Is This $370 Moisturiser Worth The Hype? A Celebrity Facialist Weighs In…


Spend half a minute scrolling Instagram and you’ll start recognising that same blue and copper bottle sitting in the bathroom cabinet of every celebrity. 

The Augustinus Bader Rich Cream is the brainchild of German stem-cell scientist Professor Bader, housing 30 years of scientific research on the body’s capacity for self-renewal and healing. 

And while Professor Bader has bottled his scientific breakthrough into a readily available,  over-the-counter facial moisturiser, it will still set you back a cool $370 a bottle. 

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But is it worth the hefty price tag? Speaking to her Instagram followers, celebrity facialist Melanie Grant admitted that this is the one question she is “often asked“.  

Weighing in on whether or not she believes this luxe-moisturiser lives up to the hype.

Image credit: @melaniegrant

Melanie revealed, “the value is definitely in the TFC8 complex,” referring to the first iteration of Professor Bader’s medical-grade hydrogel which was originally used to treat the skin of burns victims. “His technology is unparalleled when it comes to skin rejuvenation and repair.” 

And while the slim bottle doesn’t exactly scream value for money, the facialist believes “a little goes a long way. There are no fillers, synthetic fragrances or unnecessary ingredients. It’s a potent and concentrated formula.” Plus, the incorporation of this super-charged moisturiser into your regimen means you can skimp on other products.

“Both The Rich Cream and The Cream are infused with a host of actives, so you can streamline your routine by using just the moisturiser after cleansing,” Melanie explained. 

Image credit: @melaniegrant

But if purchasing this exact hyaluronic acid-rich moisturiser just can’t be justified, Melanie still encourages the incorporation of a good quality moisturiser, labelling it an “essential step in any good skin care routine to lock in hydration, condition the skin and promote a healthy complexion.” 

Our favourites that deliver results and won’t cost more than you’re weekly rent include: 

Bioderma Sensibio Rich Cream

Formulated with Bioderma’s own patented formula, Toleridine, the Sensibo Rich Cream reduces skin sensitivity and reduces overheating sensations on irritated skin. And similar to the Augustinus Bader formula, it includes avocado oil for added barrier hydration and protection.

Read more Bioderma Sensibo Rich Cream reviews here…

NIVEA Cellular Hyaluron Filler Night Cream 

What NIVEA’s night cream lacks in cell-renewing technology, it makes up for in boosting hydration. And for under $30? It’s already ticking a lot of boxes.

Read more NIVEA Cellular Hyaluron Filler Night Cream reviews here…. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness™ Correcting Cream

Delivering a supple and radiant complexion, this powerful dermatologist-approved formula is rich in anti-ageing peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid and avocado oil. Plus, this colour-correcting cream is infused with micronised red-cancelling pigments that can be worn alone or under makeup.

Available at Sephora, $54 

Main image credit: @melaniegrant

Have you ever tried The Rich Cream from Augustinus Bader? What did you think? And if not, would you like to?

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  1. Wow Augustinus Bader Rich Cream worth $370 so very expensive isn’t Worth it if you can get other Creams more around the price that I am prepared to pay, such as Bioderma and NIVEA Cellular Hyaluron Filler Night Cream, would really like to try this cream IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness. Would be a great help for the redness that I get around my cheeks.

  2. If I had the budget (which of course I don’t), I had a high profile job or one where I needed to look my best, I would consider buying these products – that is after I had salon treatments to prep my face so I could full advantage of what these products had to offer.

  3. First 20 ing are: water , oil, oil, oil, coconut derivative, oil, oil, filler, VitB5, humectants, oil, preservative, VitE. The rest in miniscule % like Hyaluronic and at the end peptide or two. Worth 50 bucks? yea! Worth 380? Heck no! For emulsified oils? nO.

  4. So what’s so great about it? Does it help with fine lines and wrinkles or is it just great at moisturising skin? I’m guessing it’s probably not suitable for my oily/acne prone skin

  5. Loved reading this article I’ve not heard of this brand before and follow her on Instagram I’ll have to keep a eye out for all the celebs with it now. I don’t know anyone that has used it but I would love to try it.

  6. There is absolutely NO WAY I would spend this amount of $ on any beauty product. I’d like to try the IT Bye Bye Redness cream – more affordable and more relevant to my red cheeks!

  7. I would never dream of spending that much on a beauty product. I have reviewed the Nivea Cellular Hyaluron Filler Night Cream which I was very impressed with and whilst it isn’t in the same league as the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream, I was more than happy with the results I received.

  8. Oh to be a celebrity. I bet they didn’t even buy the product themselves. Probably provided so they would advertise it. Maybe BH will have some available for trial teams!

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