Complete Comfort Creme

by M.A.C.  
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$32 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/17/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Fans of Prescriptives’ former Comfort Cream, take note: M.A.C.’s version is a dead ringer. Because both companies are part of the Estee Lauder family and Prescriptives is no longer sold in department stores, it isn’t surprising that some of their more popular products have found their way into other Lauder-owned product lines.

Although Complete Comfort Cream contains some excellent ingredients for dry skin, the fact that it’s packaged in a jar is disappointing. The antioxidants in this formula won’t remain potent once this is opened, and dry, sensitive skin needs these vital ingredients. Please see More Info below to learn more about the problems jar packaging presents.

This moisturizer is supposed to be great for sensitive, reddened skin, but it contains fragrance and some fragrant plant extracts that won’t improve the issues that come with having sensitive skin. What a shame, because the formula also contains some great soothing agents, including soothing plant extracts.

Pros:
  • Lush, emollient texture feels great on dry skin.
  • Leaves a cushiony layer of moisture to protect skin from further dryness.
  • Contains some great antioxidants and soothing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging hinders the stability of the antioxidants.
  • Contains fragrance and some fragrant plant extracts, both no-no’s for those with sensitive, reddened skin.
  • Cannot provide “ongoing relief” from redness, but some may find it makes redness worse.

More Info:

All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

A moisturizer formulated to instantly rehydrate the skin and provide immediate and ongoing relief from redness and irritation. Ultra-creamy, provides high-comfort wear while providing sensitive skin with the soothing benefits associated with its calming plant-and marine-based formula.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether, Isononyl Isononanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Squalane, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Algae Extract, Cola Nitida (Kola) Seed Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina (Spike Moss) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Yeast Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Acetyl Glucosamine, Myristyl Laurate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, PEG-10 Dimethicone , Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Phytosphingosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Glycine, Sucrose, Cyclodextrin, Carbomer, Acrylamides Copolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Linoleic Acid, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Myristyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride , Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides

When it comes to skin care you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

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