Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler is said to be a "powerful daily treatment for your deepest wrinkles." It's designed to be used on lines around the eye, creases in the forehead, furrows between the brow—anywhere you have lines that don't go away when your face is expressionless. This type of product isn't anything new; for example, Lauder-owned Good Skin (sold at Kohl's department stores) sells TriAktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler. All of these are silicone-based serum-like products that serve as a soft spackle for wrinkles and large pores. You pat the product into and over creases, and it provides a superficial, temporary filling effect. How long results last depends on the formula and, more critically, on how expressive you are. And, of course, none of these products have even a fractional ability to work like Botox or dermal fillers, but that's another story. This "filler"-type serum has a silky, thick texture that dispenses from a pointed rubber-tipped applicator. We suppose that's for precise application into lines, but you still need to pat and smooth it over your skin. It sets quickly to a soft, powder-like matte finish laced with subtle sparkles, which some may not appreciate. Despite the shine, the filling effect is impressive. It really did a good job of smoothing superficial lines, including those around the eyes and mouth.
There's a significant caveat to this product, however: It doesn't work well when used with a liquid foundation that contains silicones (which is roughly 85% of liquid foundations sold today). Applying a silicone-enhanced foundation over Perfectionist looks terrible. It makes foundation look patchy and, over the course of several hours, looks progressively worse. With this pairing, skin actually looks older! What to do? Well, you can experiment with other filler-type products or be sure to pair Perfectionist with a silicone-free foundation. Still, you shouldn't have to give up your favorite foundation (or concealer) to experience the benefits (however temporary) Perfectionist offers. The overall formula contains several outstanding ingredients for all skin types, including copious amounts of antioxidants and lesser amounts of skin-identical and cell-communicating ingredients. This would be rated a Best Product if the fragrance wasn't so potent. We suspect many will have trouble using this product around the eyes (which is where most will apply it) because the fragrance can be sensitizing.
This concentrated treatment gives you the power to fill, smooth and help reduce the look of even your deepest wrinkles on contact. Fills, smoothes and helps reduce the look of laugh lines, frown lines, crow's feet and lip lines on contact. In fact, 100% of women tested showed an instant reduction in moderate to deep crow's feet, lip lines and frown lines. Dramatically blurs the appearance of lip lines and creates an invisible boundary to help keep lipstick in place. A clinical test showed a significant reduction in lipstick feathering for up to 8 hours. Helps skin amplify its natural production of redensifying collagen with concentrated levels of our exclusive Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides. Deep wrinkles appear pushed up from within for a younger, smoother, more lineless look.
Water, Dimethicone,/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Shea Butter, C12-14 Pareth-12, Dimethicone, Melon Fruit Extract, Sunflower Seed Extract, Rice Bran Extract, Acmella Oleracea Exatrct, Boswellia Serrata Extract, St. Paul’s’ Wort Extract, Fish Collagen, Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Soybean Protein, Corn Kernel Extract, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Whey Protein, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Yeast Extract. Isostearyl Lactate, Creatine, Cholesterol, Adenosine Phosphate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Caffeine, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Acrylate, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Sodium Beta-Sitostearyl Sulfate. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Trehalose, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Glyceryl Polymethylacrylate, Sodium PCA, Cholesterol/Potassium Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-8, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytosphingosine, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acetyl Hexappetide-8, PEG-8, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate Lecithin, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Sodium Nadh, Silica, Fragrance, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide
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.