Garnier Nutritioniste
Ultra-Lift Daily Targeted Wrinkle Treatment
1 fl. oz. for $14.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.17.2013
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

Ultra-Lift Daily Targeted Wrinkle Treatment is said to target deep wrinkles at their source, but that’s not possible because deep wrinkles (the kind you see after years of sun damage and facial expressions) have their source in the dermis, beyond where moisturizers can really have an impact. As it turns out, this is another below average moisturizer from L’Oreal-owned Garnier. Although it contains some good emollients and antioxidants (along with retinyl linoleate, which is a form of retinol) it also contains several fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. The irritation from the numerous fragrance chemicals can hurt skin’s healing process and ability to produce healthy collagen. This moisturizer also contains a preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that is generally not recommended for use in leave-on products due to its sensitizing potential. We know the claims are enticing, but this moisturizer is not the way to get brilliant anti-aging benefits.


The structure of skin's surface layers is strengthened, while Garnier's unique combination of ingredients target deep wrinkles at their source, plumping and filling them in layer by layer - from the inside out.


Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Shea Butter, Undecane, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Aluminum Starch Octenyl Succinate, Sucrose Stearate, Tridecane, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Argania Spinosa/Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract (Argan Extract), Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Citral, Coumarin, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (Rice Protein), Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Limonene, Linalool, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Linoleate/Retinyl Linoleate (Pro-Retinol), Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract/Ginger Root Extract, Fragrance

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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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I have been using this for over a year now and absolutely LOVE it. AND I am a 59-year old natural redhead with EXTREMELY sensitive skin -- seems like I'm allergic to at least 75% of the products on the market today. If anyone was going to have a reaction to this product, it would have been me, believe me! On the contrary, this is, without a doubt, the absolute best product I've ever had for treating the wrinkles around my eyes, mouth and my forehead and "II" area. I have tried high-end products as well as other "drug store" brands and have never had such positive results, always gentle on my skin. After application, I see instantly smoother skin, firmer without any greasy look/feel. I've had particularly rough times with eye allergies over the past few years which left my eye area in extremely poor, tender, badly wrinkled condition due to the constant eye scratching -- my eyelids were even swollen at times. I started to look many years older. I have seen dramatic improvement over the past year or so since I started using the Targeted Wrinkle Treatment, and see the difference instantly upon daily application. As a matter of fact, I have received several compliments on the condition of my skin. Even when I have an allergy flare-up, I can still use the TWT to protect my skin from further damage. Right now, I'm panicking because I'm having trouble finding the TWT in stores in my area -- all of a sudden they're all carrying the new "Targeted Wrinkle Smoother", which is ENTIRELY different from the Targeted Wrinkle Treatment -- and not nearly as good. I'm almost out -- yikes! As a matter of fact, the only reason I found this site was during my search for places carrying it. So please, remember that every one of us has different issues with our skin and what might not work for one person, may very well be the very best thing for your particular needs. My suggestion is that you try this (if you can find it). If it doesn't work out for you, most chain stores will accept it for return/exchange so you really have nothing to lose.

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