12.04.2012
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Nano Gold Energizing Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $420
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Last Updated:12.04.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No

This ranks as one of Chantecaille’s most expensive products, and that’s quite a feat considering how overpriced several of their other products are. We wish the extra money translated into superior benefits for your skin, but it absolutely doesn’t. The hook with this moisturizer is “pure gold” and its alleged effects at the cellular level to rejuvenate skin. First, the “cellular level” claim sounds enticing and may make you think this cream has some special benefit to penetrate deep enough into the skin to affect new cells. However, mentioning “cellular level” doesn’t equate with special properties; it could easily mean the dead surface layers of the epidermis, which any leave-on product can affect at the cellular level.

As for the gold, it is nearly the last ingredient listed. For the money, the gold should be way up in front on the ingredient list; as is, however, it doesn’t account for more than 0.01% of the formula. It turns out, gold in any amount isn’t a precious ingredient for your skin. It is a relatively common allergen that can induce dermatitis about the face and eyelids (Sources: Inflammation and Allergy Drug Targets, September 2008, pages 145–162; Dermatologic Therapy, Volume 17, 2004, pages 321–327; and Cutis, May 2000, pages 323–326).

There is zero research proving topical application of gold has healing powers for skin or that it can restore youthful tone and elasticity to skin. Taking the backbone of this moisturizer into account, it is a truly underwhelming, utterly disappointing formula in jar packaging, which renders the few good ingredients unstable. This wouldn’t be worth the money at one-eighth the price tag.

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Claims

This extraordinary anti-aging formula starts with the healing powers of pure gold, nourishing the skin at a cellular level and forming an invisible, elastic film that instantly restores tone, diffuses light, and rejuvenates the skin. Paraben-free.

Ingredients

Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Silica, Saccharide Isomerate, Titanium Dioxide, Vp/Va Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Shea Butter, Carbomer, Mica, Sweet Almond Oil, Bisabolol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pullulan, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Fibroin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Carrageenan, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Acacia Dealbata Flower Wax, Algae Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Jasmine Flower Wax, Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax, Steareth-20, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-8, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Alpina Extract, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid, Dipeptide-2, Gold, Lecithin [Citronellol, Geraniol]

Brand Overview

Chantecaille At-a-Glance

Strengths: The makeup far surpasses the skin care, but is not without its problems; one good serum; a skin lightening product with arbutin; excellent range of foundation, concealer, and powder shades for light to medium skin tones; beautiful powder blush and eyeshadows; some impressive eye and lip pencils (if you don't mind routine sharpening).

Weaknesses: Unjustifiably expensive; several products contain problematic plants or fragrant waxes and oils; no sunscreens; no effective anti-acne products; no AHA or BHA exfoliants; none of the products advertising an SPF rating contain active ingredients or any other ingredients capable of shielding skin from sun damage; the Luminous Eye Liner; boring mascara.

Created by Sylvie Chantecaille, this line of makeup and skin-care products, sold at Neiman Marcus and some salons and spas, draws on Chantecaille's 20 years of experience as an employee of Estee Lauder Corporation. The fact that she worked for Lauder and helped to create and launch the Prescriptives line is impressive. Experience means a lot in the crowded, complicated cosmetics industry and it's as good a reason as any to start your own product line.

Not surprisingly, she claims her products are known for their "uniquely high concentration of natural botanicals" and their organic origins, though it takes only a cursory look at the ingredient list to see that isn't true—did she really think no one would notice propylene glycol, polyvinylpyrrolidone, methylparaben, butylparaben, phenoxyethanol, triethanolamine, and PEG-8, which are about as natural as polyester? What is true, however, is that most of the plants in these products are present in very small amounts, often listed after the preservative.

What almost every cosmetic company knows (we can't think of one that doesn't) is that you can't brag about the synthetic ingredients your products contain, even if they are the backbone of every product you make. Selling skin-care products is far easier when you use terms such as "pure," "holistic," or "wellness." Chantecaille takes this faux information one step further by saying (and we're not kidding about this) that her products are "endowed with a potent life force." Oooh-la-la! But … once you pull off the rose-colored glasses and probe beneath the hyperbole, all you are left with is a bouquet of fantasy that won't help your skin.

Even more bewildering than the natural claims is that Chantecaille asserts that their emphasis on anti-aging focuses primarily on addressing the causes of inflammation. Without question, inflammation plays a role in how the skin and the body age, and recent research is showing that it probably plays a greater role than previously suspected. Any cosmetic company that is trying to make products that reduce inflammation and its effects is a good thing—but for all their talk, Chantecaille's formulas don't inhibit inflammation; instead, many of them increase inflammation thanks to the numerous fragrant plant oils and waxes they contain. While these ingredients create lovely aromas, scent isn't skin care. Most of these fragrant plant ingredients contain volatile chemicals that create the scent; it is these chemicals (e.g., eugenol, limonene, citronellol, and linalool) that cause skin irritation that leads to, you guessed it, inflammation (Sources: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectronomy, November 2008 pages 3593–3598; Chemical Research in Toxicology, May 2007, pages 807–814; and The British Journal of Dermatology, May 2006, pages 885–888).

In contrast, there is little more than anecdotal research indicating that the problematic plant ingredients Chantecaille uses are actually healing, as the company claims.

