Apivita Queen Bee Firming & Restoring Rich Face Cream
Available at aptivita.com/usa or amazon.com; $68 to $74 for a 1.76-ounce jar
The pitch: "A restorative face cream that firms the skin, reduces wrinkles and deeply hydrates using honey, beeswax and seaweed. This anti-aging cream is enriched with myrrh essential oil, and tones and restores mature skin."
The skinny: My favorite thing about this face cream is the list of ingredients. I love how old-fashioned it is, with royal jelly and honey, beeswax and seaweed. Unfortunately, it feels old-fashioned going on, too: The cream is pretty thick and white; it doesn't absorb quickly. I fixed that by blending it with Philosophy's very modern retinol Booster Caps (see Beauty Board review, page xx), which gave the cream a more manageable tint and made it thinner and easier to apply. The combination of the two products worked perfectly for me, and I saw a difference in my skin almost right away. But it's an expensive pairing. If you don't want to use the Booster Caps – or if you can't get them – just remember that when using Queen Bee, less is more. Which isn't a bad thing for a cream that costs this much.