A few months ago, I received an email from Hard Night Good Morning, a Dallas-based line of skincare products created by D’Andra Simmons. They asked if I would be interested in trying out some of the products, which are sold at Whole Foods. When I said “yes”, little did I know that they would ship me a box filled with almost the entire product line! Even more impressive was the handwritten note from D’Andra sharing important facts about a few of the products.
Since I only write on Beautypendence about products that I have personally used, and it takes a while to truly evaluate a skincare product’s efficacy, you may be seeing reviews of HNGM products sprinkled over the next year. First up is perhaps their most beloved product, Facial Cocktail Serum.
According to the product website, Facial Cocktail Serum was “Named 2008 Best in Beauty by Daily Candy… This revolutionary formula helps firm and smooth the skin, lifts and enhances skin texture, and provides superior hydration and intense moisturization.”
D’Andra wrote me in her letter, “The line is aloe-vera based, paraben and sulfate free and gluten free as well as vegan.” This serum is also packed with antioxidants, like acai extract, rooibos tea (also known as red tea), and baobab extract (an African fruit).
The Good: The fact that Hard Night Good Morning products are sold at Whole Foods means that the ingredients meet the store’s high standards: “We encourage our vendor partners to use plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients, pure essential oil fragrances, gentle preservatives and non-petroleum ingredients.”
This milky white serum has a smooth, non-sticky consistency with a sweet aroma to it that I haven’t been able to place. You apply 2-3 pumps to your face and neck, and it absorbs into your skin within one minute. Facial Cocktail Serum is intended for use both day and night, and that flexibility is convenient.
I’ve used this serum for over a month now, and I do feel like my skin has benefited. While it’s difficult to isolate causality, I believe this serum has helped calm my rosacea a bit. The serum also works well under moisturizer and make-up.
The Questionable: The biggest drawback of this product is the cost. At a list price of $69.99 for 1 oz., it’s not cheap. D’Andra writes, “What sets us apart is the amount of actives we use in each product in addition to the aloe-vera base. These actives are expensive but well worth it in my opinion.” For comparison sake, the Estee Lauder serums I was previously using are $52-55 for the same amount of product.
Also, the packaging is very attractive, but both the black cap and and the black casing around the pump cracked. But the pump still worked just fine. However, when I thought I was almost out, I pulled out the cylindrical container housed within the rectangular ivory base and saw that there was still a good amount of serum in there. Good thing I looked!
The Verdict: If using a vegan product made with high-quality organic ingredients is important to you, and you have the disposable income, then this is a great serum for you. I’m lucky to have relatively good skin, so I don’t know that I need all the extra bells and whistles associated with the higher price of this serum. However, after a month-plus of use, I can see why so many people love this product.