Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25

by Bobbi Brown  Extra
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$93 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
5/10/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 has avobenzone for UVA protection, but contains irritating bitter orange oil, grapefruit, and geranium oils, all of which cause irritation plus the citrus oils are photosensitizing (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). What are those ingredients doing in a product whose intention is to protect skin while outdoors? And even if it didn’t include these problem ingredients, how liberally are you going to apply a sunscreen with a price like this?

Without the problematic fragrant oils, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen remains a tough sell because it is packaged in a jar. That means the numerous antioxidants and other sensitive ingredients it contains will break down shortly after opening, leaving you with a very expensive product whose best attribute (daily sun protection) is easily found in countless less expensive products.

Since sun damage is a key factor in skin aging, this is as an everyday essential for broad-spectrum sun protection. Formulated with the same powerful ingredients as Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm, this multi-tasker also offers anti-aging benefits. Argireline Peptide helps to increase skin firmness, while Clary Sage Ferment boosts skin's ability to hold in moisture in the short and over time.

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Homosalate (5%, Oxybenzone (3%), Avobenzone (2%) Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Sucrose, Polyethylene, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Laureth-7, Glucosamine HCL, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, 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.

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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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