This is a very good, though needlessly expensive, serum that missed our top rating because it contains fragrance and, specifically, fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. Given the wealth of wonderful anti-aging ingredients packed into this water-based serum, it's so disappointing that it ends with fragrant ingredients that can have a pro-aging effect (but that's likely negligible given the slew of anti-aging ingredients preceding them).
Of course, the big question here is whether idebenone (listed as hydroxydecyl ubiquinoyl dipalmitoyl glycerate) is the best antioxidant around. Two words: It isn't. Idebenone is a very good antioxidant, yes, but it's not the best around in the same way there isn't a single, best food to eat for optimum health. We need to get past the notion that there's one miracle antioxidant that can do it all, because it's doubtful science will ever show that to be true; rather, we'll keep finding out that there are numerous antioxidants, each with different abilities and actions that complement the functions of other antioxidants—one more reason taking a cocktail approach to using antioxidants is widely considered the best way to go.
A cocktail approach to antioxidants is precisely what Arden did with this super-pricey Prevage serum, which is a bit odd when you consider their boasts about idebenone. If it's truly the best, most powerful antioxidant around, why bother adding other antioxidants? And Arden didn't skimp on those, as many are present in meaningful amounts, though that still doesn't mean this serum's price is logical or that it's the one to run out and buy.
Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum is suitable for normal to dry or combination skin and is fine for breakout-prone skin, too. The inclusion of fragrance makes it iffy for sensitive skin and all skin types could do without the artificial coloring agents this contains. On balance, there's a lot of impressive ingredients in this serum but idebenone doesn't stand above the rest—and you'll find numerous less expensive options on our list of Best Serums.
Our proven serum works immediately and over time to counteract environmental damage and visible aging signs with a powerful combination of Idebenone and skin revitalizing technology. It works by helping support your skin’s natural collagen matrix. And, thanks to arazine – an exclusive new molecule -- it actually SOOTHES your skin while protecting against free radicals and reducing signs of aging caused by chronic inflammation. With continued use, it significantly reduces the visible appearance of age spots, wrinkles and even deep lines.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-75, Polysilicone-11, Panthenyl Triacetate, Caprylyl Methicone, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate, Glycereth-26, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Ergothioneine, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Isohexadecane, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Urea, Acetyl Farnesylcysteine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Lysophosphatidic Acid, Naringenin, Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, Quercus Suber Bark Extract, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Oligopeptide-68, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Decyl Glucoside, Lysolecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Oleate, Polyimide-1, Dextran, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Mica, Tin Oxide, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Parfum/Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Benzophenone-4, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Methylparaben, Red 4 (Ci 14700), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).
Elizabeth Arden At-A-Glance
Strengths: Some excellent serums and a few noteworthy moisturizers; praiseworthy concealers; a handful of well-formulated makeup products including foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick.
Weaknesses: No products for those battling blemishes; several products whose sunscreen lacks sufficient UVA protection; most of the foundations with sunscreen fail to provide sufficient UVA protection; lackluster eye and brow pencils; some problematic lip color products; jar packaging weakens some otherwise great formulas.
Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.
Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.
Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.
For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.
Elizabeth Arden Makeup
Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.
In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.
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