Booster Blue Corrective Concealer (Discontinued)

by B. Kamins, Chemist   Booster Blue
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$30 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Cream Concealer
Last Updated:
2/26/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No
Booster Blue Corrective Concealer is a sheer concealer whose sallow green tint is meant to camouflage the diffuse redness that accompanies rosacea. It covers redness to a minor extent, but in exchange it leaves your skin with a faint tinge of green that sort of resembles what seasickness is supposed to look like. The lightweight lotion texture sets to a matte finish and although it contains a novel anti-irritant (Quercus infectoria gall extract), the amount used is disappointingly small, (I mean really, really small) especially for a product claiming to offer potent anti-inflammatory benefits.
This efficient dual-action formula treats the symptoms of rosacea while helping to conceal the redness which defines the condition. Infused with powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties to protect and nourish irritated skin.
Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG 20/15 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, PEG-8, Dimethicone, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphates, C20-22 Alcohols, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Propylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Quercus Infectoria Gall Extract, Glycine, Arginine, Leucine, Acer Saccharum (Maple Isolate), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Hexyl Laurate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Niacinamide, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1, Iron Oxides

Formerly sold with the targeted tagline "Baby Boomer Skin Care," B. Kamins is now known as The Gentle Cosmeceutical. The new presentation is designed to communicate the impression that their products provide significant benefits without being harsh, while also appealing to a wider demographic (not just baby boomers) concerned with aging skin. Considering that the definition of cosmeceutical (a term the FDA does not regulate) is "a cosmetic that has or is purported to have medicinal properties," B. Kamins is stretching things a bit, because most of the products in this line are nothing more than standard, often overpriced cosmetics.

B. Kamins is Ben Kaminsky, a Canadian cosmetics chemist. While on a winter fishing trip in Northern Canada, he observed that certain Canadian maple trees (Acer saccharum) could survive and thrive in spite of being rooted in a cold, unforgiving climate. After 30 years of research, Kamins developed a trademarked method of extracting and purifying a biological compound from these maple trees. The result of this extraction is Bio-Maple™ Compound, and every product in his line contains this ingredient.

The company claims Bio-Maple™ Compound not only moisturizes skin and improves its smoothness but also enhances skin-cell turnover, while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The natural sugars, which help bind moisture to skin, and antioxidant components that occur in maple likely have benefit for skin, but there is no substantiated research proving the Bio-Maple™ Compound is better than countless other antioxidants. Further, you'd think after 30 years of research Kamins would have published or had at least one of his studies peer-reviewed for validation—but he didn't.

The practice of extracting a substance from a plant (be it root, flower, or tree) is often detailed and laborious, not to mention subject to climate and soil conditions. But it must be stressed that the factors that enable plants to thrive in sunlight and the elements while our skin and body functions can't take such abuse for very long are now the essence of antioxidant research. We still don't know which antioxidant is the most effective one. Moreover, what many researchers believe is true is that a cocktail of antioxidants, each with varying functions, may prove most beneficial for skin. Ongoing research continues to back up the connection between topically applied antioxidants and improvements in the creation of healthier skin that has a better ability to defend itself from the elements. Although the role of antioxidants in skin care is exciting and evolving, one major element Kamins' theory ignores is the fact that the biological processes of humans and plants are completely different. And if sugar maple (that's the garden name for the Acer saccharum tree) has such tremendous benefit as an antioxidant that it deserves standing on its own in skin-care products, only B. Kamins seems to know about it.

In contrast to the last time we reviewed this line, we are pleased to report that Kamins' has done away with all of his inferior sunscreens. None of them now lack sufficient UVA protection, and all are rated SPF 15 or greater, and that's good news.

You may have heard that this is a good line to shop if you have rosacea. However, the Kamins products meant to address this skin disorder fall short on most counts, either by containing irritants or using other ingredients that are not ideal for calming the symptoms of rosacea.

For more information about B. Kamins, Chemist, call (888) 252-6467 or visit www.bkamins.com.

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