5 Essentials Crème + 1 for Face & Eyes with QuSomes
4.5 fl. oz. for $29.50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:03.31.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

This moisturizer includes a small jar of eye cream housed atop a large jar of facial moisturizer. While this stylized packaging is clever, jar packaging itself is a problem(see More Info for details).

The QuSome technology referred to in the claims is a brand name for a liposome-like delivery system. A liposome is a hollow shell made of fatty acids. Cosmetic ingredients can be added to this shell, and as the lipid layer dissolves, those ingredients are delivered to skin in a controlled manner. Although it sounds special and advanced, in truth QuSome is but one of many ingredient delivery technologies available. There is no research to support it being the superior option.

Both the face moisturizer and eye moisturizer are similar formulations though the eye cream has a thicker texture. Both products contain the AHA ingredients glycolic and lactic acids (plus lesser-used AHAs such as citric, malic, and tartaric acids), but the amounts are likely too low for them to function as exfoliants (plus the pH of both products is not within the range for exfoliation to occur).

Both formulas also contain retinol and several antioxidants along with some skin-repairing ingredients, which are great, but the jar packaging mentioned above won’t keep these important ingredients stable once the products are opened. See what we mean about this duo being far from essential?

One more comment: Check out More Info to find out why, in truth, you don’t need an eye cream.


  • The face cream and eye cream can make dry skin look and feel smoother.


  • Jar packaging won’t keep the beneficial ingredients in each product stable once you open them.
  • QuSome technology isn’t all that special.
  • Core ingredients in the face and eye creams are basic.
  • The AHA ingredients do not function as exfoliants.

More Info:

The fact that the eye and face creams are packaged in a jar means their beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once each is opened. 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 (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!

You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!


Adrienne's Advanced Formula 5 Essentials Creme has been made even better with the exciting Deep Penetrating QuSome® technology. The highly effective 5 Essentials face and eye cremes contain all the age-defying ingredients we have used in previous formulations, with the addition of QuSomes® to provide even more potent benefits.


Face: Water, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-12 Glyceryl Distearate (Qusomes), Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Wax, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinol / Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Panthenyl Triacetate, Bisabolol, Farnesyl Acetate, Farnesol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Extract, Passiflora Laurifolia (Passion Flower) Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Ulva Lactuca Extract, Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) Extract, Myristyl Myristate, Retinyl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-23, Carbomer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lecithin, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Caramel, Red 40, Yellow 5

Eyes: Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isopropyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, PEG-12 Glyceryl Distearate (Qusomes), Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Retinol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Wax, Retinyl Acetate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate, (Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Blossoms Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Extract, Rose Centifolia (Rose) Petals Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderblossoms)Flower Extract, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Seed Extract, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Red 4, Yellow 5

Brand Overview

Signature Club A At-a-Glance

Strengths: Several products contain proven anti-aging ingredients and are fragrance-free; reasonable prices; most of the capsules are worth a look; excellent blush and mascara.

Weaknesses: Many of the anti-aging claims are over-the-top, stretching the boundaries of what skin care can really do; jar packaging which doesn’t keep the good ingredients in the products stable; the Meltdown cleansers tend to be highly fragrant; products for various areas (face, eyes, neck, and chest) tend to have remarkably similar formulas; poor foundation formulations with limited shade ranges; poor concealer and eye pencil.

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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Luxurious cream for mature, dry skin

The Signature Club A products are designed for mature dry skin. I love these products because they give intensive care to mature, dry, thin skin. Older skin needs tender care and differs from products for younger skin. I have used these products for several years. I am 67 years old.

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