I ended up eyeing this moisturiser for a while but needed the one I was using to run out before I made purchase. Luckily, just before I got desperate for a day cream, what should happen to get delivered in my Love Lula beauty box? Sometimes I think they read my mind with the box's contents, so needless to say, I was a very happy camper; even more so because this moisturiser has not disappointed.
Working 9 To 5 has now become my go to day cream and I will happily buy it again, especially as a 50ml tube is only £7.99, which is incredibly reasonable considering how amazing it feels on my skin.
The tube is also ideal for controlling the amount of product I use, which is important early in the morning when I've not yet had coffee. I've found that the one tube of moisturiser is genuinely lasting me forever because I'm not using any more than I need to. This also means that my skin isn't being weighed down by excess product.
The moisturiser itself is wonderfully light and easily sinks into the skin without leaving residue or stickiness. I don't find I need to leave it to set for very long before applying makeup, so it's ideal for when I'm in a rush. It has a slight floral fragrance, which often puts me off when it comes to moisturisers, but it isn't unpleasant and I can't smell it after application.
Perhaps the most important thing for me is that this hydrating cream is suitable for my combination skin. I often find that creams are either too heavy for the areas of my face that get oily or too light and so leave me with dry patches. I've not had either issue with this one and, in fact, I have suffered fewer makeup meltdowns than usual. While the real test will be how it fares during the summer months, at the moment, it doesn't leave me paranoid about having a shiny face, although I usually do need to reapply powder once during the day.
While the moisturiser is meant to be anti-ageing - it contains Iceland Moss, which apparently helps skin look youthful,, and Gotu Kola for stimulating collagen production - I can't tell you whether I've seen any results in this department. I'm only turning 30 this year and while I've seen some fine lines appearing, I'm not really noticing much difference in my face. This might change going on but probably not in the short-term.
The one thing that is missing in this moisturiser that I usually look for - far more than anti-ageing properties - is SPF. Sun protection is really important and while my foundation has an SPF factor, I usually like to double up the protection with my moisturiser too. As the cream is intended for day and night use - I tend to use oils at night for deeper moisturisation - I can understand why it doesn't have an SPF factor, but I do think it's a shame.
All in all, I'm really impressed with the performance of Working 9 To 5 and I'll definitely pick up a tube again. I've got on better with it than most other more expensive creams and it is fantastic value for money. In fact, I can honestly say I haven't yet tried a Laidbare product I haven't liked, so you should check out the brand.