Plantscription Anti-Aging Concealer

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Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Liquid Concealer
Last Updated:
1/29/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Origins typically does well with their concealers, but we were disappointed to find that this liquid concealer contains potentially irritating fragrant plant extracts, albeit in small amounts; but the eye area really does best with no irritating ingredients anywhere near it (see More Info). The fluid texture blends on smoothly with the included wand applicator, and it sets to a soft matte finish, although you may experience some creasing into lines.

There are several flattering shades offered for light to dark skin tones, with buildable coverage from medium to full. For superior (and in many cases less expensive) options, check out our Best Concealers list.

Pros:
  • Fluid texture blends on smoothly.
  • Several flattering shades offered for light to dark skin tones.
  • Soft matte finish with buildable coverage from medium to full.
Cons:
  • Contains potentially irritating fragrant plant extracts.
  • Can settle into fine lines and wrinkles.
More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)

Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxethyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Anogeissus Leiocarpus Bark Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Centaurium Erythaea (Centaury) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Disostearate, Elaeis Guineesis (Palm) Oil, Cholesterol, Glycerin, Lecithin, Caffeine, Tocotrienols, Squalene, Phytosterols, Tribehenin, Trehalose, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triethyl Citrate, Maltodextrin, PEG/PPG-18/ 18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylsilane, Laureth-7, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polysilicone-1, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Started in 1990, Origins was Estee Lauder's contribution to the (still going strong) demand for natural products. Their approach and claims all hinge on the wonder of plants and the allegedly miraculous properties they offer for skin, whether it be dry, sensitive, oily, or simply showing the effects of time. Here's the issue: Just as there are good and bad synthetic ingredients, there are good and bad natural ones. Ironically, Origins isn't all that "natural" because it uses its share of synthetic ingredients, and the plant extracts they do use include some that are bad for skin.

We have never been opposed to using natural ingredients. However, it lacks integrity when a company throws in any plant ingredient with no proven benefit for skin beyond anecdotal information, and then boasts about all sorts of improbable results. It becomes a far more serious issue when the natural ingredients in question have published research showing that they are in fact irritating or damaging to skin. That's the predicament of reviewing Origins' skin care products: almost every product they sell contains several volatile oils (another term for essential oils), all of which have their share of negative qualities when used on skin. In their attempt to appear more natural, Origins uses quite a bit of these offending ingredients, and they're often listed before the much more beneficial additives, such as antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients.

You might be wondering why, if Origins has had such continued success, their products can be such a problem for skin? Can't women just use what they like? The answer is two-fold: yes women can use what they like, but often women like what isn't good for them. For example, smoking is bad for skin (and for your lungs), but lots of people smoke; getting a tan from the sun is bad for your skin, but lots of people spend time outdoors getting a tan; and using products that contain irritating ingredients is bad for your skin, and lots of products come to the table with these inconsistencies.

As we have explained in the introduction to the book, there is a litany of problems that take place when skin is irritated or inflamed, but fundamentally this results in the skin's immune system becoming impaired, collagenase (the breakdown of collagen) occurs, and the skin is stripped of its outer protective barrier. What is perhaps most shocking is that all of these damaging responses can be taking place underneath the skin and you won't even notice it on the surface. The clearest example of this is the significant and carcinogenic effect of the sun's "silent" UVA rays. You don't feel the penetration of these mutagenic rays, but they are taking a toll on your skin nonetheless (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38; International Journal of Toxicology, May-June 2006, pages 183–193;Skin Research and Technology; November 2001, pages 227–237; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, November 2003, pages 663–669; Drugs, 2003 volume 63, issue 15, pages 1579–1596; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, March 2002, pages 138–146; Cosmetics & Toiletries, November 2003, page 63; Global Cosmetics, February 2000, pages 46–49; and Contact Dermatitis, February 1995, pages 83–87).

Most of the Lauder companies really have their acts together when it comes to formulating state-of-the-art moisturizers, serums, and sunscreens that leave out the problematic plant extracts (and that represents a lot of products given the almost two dozen cosmetics companies under the Lauder corporate banner). Origins is the exception, and we encourage my readers who prefer to shop for skin care at the department store to explore the truly far better options from Clinique, Estee Lauder, Prescriptives, M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, or even La Mer. Even salon-styled Aveda, also owned by Lauder, with a natural theme similar to Origins, has less problematic formulas.

For more information about Origins, owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 674-4467 or visit www.origins.com.

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Compared to the makeup offered by almost all of the other Estee Lauder–owned lines, Origins falls short by virtue of including ingredients that align with its marketing image of offering natural ingredients that have the blessing of Mother Nature regardless of the risks they pose for skin. As omnipotent as Mom may be, this force of nature is a disaster waiting to happen. A secondary reason Origins isn't competing as well with its sister companies is that for many products (particularly the lipsticks, blush, and cleverly named but non-essential specialty products) the technology isn't as advanced. That lack of technological creativity combined with significant amounts of hostile essential oils will help you understand why we recommend exploring similar, but superior (and irritant-free), options from any of the other Lauder companies from Clinique to M.A.C.

If you're prone to being swayed by the promises of natural products (though Origins is not any more natural than many other lines, it just uses the most problematic plant extracts possible), there are a few outstanding gems to unearth here, and at prices that aren't unrealistic. Additionally, Origins' latest tester units, especially in their freestanding stores, are accessible and user-friendly. They include pull-out counters for added space and feature large mirrors. Combine this with a low-key yet helpful sales staff and knowing what to zero in on and you'll find shopping the best of Origins is a pleasure.

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