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L'Oreal Paris

Revitalift Complete Day Cream SPF 18

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 17.99
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Revitalift Complete Day Cream SPF 18 provides decent sun protection and can hydrate for smoother, softer skin, but those are its most exciting aspects—it's mostly downhill from there!

The chief downsides are jar packaging, which won't keep this formula's most intriguing ingredients stable once opened (see More Info for details) and the inclusion of fragrance ingredients that pose a strong risk of causing a sensitized reaction.

The other issue is that while SPF 18 isn't terrible, it's below the latest minimum SPF rating medical professionals advise people to use, which would be SPF 30. You'll find superior options on our list of Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen.

Pros:
  • Provides adequate sun protection.
  • Hydrates and smooths skin.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of sensitizing skin.
  • Cannot lift skin and in fact isn't a very exciting anti-aging formula.
  • SPF 18 is below the minimum SPF rating most medical professionals recommend.
Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Smoothes wrinkles and firms skin as it remodels skins surface from within. With broad spectrum UVA/UVB 18 sunscreen protection for radiant and younger-looking skin.

Active: Ensulizole (1.7%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Palmitic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, PEG-20 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Soybean Protein, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates Copolymer, Acetyl Trifluoromethylphenyl Valylglycine, Retinyl Palmitate, Alumina, Polycaprolactone, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Myristyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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