Who wouldn’t be curious about an anti-aging moisturizer claiming to use “breakthrough technology of 17 countries”? It’s as if brilliant cosmetics chemists from all these nations came together in one big beauty think tank and didn’t emerge until they had developed the one anti-aging moisturizer (well, actually two, because there is another one in this line), and then gave it only to Skinn to sell. What utter nonsense. First, if this were true, what are all the other products Skinn sells making the same claims about miraculously getting rid of wrinkles and stopping aging, including the other Collagenesis product? Second, none of the ingredients in here are the only options for taking great care of skin.
In the real world (as opposed to fantasy land) Collagenesis 24 Hour Youth Preservation Cream has a rich, buttery texture and does contain a good range of beneficial ingredients for skin. However, it seems that the combined technologies of 17 countries overlooked the importance of packaging in keeping all the light- and air-sensitive ingredients in this product stable. It’s really disappointing that this emollient moisturizer is packaged in a jar because daily use will allow the numerous antioxidants and other ingredients to deteriorate. In better packaging, this would stand a very good chance of coming close to at least part of Skinn’s marketing claims for the product.
This exceptional 24 hour cream represents the anti- aging breakthrough technology of 17 countries. Used AM and PM, Youth Preservation Cream is the perfect complement to Collagenesis™ Power Ampoules as it will seal in powerful bioactive ingredients that will have you looking vibrant and breathtakingly radiant. This exquisite youthful formula returns skin that is cushiony soft and velvety to the touch, tone that is astonishingly even, and texture that is dramatically refined and incredibly firmed. Collagenesis™ is a worry-free, scientifically advanced system containing no waxes, no parabens, no petrochemicals and no mineral oil so you can use both day and night to keep your skin naturally in balance.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Squalane, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine Hci, Myristyl Myristate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Phospholipids, Caffeine, Wine Extract, Glycerin, Aleuritis Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa Oil, Phytostearyl Isostearate, Lecithin, Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Tetrapeptide-17, Hyaluronic Acid, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ergothioneine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Perfluorodecalin, Xanthan Gum, Beta-Carotene
Skinn by Dimitri James At-A-Glance
Strengths: The toner; a few good moisturizers, including some designed for the eye area (even though skin around the eyes doesn't require a separate product) and for oily skin; the lip scrub; the Nutri-Lift products (even though they don't lift skin in the least); mostly good, and some intriguing, makeup palettes; some great mascaras; the automatic eyeliner pencil.
Weaknesses: No sunscreens (How can you take any cosmetic line's anti-aging claims seriously when they completely overlook the importance of sun protection?); jar packaging for antioxidant-rich products; no products to manage acne or skin.
Dimitri James is a makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion consultant who spent two decades working for some of the biggest cosmetics companies in the world. After stints with brands such as Estee Lauder and Revlon, he decided, as so many others have before him, to launch his own products. Apparently, he was disenchanted with the business model most large cosmetics companies follow. According to James, the formula was always the same: "make a cheap product, put it in a fancy jar with a nice box and charge as much as possible." His cynical summation is definitely appreciated by those of us on the Cosmetics Cop team. Ironically, however, for the most part, Skinn's business model mimics the business model of many large and small cosmetics companies; that is, his products come in fancy jars, make inane unsupported claims, and are absurdly overpriced. Adding to that insanity, many of his products are poorly formulated.
Aside from the glaring same old, same old mix of disenchantment, those hoping for some good news about Skinn products will be pleased to know that this line does have some products worth considering. That doesn't mean the claims are accurate or that they outperform excellent products from many other lines. Overlooking the omission of reliable sunscreen from this line, the handful of good formulas are capable of getting as close as possible to keeping skin looking youthful and healthy. They won't replace cosmetic corrective procedures, but no skin-care routine will do that. Please refer to the list of strengths for products worth your attention; any products not on that list you can skip, unless you want to set yourself up for disappointment, and you will be disappointed if you expect the farfetched claims to come true.
Skinn's promises for their makeup—that they will make you a picture of airbrushed perfection—are beyond reality. Today's best makeup products can go a long way toward making a beautiful finish to your appearance and they're easier to apply than ever before. Just keep in mind that technique still plays a major role, so don't expect any makeup product to be the final answer. Skinn's color line has just as many misses as hits, so shop carefully. In this case, the foundations and concealer are not worth considering over countless others, but there are some great powder blushes and eyeshadows, a fantastic eye pencil, and mascaras that perform beautifully; but again, these are easily replaced with less expensive options. Those intrigued by makeup palettes may find some good options here, too.
All told, the Skinn line has a handful of impressive products, but it's not remotely "the revolution in cosmetics" Dimitri James makes it out to be. For more information about Skinn by Dimitri James, call (866) 346-4874 or visit www.skinn.com.
Note: This line is sold primarily on home shopping channels.
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