Skin Clarifier No 75
Skin Clarifier No. 75 is a fragrance-free, oil-based treatment that claims to balance oil, exfoliate, and clean your pores—none of which it can successfully do. This product is much more suited to someone with normal to dry skin that's NOT prone to breakouts or clogged pores, because the plant oils it contains could make both issues worse, not better.
Housed in a clear glass bottle and dispensed by a dropper applicator, this face oil contains the anti-acne superstar ingredient salicylic acid. When carefully formulated, this ingredient can indeed help cell turnover and pore size, not to mention clogged pores, but it in order for it to really work, it has to be at the right pH. We tried to determine the pH of this formula, but because the salicylic acid is suspended in an oil, we couldn't definitively do so (determining pH is most effective when it's in a water-based solution). What this means is that it's uncertain exactly how beneficial the salicylic acid in this formula will be to exfoliate or unclog pores.
There isn't much else to say except that this oil should be stored away from direct light due to its clear bottle (ongoing natural light exposure will cause the oils to degrade over time). That, and do not buy this if your concerns are oily skin and clogged or enlarged pores—we can safely guarantee this won't help matters but it can be wonderful for improving dry skin and rough skin texture.
- Easily smooths over skin.
- Nourishes skin with non-fragrant plant oils.
- Moisturizes and restores a smooth, supple feeling to dry skin or dry areas.
- Fragrance free.
- Clear packaging demands storage away from natural light.
- Cannot make good on its claims about oily skin or clogged pores.
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.