07.11.2014
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Estee Lauder
CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Full Spectrum Brightening Moisture Creme
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $75
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners Without Hydroquinone
Last Updated:07.11.2014
Jar Packaging:True
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This moisturizer has a lush, creamy texture characteristic of most emollient moisturizers from Estee Lauder, and its formula differs little from several less expensive creams they (and sister brand Clinique) sell. What's most disappointing (well, beyond the too-high price) is that several of the best ingredients in this moisturizer won't remain stable once you open it. That's because it's packaged in a jar, so with each use the delicate ingredients are exposed to degrading light and air (see More Info for further details).

Lauder maintains this moisturizer makes skin look lit from within as it banishes "every major dark spot" but there's not much of any significant skin-lightening ingredient in the formula. Instead, you get a dusting of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) along with various plant extracts, some of which has a small amount of research showing their worth for dark spots—but not when the packaging doesn't keep them protected from light and air.

In the end, there's no compelling reason to consider this fragranced moisturizer. It feels nice on normal to dry skin, but so do lots of other moisturizers that cost half of what this does. Due to the jar packaging and relatively low amount of the potential lightening ingredients, this stands very little chance of improving dark spots. For options that do work, see our list of < a href="/beautypedia-skin-care-reviews/best-skin-care-products/Skin-Care/Skin-Lightening-Products">Best Skin-Lightening Products.

Pros:
  • Lush, emollient texture makes dry skin feel much better.
  • Contains a fairly good mix of plant-based antioxidants.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
  • Expensive for what you get.
  • Contains only a tiny amount of ingredients known to lighten dark spots.
More Info:

The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Claims

Deep down hydration and extra comfort in a luscious, skin-nourishing creme. Addresses the multiple causes of overall skin dullness while brightening every major dark spot.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Petrolatum, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Yeast Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Whey Protein, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Caffeine, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polysilicone-11, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sorbitol, PEG-32, Propylene Glycol, Dicaparate, PEG-6, Disterdimonium Hectorite, Sodium RNA, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphensin

Brand Overview

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some of the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums around; excellent sunscreens; some good cleansers, toners, and makeup removers; several categories of makeup excel, including some extraordinary foundations (that include shades for darker skin tones), concealers, powders, blush, and eyeshadows; a mostly good selection of eye, brow, and lip pencils; their long-wearing lip color and some of the lipsticks are supremely good.

Weaknesses: Several items are highly fragranced; incomplete and/or problematic products for anyone battling blemishes; many of the Re-Nutriv products are priced too high given similar, less-expensive options from Lauder; some of the sunscreens and foundations with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA protection; the brushes aren't on par with those from other Lauder-owned lines, such as Bobbi Brown or M.A.C.; jar packaging.

From its humble but attention-getting beginning in 1946, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine you can think of. Their product assortment is mind-boggling and would be much more frustrating to wade through if their tester units weren't so well-organized and their salespeople so well-trained. (Although most of what they talk about is claim-driven and not worth paying much attention to, they do know their way around the huge assembly of products.)

We suppose the biggest compliment We can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums have had a hand in redefining how we evaluate products. They (and some Lauder-owned companies, notably Clinique) are so far ahead of their department-store competition in these two areas that they alone have been consistently raising the bar as new research comes to light. In fact, we are confident telling anyone who asks me where to find the best moisturizers in the department store to sail right past Lancome, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, and Elizabeth Arden (among others) and park themselves in front of the Lauder counter (or a Lauder-owned line specializing in skin care such as Clinique—definitely not Origins, but you have to read about Origins to see why). We don't agree with most of the claims Lauder makes for their products and the fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

Despite Lauder's formulary innovations, they're not immune to problem products. Some of their cleansers contain irritating ingredients, jar packaging is prevalent, and their sole product for acne isn't going to help anyone's blemishes improve (actually, Estee Lauder is not the line to shop if managing acne is your concern). The company has also taken a somewhat "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, much like the many skin-care companies with cosmetic products targeted at women considering cosmetic corrective procedures. Some of the claims (and statistics) about what their skin-care alternatives (to these procedures) can accomplish still stretch the boundaries of what's possible, but most of them have impressive ingredients that benefit skin. They just can't change skin in the same effective way a cosmetic corrective procedure can.

There are more reasons than ever to consider Estee Lauder. Their products (surprisingly) don't address every skin-care need or concern, but few lines in this book received so many Paula's Pick ratings, and congratulations are due for developing products that, claims aside, keep Lauder on the cutting edge of a very competitive industry. And, by the way, all of this praise is coming from the standpoint that Lauder was resolutely unhelpful in sending us any information for this book.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

Estee Lauder Makeup

Although Estee Lauder has made some impressive strides with its skin-care formulations, their makeup collection has become a frustrating mixed bag. We were genuinely surprised at how many average makeup items have recently appeared. Of course, there have also been some improvements, most notably in the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick categories. But for such an established, worldwide brand to not have more to extol is almost embarrassing. That attitude of bigger and better things is there in the descriptions, but the products tell a different story.

The most frustrating element by far is the number of foundations with sunscreen that either lack essential UVA-protecting ingredients or carry an SPF rating that is below standard. In contrast, the sunscreens in Lauder's skin-care lineup are almost all top-notch. Even more perplexing is that Lauder's sister company Clinique really has its act together when it comes to foundations with UVA-protecting ingredients, and they feature a lower price point for superior products.

Despite the shortcomings, many women will continue to shop for makeup at their local Lauder counter, and there is still reason to do that—just not with the same blanket sense of confidence you may have had in the past. This is an exhaustive makeup line, with seemingly endless choices. We like that Lauder's makeup tester units are much more user-friendly, particularly for foundations, powders, and concealers. Their sales staff is more enthusiastic and present (often to the point of hovering) than the staff of many competing lines, but also quite helpful and up-to-date on product comings and goings. We feel strongly that you won't be disappointed with any of the Lauder makeup rated Paula's Picks below. Without question, those products are shining examples that prove Lauder has the capability to elevate the current state-of-the-art, raising the bar for their competitors. If only such innovation were evident in the entire line, there would be few reasons to shop elsewhere, save for the prices. As is, and more than ever, it pays to be a savvy consumer when you're about to navigate the cosmetics department.

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