On the plus side, this daytime moisturizer with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen provides reliable broad spectrum sun protection, a critical step in keeping skin younger, longer. This also has a silky, elegant lightweight cream texture ideal for normal to combination or slightly dry skin.
On the minus side, it's absurdly expensive for what you get, and given you can obtain broad spectrum sun protection and moisture from hundreds of other products, there's no logic in choosing this one. Even if you don't mind wasting money (lucky you!), this product's jar packaging should give you pause, as it won't be able to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened (see More Info for details).
But wait, you're thinking, the person at the Giorgio Armani counter said this would lift my skin. Sadly, it doesn't contain any ingredients that can do that, at least not to the extent that you'll be canceling that consultation for Thermage or, if you're ready for the alpha and omega of procedures, a face-lift. See More Info to find out why products claiming to lift sagging cannot work—and what you can do instead.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Elegant, lightweight cream texture.
- Overpriced for what amounts to a decent, not outstanding, formula.
- The high price is likely to discourage liberal application, which is necessary to get the stated SPF.
- Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Cannot lift skin.
Jar Packaging: 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).
Lifting Sagging Skin: Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
A multi-firming rejuvenating cream available with or without a sunscreen. This lifting cream provides a soft texture that glides over the skin, leaving the skin conditioned and supple.
Active: Avobenzone 3%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%. Inactive: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sucrose Stearate, Beeswax, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Argania Spinosa Kernal Extract, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Methylparaben, Acetyl Triflouromethyphenyl Valylglycine, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Octadecenedioic Acid, Yeast Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Adenosine, Limonene, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Polyurethane-2, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Red 4, Fragrance.
Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.
Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.
Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.
There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.
For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.