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Flawless Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 22.00
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There is nothing flawless about this moisturizer. In reality it has more flaws than positives. As far as the SPF rating is concerned, SPF 15 is fine. Although this daytime moisturizer contains titanium dioxide for UVA protection, the amount in here is 0.4% which isn't enough to do much of anything in that regard. Ideally, you want to see at least 2% titanium dioxide when it is joined by other sunscreen actives.

Another flaw is this product's utterly mundane, albeit emollient formulation of shea butter and waxes. There is far more preservative and fragrance in here than anything beneficial for skin. What this product lacks is an array of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell- communicating ingredients. Although it contains a small amount of beneficial ingredients, they are a mere dusting, certainly not enough for skin to get what it needs to be younger.

One of the marketing claims about this product is that it is supposed to contain an ingredient called HydroSenn +. 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.

The light-reflecting pigments in this product that are supposed to make skin glow is nothing more than mica, a standard cosmetic ingredient used in thousands of products to add shine. Shimmer can indeed add a glow but that's strictly a makeup gimmick, it isn't skin care.

It is an understatement to say that your skin deserves better than this formula. Please see our list of Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen and More Info to find out what makes a sunscreen really flawless.

  • Adequate sun protection with an SPF 15.
  • Ordinary, basic formula.
  • Only contains a tiny amount of the UVA-protecting ingredient titanium dioxide which is unlikely to be enough for truly effective UVA protection.
  • Lacks any appreciable amounts of ingredients that can fight aging.
  • There is no research supporting the claims about the HydroSenn + it contains as being more hydrating than hyaluronic acid.

More Info:

The sun's UVB rays are what cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun's silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging), UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active" to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide (at least 2%), zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

An exceptional daytime moisturizing lotion. This lightweight cream moisturizes intensively, boosts radiance, and protects skin from UV rays and free radicals. Its updated formula includes HydroSenn+, a natural ingredient proven to deliver immediate and long-lasting hydration more effectively than hyaluronic acid. Its antioxidants and sun filters provide skin with a necessary protective barrier. Light reflecting pigments create an instant glow and minimize the appearance of minor skin flaws.

Active: Octinoxate (6.5%), Ensulizole (3%). Octocrylene (3%), Titanium Dioxide (0.4%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aluminum Stearates, PEG-8, Titanium Dioxide, Alumina, Mica, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Silica, BHT, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid

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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