This moisturizer is said to be the next generation of skin care, yet its formula doesn’t approach cutting edge or state-of-the-art. Although it has a lightweight, silky texture for normal to oily skin (those with dry skin won’t find this provides enough moisture), the majority of its ingredients are common to your average moisturizer, and that’s basically what this is. It isn’t “deep acting” nor can it “re-firm contours”, which implies it helps with sagging skin. And it nearly goes without saying that this product cannot replenish lost facial volume (you need dermal fillers for that).
At best, this will make skin feel smoother and softer, and it contains ingredients that hold moisture to skin’s surface, resulting in wrinkles being (temporarily) plumped, but none of this is about lifting contours or replacing lost volume in the face. The titanium dioxide and mica are mineral pigments that cosmetically brighten and add shine to skin, yet that has nothing to do with improving signs of sagging or volume loss.
This moisturizer contains a smattering of anti-aging ingredients, but some of them won’t remain stable because it’s packaged in a jar. See More Info to find out why jar packaging is a problem.
Two more concerns for this product are the inclusion of fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation and the sensitizing preservative methylisothiazolinone. This preservative is generally recommended for use in rinse-off, not leave-on, products because of its sensitizing potential (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, November 2011, pages 276–285; and June 2011, pages 330–336). It’s possible that when combined with the fragrance ingredients its sensitizing potential increases, which isn’t a good thing.
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift presents the next-generation of skincare, RevitaLift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer, a powerful, luxurious moisturizer that goes beyond a simple anti-aging cream to address 3 dimensions that visibly age skin. 1. Fight Wrinkles 2. Re-Firm Contours 3. Replenish Volume
Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Nylon-12, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Methylisothiazonlinone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Linalool, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance
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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