11.26.2014
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Intensive Skin Supplement
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1 fl. oz. for $70
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Intensive Skin Supplement has some impressive ingredients and a lightweight, water-based serum texture built around slip agents and silicones. The amounts of vitamin C and mulberry root extract are probably not enough to have an effect on melanin production, but between them, the other antioxidants, and a cell-communicating ingredient, this is a well-formulated product that can be used by all skin types, including those prone to breakouts.

Note: This serum is dispensed via a dropper applicator. Although not the ideal method to dispense a serum that contains light- and air-sensitive ingredients, sometimes this type of packaging is necessary due to formulary requirements. When that’s the case, the goal is to keep the bottle opening as small as possible, the bottle should be opaque or specially coated to protect the contents from light, and you should use the serum up within three months of opening.

Claims

An advanced, multi-benefit serum that improves skin's appearance as it helps prevent the visible signs of aging. White Birch Extract reduces the look of fine, dry lines, while Grape Extract helps clarify and brighten the complexion. After just four weeks' use, skin looks firmer, smoother, more even-toned and radiant.

Ingredients

Water\Aqua\Eau, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sucrose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ceramide 2, Linoleic Acid, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Cholesterol, Isopentyldiol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Oryzanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, 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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The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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02.05.2015
Love it!

I love this serum. I am new to "good" skincare. For my wedding I did some make up trials and every beauty specialist noted that my skin is very dehydrated. It used to by oily and now is dehydrated with some oil on the t-zone. This serum is turning my skin around quickly. It was the first product I've introduced to my skin care and it's great. I use it evening and morning.

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10.09.2014
Good for Nightime

This serum is sticky. It works O.K. at night, under a moisturizer, although it doesn't have a great feel. It does not work well during the day under moisturizer because the stickiness makes foundation go on unevenly.

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