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  • Dior L'Or de Vie - La Creme
    1.0

    Dior L'Or de Vie - La Creme

    Outlandish claims

    Let us say from the start that reviewing any product with this price tag just makes me hate the cosmetics industry. It is such a blatant joke I can’t imagine how the marketing people and chemists involved in this product sleep at night. Okay, having had my little tirade, the claim that this moisturizer combines the best anti-aging ingredients with the powers of L’Or de Vie is true only in the mind of Dior; there is no research proving any of that claim is true. And, for this amount of money there should be some proof somewhere because prescription medications that cost far less require piles of documentation. L’Or de Vie is supposedly a unique French vine that is harvested at its peak and goes through a multi-step purification process to extract every bit of this vine’s regenerative essence. The vine doesn’t have regenerative properties for skin, but if you’re going to charge such an outlandish amount of money for what amounts to a basic moisturizer, then you need this kind of story for support. As usual for Dior products, the intriguing ingredients comprise very little of the formula. There are some good ingredients in this moisturizer, but none of the proven ones are unique to Dior, nor are they present in amounts that come close to justifying the price. Bottom line: this falls far short of offering a selection of “the best” anti-aging ingredients. It’s little more than a vastly overpriced moisturizer for dry skin. Even more pathetic, the jar packaging will render the few antioxidants this does contain ineffective shortly after the product is opened.

    April 15, 2013

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  • Dior L'Or de Vie Le Serum
    1.0

    Dior L'Or de Vie Le Serum

    dramatically overpriced

    What could possibly be in this skin-care product that warrants such an exorbitant price tag? In reality, absolutely nothing! This lavishly packaged, exceedingly ordinary formula claims to provide “ultimate complete anti-aging action,” but the only thing ultimate is the claim. Without sunscreen, this does not in any way have complete anti-aging action. Moreover, if this serum is the complete option, then what about all of the other products Dior sells making similar claims about fighting aging? Do those not work as well because they cost less. Is L’Or De Vie the only product they sell really worth having and the others a waste of your money? If nothing else, this serum is further proof that when it comes to skin care, ultra-expensive doesn’t necessarily equal better. The big-deal ingredient in this serum is a sap extract from a type of grapevine that grows grapes on an old French vineyard. Dior asks you to believe that this special sap, which helps the vine withstand harsh conditions, can somehow extend its magical survival properties to aging skin, leading to a firmer, more luminous complexion. It sounds tempting, but despite the creative story (which, if you scratch beneath the surface is pretty hokey, and one we’ve heard before from lines like SKII among many others), skin care is never as simple as one ingredient, and it doesn’t have to come from a vineyard or any place exotic. Just like a healthy diet consists of eating a wide range of nutritious foods, your skin (the body’s largest organ) requires a range of beneficial ingredients (antioxidants, skin-repairing substances, and cell-communicating ingredients) to keep it vibrant and healthy. Beyond the ingredients tied to the French vineyard, there isn’t much else in this serum to write about; in fact, it is about as ordinary as it gets. As usual for Dior, fragrance and fragrance ingredients are present, and both are sources of irritation that keep aging skin from looking its youthful best—what pleases your nose won’t please your face. In the end, this isn’t money well spent. Even though you don’t need to spend a lot of money for a brilliantly formulated serum (which this isn’t), should you choose to do so, you can find superior options elsewhere.

    April 15, 2013

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  • La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Cream

    For what this moisturizer costs, it should be brimming with state-of-the-art ingredients and have the type of packaging that keeps those ingredients stable during use. This product strikes out on both counts. First, the core ingredients in this hyper-expensive moisturizer are present in numerous other moisturizers that cost a lot less, and second, many of the less expensive products are not packaged in jars. White Caviar Illuminating Cream has a texture that is both light and emollient, in part because of the silicones it contains plus petrolatum (think Vaseline). It also contains some very good antioxidants, in particular resveratrol and vitamins C and E, as well as interesting plant extracts such as grape vine and licorice. However, it also contains several plant extracts with the potential for irritation, including ginseng and horsetail, along with fragrance, both synthetic and natural. Irritation is always a problem for skin, but somehow it feels even more damaging when you’re spending this much money. There is nothing illuminating about this product, and needless to say caviar is better on a cracker than it is on your skin. La Prairie has been touting this ingredient for years, and there still isn’t a shred of published research anywhere about its claimed benefit for skin. The claims of lightening brown spots are passable given the antioxidants and licorice extracts, but those are not unique to this product and they certainly don’t replace the need for sunscreen during the day. In summing up, the positives definitely don’t outweigh the negatives for this moisturizer, and the price just makes it all rather ridiculous—don’t you agree?

    April 14, 2013

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  • Dior Capture Totale 21 Night Renewal Treatment
    1.0

    Dior Capture Totale 21 Night Renewal Treatment

    Irritating, expensive, drying.

