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Coconut with Caviar Meltdown Cleansing Crème
Rating
$24.95
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products
Last Updated:08.27.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

This is one of many "meltdown" cleansing creams Signature Club A offers. Its core ingredients are similar to what you'd find in standard cold cream, though this one has a thinner texture. These cleansers remove all types of makeup but don't rinse easily without the aid of a washcloth.

It's an option for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts; however, it's telling that the claims for this product revolve around it being a fragrant experience. It is extremely fragrant, and in fact contains more fragrance than the coconut or caviar called out in this product's name. See More Info to learn the problems associated with daily use of highly fragrant products.

Note: This cleanser is packaged in jar, which isn't the most sanitary way to use a cleanser (you're dipping your fingers in with each use, and will eventually be digging out what's left, not to mention the routine exposure to light and air breaks down several ingredients, including the coconut and caviar).

Pros:

  • Removes all types of makeup without drying skin.

Cons:

  • Similar to old-fashioned cold cream, and can be difficult to rinse.
  • Highly fragranced formula puts skin at risk of irritation.
  • Jar packaging is an unsanitary way to use a cleanser.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (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).

Claims

Think palm trees swaying in a warm breeze..think tropical vacation. That's what you'll feel like you're on when you cleanse your skin and remove your makeup this very special formula. It gently melts off and removes makeup from the face, neck and eyes with no need to tug on delicate skin.

Ingredients

Water, Caprylic-Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate-Dicaprate, Ceteareth-20, Isocetyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Caviar Extract, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea

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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