05.10.2013
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Bobbi Brown
Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser
Rating
4.2 fl. oz. for $28
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:05.10.2013
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This thick-textured cleanser contains some good ingredients for dry skin, but the chief emollient in use is not the easiest to rinse, so expect to need a washcloth for complete removal. Getting every trace of this cleansing cream off skin is mandatory because the formula contains a couple of fragrant plant oils (lavender and rose) plus other fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. Dry skin already has a compromised surface, so adding irritating ingredient to the mix isn’t going to help it improve, not to mention fragrant irritants can hinder healthy collagen production and cause sensitized reactions. The amount of fragrance isn’t that high, but no question this would be better without the scent. As is, this is an OK though overpriced cleanser for dry to very dry skin.

Claims

Formulated with rich emollients and Enriched Mineral Water Blend to cleanse, purify and remove all traces of dirt and makeup without stripping skin of moisture. Avocado Butter and a natural blend of Jojoba, Avocado and Grape Seed Oils gives skin a cushiony, comfortable feel. Ideal for all skin types.

Ingredients

Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Diisostearyl Adipate, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Rosa Canina (Rose) Fruit Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil , Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil , Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil , Trehalose, Cholesterol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-32, PEG-6, Glycine, Tribehenin, Stearyl Alcohol, Linoleic Acid, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phytantriol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Phytosphingosine, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Linalool, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyproline, Proline, Acrylates Copolymer, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; the Gel Eyeliner and Shimmer Brick are impressive; mostly excellent brushes..

Weaknesses: As with most Lauder-owned companies, the well-formulated moisturizers are hindered by jar packaging, which compromises the effectiveness of light- and air-sensitive ingredients; several otherwise effective products marred by irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components; concealers and lip glosses are unimpressive; CC cream leaves skin looking worse, not better.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and body-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Bobbi Brown Makeup

We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.

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