Sephora Amino Acid Clean Skin Gel

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Amino Acid Clean Skin Gel

4.22 fl. oz. for $ 10.00
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Sephora’s Amino Acid Clean Skin Gel is an okay cleansing option, but a lack of compelling attributes and one misstep keeps it from being among the best of the best.

This comes in an opaque squeeze tube and as advertised, has a gel texture that turns into a light foam when it contacts water. It feels soft and cushiony, and does a good job removing dirt, oil, and makeup, though if you use waterproof or longwearing formulas, we advise using a makeup remover first to ensure all traces are taken care of. It rinses cleanly, but doesn’t leave skin feeling “squeaky clean” (a good thing, because that sensation means skin’s barrier has been stripped of vital substances!).

This contains gentle cleansing agent coco-glucoside and although Sephora makes much of the amino acids this contains, their amounts aren’t as impressive as claimed. The brand is referring to sodium PCA, an amino acid derivative, but although it’s a good hydrating ingredient, it’s used in plenty of other skin care products (and provides more benefit for skin in a leave-on product).

Another issue is that this contains fragrance, and it’s noticeable when you use it. Fragrance, even in a product that’s rinsed off, has the potential to irritate skin not to mention the risk if poses when used around the eyes. The inclusion of fragrance is particularly disappointing given this is billed as being suitable for “even the most sensitive skin.”

In the end, this is simply a product we can’t get too excited about, and which fails to rank among the offerings you’ll find on our list of best cleansers.

  • Gel texture feels soft and cushiony.
  • Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and non-longwearing makeup.
  • Rinses cleanly without leaving skin feeling dry or tight.
  • Includes fragrance, which isn’t the best for skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Daily gel cleanser with amino acids effectively cleanses while maintaining skin hydration. The clean-rinse formula doesn't leave skin feeling tight or dry, while clinically proven skin tolerance makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Water, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PCA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Sodium Hydroxide.

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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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.

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