Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Makeup SPF 15

by Elizabeth Arden  Ceramide
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Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Cream Foundation w/ Suncreen
Last Updated:
5/28/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Before we discuss the best points about this cream foundation with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen (so the critical UVA/anti-aging rays are screened), you need to know that it cannot lift your skin in the least. Sagging skin cannot be corrected by skin-care or makeup products. We wish that weren’t the case, but it’s true. The numerous factors that lead to sagging (sun damage, muscle laxity, bone loss, fat pads shifting, and gravity) cannot be addressed by skin-care products; you need cosmetic corrective procedures for genuine improvement.

Lifting claim aside, this foundation offers a soft, lightweight cream texture that’s a breeze to blend. Its subtle satin finish enlivens skin without adding shine, and it has only a slight tendency to slip into lines around the eye.

Coverage is in the light to medium range, and this builds without looking heavy over areas that may need a bit more camouflage.

The mostly neutral shade range is extensive and offers options for fair to tan skin tones; the best shades are those for fair to light skin. Avoid the ashy rose Mocha II, the rosy Cameo, and the slightly pink Cream, which will only emphasize a ruddy complexion.

The only drawback is the jar packaging. Normally that’s not a problem for a foundation because most foundations do not contain light- or air-sensitive ingredients. However, this one includes several antioxidants and a handful of other ingredients that don’t hold up well when constantly exposed to air (oxygen) and light. The Good rating pertains to this foundation’s overall performance; in different, opaque packaging, this would earn our highest recommendation.

Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 4%; Titanium Dioxide 3%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Mica, Glycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Aluminum/Magnesium Hydroxide Stearate, Ceramide 1, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Alpinia Speciosa Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Silica Silylate, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Mannitol, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Trehalose, Urea, Lecithin, PCA Dimethicone, Phytosphingosine, Polyperfluroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl PEG Phosphate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Cholesterol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Polyquaternium-51, Dextrin, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Stearate, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.

Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.

Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.

For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.

Elizabeth Arden Makeup

Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.

In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.

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