12.19.2014
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Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminator
Rating
$24
Category:Makeup > Face & Body Illuminating/Shimmer > Face Shimmer
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This lightweight, fragrance-free creamy illuminator is conveniently housed in a mirrored compact and is an easy way to give skin a youthful, dewy appearance—without making it too shiny. This product works beautifully on bare skin and blurs the appearance of minor imperfections when applied all over the face, should you desire a soft, all-over glow.

Although the Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminator formula includes some antioxidants, the packaging won't keep them stable. Continually opening and closing the compact exposes the antioxidants to air and light, reducing their effectiveness with each use. The cholesterol-based formula is good for most skin types, but this isn't the anti-aging powerhouse it's made out to be.

Note: The thickening agents and waxes this contains make it a potential problem for breakout-prone skin. If you're prone to breakouts or clogged pores, powder-based illuminators are best.

Pros:
  • Lightweight cream texture moisturizes dry skin and blurs minor imperfections.
  • Temporarily smoothes and brightens skin.
  • Subtle shine creates youthful and dewy appearance.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Packaging won't keep antioxidants stable.
Claims
Ingredients

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mica, Silica, Copernicia Cerifera(Carnauba) Wax, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Tribehenin, Talc, Euphorbia Cerifera(Candelilla) Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Myristate, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Collagen Amino Acids, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis (Leaf) Extract), Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron

Oxides.
Brand Overview

Strengths: Vitality Cheek Flush; Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Treatment Mascara; Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminator; Vitality Lip Flush.

Weaknesses: Most IT Cosmetics products are overpriced; the loose-powder products tend to be quite messy; unimpressive eyeshadows; over-inflated anti-aging claims for a majority of the products in the line; the serum seems impressive, but comes up short on its anti-aging promises.

IT Cosmetics (the IT stands for “Innovative Technology”) is the creation of Jamie Kern Lima, a former Miss USA pageant contestant and TV news anchor. Lima founded IT Cosmetics in 2008, selling her products in boutique stores and on QVC, then expanding into Canada in 2009. Since then, the line has gotten a lot of exposure with featured reports and stories on network television, including prominent mentions on the ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars.

Other than this abundant television exposure, the main draw of IT Cosmetics is its claim that the company works with leading plastic surgeons from Brazil to create products containing the very latest anti-aging technologies. That sounds intriguing, but is a bit silly when you consider that most plastic surgeons don’t know anything about skin care or cosmetic ingredient research. Consulting a cosmetic surgeon about anti-aging formularies is like consulting a taxi driver about how to fly an airplane! You’d think Lima and her team would instead want to consult a dermatologist, but even that’s not a slam-dunk for ensuring your anti-aging products are a cut above the rest, given that dermatologists also are not trained in skin-care formulations.

The labels on most IT Cosmetics products reveal a variety of age-defying claims centered around ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, vitamins, and collagen. Those are indeed great ingredients, but because many of IT Cosmetics’ products are packaged in containers that expose these delicate ingredients to light and air, any benefit is reduced as soon as you open the jar or compact (something the plastic surgeons from Brazil obviously didn’t know).

There are also some distinct weaknesses in the line, including an average yet pricey eyebrow pencil, powder illuminator, and eyeshadow whose performances don’t justify the expense (especially not when you factor in the high shipping fees QVC charges).

Of course, IT Cosmetics also has some products that are worth checking out. The line boasts an excellent powder blush, mascara, creme illuminator, hydrating cream lipstick, and many other products—including a full-coverage concealer that is truly full coverage—that are very good. However, while these products are good, they are not so unique that similar products can’t be found elsewhere for less money. As with any line that has a mix of good, so-so, and bad products, shopping using our reviews to guide you is a great way to ensure you’ll at least get your money’s worth, and your skin will be the better for it.

For more information on IT Cosmetics, visit www.itcosmetics.com.

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05.13.2014
rocks

This is by far the best illuminator. Especially for mature skin. It does not accentuate wrinkles, it is not glittery or shimmery. I'm too old for that. It just adds a nice glow. put it over cheekbones, down bridge of nose, middle of forehead, cupids bow. LOOOOVE It! Way better than the other 25 I've tried!

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Barbie S.
05.29.2013
Great Product

Works well. Does not add a "glitter" look to your face. It is a light highlight. Glides on easily. Only CON to me is the price--but it will likely last me two years or more. So all things considered, I like the product.

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