The claims for this lightweight, almost gel-textured moisturizer go far beyond what its ingredients can actually do. Forget about the claims of controlling oil production or detoxifying the skin because there are no botanicals that can do that, and toxins have nothing to do with acne.
This moisturizer goes on silky, but has a slightly tacky finish that doesn’t do much to keep skin matte. The amount of citrus extracts is a concern and has no benefit for any skin type; some of the other plant extracts aren’t the best, either. It’s a shame that there are more potentially troublesome ingredients than beneficial ones.
A gel-lotion formula that moisturizes, treats and comforts problem skin and helps control oil production, giving the skin a more matte appearance. Our exclusive RestoraClear Complex is formulated with the latest ingredients for problem skin and contains a blend of skin-clearing vitamin C, detoxifying and purifying botanical extracts and encapsulated salicylic acid. Also contains a blend of natural ingredients to help control oil and sebum breakthrough, absorb oil and reduce the appearance of pores. With its unique delivery system, formula penetrates to the deepest layers of the epidermis.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Oleth-10, Sorbitol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Mushroom Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Mandarin Orange Peel Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Comfrey Leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Dandelion Extract, Willow Bark Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Nordihydrogualaretic Acid, Farnesyl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panthenyl Triacetate, Salicylic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid
Strengths: The Cell Block-C products include stablized Vitamin C; some well-formulated moisturizers; decent scrub products; excellent retinol products; some good cleansers plus an exceptional makeup remover; Lip Apeel; very good lip balm with sunscreen; some great foundations (including one with full coverage); very good powder blush and eyeshadow trios; the liquid eyeliner and lip gloss are excellent; some innovative products that make this line deserve a second look.
Weaknesses: Most of the body-care products contain irritating ingredients, as do several others throughout the line; the jar packaging is really disappointing; most of the toners contain problematic ingredients that can hurt skin; almost all of the men's products are full of irritants; limited options for sunscreens, although what's available provides sufficient UVA protection; the Skinlogics Sensitive skin-care line contains ingredients that are problematic for those with sensitive skin; mostly problematic concealers; limited to poor foundation, concealer, and powder shades for women of color.
Texas-based BeautiControl has been around for nearly three decades and has maintained a consistent focus on skin care. Most recently they have shaped their line around the concept of creating your own in-home spa, which the company uses to entice women to host BeautiControl parties for their friends and family. Whether you find out about (or end up purchasing) these products by attending a BeautiControl party or you happen across their Web site, there are some compelling reasons to consider several BeautiControl products. Let's start with the positives.
The best face forward side of BeautiControl is that their price point is not over the top, and mostly reasonable; plus several of their products are exceptional. We also think their overall approach to taking care of skin is well-intentioned. Without question, the ingredients in their best products demonstrate they're keeping up with the state-of-the-art. If they stopped including problematic ingredients and discontinued the poorly formulated products this line would be a much stronger option for consumers looking to take excellent care of their skin while remaining brand-loyal.
BeautiControl's focus on launching more and more miracle products with incredibly misleading claims might help them sell more products, but it doesn't always make for good skin care. And how come they have so few facial moisturizers with sunscreen? Protecting skin from sunlight indisputably keeps it looking younger, firmer, smoother, and even-toned far longer than anything else you can do for skin.
BeautiControl's makeup collection has been streamlined a bit, and that's good news. The foundation colors are divided into warm, cool, and neutral tones though the warm tones (those that begin with the letter Y) are more neutral than warm, which is good news. The cool shades (those that begin with the letter P) are the least impressive. Throughout the color line are some happy surprises, such as the improved powder blush and eyeshadow trios but also some really bland products such as the eye pencil and some gimmicky primer-type products. You'll find some great products whether you want to shop BeautiControl's color line piecemeal or assemble a complete makeup wardrobe, and the prices are reasonable.
For more information about BeautiControl, call (800) 232-8841 or visit www.beauticontrol.com.
Note: We would like to acknowledge and extol how exceptionally helpful the staff at BeautiControl's main office has been in allowing my team and me to compile the information necessary to complete this review. Very few cosmetics companies extend such a high level of service and reliable information to us, and we truly appreciate it.
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