All Is Forgiven Skin Repair Concentrate (Discontinued)

$35 - 1 fl. oz.
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All Is Forgiven Skin Repair Concentrate contains many of the beneficial antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients the Estee Lauder Companies (of which American Beauty is one) use in their lotion-style serums. The difference here is the lack of silicone and the prominent use of the fragrant American Beauty plant extract. It coincides with the name of this line, but has no benefit for skin. That fact keeps this product from earning a higher rating, but it’s still a good option for normal to slightly dry skin. It does contain fragrance and the mica/titanium dioxide blend lends a glow to skin.
This potent peptide treatment lifts, firms & instantly brightens. Helps skin build natural collagen to visibly reduce wrinkles, fine lines & discolorations. In only 4 weeks: 94% of women felt their skin looked smoother. 91% noticed their skin looked brighter. 85% said their skin looked firmer. 84% saw fine lines and wrinkles minimized.
Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Petrolatum, Isopentyldiol, Glycerin, Rosa (American Beauty) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantethine, Arginine, Lysine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Ascorbic Acid, Glycine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Guanidine Carbonate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polybutene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, PEG-8, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sulfate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

American Beauty Skin Care aspires to resemble a blend between the Estee Lauder and Clinique makeup and skin-care lines, and-sort of-succeeds. Just one look at the packaging, brochures, and ads and you'll know what we mean. Yet a mix of poor packaging and relatively lackluster formulations doesn't instill much confidence. From all appearances, Lauder was trying to create the concept of department-store quality with mass-market pricing. The number of products in jar packaging is just out of touch with reality, especially when you consider the well-established facts surrounding ingredient instability when formulations are exposed to air or light. These formulas won't deliver for very long in containers that aren't airtight. Yes, the jar packaging does have a Lauderesque look, but that won't keep the antioxidants stable, or the plant extracts or cell-communicating ingredients around for very long after opening, and that's what counts for your skin.

Several different moisturizers, each with varying claims (anti-aging, antiwrinkle, hydrating), are available, but beyond the different names the basic configuration of the specialty ingredients is almost the same from product to product, with only minor variations. Essentially, regardless of the claim and the product, you are applying the same ingredients to your skin.

Then there's this good question: Why do the American Beauty skin-care products contain fragrance and coloring agents, while the Good Skin products don't? (Good Skin is also part of the Lauder family, reviewed elsewhere in this book.) Lauder can't seem to make up its corporate mind about this, because among their different product lines they continually vacillate on this issue. Just to set the record straight, coloring agents and fragrance have no benefit or purpose for skin care, and they can be detrimental by causing skin irritation or sensitization. If they aren't good for the Good Skin products, they shouldn't be good for American Beauty products either.

Speaking of fragrance, one quirky characteristic of this line is that many of the skincare products contain Rosa American Beauty extract, from the American Beauty rose. Clever identification aside, this fragrant additive imparts no benefit for skin. All in all, we suggest you pass by these products and walk a counter over to the Good Skin section, where there are far better options and the prices are noticeably lower.

For more information about American Beauty, owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl's, call (866) 352-8337 or visit

American Beauty Makeup

You can uncover some gems in the comparably smaller selection of American Beauty Makeup. Surveying the Beauty Bank cosmetics department at Kohls, it's apparent that the Flirt brand of makeup is where the color excitement is. However, what's available under the American Beauty moniker shouldn't be completely glossed over, if you'll pardon the pun.

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  1. SamIamHis
    Reviewed on Friday, December 14, 2012
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
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      4 / 4
    • :( Sadly this product is gone from the market BUT I am still buying through Ebay and Amazon when it is available. It is the most moisturizing of products. Very little scent, a bit of glow and my skin absorbs it and loves it. Great as a base for makeup as it allows makeup to glide onto skin and gives it a soft glow. It also is a great vehicle to help creams work better. I have found nothing that is comparable in any line of skin care. Too many products that make claims but fall short. On this 60+ skin this product is the best.

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