Capture XP Ultimate Deep Wrinkle Correction Serum

by Dior  
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$135 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
5/20/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

In some respects, this is among Dior's more intriguing serum formulas. It contains some good water-binding agents and more antioxidants than they typically include. Despite that praise, it almost goes without saying that this is absurdly overpriced and there are far better formulas that cost less and that don't have the skin-irritating fragrance issue of this one.

Although described as gentle, the formula contains fragrant plants and fragrance ingredients known to be irritating, and there is no research showing they have any benefit for your skin. We'd rather see those problematic ingredients replaced by antioxidants and skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients that fight signs of aging, but those are in short supply in this formula. It's telling that this serum contains more fragrance than the state-of-the-art ingredients skin needs to look and act younger. Keep in mind that fragrance is never skin care, but if you want fragrance, Dior's perfumes would be a far better use of your money.

This is an OK option for normal to oily skin, but we cannot stress enough how overpriced it is and how much better your skin could do with a brilliantly formulated serum such as those from Paula's Choice or any we recommend on our Best Serums.

Pros:
  • Contains some intriguing water-binding agents and antioxidants.
Cons:
  • Overpriced.
  • Several of the anti-aging ingredients are listed after the fragrance.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
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Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

This gentle, liquid gel serum is ultra-concentrated for an instant toning effect. It corrects even the deepest wrinkles while intensely smoothing the skin.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Jojoba Oil PEG-150 Esters, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Talc, Sorbitol, Alpinia Galanga Leaf Extract, Algin, Decyloxazolidinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silica, Alumina, Parfum, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Adenosine, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol, BHT

If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crème de la crème and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.

Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.

On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.

For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.

Dior Makeup

Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.

You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a company’s image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to what’s inside all the luxe containers, too.

One more note: Dior’s makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.

Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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