Nancy Boy may be the most honest beauty product in the world

NoahJenda asks…I’m very curious to know what the Beauty Brains think about Nancy Boy’s Ultramarine Night Cream. It’s also sold as an eye cream. I find their descriptions of the product unusually frank. For example, when discussing eye creams, they say “None, including ours, do anything for dark circles or puffiness (even though some of them claim to) because no product can…The only under-eye problem that can be addressed with an over-the-counter product is fine lines and wrinkles.” I also find it interesting that they claim their cream has the same ingredients as other products costing ten times as much. What do the Beauty Brains think of the ingredients, and of the claims for this product?

The Beauty Brains respond

Wow. Nancy Boy has the most refreshingly honest product descriptions I’ve ever seen!

Why is Nancy Boy so different?

If you read their website you’ll see that they say things you’ve never been told by any beauty company, like:

“All that any anti-wrinkle product like this one can do is to diminish their appearance, and the way they do that is to shrink and plump them…” (As we’ve said time and time again, there’s not much functional difference in expensive anti-aging creams.)
“every manufacturer, including us and …La Mer, Clinique, Prescriptives, M-A-C, Origins, Aveda, etc…has the same access to state-of-the-art anti-wrinkle technology…” (There are few exceptions but this is a really good point.)
When it comes to spending a lot on beauty products “savvy consumers should read each brand’s ingredients listing to get the best deal.” (Sound familiar, Beauty Brains reader?)
“…the marine-based active complex in our ultramarine night cream is not alas, exclusive to us.” (Sounds different than companies that tell you they’re the only ones with specific technology!)

They also bash the fanciful source of an expensive ingredient used in Estee Lauder’s cream. To get a full appreciation of their positioning (and their sense of hum0r) you have to read their website for yourself!

What do their claims really mean?

Nancy’s straight up approach is very refreshing but be careful not to get caught up in everything they say. For example, they repeat claims about peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C that are not as well established as they would lead you to believe.

Is Nancy Boy worth it?

We couldn’t agree more that Nancy Boy products work as well as products that cost hundreds more. At $55 for 2 ounces they have drastically undercut many of the ridiculously over-priced products on the market. But their logic works both ways – there are still plenty of products that cost less than $55 that can work the same way to plump up your skin. If your goal is to get a cheaper version of Estee Lauder’s formula, then Nancy Boy will save you some bucks. But if all you want to do is moisturizer wrinkly skin, you can save even more by shopping around.