TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler
Mary Kay claims that this targeted treatment immediately fills in deep wrinkles and reduces their appearance over time, and guess what? That's exactly what this does, whether used around the eyes, sides of the mouth, chin, wherever! Before you get too excited, we need to state that this product is not an apples-to-apples replacement for what Botox or dermal fillers can do to plump and smooth expression lines or deep wrinkles. Rather, a product like this works best to enhance the results from such procedures OR to temporarily smooth and "fill" lines.
How long the line-filling effect lasts depends on how expressive you are, how deep your wrinkles are (this product won't make deep, etched lines invisible), and what other skin-care products you use. But it is absolutely worth considering, and works best when it's patted (not rubbed) onto skin as the last step in your daytime routine. Of course, this can be used at night, too, but do you really care if your wrinkles are more apparent when you're asleep?
Products like this rely on silicone polymers to exert their smoothing and filling effect. These ingredients have an affinity for skin, and can be manipulated to expand and "fill" crevices where they essentially have a mesh-like effect that's sort of like a support bra for wrinkles! As stated above, the effect is temporary and so keeping expectations realistic is important.
We love that Mary Kay didn't just stop with the cool silicone technology. This wrinkle filler also contains anti-aging retinol, hyaluronic acid, and some intriguing repairing and cell-communicating ingredients. In short, it goes the distance while many other wrinkle fillers barely pass the starting line.
Note that this contains a tiny amount of the fragrance ingredient p-anisic acid, likely too low an amount to be cause for concern. All told, this is a beautifully done formula and absolutely worth considering as an addition to your anti-aging, wrinkle-smoothing routine!
- It really does work instantly to fill in fine lines and deeper wrinkles (though it won't make etched lines invisible).
- Beautifully silky texture fills and blurs for a much smoother appearance.
- Loaded with anti-aging ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid.
- Fairly priced given the great results plus ease of use.
- Inclusion of fragrance ingredient p-anisic acid might make this sensitizing for some when used near the eyes.
TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler is formulated to fill in and visibly plump the appearance of problem areas wherever facial expressions have left their mark on your forehead, around your lips and eyes, even those hard-to-treat frown lines between your brows or those smile lines that can frame your mouth from nose to chin. (And if it has that effect on deep wrinkles, imagine what it can do for fine lines!) Its the perfect complement to the TimeWise Repair age-fighting regimen.
Mary Kay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance-free; packaging that keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use; a handful of well-formulated moisturizers; very good eye-makeup remover; effective wrinkle filler; excellent cream blush and several other impressive makeup products.
Weaknesses: The overall collection is a mixed bag of exciting and disappointing products; several outdated moisturizers and cleansers; no AHA or acceptable BHA products; the CC Cream doesn't provide good enough UVA protection; some lackluster makeup products.
The last few years haven't been glamorous for one of the world's largest direct sellers of cosmetics. Mary Kay lost a lawsuit filed by TriStrata, the company whose founders hold over 100 patents on the use of AHAs in skin-care products. It was revealed that Mary Kay's former AHA products infringed on three of these patents, and, after some back-and-forths in court, Mary Kay ended up paying royalties of over $40 million (interest included) to TriStrata. Perhaps because they're still licking their wounds after this defeat, the company has not launched any new AHA products, and no longer sells the ones that were in question during the legal battle (Source: www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2006/04/03/daily26.html).
However, the company's spin on the issue of AHAs is that they no longer use them because skin-care technology has advanced. That's an interesting twist, but the fact of the matter is that AHA products, when well-formulated, are still considered advanced and capable of doing far more for skin than the alternatives Mary Kay has devised (including an at-home microdermabrasion scrub and products with vitamin C derivatives).
Although they're not a company for you if you are looking for exfoliants (though you should be looking for a good exfoliant), Mary Kay has recently developed a surprising number of excellent products. With over 1.6 million Mary Kay consultants selling products in 30 countries, this family-owned company (founder Mary Kay Ash passed away in 2001) has slowly been proving that they intend to remain competitive with the best of the best. A refreshing change of pace is the omission of fragrance from almost all of the products. Now that is what we call progress!
Despite its size and capital (wholesale figures were $3 billion in 2012), Mary Kay still has a lot to learn. For instance, although their guiding philosophy of empowering women is admirable, the assortment of products still leaves much to be desired. Yes, things are looking up, but there are several weak spots that keep Mary Kay from being in the same league as Avon, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble (Olay), and Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC). These include outdated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, along with letdowns in products designed for oily, blemish-prone skin. The TimeWise product range has expanded considerably, and offers a few state-of-the-art products worthy of its name (although, as with all skin-care products, they're not going to turn back the hands of time and erase all signs of aging).
If improvements like those in Mary Kay's latest products were translated to the entire line, it would be standing much taller, at least as far as what current, substantiated skin-care research indicates is optimum for creating and maintaining healthy skin. As is, this is a line to approach with a keen understanding of what to focus on and what to avoid. One last bit of good news: Mary Kay offers well-packaged samples of selected products, either directly or from your consultant.
Unless mentioned otherwise, all Mary Kay products are fragrance-free.
Note: Mary Kay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Mary Kay, call (800) 627-9529 or visit www.marykay.com.
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