How does Marini Lash stack up against proven lash growth products like Latisse? Well, this formula is a poor substitute for it. The “proprietary peptides” and “other essential factors” (talk about a phrase that says everything and nothing; if they are essential, then tell us what they are!) have no research proving they can stimulate lash growth or density. We're sure Marini will insist otherwise, but until information on these peptides is peer-reviewed and published, given the company’s track record of being dishonest about what they used in previous versions of their lash-growth products (that’s another story), can you really trust them to be forthcoming? In short, there is no substantiated research proving any ingredient or blend of ingredients in this product can stimulate lash growth or increase their thickness or coloration.
We wouldn’t bank on this being able to provide “the eyelashes of your dreams.” At best, the water-binding and conditioning agents in this brush-on product will help make lashes softer, but that’s about it. On the negative side, it’s disappointing that Marini added cinnamon bark extract to this product. This ingredient can be a skin irritant, and the eyelid is a delicate place to experiment with irritants!
Our proprietary and non-prostaglandin eyelash formulation. Our research and development uncovered a newly discovered proprietary peptide which when combined with other essential factors produces extraordinary eyelash and brow enhancement. Case study subjects have all demonstrated remarkable results. Now you can enjoy amazingly gorgeous, dense and lush eyelashes, the eyelashes of your dreams!
Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Myristoyl Tetrapeptide-12, Biotin, Tocopherol, White Tea Leaf Extract, Horse Chestnut Seed Extract, Cinnamon Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Panthenol, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Acrylates/C10-C30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance- and colorant-free; excellent AHA and retinol options, including an AHA combined with sunscreen; the water-soluble cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some categories contain ingredients (growth factors, hormones, and interferon) with unreliable track records or whose long-term risks, if any, remain unknown; sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging; Marini Lash isn't as exciting as Marini’s former lash-enhancing products.
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marini’s line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acid–based alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.
It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.
For more information about Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., call (888) 695-2611 or visit www.janmarini.com.
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