03.27.2012
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Guerlain
Success Future Wrinkle Minimizer Firming Serum
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $140
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:03.27.2012
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Success Future Wrinkle Minimizer Firming Serum has lavish packaging and the Guerlain pedigree, but the formula is a mutt, at least if you’re banking on the expenditure translating into a serum that’s a cut above the rest. Olay’s Regenerist or Total Effects serums easily best this one, as do serum choices from Chanel, Clinique, Estee Lauder, or MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross. There is no logical reason to consider purchasing this product unless you honestly like paying a premium for a pittance.

Claims

Ultra Concentrated in an amazingly silky-soft texture, this skin care treatment produces superb results. Ultra-firming, its smoothing and firming properties are released upon first application. Day after day, deep wrinkles fade and the skin's elasticity and firmness is restored.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isohexadecane, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Decyloxazolidinone, Dimethiconol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Yeast Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Silica, Magnesium Aspartate, Sodium Hyaluronate, C12-14 Pareth-12, Carbomer, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Amber Powder, Ascorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Bertholletia Excelsa Extract, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Butylparaben, Linalool, Potentilla Erecta Root Extract, Ethylparaben, Citronellol, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Yellow 5, Red 4

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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