    Younger-looking skin after 21 nights? That's the promise this mega-pricey 3-product set makes. You get a one-week supply of three vials of serum (each a different formula) that, taken together, add up to 1 ounce of product. Now that's what we call sticker shock! As it turns out, despite the fancy packaging, this treatment is far from exciting and absolutely not worth the money. If you're curious (but please drop all curiosity after reading this review), here's how the set breaks down, week by week. Week 1 is essentially a fluid that contains the AHA glycolic acid, but the amount of this exfoliating ingredient (likely 2–3%) isn't enough to make much difference on sun-damaged skin, even though the serum's pH is within range for exfoliation to occur. This also contains salicylic acid, but likely too low an amount to offer much benefit. What really makes this a no-go is the inclusion of alcohol. As the second ingredient, it makes Week 1 of this 3-week treatment about as far from anti-aging as you can get, because alcohol causes collagen breakdown and hurts the skin's ability to heal. Week 2's serum is similar to that of the Week 1 product, minus the salicylic acid and with only a dusting of glycolic acid. It's mostly water, alcohol, slip agents, and a citrus extract that, like all citrus, poses a risk of irritation. Once again, the alcohol makes this pro-aging rather than anti-aging, and the formula contains too few beneficial ingredients to make it worth your time or money. Finishing the trio is the Week 3 serum, which is just a lightweight moisturizer that contains a small amount of alcohol (definitely less cause for concern than the amount of alcohol present in the Week 1 and Week 2 serums). This product is not the brilliant capper of a 21-night treatment; on its own, it's barely passable as a moisturizer, and definitely puts your skin at risk of irritation from the amount of citrus extract and fragrance it contains. You can save a lot of money by avoiding this misnamed treatment and consider a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant instead (or, for what this costs, a professional AHA or BHA peel from a dermatologist).

    April 12, 2013

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  • Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 Intensive Hydrating Serum

    If you believe the claim that this product is super-concentrated with 75% hyaluronic acid, you’re in for a surprise. This product doesn’t even contain hyaluronic acid (the natural substance used in some dermal fillers to plump wrinkles and facial skin folds). Rather, it contains the salt form (sodium hyaluronate), which, while effective as a water-binding agent, isn’t the same thing as the more potent (and expensive) hyaluronic acid. Despite that letdown, this serum contains plenty of water-binding agents that hydrate skin and improve its smoothness while preventing moisture loss. Viz-1000 (whatever that name means) is suitable for all skin types. However, there are many serums at and below this price range that offer skin a more well-rounded formula. And just to be clear, using any form of hyaluronic acid topically on your skin doesn’t net the same results, in any way, shape, or form, as dermal injections of hyaluronic acid (such as the dermal filler Restylane). You can’t just rub a dermal filler on your skin and expect to get a drop of benefit; it has to be injected.

    April 12, 2013

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  • Lady Gaga Fame
    10.0

    Lady Gaga Fame

    A true unisex fragrance.

    I have been wearing this fragrance for months, and have enjoyed it very much. I'm always complimented on how good I smell and what "cologne" I am wearing, when I am actually wearing this (technically) perfume. The scent has a delicate balance of darkness and light -- just like "fame" itself. It has three accords which are "dark" (containing the Belladonna notes), "sensual" (containing the honey, saffron, and apricot notes), and "light" (containing the Tiger Orchid notes) that come together to produce a dark yet, flourishing scent. I would recommend this product to both men and women who wish to explore their secret desires through a fragrance. You won't regret it.

    April 12, 2013

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  • La Mer Creme De La Mer
    1.0

    La Mer Creme De La Mer

    Don't believe the hype -- or price

    Crème De La Mer is the original product created by aerospace physicist Max Huber, as described in the brand summary for La Mer. As enticing as this dramatic story sounds, the reality is that this very basic cream doesn’t contain anything particularly extraordinary or unique, unless you want to believe that seaweed extract (sort of like seaweed tea) can in some way heal burns and scars, but there is no research to support that claim. Even if it could, burns and scars don’t have much to do with wrinkling, and this product is now being sold as a wrinkle cream. According to Susan Brawley, professor of plant biology at the University of Maine, “Seaweed extract isn’t a rare, exotic, or expensive ingredient. Seaweed extract is readily available and [is] used in everything from cosmetics to food products and medical applications.” So why then is this product so expensive? The price really is shocking considering that Crème de la Mer contains mostly seaweed extract, mineral oil, Vaseline, glycerin, wax-like thickening agents, lime extract, plant oils, plant seeds, minerals, vitamins, more thickeners, and preservatives. This rather standard moisturizer also contains some good antioxidants, but the jar packaging won’t keep them stable during use. This also contains a skin-stressing amount of eucalyptus oil, as well as Kathon CG, a preservative that is recommended for use only in rinse-off products. Consumers who have a “steadfast devotion” to this product are not only wasting their money but also hurting their skin. A good moisturizer doesn’t need to cost a fortune or come in fancy packaging with legions of hype to really work.

