Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel

by Clarins  
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$58 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Specialty Body Care Products
Last Updated:
11/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

If the average beauty product consumer knew how to decipher an ingredient list, she would be shocked to realize what an exceedingly boring product this specialty body-care product is. Said to tone the bust and décolleté, it contains little more than water, slip agents, film-forming agent, a type of sugar, thickener, and fragrance.

The tiny amount of antioxidants won't do much to firm skin anywhere on the body and it's very disappointing that there's more fragrance in this product than state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients. Please see More Info to learn why a high amount of fragrance is a problem for all skin types.

This product cannot lift sagging skin on the chest or anywhere else. The factors that lead breasts and skin on the chest to become loose and sag cannot be altered by skin-care products, and definitely not a formula like this!

Note: the film-forming agent this product contains may make your skin feel tighter, but it won't actually be tighter. It's a cosmetic sensation that isn't causing any lasting change or affecting the factors (such as gravity, muscle loss, hormonal shifts, and the like) that cause skin to sag.

Pros:
  • Provides light, smoothing hydration.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Doesn't work as claimed (it cannot lift or firm sagging skin anywhere on the body).
  • Contains more fragrance than beneficial ingredients, but fragrance isn't skin care.

More Info:

Irritation from a high amount of fragrant oils, whether you see it on the surface of skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to minimize or eliminate as much as possible your exposure to known skin irritants, especially considering there are brilliant formulas available that avoid these types of problematic ingredients.

A non-oily gel containing special plant extracts that work naturally to firm, tone and strengthen the delicate skin of the bust and décollete, minimizing skin slackness in this sensitive area to create a more pleasing body contour. Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel is an essential addition to any woman's body-care regimen. Recommended after periods of extended sun exposure, fatigue, stress and weight loss.

Water, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C-10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Maltodextrin, Cellulose Gum, Fragrance, Panthenol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel) Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuuss (Sunflower) Seed oil, Disodium EDTA, Punica Granatum Bark Extract, Cedrelopsis Grevei Bark Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel, BHT.

Clarins is a distinctively French line whose beginnings go back to 1954. It was then that founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins began formulating plant-based treatments for his clients. He parlayed this into a Beauty Institute, and from there, with an all-natural mantra that was slightly ahead of its time, the business grew. Never wavering from its original marketing angle, Clarins has steadfastly held on to the belief that whatever grows from the ground and smells nice must be the cure for every skin ailment, from breakouts to loss of firmness to the dreaded "sponginess" of cellulite. A visit to today's white- and red-trimmed Clarins counter confirms that the plant-based, natural-extract rhetoric is still intact, and the counter staff is eager to discuss it (yet ask them what some of the non-plant, unnatural ingredients are doing in their products and you may be met with a blank stare).

You'll also find that Clarins routinely offers facial appointments at their counters, yet more often than not these appointments, which are done behind a privacy screen, are about selling products, not about performing a legitimate facial. (For example, cleansing, toning, and facial massage are included, while extractions are not.) One other point of difference you may hear about is the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex. First added to their products in 1991, this Complex consists of a group of plant extracts — though what they may be is a mystery, since all manner of plant extracts show up in these products, with few repeats. This "high-performing" protection is supposed to shield skin from pollutant gases, corrosive particles, and industrial emissions. Although that sounds good, it's not true and there isn't a shred of proof to the contrary (Clarins research is unpublished). Plant extracts, alone or in combination — regardless of the remote locations they may come from — cannot keep pollution off the skin. If anything, the amount of fragrance in these products can weaken the skin's defense mechanisms, resulting in more damage from the pollution our skin encounters daily.

This line is enormous, and is absolutely one of the most cumbersome around. Within it, the assortment of plant extracts ranges from the usual to the exotic and ultimately to the no-one-knows-what-in-the-heck-these-are! Clarins has something for every skin concern imaginable—from keeping pollution off the face (not possible) to lifting a sagging jaw line (not possible without surgery), and even protecting skin from electromagnetic waves (give me a break). It would seem there is nothing these supposedly miraculous products can't do! And you'll find a horde of plants here with the promise that this can really all come true.

However, once you're armed with even a modicum of ingredient knowledge and a fair helping of myth-busting, you'll realize how ridiculously out of whack all of this hype is. That's not to imply that all of these products are bad—there are good ones—or that all of the plant extracts aren't good—because many are very good anti-irritants, antioxidants, emollients, or antibacterial agents. However, many plant extracts are also potential allergens or skin irritants. Clarins also has its fair share of ordinary, standard, and completely unnecessary products whose claims are at best misleading and at worst downright false, and overall the products are incredibly overpriced for what you get. What is most startling is the redundancy among the Clarins products. There are few differences, for example, between the moisturizers and the mask cleansers, and the oil-control products are more reruns than they are new alternatives for skin care.

Note: All Clarins products contain fragrance.

For more information about Clarins, call (866) 252-7467 or visit www.clarins.com.

Clarins Makeup

Clarins showcases its prodigious skin-care products so prominently that you may not have noticed that their excellent makeup collection has become even more impressive. Evaluating Clarins makeup is 180 degrees different from evaluating the lackluster and confusing assortment of skin-care products they sell. When it comes to foundations, powders, and lipsticks, texture is critically important. Luckily, this is where Clarins color line excels, despite premium prices and going a bit overboard with fragrance. Their foundations are marvelous, the lone concealer is much better than their former attempts in this area, and every powder-based product feels incomparably silky while looking stunningly smooth on skin. (Keep in mind, however, that even the best makeup looks only as good as the skin on which it is applied.) Giving Lancome and Dior a run for their money, Clarins' mascaras are surprisingly good, and at least their lipsticks feel as rich as you'll need to be to afford repeat purchases. You don't need to spend this much money to get beautiful results and stellar products, but if your budget allows you to fill your makeup bag with department-store products, Clarins' nicely organized makeup display should be one of your first stops.

Clarins likes to promote that many of their foundations contain a special anti-pollution complex to safeguard your skin. Don't believe it for a second, because there is no way to completely shield skin from the effects of pollution and antioxidants. Besides, the kinds of ingredients that can reduce, not block or eliminate, pollution-based free-radical formation are rarely included in Clarins makeup.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, September 06, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
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      4 / 4
    BEST PRODUCT
    • You're review is totally wrong and flawed. The bust gel and lotion work best and more more effective if used togather ( the gel for day and lotion for night).The ingrediants are full of plant extract that promote firmer and tighter skin(not a instant boob lift) I've been using it for 6 weeks now and have definately seen the results. Like ALL COSMETIC products,you need to use if for at least 3-8 weeks to see a result.Want perfect perky boobs, then get a boob job

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