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Colloidal Gold Radiance Moisture Boosting Day Crème
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4.5 fl. oz. for $28.50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:08.24.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

The "radiant aura" this moisturizer promises doesn't come from the gold it contains. Rather, it's from standard cosmetic pigments such as titanium dioxide and mica. These have a brightening and illuminating effect which can be attractive, but that's it.

For many reasons this product isn't recommended. First, it isn't suitable as day cream because it doesn't provide sun protection. Second, the gold it contains is a problem for skin. Aside from the fact there is no research proving gold has any value as a skin-care ingredient, research has shown it can cause contact dermatitis around the eyes and on facial skin (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).

Although this moisturizer for normal to dry skin contains some beneficial antioxidant plant extracts and fatty acids, the choice of jar packaging won't keep these delicate ingredients stable once you open the product. See More Info to learn why jar packaging is a problem.

Pros:

  • Contains some good antioxidants and skin-repairing fatty acids.
  • Brightens and illuminates skin.

Cons:

  • High amount of gold puts skin at risk for contact dermatitis (and gold doesn't come with skin-care benefits).
  • Jar packaging won't keep the best ingredients stable during use.
  • Poor choice for daytime use because it lacks sun protection.

More Info:

The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it 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).

Claims

Formulated with an advanced colloidal gold mineral ingredient, this whisper-light beautifier gives your complexion an incredibly radiant aura while nourishing your skin with moisture all day long.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycereth-26, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic, Capric Triglycerides, Cyclopentasiloxane, Gold, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Gold Of Pleasure, Phospholipids, Glyceryl Stearate, Isocetyl Stearate, Linoleic Acid, Dimethiconol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceteth-20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Orange, 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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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