    April 9, 2013

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  • Nu Skin ageLOC Future Serum
    1.0

    Nu Skin ageLOC Future Serum

    Don't waste your $$$

    It is nothing short of amazing (and sad, too) that NuSkin sees fit to charge so much money for a water-based serum. You’d think that a serum in this price range would be jam-packed with ingredients that improve aging skin, but this one simply isn’t. How this serum is supposed to transform anyone’s skin “for unsurpassed anti-aging results” is beyond any research that exists, not to mention that if this is the "ultimate" answer for skin, why doesn’t NuSkin stop selling all its other anti-aging, antiwrinkle products? The formula doesn’t contain anything exceptional, and, of course, NuSkin doesn’t provide substantiated research to support their grandiose claims. They believe the ultimate source of aging is our genes, but that’s not entirely true. Genetics plays a role in aging and longevity, yes, but there are numerous other factors that contribute to what we perceive as aged skin and an “older” appearance. Sun damage outdoes genetic inheritance by miles, and unhealthy lifestyle habits (e.g., poor diet and smoking), gravity, physiological processes (such as the fact that we lose bone mass with age yet our skin keeps growing, leading to advanced signs of sagging), and many more factors, both within and beyond our control, all play pivotal roles. To think that aging comes down to genes is foolishness, or at least turning a blind eye to all of the other contributing factors mentioned above. Most important for you to know is that NuSkin hasn’t unlocked the secret to preventing or reversing aging—doing so is far more complex than what any cosmetic product could ever provide. AgeLoc Future Serum has a silky texture (like countless other serums) and contains some intriguing ingredients, including acetyl glucosamine (featured more prominently in Olay’s Definity products) and a handful of antioxidants, none of which are unique to AgeLoc. The only ingredient worth further explanation is equol- a substance produced in the intestines as a by-product of digesting soybeans and soy-based foods. Equol is a non-steroidal estrogen that acts as an anti-androgen by blocking the hormone dihydrotestosterone. Equol is chemically unique among the isoflavones (a family of phytoestrogens, plant estrogens). It is the major metabolite of the phytoestrogen daidzein, an isoflavone abundant in soybeans and soy foods. As a class of ingredients, isoflavones from soy have antioxidant ability, but their hormone-disrupting properties make them controversial ingredients to consume due to their potential link to stimulating breast cancer, although this research is mixed and inconclusive. What about topical application of equol as a by-product of soy? There is no research demonstrating it has any benefit beyond offering some protection to skin cells exposed to UVB radiation in a controlled lab setting. Even so, what research exists concludes that more studies are needed to determine the risks and benefits of equol in skin-care products and for oral consumption (Sources: The Journal of Nutrition, July 2010, pages 1369S–1372S and 1390S–1400S; International Journal of Dermatology, March 2010, pages 276–282; Immunology and Cell Biology, March 9, 2010 Epublication; and Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2006, pages 198–204). As more research is carried out on equol and other isoflavones, we may discover further advantages of these ingredients. But in terms of equol being one-stop shopping for genetic aging, that’s not likely to become reality, any more than eating only pomegranates or drinking noni juice can ensure perfect health. If you decide to invest in this serum, it is suitable for all skin types except sensitive due to the fragrance it contains. OK, one last comment: NuSkin states that based on daily usage, this serum should last for 30 days. That means you’d be spending $2,832 per year, an amount that would be better spent on any of several cosmetic corrective procedure options that will improve your appearance in a way this serum cannot. You be the judge.

    April 9, 2013

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer

    This fragrance-free sheer tinted primer has a silky-cream texture that blends on beautifully to even out skin tone and temporarily fill in pores. The satiny-smooth matte finish controls excess shine, but the effect won’t last for hours and hours. The formula allows for foundation to be applied smoothly over it or it can be worn alone. The only potential negative is that Revlon didn’t add more antioxidants and other skin-beneficial ingredients to make this a primer and a skin-care product in one.

    April 8, 2013

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
    8.0

    Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation

    Hydrating / easy to blend/ expensive

    This product contains 60% water, 30% emollients (moisturizing ingredients), 10% powder. Since this product is comprised of water and hydrating ingredients ( glycerin, jojoba, shea butter, aloe, squalane, vegetable collagen), it has very sheer coverage. With that said, this product is a dream to blend seamlessly into the skin. There are twelve shades to choose from in categories of cool, warm, and dark skin tones. Those who are looking to cover blemishes will probably not be able to achieve it with this product. However, this foundation is better than any other BB Cream out there, and it super moisturizing. Best for those with dry/to very dry skin will find this product as an oasis. The drawback? It is pricey, at $62.00 for less than an ounce.

    March 26, 2013

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