Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm
There is much to praise about this lightweight, slightly creamy moisturizer housed in an opaque black pump bottle. As an Estee Lauder-owned company, the moisturizers Bobbi Brown offers shares their parent company’s mix of ingredients that create elegant textures and luxuriously smooth finishes while treating skin to a typically impressive mix of antioxidants and repairing agents. All of that is wonderful and earns this moisturizer two big thumbs up from us—as does it’s subtle yet visible peralized finish that perks up a dull complexion.
What drags this moisturizer down and earns it an unfavorable rating is the potent fragrance, most of which comes from volatile fragrant plant oils that are known skin irritants. Bitter orange, grapefruit, and geranium smell wonderful, but in this case pleasing your nose isn’t equally pleasing to your skin—even if you cannot see or feel anything amiss. See More Info to learn how daily use of highly fragrant products like this can end up making matter worse, not better. If these potential problems are where the “Extra”comes in, we’ll leave well enough alone!
- Elegant, lightweight cream texture
- Good mix of moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients, including antioxidants.
- The pearlized finish perks up a dull complexion.
- Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritation.
- Several of the fragrant oils this contains are known skin irritants.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Dermatitis, November-December 2013, pages 283–290; Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
This revolutionary skin-boosting moisture balm helps energize tired, dull skin to bring back its natural glow. Reflective pearls mimic the radiance of healthy, glowing skin on contact, while Lychee Extract helps energize and enliven skin over time.
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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