The chief reason to explore Chantecaille is their makeup. Although there isn't a single item that doesn't have an equally good counterpart in other lines for far less money, if you're curious about Chantecaille, color is where it's at. Their foundation shade range has improved and is beautifully neutral. The textures and finishes for foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, and lip glosses are outstanding, as are the finishes. In short, Chantecaille has made it very easy to assemble a makeup wardrobe that makes skin look smooth, polished, and radiant, although their foundations and powders are geared toward those with normal to dry skin.

One more comment: Chantecaille has a penchant for attributing sun-protection claims and SPF ratings to various products. They do so in violation of FDA regulations on sunscreens because the company does not list active ingredients on their label. If a cosmetic company can't even get that right, then much of what they do is called into question, aside from just looking askance at their claims. Considering the price of their products, this omission is nearly unforgivable; please don't rely on the claim for sun protection, because it assuredly puts your skin at risk for sun damage. By the way, none of the natural ingredients in these products provide sun protection on their own, either. Ingredients such as vitamins C and E can, to some extent, help skin defend itself against sun damage and boost the longevity of sunscreen actives, but by themselves they're not capable of providing sun protection on a par with what's required to earn an SPF rating.

For more information about Chantecaille, call 877-673-7080 or visit www.chantecaille.com.

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Chantecaille At-a-Glance

Strengths: The makeup far surpasses the skin care, but is not without its problems; one good serum; a skin lightening product with arbutin; excellent range of foundation, concealer, and powder shades for light to medium skin tones; beautiful powder blush and eyeshadows; some impressive eye and lip pencils (if you don't mind routine sharpening).

Weaknesses: Unjustifiably expensive; several products contain problematic plants or fragrant waxes and oils; no sunscreens; no effective anti-acne products; no AHA or BHA exfoliants; none of the products advertising an SPF rating contain active ingredients or any other ingredients capable of shielding skin from sun damage; the Luminous Eye Liner; boring mascara.

Created by Sylvie Chantecaille, this line of makeup and skin-care products, sold at Neiman Marcus and some salons and spas, draws on Chantecaille's 20 years of experience as an employee of Estee Lauder Corporation. The fact that she worked for Lauder and helped to create and launch the Prescriptives line is impressive. Experience means a lot in the crowded, complicated cosmetics industry and it's as good a reason as any to start your own product line.

Not surprisingly, she claims her products are known for their "uniquely high concentration of natural botanicals" and their organic origins, though it takes only a cursory look at the ingredient list to see that isn't true—did she really think no one would notice propylene glycol, polyvinylpyrrolidone, methylparaben, butylparaben, phenoxyethanol, triethanolamine, and PEG-8, which are about as natural as polyester? What is true, however, is that most of the plants in these products are present in very small amounts, often listed after the preservative.

What almost every cosmetic company knows (we can't think of one that doesn't) is that you can't brag about the synthetic ingredients your products contain, even if they are the backbone of every product you make. Selling skin-care products is far easier when you use terms such as "pure," "holistic," or "wellness." Chantecaille takes this faux information one step further by saying (and we're not kidding about this) that her products are "endowed with a potent life force." Oooh-la-la! But … once you pull off the rose-colored glasses and probe beneath the hyperbole, all you are left with is a bouquet of fantasy that won't help your skin.

Even more bewildering than the natural claims is that Chantecaille asserts that their emphasis on anti-aging focuses primarily on addressing the causes of inflammation. Without question, inflammation plays a role in how the skin and the body age, and recent research is showing that it probably plays a greater role than previously suspected. Any cosmetic company that is trying to make products that reduce inflammation and its effects is a good thing—but for all their talk, Chantecaille's formulas don't inhibit inflammation; instead, many of them increase inflammation thanks to the numerous fragrant plant oils and waxes they contain. While these ingredients create lovely aromas, scent isn't skin care. Most of these fragrant plant ingredients contain volatile chemicals that create the scent; it is these chemicals (e.g., eugenol, limonene, citronellol, and linalool) that cause skin irritation that leads to, you guessed it, inflammation (Sources: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectronomy, November 2008 pages 3593–3598; Chemical Research in Toxicology, May 2007, pages 807–814; and The British Journal of Dermatology, May 2006, pages 885–888).

In contrast, there is little more than anecdotal research indicating that the problematic plant ingredients Chantecaille uses are actually healing, as the company claims.

The chief reason to explore Chantecaille is their makeup. Although there isn't a single item that doesn't have an equally good counterpart in other lines for far less money, if you're curious about Chantecaille, color is where it's at. Their foundation shade range has improved and is beautifully neutral. The textures and finishes for foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, and lip glosses are outstanding, as are the finishes. In short, Chantecaille has made it very easy to assemble a makeup wardrobe that makes skin look smooth, polished, and radiant, although their foundations and powders are geared toward those with normal to dry skin.

One more comment: Chantecaille has a penchant for attributing sun-protection claims and SPF ratings to various products. They do so in violation of FDA regulations on sunscreens because the company does not list active ingredients on their label. If a cosmetic company can't even get that right, then much of what they do is called into question, aside from just looking askance at their claims. Considering the price of their products, this omission is nearly unforgivable; please don't rely on the claim for sun protection, because it assuredly puts your skin at risk for sun damage. By the way, none of the natural ingredients in these products provide sun protection on their own, either. Ingredients such as vitamins C and E can, to some extent, help skin defend itself against sun damage and boost the longevity of sunscreen actives, but by themselves they're not capable of providing sun protection on a par with what's required to earn an SPF rating.

For more information about Chantecaille, call 877-673-7080 or visit www.chantecaille.com.