Acne-Fighting Roll-On Gel
Housed in a tiny tube outfitted with a metal rollerball applicator is this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliant for acne-prone skin. Although medicated with 2% salicylic acid (the BHA ingredient) and formulated in the correct pH range to exfoliate, this is yet another anti-acne product we cannot recommend.
Acne-Fighting Roll-On Gel’s main ingredient beyond water is alcohol—the kind that causes dryness, irritation, and can delay skin’s healing response. Your nose will likely detect the scent of alcohol as soon as you apply this to a facial breakout, and that’s bad news for all skin types. The formula also contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that further the risk of irritation from the alcohol, making this even more problematic.
How frustrating! This will work to spot-treat breakouts and help with blackheads and clogged pores—but you don’t need to also irritate skin to gain those benefits. See our list of Best BHA Exfoliants.
One more comment: The “HydroSenn+” Sephora refers to in the claims cannot keep this anti-acne product from being too drying. If that was the goal, they should’ve left the alcohol out!
Calm skin and minimize your breakout with this acne-fighting gel. The roll-on applicator allows for ultra-targeted application and the purifying salicylic acid exfoliates to reduce blemish size. Super moisturizer HydroSenn+ protects skin from over drying, ensuring even the most sensitive skin can benefit from this product.
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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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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Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.