Monday, 17 March 2014

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion – ‘First Ever Product To Penetrate Skin With Pure Collagen’ – Tried and Tested Review

I confess I did raise an eyebrow as I read the label on Murad’s newly launched Rapid Collagen Infusion: ‘reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 2 hours*’. In 2 hours! Goodness!

It is an attention grabbing headline, even with the label disclaimer: ‘*individual results will vary; clinical results on file’. In the fight against wrinkles, the prospect of a wonder cream is alluring indeed. You could say I was rather keen to test this product!


Rapid Collagen Infusion (launched February) is billed as the first product to penetrate the skin with pure collagen, a naturally occurring protein often described as the ‘glue that keeps the body together’. It is what keeps our skin firm, plump and wrinkle free but we lose 1% of it from age 20 by some estimates.

Unfortunately replacing collagen is not that simple, as the protein molecule is too large to penetrate the skin. If only it could be broken down! Well, that’s exactly what Murad claims to have done with this collagen building formula, which is also enriched with other anti-ageing ingredients including winged kelp, to foster natural collagen and elastin.

I like the approach that Murad take to skincare. The company is founded by Dr Howard Murad, a board certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist and researcher. He knows a thing or two about skin. He sees skin as a connected entity, not an isolated organ. In other words, skincare is just a part of the whole anti-ageing solution, a solution that also requires a good diet, a healthy lifestyle and so on.

As someone who spends a lot of time and effort trying to keep their skin looking as youthful as possible, through a combination of good skincare, diet and exercise, I wasn’t expecting to see any real change at the end of a 2 hour window. But with such a strong marketing message I felt obliged to test it out.

So I took a photo just before applying the serum for the first time, and then again two hours later. For the purpose of fairness, I had stopped using other wrinkle treatments a week before I started, including my Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream.

This cold turkey was painful, although I did continue using my latest eye cream gem Temple Spa Eye Truffle – I have the rest of the face to measure results by! Needless to say, it wasn’t long before I noticed some fine lines on my forehead and between the brows had started to creep back, so I was relieved to be back handling the anti wrinkle pots again.

Back to my 2 hour experiment: any changes? Well, no, ‘nul points’. But don’t stop reading! Keep with me, for there is exciting news ahead!


Rapid Collagen Infusion is a light textured white cream and is applied similar to a serum, ie after cleansing and toning but before moisturising. It has a good slip on the skin and takes seconds to massage in.

After a few days my skin was starting to feel a little dry and tight. I have incredibly thirsty skin, and I normally apply a face oil both at night and in the morning. I stopped for the purpose of this test. However, I took the decision to add the oil back in to my routine again and perhaps this is something you might want to consider if you too have dry or thirsty skin. Once I did all was well.
Top (before) and Below (at 3 weeks)


Regarding results there was nothing much to see for the first week. Then half way through week 2, bingo! My skin suddenly felt softer, looked smoother and a line that had reformed between my brows had also softened. I’m now into week 3 and enjoying the ride, although I still have a few visible fine lines on my brow which I’m hoping will further soften with continued use.

For me Rapid Collagen Infusion wasn’t an instant hit but it definitely scored after further use. I’m a fan and now I’m going to continue using it until my next product test, layering it with the Kiehl’s product.

Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion costs £78 for 30ml and can be bought here, as well as at leading spas and salons nationwide, plus selected House of Fraser stores. 




PR Sample

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13 comments

  1. Great product! I would be well impressed if the cream worked only after two hours… Glad you are happy with the result, even if it took a couple of weeks before you saw a noticeable difference.
    www.minsbeautyequipment.com

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    1. Thanks Mingaile. Results in 2 hours, yep that would be impressive. This was a grower for sure. I like the fact too that Murad acknowledge the role that factors other than skincare play in anti-ageing. I know you rightly talk about this too.

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  2. Really informative and well written post, I can definitely see an improvement in your skin after 3 weeks. It's so helpful to read an honest review, thank you! x
    Deborah
    moonstoneandmay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Deborah, that means a lot. You know how much I love reading your posts. Btw Arthur is ADORABLE :-)

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    1. Hi Love Joice! Thank you so much for your really kind words. It is so encouraging and boosting to get such feedback. Of course I will follow you on Bloglovin, on Twitter too. I'll do both now and send you a Twitter message. Tx

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  4. OMG ! You are amazing :)
    The way you describe creams its awesome, if u understand my bad English
    xx*

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    1. Zaida you're making me blush ;-) Seriously that is so kind of you to say. But writing is a very funny thing, is it not. Been doing it all my working life but no two days are ever the same - some days it comes easily, other days not (at all, even!). One thing that is constant though - your English being v good + my Portuguese being, erm, dreadful!!

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  5. Very interesting review and now I'm tempted by it. I'd be very keen to know what you think of the new Philosophy Time in a Bottle product: http://www.philosophyskincare.co.uk/null/time-in-a-bottle,default,pg.html Boots are currently giving £10 back in points when you get a bottle. I also want to try the upgraded Olay Regenerist Serum that hits the shelves in a few days. So many serums so little time...X

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    1. I'm in to my serums too. Well, serums, oils, moisturisers, cleansers, facial waters... yeah, OK, just about everything! Philosophy I had a bad experience with last year. I used their Purity Made Simple and it brought me out it spots. I rarely get breakouts so this put me off the brand. I should revisit I suppose, give them another chance. I'll have a look at the link and go to Boots and see if I can get a sample, though Boots are pretty bad with their customer samples aren't they?!! Olay are not really a brand I've used but if you do buy it let me know what you think. Tx

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    2. You're right about Boots and their lack of samples. So short sighted as I often buy on the strength of a sample I've liked. According to Beautypedia the Philosophy product isn't good and contains too much alcohol which is a bit off putting. Will let you know about the Regenerist Serum. I checked in Boots today to see if they'd put it out early but no joy. X

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  6. I would be pleased with those results too, you can definitely see a difference. I can't help but think they have shot themselves in the foot with the 2 hour claim though x

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    1. It is a good product but yes, you're right. Big marketing messages lead to big expectations! Tx

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