There is little that leaves the Paula’s Choice Research Team speechless but this is definitely one that requires almost no words to describe. In brief, this is one of the most poorly formulated, overly expensive cleansers we’ve seen in a long time. For what amounts to little more than highway robbery you’re getting drying cleansing agents, including potassium hydroxide, a form of caustic potash, high up on the ingredient list. If that weren’t bad enough this cleanser is overly fragranced and fragrance is not skin care. Be careful not to get this anywhere near the eye area, but really this is one to avoid altogether. If you want to waste money on an expensive cleanser this absolutely isn’t the one to consider.
White gentle exfoliation micro-pearls, the Cleansing Foam brightens the complexion day after day, eliminating all impurities and shine. The complexion is smooth, even and luminous.
Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sorbitol, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-32, Lauric Acid, Polyethylene, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Nylon-12, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Menthoxypropanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Salicylate, Polyquaternium-39, Tetrasodium EDTA, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Silica, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Faex (Yeast Extract), Magnesium Aspartate, BHT, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate
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.
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