Time Control Replenishing Serum is said to protect your skin from environmental damage, but that claim is only partially true. Although the antioxidants in this serum can help protect against such damage, sunscreen is needed for optimum protection. Antioxidants and sunscreen ingredients work together to protect skin from the main source of environmental damage—UV light.
Sadly, this serum's antioxidant blend is a mixed bag. Good antioxidants like green tea are present along with potentially problematic plant extracts such as orange and bergamot, the latter of which can be sensitizing when skin is exposed to sunlight.
This serum for normal to oily skin also contains a high amount of VP/VA copolymer, a film-forming agent usually seen in these amounts only in hairspray and hairstyling gels. The amount of film-former gives this serum a slightly sticky finish that isn't the best to apply makeup over.
We're not comfortable giving this better than an AVERAGE rating, but do check our list of Best Serums for superior options. Many of our recommended products do cost more than this version from Iman, but it will be money well spent!
- Contains some very good antioxidants in a lightweight base.
- Doesn't contain sunscreen, so cannot truly protect skin from environmental damage.
- High amount of film-forming agent lends a somewhat sticky finish.
- Contains some fragrant citrus plants that pose a risk of irritation.
This multi-functional serum is a daily refuge for your skin, formulated to restore, revitalize, and protect skin from environmental damage.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, VP/VA Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Corylus Americana (Hazel) Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Juglans Regia Extract (Walnut), Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Prunus Armeniaca Extract (Apricot), Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Retinyl Acetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Tauramide, Isohexadecane, Linoleic Acid, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polysilicone 11, Polysorbate 20, Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Lactoglobulin Sulfonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Fragrance.
The skin-care collection from Iman isn't nearly as comprehensive or helpful as the makeup. It is clear from the inconsistencies that Iman (or the people who created her line) is not up to speed on several key skin-care issues, not the least of which is sun protection. There are a few winners in the skin-care selection, but far more disappointments than there should be, and that weakens things overall.
For more information about Iman, call (877) 367-4626 or visit www.imanbeauty.com.
Iman's makeup debuted in 1994 and at the time was a formidable collection of products built around the needs of women of color, whether of African-American, Asian, or Latina descent. Although that is still the backbone of the line, the products haven't received much attention since the previous edition of this book. As a result, many of them have fallen behind by not keeping pace with formulary advancements, including newer pigment technology.
The foundation shade range remains decent, but the formulas are severely out of date, especially noticeable in the area of inadequate sun protection. Reasons to shop this line (if you can find it, but we'll get to that in a minute) are the silky-smooth face powders and the densely pigmented eyeshadows and lipsticks (though the lipsticks aren't for anyone prone to feathering, and the lip liner is too creamy to anchor lipstick).
Distribution-wise, Iman is no longer sold in department stores. Once a mainstay at JCPenney, the line was left looking for a home when this retailer disbanded its cosmetics department. Where is Iman sold now? In the south and in California you'll find it at select Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Target stores. On the East Coast it's available at Walgreens and Duane Reade. Several states do not offer the product line at all, including Arizona, the Dakotas, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. It is occasionally carried in select Ulta boutiques. This uneven distribution isn't all that bad, however, because most of the major cosmetics players are ably serving women of color in the way Iman originally intended but for whatever reason didn't maintain.
Note: The products below are representative of what was advertised on Iman's Web site. Other Web sites, such as www.walgreens.com, offer additional Iman makeup items, but they are old stock and are no longer promoted on Iman's namesake site. In other words, buyer beware, because who knows how old those products really are.