First and foremost a scrub, this exfoliator also contains cleansing agents to help dissolve debris and excess oil as you scrub. That’s nice but you don’t have to spend in this range for such benefits. The formula contains some potentially irritating citrus and fragrance ingredients and no question a scrub cannot compare to the skin-smoothing, pore-reducing, discoloration-fading results possible from well formulated AHA or BHA exfoliants. If you prefer a scrub and have normal to oily skin, this is an OK yet needlessly pricey option.
Note that the claim of this containing a Light Reflecting Complex is silly. The tiny amount of light-reflecting ingredients this contains are rinsed from skin—they don’t leave any sort of lasting luminosity yet, as with most scrubs, after use your skin will be smoother and smooth skin reflects light more evenly.
Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Dimethylacrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Crosspolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Xanthan Gum, Lauryl Glucoside, Saccharum Officinarum [Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract], Citrus Aurantium Dulcis [Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract], Citrus Limon [Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract], Trisodium EDTA, Acer Saccharum [Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract], Rosa Canina (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract), Maris Aqua (Sea Water), DMDM Hydantoin, Barium Sulfate, Algae (Algae Extract), Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Geraniol, Limonene, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.
Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.