Skin Relief No 80
Skin Relief No 80 is meant to calm sensitive, reddened skin. To that end, it contains some helpful water-binding agents and anti-inflammatory ingredients, making it a worthwhile addition for all skin types experiencing regular or intermittent signs of sensitivity.
Housed in a clear glass bottle with a dropper applicator, Skin Relief No 80 has a fluid texture, milky appearance, and somewhat bleach-like scent that fades quickly. It's easy to apply, having nice slip, but does feel slightly tacky once set.
The tackiness is a non-issue if you plan to apply serum or moisturizer over this; however, this isn't as "intensive" as it claims to be. Most of the calming ingredients are various species of algae, including brown algae (kelp) and while these do help reduce inflammation, there are other soothing plant extracts that have better track records in terms of published research. Had Skin Relief No 80 contained those ingredients alongside the algae, it would rate better. As is, it somehow feels incomplete—although it can be a nice boost to a moisturizer loaded with calming ingredients.
- Good source of water-binding agents.
- Contains some anti-inflammatory plant extracts.
- Fragrance free.
- Sets to a slightly tacky finish (although this is negated if you apply moisturizer over it).
- Clear glass bottle packaging must be kept from routine exposure to natural light.
- Some ingredients included have limited research behind them when it comes to reducing irritation.
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.
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