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Eterna 27 Moisture Cream with Progenitin
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2 fl. oz. for $16.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This very rich, oil-heavy moisturizer is only for dry to very dry skin not prone to breakouts, and only then if you don’t mind using a severely antiquated formula that should’ve followed the typewriter into nostalgia-land. Although this contains some very good non-fragrant plant oils, the core ingredients amount to little more than water and wax—and now we know skin needs so much more than that.

The plant oils and select other ingredients in this moisturizer would have antioxidants benefits if this moisturizer wasn’t packaged in a jar. Because of jar packaging, these ingredients will break down upon repeated, daily exposure to light and air. How disappointing!

Note: this product used to contain an estrogen precursor ingredient (that’s what the “progenitin” in the name refers to) but no longer does. That’s fine because the ingredient in question never worked via topical application.

Claims

There is no other cream in all the world like Eterna '27'...at any price. And only Revlon can offer you this exclusive formula. Use Eterna '27' regularly and see why Revlon believes you will vastly prefer it to any other cosmetic cream.

Ingredients

Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetyl Esters, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil Unsaponifiables, Sorbitan Oleate, Lanolin Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Glyceride, Lanolin Alcohol, Sorbitan Trioleate, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Niacinamide, Cholesterol, Lanosterol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Borate, Fragrance, Corn Oil (Zea Mays), BHA, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Green 6

Brand Overview

Revlon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Superior foundations with sunscreen and each of them provide sufficient UVA protection (though one has a disappointing SPF 6); several outstanding concealers and powders; one of the best cream blushes around; great cream eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner; a beautiful selection of elegant lipsticks, lip gloss, and lipliner; some worthwhile specialty products.

Weaknesses: Average eye and brow pencils; inaccurate claims surrounding their Botafirm complex; mostly average to disappointing mascaras.

It may surprise some of you to know that Revlon has been around since 1932, when the company launched a unique nail polish that used pigments instead of dyes. Lipsticks followed years later, and then a full line of cosmetics, which is how we know Revlon today. Although the company has had its continual share of ups and downs over the years (largely due to out-of-control debt coupled with aggressive spending), the line has recently made numerous improvements, especially in the realms of foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras. It is quite a feat that Revlon products earned more Paula's Pick ratings per category than any other drugstore line reviewed. If their goal was to close the competitive gap between themselves and L'Oreal, for the most part they have succeeded. Revlon definitely has the edge for foundations with reliable sunscreens. But despite Revlon's attempt to improve their mascara range, L'Oreal remains the clear winner (as well as L'Oreal-owned Maybelline New York).

Revlon's vast selection of makeup is divided into three main brands: Age Defying for the forty-something and older woman concerned about wrinkles, ColorStay for the teen to mid-thirties woman concerned about keeping oily skin in check and making sure her makeup stays put, and PhotoReady for women of all ages. These brands present some outstanding options and include products for all skin types (although the range of skin tones is not as well-represented here as it is by L'Oreal).

An intriguing fact is that the longevity claims for ColorStay are quite accurate: this collection of products really does offer extraordinary staying power. Conversely, Revlon jumped on the works-like-Botox bandwagon with their Age Defying range, going so far as to name their antiwrinkle complex Botafirm. Is there any confusion about what that term is supposed to relate to? Despite the claims, Botafirm won't reduce expression lines or control the muscles that cause them, though the products themselves do have many impressive qualities.

Note:Revlon is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Revlon may 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 Beautypedia Team.

Suffice it to say, Revlon has more commendable products than ever before, and although they rely heavily on celebrity spokespersons, their best products ably speak for themselves.

For more information about Revlon, call (800) 473-8566 or visit www.revlon.com.

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05.07.2013
Eterna 27

I am actually complaining. Over the years I have used Revlon. I used Charles of the Ritz cream which I loved and you discontinued it. I used Ultima II which you discontinued. I've been using Eterna 27 which you recommended after you discontinued the other moisterizers. Now I need to know what moisterizing cream you recommend. I don't understand why you keep discontinuing these things which are great. Maybe I just need to discontinue using Revlon products.

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