Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum
Let's cut to the chase first: Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum cannot add volume to skin that's sagging or looking "hollowed out" as the company claims—that's the purview of dermal fillers a dermatologist can provide. However, that doesn't take away from this being an intriguing, water-based variation on the facial oil trend. We just wish it wasn't so fragrant!
The skin-sensitizing fragrance is an immediate and lasting issue because it lingers on skin even after this surprisingly non-greasy oil serum absorbs. If the fragrance issue wasn't enough disappointment, consider that this serum is a bit on the pricey side given you can find pure oil blends for less—and the best ones deliver a greater mix of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and moisture.
On the plus side, Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum's niacinamide- and antioxidant-spiked formula hydrates without a greasy feel, leaving skin feeling very soft. It's housed in a clear glass bottle (keep this protected from light exposure, as light exposure breaks down delicate ingredients) and dispensed via a dropper applicator. You need to shake well to mix the water and oil components; failing to do so results in a strange-feeling concoction.
That said, this oil serum layers well with other products; but why couldn't it be fragrance free? Or even less fragrant, which would still be a problem but at least not a glaring one. We also would have rated it higher if it offered a formula richer in nourishing oils for dry skin along with more "serum-like" ingredients such as peptides, hyaluronic acid, and more exciting anti-wrinkle ingredients. It's an OK option but you'll find better picks on our lists of Best Face Oils and Best Serums.
- When shaken well to mix, this leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
- Hydrates and softens without a greasy feel.
- Layers well with other products.
- Contains an interesting mix of niacinamide and antioxidant plant extracts.
- Highly fragrant formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
- On the pricey side given it's not a pure, concentrated oil.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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