03.27.2012
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Guerlain
Issima Intenserum, Express Beauty Treatment
Rating
1.12 fl. oz. for $215
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:03.27.2012
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview
Issima Intenserum, Express Beauty Treatment promises beautiful skin in two weeks, as long as you apply one vial of this moisturizer per day. Expect to be disappointed, because this “treatment” is mostly water, thickener, slip agents, dry-finish solvent, vitamin E, and fragrance. Farther down on the list are some potentially intriguing ingredients that should have been given much more prominence in a product priced such as this. And it’s disappointing that arnica, witch hazel, ivy, and St. John’s wort are all irritants that work against the anti-irritants in this product.
Claims
Just two weeks to beautiful skin! This treatment regenerates and strengthens skin damaged by the cold, fatigue or over-exposure to the sun. Use one small bottle every day, for skin that is truly revitalized and absolutely glowing!
Ingredients
Water, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Isostearic Acid, Steareth-20, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Triethanolamine, Benzyl Alcohol, Aspartic Acid, Lysine, Sodium Pca, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Trihydroxypalmitamidohydroxypropyl Myristyl Ether, Laureth-23, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Cocoglycerides, Lysine Hcl, Citronellol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Geraniol, Linalool, Gold, Fagus Sylvatica Extract, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Benzyl Benzoate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Plankton Extract, Citral, Cinnamyl Alcohol
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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