My overall opinion of Aveeno Ageless Vitality Elasticity Recharging Systemis that it is gimmicky and overpriced. For the most part, I like Aveeno products, but this over packaged two-step moisturizer system is not one I would recommend. It’s a nice moisturizer, but it is not worth the price. There are several over-the-counter products that give similar results in one step and for a more reasonable price.
I had been pricing Aveeno Ageless Vitality Elasticity Recharging System in drug stores and Wal-Mart before I bought it, and I couldn't find it for less than about $40. Finally I found it for around $32 on drugstore.com. I ordered a couple of other items with it, which qualified me for free shipping. (Standard shipping is $5.99, but orders totalling $49 or more ship for free). Beauty items can add up quickly, so free shipping is a nice perk that I wanted to point out.
I purchased the night formula (the day formula contains SPF 30), as I use another moisturizer with SPF in the morning. This system is a two-step skin care treatment which claims that it "recharges elastin-deficient skin, replenishes and treats while you sleep for smoother, younger looking skin." It contains botanical ingredients, including blackberry leaf extract and dill.
Unfortunately, I didn't think to take photos, but Aveeno Ageless Vitality is over packaged. It comes in a large box that contains 4 tiny tubes of the biomineral concentrate and a 1 oz. jar of night cream. The box was made out of thin plastic and thin cardboard, so at least removing the products from the elaborate packaging was no problem at all.
To use the products, you first apply the biomineral concentrate to areas of concern. (I used it at the corners of my eyes and around my mouth). You then apply the moisturizer to your entire face. One pump from the dispenser was enough to do that.
I like the dispenser, because you don't have to dip your fingers into it - you use your thumbs to press down on the top, and the product is dispensed through a small hole. It is very easy to use, and it helps to keep the product free of contaminants. Although, a couple of times, I pressed down too hard on one side only and sent the container flying. Luckily, it’s made out of a hard plastic, so nothing got broken.
Normally, I can use the same jar or bottle of moisturizer for up to four months. This product lasted only about eight weeks. During that time, I noticed that my skin was soft and smooth, and the product didn’t cause break-outs. It also seemed to do a good job of plumping up fine lines, but I can’t say that I noticed any difference at all in firmness and elasticity.
I also want to point out that I think the biomineral complex is a wasted step. I suspect the moisturizer would have worked just as well on its own. The biomineral complex has the texture of DHC Velvet Skin Coat makeup primer, so I used it a couple of times before applying makeup. Sure enough, it worked just like the makeup primer by smoothing out fine lines. I kept applying the biomineral concentrate before the moisturizer at night anyway. I didn’t need much of it, and I still had about two and a half tubes of it left when I ran out of the moisturizer.