Extra Repair Serum

by Bobbi Brown  Extra
Price:
$108 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
5/10/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This expensive serum contains good ingredients for skin (though nothing exciting or worthy of this price tag), but their beneficial effects are counteracted by the inclusion of several fragrant plant oils, most of which cause irritation, which in turn hurts your skin's ability to look and act younger, and they're not repairing in the least!

Pros:
  • Lotion-like texture that helps normal to dry skin feel better.
  • Contains antioxidants and a cell-communicating ingredient to improve skin.
Cons:
  • Expensive for what can easily be found in less pricey products. Check our list of Best Serums for more affordable and better formulated options.
  • Several key anti-aging ingredients are present, but only meager amounts, which isn’t what you should expect for this price.
  • Formula contains fragrant plant oils that can cause irritation (please see More Info for details on why irritation is bad for your skin).

More Info:

The fragrant oils in this serum create a lovely scent, but fragrance isn’t skin care. More important, these fragrant oils don’t offer any anti-aging benefit, but they do cause irritation, which hurts skin’s ability to heal and produce healthy collagen. That’s the opposite of what you want if your goal is healthier, younger-looking skin!

EXTRA Repair Serum is Bobbi’s solution for dry or very dry skin. Luxurious and milky, this concentrated repair serum comforts skin as it firms and moisturizes. Anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin C and a powerful peptide help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles both instantly and over time.

Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sucrose (Organic Brown Sugar), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caffeine, Dimethicone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Xanthan Gum, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid

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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