03.16.2015
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Total Moisture Facial Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $40
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Community Rating (2)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

This is a heavy-duty, thick-textured moisturizer for dry to very dry skin. We’d love to be able to recommend this very emollient facial moisturizer because there just aren’t many of these around, but this relatively pricey formula ends up disappointing. It just doesn’t offer dry skin the range of ingredients it needs to significantly help it be repaired and look radiant.

Instead of a range of anti-aging ingredients, the formula contains standard emollients and thickening agents, with more fragrance and preservatives than state-of-the-art ingredients. Plus, the tiny amount of antioxidants won’t remain potent for long due to the clear jar packaging. Please see More Info below for details on why jar packaging is a problem.

Total Moisture Facial Cream is not recommended for sensitive skin because it contains a small amount of fragrance ingredients known to be sensitizing.

Pros:
  • Rich emollients help smooth and soften very dry skin.
  • Thick, lubricating texture to help dry skin feel comfortable, not parched.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging.
  • Very small amount of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Lacks a range of skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients that can significantly improve dry skin.
  • Pricey formula for such a dated, ordinary formula.

More Info:

The fact that this moisturizer is packaged in a clear jar means the beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable once they’re exposed to light and the jar 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.

Community Reviews
Claims

This facial cream provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion.

Ingredients

Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Lanolin, Squalane, Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Ceteth-20, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Betaine, Decyloxazolidinone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Steareth-25, Mango Seed Butter, Steareth-21. Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Xylitylglucoside, Ajuga Turkestanica Extract, Sorbitol, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Algin, Xylitol, Cellulose Gum, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, BHT

Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare products could use more innovation (many contain potentially irritating fragrance and have bland formulas).

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare products could use more innovation (many contain potentially irritating fragrance and have bland formulas).

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.