Wrinkle Refiner

by e.l.f. Cosmetics   Studio
Price:
$3 - 0.16 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Specialty Products > Wrinkle Fillers
Last Updated:
12/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Housed in a click pen is this wrinkle filler that is dispensed via a smooth, angled tip. The formula is nothing to write home about, but it’s a decent blend of silicones whose spackle-like texture helps to temporarily fill in and smooth superficial (not deep) lines and wrinkles.

The formula contains a small amount of antioxidants, including vitamins A and E, and none of the plant extracts are known irritants, which is good news. This would work well around the eyes, as it does not contain fragrance.

Considering the low price, this is worthy of a test run. It would be rated higher if it contained a broader array (and greater amounts of) anti-aging ingredients. However, it works as a wrinkle filler, provided you keep your expectations realistic (this won’t replace Botox or dermal fillers and how long it lasts depends greatly on how expressive you are).

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Fragrance-free formula’s texture helps temporarily fill in superficial wrinkles.
  • Easy to use thanks to its convenient angled-tip applicator.
Cons:
  • Doesn’t contain a broad range (or impressive amounts of) anti-aging ingredients that would allow this to be more than a wrinkle filler.

Instantly smooth, soften and virtually fill in laugh lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles for a flawless finish. Key ingredients draw in moisture to smooth and plump delicate skin for a rejuvenated and youthful look

Water, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Polyacrylamide, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate, Aesculus Hippocastanum(Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Caffeine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Protein

From a line of cosmetics whose claim to fame is its rock-bottom prices we weren't expecting much. With almost every individual item selling for just $1, could there be any outstanding finds to rival the best options from drugstores and department stores? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Yet although that's good news, the entire picture isn't so rosy, and many of the products from e.l.f. (which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) are as basic as can be, while a few are resounding disappointments we wouldn't even give away.

e.l.f. was founded by Scott Vincent Borba—the same businessman responsible for the Borba "beauty waters" being sold at Sephora boutiques—and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in an unnamed "dollar store" (where everything sells for a dollar) and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. enjoyed sales last year of $5 million.

As you might expect, not everything in the e.l.f. line is great. When you're offering almost every product for $1, they're not going to be nearly as luxurious or innovative as the company proclaims (the ingredient lists couldn't be more basic and the packaging is sometimes slipshod). Many e.l.f. items have packaging that, while functional, can only be described as cheap. In terms of value, yes, almost everything is inexpensive, but in most cases the container sizes are much smaller than the norm. Still, if you're considering spending a few dollars on fun, occasional-use colors, size becomes much less of an issue.

In addition to being found at some dollar stores, e.l.f. has expanded its distribution to selected Target stores and regional drugstores. However, the best place to experience the collection is online (none of the stores provide testers). The cheaper elements are a given based on the price point e.l.f. has established, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains that raise the bar—at least to a height that's taller than your average elf!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Bad odor!
    • The product has a terrible odor; very medicinal. Also, when foundation or concealer is applied over this product it flakes off. Product is in a liquid form--impossible to fill anything, especially wrinkles.

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