Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Daily Defence Moisturiser

If I’m honest, when it comes to skincare and beauty I try to keep things simple and complicated free. Life is too busy to spend hours in the bathroom so I need multi-tasking products that save me time by doing more than 1 thing so when I discovered the latest moisturiser from Elizabeth Arden I added it to my skincare routine and haven’t looked back since!

Great 8™ Daily Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 35 from the iconic Eight Hour® range is a beauty multi-tasker that delivers as a primer, moisturizer and SPF.

More than just a moisturizer, more than a SPF, Great 8™ is an all-in-one protector and perfector. This 8-in-1 daily moisturizer works to protect and perfect the look of skin. Packed with 8 benefits in one simple step, Great 8™ protects against the damaging effects of sun, blue light, infrared and pollution, as it hydrates, purifies, brightens and fights excess oil.

The Great 8: 

  1. UVA/UVB protection: Broad Spectrum SPF 35
  2. Pollution: Protects against damaging effects of pollution
  3. Infrared: Helps soothes skin when exposed to heat
  4. Blue Light: Recent scientific studies suggest that blue light may contribute to premature photoaging
  5. Oil Control: Helps control excess oil and shine and minimizes look of pores with continued use
  6. Brighten: Leaves skin with a luminous, healthy glow
  7. Hydration: All day hydration helps keep skin moisturized and soothed
  8. Purify: Helps eliminate free radicals


Key Ingredients in Great 8 include:

  • African Whitewood Tree Bark Extract: To visibly reduce oil on skin and the appearance of pores
  • Deep Sea Organism Ferment: Derived from an ocean organism that thrives under extreme conditions, it helps protect, calm and soothe skin from harsh environmental exposure
  • White Horehound Flower Extract: Helps to neutralize oxidative stress on the skin’s surface and helps reduce the signs of aging, while also protecting from effects of pollution and blue light
  • Vitamin E Analog: Purifies the skin for a more radiant look
  • Clary Sage: Brightens and evens skin tone
  • Japanese Bloodgrass Extract: Provides long-lasting hydration by attracting water to the surface of the skin



I’ve been using Great 8™ as my daily moisturiser and have found this gel cream is quickly absorbed and feels really light on the skin. I love the texture and slight scent that is reminiscent of Eight Hour Cream. I found that my skin is more moisturised, radiant and refreshed and it feels healthy, strong and soothed – and I’m not the only one!


Consumer Results

After 1 Application 
 92% of women agree skin feels MOISTURIZED
 92% of women agree skin feels SUPPLE
 92% of women agree skin looks RADIANT
 92% of women agree skin looks HEALTHY
 90% of women agree skin feels REFRESHED
 88% of women agree skin feels SOOTHED

After 8 Weeks 
 93% of women agree skin looks BRIGHTER
 93% of women agree skin feels SMOOTHER
 83% of women agree skin tone appears more EVEN
 79% of women saw a VISIBLE REDUCTION in appearance of PORES


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Great 8™ Daily Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 35 is suitable for all skin types and is available in stores now for R425.00 (45 ml)




Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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