Colloidal Gold Radiance Meltdown Cleansing Crème
4.5 fl. oz. for $20
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths)
Last Updated:08.24.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

Like Signature Club A's other Meltdown cleansers, this version is similar to classic cold cream and is highly fragranced (even though fragrance isn't skin care and should be avoided whenever possible because of the irritation it can cause). This works to remove all types of makeup, but tends to leave a residue if not used with a washcloth.

In many ways, all of Signature Club A's Meltdown cleansers are truly dated formulas. What is a problem is that all of them are packaged in jar containers; it is simply not hygienic to dig your cleanser out of a jar, not to mention it can hurt the stability of the natural ingredients they contain. Repeated exposure to light and air, which is what happens with products in jars, causes the good ingredients to break down.

As for the gold this contains, although it sounds elegant, gold isn't a good skin-care ingredient. In fact, it's known for causing contact dermatitis on the face and around the eyes (Sources: Inflammation and Allergy Drug Targets, September 2008, pages 145–162; Dermatologic Therapy, Volume 17, 2004, pages 321–327; and Cutis, May 2000, pages 323–326). More importantly, gold has no benefits for skin, so you're simply buying into the prestige factor it carries, which isn't the best way to shop for skin care.

Given that this cleanser doesn't rinse well on its own, the jar packaging, and the problems gold presents when left on skin, this cleanser isn't recommended.


  • Removes all types of makeup without making skin feel dry.


  • Expensive.
  • Jar packaging is an unsanitary, inelegant way to use facial cleanser.
  • Contains gold, which is known to cause contact dermatitis.

Turn the simple act of cleansing into a first class, spa-at-home experience. Adrienne's luxurious creamy meltdown provides a thorough cleansing without stripping your skin of its natural moisture.


Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Plysorbate-80, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, Gold, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Triticum Volgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, EDTA, 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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