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Guerlain
Happylogy Glowing Skin Day Treatment (Discontinued)
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $100
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.13.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Happylogy Glowing Skin Day Treatment is a silicone-rich moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin. Although the silicones will make skin feel silky-smooth, so do several other serums and moisturizers that cost less than $20—and there’s not much else to extol in this jar-packaged product. It should not be considered a day treatment unless you’re using it with a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.

Claims

This fresh, silicone-based, deliciously moisturizing cream provides intensive rehydrating and moisturizing action and a pure moment of happiness, leaving your skin glowing from within, plumped-up and luscious.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hexyldecanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Fragrance, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Geraniol, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Bht, Plankton Extract, Citronellol, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Red 33

Brand Overview

Guerlain At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); a good mascara; some excellent lipsticks.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; overall mediocre to just plain bad skincare.

Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.

Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain line—too bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.

Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.

For more information about Guerlain, visit www.guerlain.com.

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