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L'Oreal Paris

RevitaLift Moisture Blur Instant Skin Smoother Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 24.99
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RevitaLift Moisture Blur Instant Skin Smoother Moisturizer attempts to combine a line- and pore-blurring product with elements of a classic moisturizer. It partially succeeds but ultimately doesn't do a great job replacing two products in your routine.

Before we discuss what's laudable about this formula, we need to touch on what isn't, because that's what explains the low rating. It's fragrance—a lot of it, in the form of fragrance (meaning perfume-style ingredients) as well as several fragrant additives, all of which put skin at risk of irritation. See More Info for details on why highly fragrance products aren't a good idea for your skin.

The silky cream texture of this product helps hydrate skin, but its mix of silicones and glycerin isn't going to be moisturizing enough for dry skin, not to mention during the day you'll still need a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen to protect skin from UV damage.

As with L'Oreal's other "blur" products, once this sets you'll see it softens the look of fine lines and smoothes the edges of rough texture while temporarily diminishing the look of large pores. That's great, but keep in mind this cannot "erase" the look of wrinkles or pores. We're talking soft-focus at best, not turning back time a couple of decades!

If you were hoping that being part of L'Oreal's RevitaLift line would mean your skin is getting lots of anti-wrinkle ingredients, it isn't. In fact, the formula contains more alcohol (the drying kind) than ingredients that can help skin look and act younger.

In the end, this isn't worth strong consideration. Check out our list of Best Foundation Primers for products with similar textures but better formulas that don't expose skin to problematic fragrance.

Pros:
  • Silky cream texture hydrates without feeling greasy.
  • Softly blurs fine lines and uneven skin tone.
Cons:
  • Does not erase the look of wrinkles or pores.
  • Contains a staggering amount of fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.
  • Contains only a dusting of anti-aging ingredients like peptides.
More Info:

Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Introducing a miraculous anti-aging moisturizer with Opti-Blur technology that diffuses light on skin for a radiant soft-focus blurring effect while providing 24-hour hydration. RevitaLift Moisture Blur instantly erases the look of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Skin instantly looks and feels smooth, leaving a velvet soft matte finish that lasts all day.
Dimethicone, Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, PEG/ PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, CI 77163/Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Parfum/ Fragrance, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Linalool, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, Coumarin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

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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