Marini Mascara Performance Mascara
Normally we’d rate a mascara that performs as this one does just average, but not this time. That’s because who in their right mind would pay $80 for mascara that’s at best average to below average? You can get astonishingly great mascaras at the drugstore for less than $8, so why the big step-up in price here? It’s because, according to Jan Marini, this mascara contains a proprietary peptide blend (the same one included in another Jan Marini product called Marini Lash) that “gives you the darkest, lushest looking, thickest and densely defined lashes ever.” Of course, all of those boasts can be attributed to the cosmetic effect that any good mascara would have, but this one doesn’t qualify as a good mascara. Application is uneven, it does a poor job of adding thickness, and it takes far too long to attain what is best described as modest length. In addition, the formula tends to make lashes feel brittle and dry at the end of the day.
What about the proprietary peptides meant to make your lashes grow? There is no substantiated research proving they have even a small impact on lash growth, thickness, or color. If anything, this product and Marini Lash are supposed to replace the lash-enhancing products they used to sell that contained a prescription drug ingredient that really worked, but that ended up being confiscated by the FDA.
Believing any of the claims about this product merely means you would be taking Marini’s word for it because there is no research showing peptides have any benefit for growing lashes—and after the former lash growth problems she went through (which was a terrible financial fiasco) and the fact that she deceived consumers about what was really in her products until the FDA stepped in, she’s not one we’d consider a good source of information (if nothing else, she’s certainly biased).
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance- and colorant-free; excellent AHA and retinol options, including an AHA combined with sunscreen; the water-soluble cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some categories contain ingredients (growth factors, hormones, and interferon) with unreliable track records or whose long-term risks, if any, remain unknown; sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging;Marini Lash isn't as exciting as Marinis former lash-enhancing products.
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marinis line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acidbased alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.
It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.
For more information about Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., call (888) 695-2611 or visit www.janmarini.com.
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