I’m a big fan of minimalistic packaging. A simple, sleek, and sophisticated design that allows the product to be the true star can be more effective and eye-catching than a glitzy or colourful jar that relies on visual gimmicks to sell.
But, there’s a thing as too minimalistic. Fillerina Night Cream went so far, it stripped all the colour, bells, and whistles from its packaging, till all that’s left is a white tube stamped with black letters. In the most boring font ever.
There is absolutely nothing that makes it stand out. It’s not loud. It’s not minimalistic chic. It’s just… plain. Blink and you miss it. Actually, blink all you want, you’ll miss it anyway. And that’s a shame cos the formula is not bad at all (that’s British slang for great, by the way).
Fillerina Night Cream comes in three strengths:
- Grade 1: treats moderate wrinkles and expression lines, and improves signs of sagging, particularly around the lips and cheekbones.
- Grade 2: treats visible wrinkles and expression lines and improves uneven skin tone and areas of visible sagging especially around the cheekbones and lips.
- Grade 3: treats deep set wrinkles and expression lines, very uneven skin tone and severe sagging of facial features, especially around the lips and cheekbones.
Mine is Grade 2, and has a creamy, not too thick consistency that melts on the skin, sinking in quickly without leaving any greasy residue behind. I was a bit surprised about that, because this stuff is sooo moisturizing.
Its secret? Its super high concentrations of hyaluronic acid. It contains five hyaluronic acid molecules of different sizes and weights, some of which can easily penetrate into the skin, moisturizing it from within, while others stay on the surface, making it soft and plumping it up.
Hyaluronic acid is so effective because it can attract, and bind, to the skin, up to 1000 its weight in water. With five different types of hyaluronic acid, your skin is receiving a waterfall of moisture! And, as we’ve learned from Korean skincare, all this moisture and hdyration is key to healthy, younger-looking skin.
When skin is hydrated, it feels softer to the touch, and it’s much smoother and plumped up, which makes wrinkles and fine lines look a lot smaller. No wonder that, since I started using it, I’ve been waking up with baby soft skin, and much less pronounced wrinkles.
Of course, there’s a catch. Hyaluronic acid works, but its effects are temporary. That’s why you need to use it every night. Miss a day or two, and you’ll go back to visible wrinkles and not so soft skin.
What helps treat wrinkles in the longer term is retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that’s gentler, but less effective than retinol. Like retinol, it stimulates the production of collagen, which is essential to keep skin firm and elastic, and helps treat acne. But, it works more slowly, so it can take a few months before you see even a slight improvement. Just keep at it.
The base of Fillerina Night Cream is made up of dimethicone, a silicone that fills in wrinkles without suffocating skin, and a bunch of shea butter and natural oils, such as rose and sweet almond, that have powerful moisturizing properties and further help keep skin soft and smooth throughout the night.
The brand also points out the cream contains salicylic acid, one of my favorite exfoliating ingredients. It can penetrate inside the pores, keeping them clean and clog-free. It also exfoliates the surface of the skin, making it smoother and brighter. Unfortunately, it appears too far down the ingredient list to be present in a significant and effective amount.
Still, I’m very impressed with Fillerina Night Cream. If you have dry, parched skin with visible wrinkles, give it a go. For best results, use it with an antioxidant-rich serum. The only problem with this formula is that it doesn’t contain enough of those.
Aqua, Dimethicone, Disopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isostearyl Isostearate, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Chloride, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Limonene, Ethylparaben, Cyanthea Cumingli Leaf Extract, Linalool, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hexyl Cinnamal, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hyaluronic Acid, Geraniol, Citronellol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Courmarin, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Citral, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Pentylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Very hydrating, it smoothens and plumps up skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles; Contains a form of vitamin A that slowly helps treat premature wrinkles; Creamy texture doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind.
Cons: Its anti-aging effects are mostly temporary; Low in antioxidants; Boring packaging.
Summary: Fillerina Night Cream contains a blend of natural oils, silicones, and hyaluronic acid molecules that deeply hydrates and plumps up skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But its results are, mostly, temporary.