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Sephora Collection

Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 18.00
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This BHA exfoliant contains 2% salicylic acid, but the pH is above 5 so it cannot function as an exfoliant, which means it stands little chance of improving acne, clogged pores, or other types of breakouts. Making matter worse, the second ingredient is alcohol, which is drying and irritating, as we explain in the More Info section below. The alcohol gives this product a thin lotion texture those with combination to oily skin will like, but this texture and finish can be achieved with gentler ingredients.

Sephora's claim of this product's HydroSenn moisturizing complex is a bit silly given all the alcohol this contains, but for the curious, Sephora says this ingredient is more hydrating and lasts longer than hyaluronic acid. It's important to realize this product doesn't contain anything called HydroSenn + on the ingredient label so there is no way to know which ingredient or ingredients Sephora is alluding to. There isn't one ingredient in here with research showing it to be more hydrating than any other ingredient in the cosmetic world including hyaluronic acid.

Even if we were to suspend conventional wisdom and believe Sephora's claim about HydroSenn + being better than hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid is hardly the best ingredient for skin hydration; there are many, many others, and in fact a blend of hydrating ingredients would be best of all, something this product doesn't contain. And in the end, HydroSenn or no, this anti-acne BHA exfoliant isn't one we can recommend.

Pros:
  • Medicated with anti-acne superstar salicylic acid.
  • Light lotion texture won't make oily skin feel greasy or slick.
Cons:
  • Amount of alcohol poses a strong risk of irritation.
  • Sephora's HydroSenn technology isn't as special as it seems, and the alcohol keeps it from being hydrating.
  • The formula's pH is well above the ideal range for salicylic acid to function as an exfoliant.
More Info:

Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410–1,419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Fight the appearance of breakouts while minimizing excess oil on the skins surface with this daily moisturizer. Perfect for combination to oily skin types, this formula contains salicylic acid to visibly smooth acne.

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Propanediol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldmethyl Talfare Copolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sclerotium Gum, Laureth-7, Senna (Cassia Angustifolia) Seed Polysaccharide, Mastic (Pistacia Lentiscus) Gum, Lecithin, Sodium Phytate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, D&C Green No. 5, FD&C Yellow No. 5

Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-careproducts can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.

Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.

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Sephora Makeup

Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold intheir boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.

What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.

More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesnt compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.

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