This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides reliable broad-spectrum protection thanks to a mix of stabilized avobenzone with other sunscreen actives. The lightweight, somewhat fluid lotion texture slips over skin to hydrate without feeling too slick or heavy, though this does leave a sheen on skin those with oily skin aren't likely to appreciate. Part of the sheen is from the overall formula, but part is also from mica, a mineral pigment that lends shine. This works well under makeup so the sheen can be tempered with a matte- finish foundation and powder.
Beyond the excellent sun protection, the formula contains an overall impressive mix of antioxidants, repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. Lauder definitely knows of the importance of these ingredients, and it's nice to see this time out they skipped the jar packaging in favor of an opaque tube, which works brilliantly to keep the light- and air-sensitive antioxidants stable during use.
Note: Lauder mentions in the claims that this sheer formula goes over any moisturizer. What's not stated is that this product is, in fact, a moisturizer! It absolutely provides moisture and only those with dry skin will find they need to apply a regular moisturizer beneath this. Everyone else can consider this the moisturizer step in their morning routine.
Although this contains fragrance, the amount is low and this doesn't contain the fragrance ingredients (like linalool) seen in some other DayWear products. The fragrant plant extracts of lemon and rosemary are minimal cause for concern, though their presence and the so-called synthetic active ingredients in this DayWear product make it a potentially iffy choice for those with extra-sensitive skin.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection without feeling heavy or greasy.
- Lightweight lotion texture works well under makeup.
- Loaded with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients.
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Despite the lightweight lotion texture, this leaves a sheen those with oily skin may not want.
This powerful UV protector helps defend your skin to keep it looking younger, longer. The most effective anti-oxidant power ever: includes our proprietary Super Anti-Oxidant Complex, proven to fight free radical damage. Advanced broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen helps skin resist the first signs of aging. Sheer, lightweight formula goes over any moisturizer. Leaves skin soft, smooth and comfortable.
Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%, Oxybenzone 3%. Inactive: Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-10 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Gentiana Lutea (Gentia) Root Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Artemia Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Algae Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Squalane, Glyercin, Sorbitol, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Ethyhexylglycerin, Lecithin, Ergothioneine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Cetyl Alcohol, Trehalose, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Cyclodextrin, Urea, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Ascrobyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Citric Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fumaric Acid, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1, Yellow 5.
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.