Blue Lotus Mist (Discontinued)

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$26 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
6/5/2012
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No
Tested On Animals:
No
This spray-on toner has a skin-confusing mix of helpful and potentially irritating ingredients. The aloe, glycerin, and honeysuckle flower are beneficial, but the headlined blue lotus flower (Nymphaea coerulea) has no established benefit for skin. Although it might sound exotic, its efficacy is based on folklore, and its inclusion is more a marketing twist than anything else. On balance, this is an OK option for normal to dry skin, but the irritants aren’t good news in any amount, and the price is needlessly high.
Blue Lotus Mist is the perfect fusion of hydrating water and a soothing serum of botanical and flower extracts from South Africa that revives dull and tired complexions and provides skin with an instant burst of radiance.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Glycerin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polysorbate 20, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Alcohol Denat., Thiamine HCL, Pyridoxine HCL, Potassium Sorbate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Fragrance, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool

The Anastasia Beverly Hills product line was developed by "definitive eyebrow expert" Anastasia Soare, a woman who owns a chic Beverly Hills salon. Her namesake product line is built around specialty brow products and shaping tools based on her criteria. Although she has expanded the line to include skin-care and other makeup items, the brow products remain the heart of the line; the skin care seems to be little more than an afterthought.

What sets the Anastasia line apart is the wide selection of brow-grooming products and their impressive shade range for natural-looking brows. Overall, the line is a mixture of both good and bad products, at a relatively high price point. We were expecting to find great brow pencils from a line devoted to perfecting the eyebrow, but Anastasia failed miserably with their extremely hard-textured Perfect Brow Pencil.

Their skin-care products also rank low in terms of efficacy and high in terms of misleading claims, and the mascara misses the mark completely. There are a few so-so makeup products you can ignore, and some of the brow kits have a frustrating mix of good products and awful products.

On the flip side, what's great about Anastasia Beverly Hills are their fabulous brow powders, good brushes, brow-taming products, and some helpful products such as Brow Fix, Brow Pen, and Tinted Brow Gel. They also have a beautiful Blush Quad and a couple of good highlighter pencils. Many of the products cater to those who are new to brow shaping (including a brow stencil set), and, depending on your local department store, you may even be able to schedule an appointment with an Anastasia brow specialist who can show you the way, following the namesake company founder's famous Golden Ratio. For more information about Anastasia Beverly Hills, call (800) 310-3773 or visit www.anastasia.net.

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