03.25.2016
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Miracle Anti-Fatigue Wake-Up Hydra-Gel Moisturizer
1.7 fl. oz. for $16.99
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Community Rating (2)
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Last Updated:03.25.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

We wish we could tell you that Miracle Anti-Fatigue Wake-Up Hydra-Gel Moisturizer was a miracle for normal to dry skin, but aside from its high amount of glycerin for lasting hydration, it's just not as exciting as Garnier would have you believe given its marketing claims.

This moisturizer's gel texture is dispensed from an opaque pump container, ideal for keeping the formula's handful of light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. Unfortunately, Garnier added a lot of fragrance to this product, which is to your skin's detriment. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products isn't optimal for skin.

Although this definitely hydrates skin and makes it looked plumped with moisture, its slick texture never really sets or absorbs completely in our experience, which was an issue that hindered makeup application and its wear time.

In terms of anti-aging ingredients, you're getting antioxidants like vitamins C (ascorbyl glucoside) and E (tocopheryl acetate), but that's not much consolation given the risk of irritation the fragrance presents, not to mention that the formula does not contain hyaluronic acid as claimed.

From most perspectives this is a fairly basic formula that doesn't go much beyond hydrating skin (which does reduce signs of fatigue, assuming when you're tired your skin looks dry and dehydrated). Skin needs much more than hydration, and although this gel moisturizer has merit for normal to dry skin, Miracle Anti-Fatigue Wake-Up Hydra-Gel Moisturizer isn't worth strong consideration, save for perhaps occasional use at night, when you won't be applying makeup over it. See our list of Best Moisturizers for superior options.

Pros:
  • High amount of glycerin lends lasting hydration without a heavy feel.
  • Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
Cons:
  • Slick gel texture hinders makeup application and wear-ability.
  • An overall basic formula that does little more than hydrate skin.
  • Doesn't absorb fast, as claimed.
  • Amount of fragrance poses a risk of irritation.
More Info:

Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).

The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).

In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).

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Claims
Continuous deep hydration for refreshed, rested-looking skin. Smoothes out even fine lines. Ideal for dry skin. Re-charge skin with a continuous boost of hydration for an energized, radiant look every day. This unique fresh moisturizer transforms on contact into a fast-absorbing liquid-gel. Infused with 15% Hydra-Glycerin (a known humectant), Hyaluronic Acid and our Antioxidant Complex of Wild Berry, Vitamins C & E, it plumps skin reducing the signs of fatigue for fresh, youthful-looking skin.
Ingredients
Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopherol, P-Anisic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Parfum / Fragrance, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract Sodium Citrate, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Fil D178181/2
Brand Overview

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn't—did they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy face–rated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchase—but you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn't—did they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy face–rated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchase—but you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.