February 1, 2017

Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment ($58) is an intriguing facial night treatment that contains hyaluronic acid, fruit enzymes, and a blend of butters that act to resurface, smooth, and hydrate skin overnight. Sounds interesting right? That’s exactly why I purchased it.

I’ve run through quite a few Herbivore products and what I’ve tried, I generally liked. So, when Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment launched a few months ago I instantly grabbed a pot with hesitation. I have drier, duller skin and this formula promised to not only hydrate it with awesome ingredients like shea butter and hyaluronic acid but it also promised to gently exfoliate it as I slept. There’s something terribly appealing about multitasking products like this. I loved the idea that it would act as a sleep mask of sorts that softened and smoothed my skin as I slept.

Did it work?

Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment comes housed in a 1.7 oz jar with a spatula. I appreciate the spatula but the packaging isn’t exactly stable, a tube would have been a better choice.

One of the first things you’ll notice about this mask or treatment, whichever you want to call it, is the gorgeous bright purple shade. The second think would be the thick almost body butter texture. It looked positively decadent in the jar and I was quite excited to slather it on my dry face. I read a lot of reviews that ranted about the terrible smell but it actually smelled like taffy to me. It has a sweet, fruity scent that reminded me of the plastic synthetic sweetness of a Laffy Taffy. It was nearly as bad as everyone was saying but I think it’ll turn off users that are sensitive to fragrance.

The directions are highly confusing as the box says apply generously yet the Herbivore website says to apply a small amount. I decided to try both options but I ended up sticking to applying a small amount for reasons I describe in a few minutes. You’re supposed to apply this on dry, freshly cleansed skin and it suggested to use one of Herbivore’s Facial Oils as the treatment and oil was formulated to work together as the oil creates a protective barrier around the Moon Fruit Treatment to help seal it in as well as add extra moisture. For testing purposes I used the treatment on its own as well as with my favorite Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil.

The brand says the product will turn your skin purplish but as you massage the product fully in the noticeable color will disappear. I did not the purple cast at all however, every single I used this over the past few months I have run into horrible, horrible pilling problems no matter if I applied a lot or a little. I feel like I’m using Cure Natural Aqua Gel whenever I use this as little purple balls are all over my face and neck. It literally makes a big, giant mess on my face and I have flakes and balls of purple everywhere. The product never seems to fully absorb but merely pills off my face into tiny little balls. I stuck to using a very, very small amount due to this issue because it’s just a hot mess. I find using facial oil directly after makes an even bigger mess as now you’ll have greasy little purple pieces of moisturizer stick on your face. Sigh!

I didn’t give up on these. For the past few weeks I’ve tried and tried again and again and again to get it to work. But I’ve had little success with it and didn’t feel like it resurface, hydrate, or smooth my face. What it did do was create a big mess.

Herbivore has some great skincare products but I’d highly advise against a purchase of Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment. This was a big waste of money on my part.

If you must try it, you can get it now at Sephora.com.

Tried it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • CC

    I wonder if you got a bad one? I didn’t have that issue at all. However, it made me break out:(

    • Isabella Muse

      I read a few reviews where users experienced pilling but not a lot so I thought maybe it was bad too!?

  • Annie

    I was super excited to try this too, but you’re right Muse, it just sort of sat on top of my skin, even when using a little amount. Even worse for me it caused breakouts on my jawline, little under the surface bumps. Such a bummer! I had to return it.

  • kimkats

    Whaaaa???? Pilling moisturizers – um, doesn’t that kinda defeat the purpose of a moisturizer?! Even if it’s a mask, it should apply smoothly, not pill up and roll off! Thanks for saving me the $$ Muse – I was kinda eyeballing this one!

  • Siouxsan

    I really don’t understand what any of you are talking about. I have dry but not sensitive skin and I noticed a difference in my skin right away. I woke up to smoother, plumper skin that looks refreshed. You do have to massage it in well but I have never had a bit of pilling. If your skin is dry this is a holy grail product. I do agree the scent is strong at first but the longer you use it the less you notice it. I’m on my second jar.

    • Isabella Muse

      Different stokes for different folks 🙂 I’m glad it worked for you but that doesn’t mean everyone will have your exact same experience. Glad to hear you’re loving it!

  • Shelby

    I’m obsessed with this stuff! I would say I have normal to combination skin and it worked great for me – plumped up my skin, made it baby soft, and even alleviated some of my redness! I have had the pilling problem happen, but that’s if I apply my facial oil directly after (I use argan oil). I will apply the moon fruit treatment and then brush my teeth or something, and then apply the oil and I usually don’t have the pilling issue 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      I WISH it worked for me! But even before applying the oil I get a pilling mess. I swear I’m determined to have it work and I’m going to keep trying:D

  • Aneiren

    I’ve been eyeing this, I’m always late to some of the things you post, but I just knew you’d have a review! I just started using the Phoenix oil and I really like it, it is light enough I can use it as a day treatment. Thanks for your reviews, you saved me the $58!

    • Isabella Muse

      hehe I love that you thought, “Muse will have a post!” makes me happy. That’s a fav of mine, the Phoenix Oil, but sadly I didn’t love this 🙁 Aw my pleasure xo!

  • Claire

    I just bought this and I really like it. I wake up with baby soft skin and doesn’t pill at all and I use the DE Marula oil afterwards but I find the smell nauseating and I’m not even sensitive to smells. I just find it smells like children’s cherry flavored cough syrup and it makes me nauseous just thinking about it. Not sure if the results are worth it if the smell is so disgusting to me and lingers for a long time. But I will keep trying for at least a month!

  • SantannaBee

    I use my oil BEFORE the treatment. I just use Josie Maran’s argan oil and nothing pills up. But I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference, there are way better products out there.

  • Maggie

    When I bought this the employees did warn me about the possibility of breakouts during the first week or so. It brought all of my hidden pimples to the surface but after I got through the first few days my face looked glowing! I have dry, sensitive skin and can tell the difference between the nights I use this vs not.

  • Anna

    I also found moonfruit to be a frustrating product. Def can’t wear it during the day because as soon as I apply sunscreen overtop, it pills. At night, I wear 2 serums from different brands, and apparently moonfruit doesn’t play well because it pulls when I apply it then, also. I’ve heard others say in reviews that they can’t apply it after serums either. They only place I can seem to use it is my décolletage at night, because I don’t use serums there. Definite waste of $ imo.

    • Isabella Muse

      same issues Anna. It pills no matter what I do! Totally waste of $$ for me!