Giorgio ArmaniCrema Nera Obsidian Mineral Restoring Serum
2.5 fl. oz. for $255
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The nicest thing we can say about this serum is that if you believe the claims about the effects of the obsidian minerals it contains, then we have a bridge in New York we’d like to sell you. The main ingredients in this über-expensive product include water (which is about as cheap as it gets as far as cosmetic ingredients go), slip agents, non-fragrant plant oil, alcohol, thickeners, silicone, and Vaseline. This is a formula that is more nonsense and problems than anything else. None of the volcanic minerals in this serum live up to the assertions on the label. This serum supposedly is “designed to effectively combat deep wrinkles,” but it’s completely incapable of doing that. Choosing this serum over several better formulas that cost drastically less isn’t something we'd recommend, even if you love wasting money.

Last Updated:06.18.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Designed to effectively combat deep wrinkles or severe dryness that can occur on mature skin, CREMA NERA restoring serum is believed to visibly reduce the length and depth of wrinkles while providing nourishing moisture to skin. Day after day, skin becomes plumper, smoother and younger-looking. CREMA NERA restoring serum targets skin's dryness and diminishes deep wrinkles.


Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Alcohol Denatured, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Mannitol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Potassium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Perlite, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclodextrin , Adenosine, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Disodium Ethylene, Dicocamide, PEG-15 Disulfate, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Yeast Extract, Pentasodium Pentetate, Ferrous Gluconate, Citric Acid, Disodium Succinate, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Fragrance

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Giorgio Armani At-A-Glance

Strengths: Outstanding foundations; superb powder textures; a brilliant shimmer fluid; perfect bronzers; some excellent lip color options; a neutral palette makes this line a must-see.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare is underwhelming, especially given the cost (though the claims sound good!); some of the SPF-rated products do not supply adequate broad spectrum protection; most of the mascaras aren't as impressive as they should be.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.

Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.

Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.

There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.

For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

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