Estee Lauder

Re-Nutriv Radiant UV Base Broad Spectrum SPF 50

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 65.00
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On balance there’s more to dislike than like about this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. In the “like” column is the in-part avobenzone sunscreen, with the avobenzone being stabilized by octocrylene. No question this supplies sufficient UVA protection, which is critical. Another “like” is the lightweight, silky texture suitable for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. Re-Nutriv is typically positioned as a line for “mature”, dry skin but this product isn’t too creamy or rich (but it does contain enough plant oil to make someone with oily skin nervous).

The dislikes include the price, which is on the high side and may discourage the liberal application necessary to get the SPF touted on the label. If used daily and applied liberally to face and neck, you should be going through this in a month or so, and that expense adds up over the course of a year! We’re also disappointed that Lauder scrimped on antioxidants, which are critical for any anti-aging product. The formula contains antioxidants, though not in the amount seen in many other Lauder daytime moisturizers, including those that cost less.

Instead of antioxidants, Lauder adds pearl powder and gold. The former gives shine (as does the mica this product contains, which reinforces Lauder’s “revives your radiance” claim) but the latter can cause contact dermatitis (Source: Cutis, May 2000, pages 323–326) and is far more luxurious when worn as jewelry rather than skin care. In the end, this fragranced daytime moisturizer with sunscreen doesn’t justify its cost in a way that’s meaningful for your skin, and is best ignored in favor of other, less expensive yet better formulated options.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This exquisitely sheer UV base defends your skin. Revives your radiance.

Active:Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%, Octyl Salicylate 5%, Oxybenzone 3%, Other: Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukul) Seed Oil, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxethyl Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Dipentaerylthrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearte, Glyceryl Stearate, Algae Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Cethyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Pearl Powder, Gold, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ergothioneine, Stearic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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