Brightening Gentle Cream Cleanser (Discontinued)

by Bobbi Brown  Brightening
Price:
$30 - 3.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
5/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This expensive foaming cleanser is water soluble, but contains some drying cleansing agents and enough potassium hydroxide (also known as lye) to leave skin feeling tight, as if cleansed by standard bar soap.

The formula also contains fragrant orange oil and fragrance ingredients that can cause irritation, especially if used around the eyes. For the money, or at any price, this is a very disappointing cleanser that’s impossible to recommend.

As for the “brightening” plant extracts, they will be rinsed down the drain before they can offer much benefit, as will the glucosamine, which isn’t an exfoliant on par with well-researched AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid).

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Expensive, especially for such a small amount of cleanser.
  • Contains drying, soap-like cleansing agents.
  • Orange oil and fragrance ingredients can cause further irritation, especially when used around the eyes (which you’re likely to do if you wear eye makeup).

The first step to a brighter, more even-toned complexion. This luxuriously creamy face wash creates a rich, foamy lather that removes makeup and leaves skin clean, smooth and cushioned. Glucosamine gently exfoliates dull surface cells, leaving skin fresh and softer.

Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Behenic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Mulberry Rot Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Vitus Vinifera Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Whey Protein, Orange Peel Oil, Sorbitol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-3 Distearate, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol

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 baby-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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