first heard that Elizabeth Arden’s 8hr franchise would be introducing a suncream, my reaction wasn’t positive.

If you’re familiar with the original cream, you’ll know that it’s thickly textured, medicinal smelling and very, very heavy.  I own and use the Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream for a very specific purpose.  After I’ve had a cold, it clears up those horrible nose flakes like nothing else.  But using it daily?  All-over my face?  No freaking way.

When I first squeezed the tube… my doubts were semi-justified… the original scent is still there, and it’s pretty full-on.  I’d say the scent is about 2/3rds of the strength of the original cream… but it’s unmistakeable.  If you’re not a fan of the medicinal scent… don’t even entertain the thought of buying this.

Otherwise, let me tell you that this is actually one of the lightest-feeling suncreams I’ve ever used.  As a general rule, the higher the SPF, the heavier the cream.  In that respect, this stuff is pretty awesome.  It sinks right in, leaving no visible ashiness or even that greasy feeling that suncreams often leave behind.

The scent takes a good 15 minutes to fade, but once it has I’m thoroughly enjoying all the other benefits of a quality sun protectant.  I am torn…  I’m really not a fan of the smell, but it’s a fabulous facial suncream that doesn’t interfere with further makeup application.

Available from Boots instore or online.


As a very quick follow up to my poll earlier in the week.  30% of you aren’t replacing your sunscreen often enough according to current guidelines.

5 Responses to “Elizabeth Arden 8hr…. Sun Cream?”

  1. Rebecca says:

    I want this! SPF50 for face that sinks in nicely is hard to come by.

  2. Sheila says:

    I’m using an Estee Lauder sunscreen right now thats SPF50 and PA+++. Its amazingly light and milky and absorbs semi-quickly. There is still that awful sunscreen smell but I think its a great alternative for those heavier creams that are too rich and refuse to absorb. Sadly its a part of their Cyber White Ex line so its only available in Asia, but if you can get your hands on it I highly recommend it!

  3. liloo says:

    now if only we could smell it over the internet
    sounds so good though xx

  4. Wordbird says:

    As a real greaseball who has problems with spots in the heat (seriously! I went to Rome last year and developed a forehead full of unmentionable grossiosity), I was turned off right from the get-go by the association with 8Hr cream. I mean, seriously? On me a layer of regular 8hr would be complexion suicide. But since you say it’s not goopy, I might try this next time I go past a Lizzy Arden counter.

  5. Georgie says:

    I absolutely have to check this out now because of you, thank you lovely!


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