Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15

by Benefit  
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$30 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
5/2/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Doesn’t the name of this product sound like it does it all? Well, it doesn’t—at least not if your expectations are to take the best possible care of your skin. If you set your standards below par, this might pass.

Although it’s great that this provides broad-spectrum sun protection (avobenzone is on hand for critical UVA screening), the lightweight lotion formula doesn’t deliver a dose of the ingredients that all skin types need to look healthier and act younger.

If you’re interested in sun protection, chances are good you’re also trying to minimize and repair signs of aging. If that’s true, you need to make sure your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is treating your skin to those types of ingredients—the very ones that are in short supply in this product (so much for it “performing” all that well).

Beyond the sunscreen actives (which are definitely anti-aging), this contains more preservatives and fragrance than the type of ingredients that help skin look and act younger.

Pros:
  • Lightweight lotion texture works well under makeup.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection.
Cons:
  • Beyond sunscreen, fails to provide skin with a range of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Contains more preservative and fragrance than state-of-the-art ingredients.
  • Small amount of fragrance ingredients puts skin at risk of irritation, which is made worse when combined with synthetic sunscreen actives.
  • For a basic sunscreen like this, you can find versions at the drugstore for a fraction of the price.

This lotion hydrates, protects, and comforts the skin with its oil-free, lightweight formula. It contains an exclusive “tri-radiance complex” to help develop the skin’s reserves of water. SPF 15 protects the skin against sun damage with a broad-spectrum blend of UVA and UVB filters.

Active: Octinoxate (7.49%), Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (2%), Sulisobenzone (1.5%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Diglycerin, C14-22 Alcohols, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Betaine, Steareth-21, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Coco-Glucoside, Fragrance, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Decyloxazolidinone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Xylitylglucoside, Linalool, Anhydroxylitol, BHT, Xylitol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Ajuga Turkastana Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate

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. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which 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 skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. 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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It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. 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.

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