The only thing ultimate about this moisturizer is the price tag. Where to begin? Let’s start with the claim that this formula is somehow specially formulated for your chest and neck area. There is no research showing your neck and chest require anything different than the face, not even one ingredient. If anything, because this moisturizer doesn’t contain sunscreen it would be a problem for use during the day, leaving that area of your body exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.
Moving on, while this does contain a truly impressive array of antioxidants and skin repairing ingredients along with silky, rich emollients it doesn’t out-perform other Lauder moisturizers costing far less. The entire Re-Nutriv line is all about pricing and prestige positioning, not about superior formulations for “mature” skin.
Another issue is that Lauder won’t give up jar packaging and this product is no exception. The cosmetic industry in general stubbornly sells formulas in attractive containers that have no ability to keep the ingredients they contain stable. It is well known amongst researchers and scientists that jar packaging is not only unsanitary but almost all beneficial ingredients break down in the presence of air. What a waste! See our More Info tab to find out all the problems associated with jar packaging.
Claiming to lift skin and reduce crepiness and discolorations sounds great but this is really just a potentially great moisturizer for evening (remember it lacks sunscreen so daytime use is out) but because of the jar packaging, you can’t count on much benefit.
The teeny amount of gold this contains is a relatively common allergen that can induce dermatitis on the face and eyelids (Source: Cutis, May 2000, pages 323–326). There is no research showing it has any benefit when applied topically to skin. In the real world of facts, gold’s only benefit is collecting it, selling it, or wearing it, not applying it to your skin.
One more point: This also contains pearl powder. What you’ll find online about pearl powder in cosmetics is a long list of claims from companies using it but there is no research supporting any of those promises. Anecdotes of mystical Chinese preparations or secrets of Cleopatra are as realistic as thinking the world is flat. In the real world, pearls are nothing more than calcium carbonate and, like gold, they have no benefit for skin.
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Now look strikingly younger and more lifted. This silky, luxurious creme has been developed specifically for the delicate throat and décolletage areas. Skin looks firmer, more toned. Minimizes the look of crepiness, discolorations and imperfections. Exclusive Re-Nutriv Life Re-Newing Molecules™ help repair, recharge and restore.
Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sucrose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Whey Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Caffeine, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytosphingosine, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Tourmaline, Pearl Powder, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ergothioneine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Arginine, Gold, Polyethylene, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polybutene, Isohexadecane, Polysilicone-11, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Choleth-24, Ceteth-24, Polysorbate 80, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Yellow 5
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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