Age Perfect Anti-Sagging + Anti-Age Spot Hydrating Moisturizer Night Cream is actually sold with the tag line of being a new menopause innovation, which it absolutely isn’t. Such a boring skin-care product cannot address the physiologic changes a woman’s skin endures during menopause, as these affects are related to hormonal loss, something this moisturizer cannot address. This ends up being another standard, jar-packaged moisturizer from L’Oreal. It’s an OK option for normal to dry skin but offers little in the way of anti-aging ingredients and contains nothing that can correct sagging or lighten a single age spot. By the way, sagging skin is not (I repeat, NOT) an issue any skin-care products can fix, regardless of the claim or ingredients. Acknowledging this will save you a lot of time, money, and frustration. At best, this moisturizer will make skin smoother and softer, though it does so by risking irritation due to the fragrance chemicals and fragrant jasmine extract it contains. One last note: the jar packaging isn’t a formulary issue here due to the lack of antioxidants, but it’s still a hygiene issue when you consider that you need to stick your fingers into the product every day.
Age Perfect Night Cream deeply moisturizes and helps improve skin elasticity with innovative Dermo-Peptide technology. It works with skin’s nightly recovering process to smooth and reduce the appearance of surface wrinkles and find lines.
Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Myristate, Shea Butter, stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-20 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Acrylates Copolymer, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Jasmine Flower Extract, Linalool, Limonene, Soluble Collagen, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Geranol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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