08.24.2012
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Signature Club A
Microsphere with Caviar Night Firming Crème
Rating
2 fl. oz. for $29.50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:08.24.2012
Jar Packaging:True
pH:
Tested on animals:Unknown
Overview

First, let’s make one thing clear: The claim for this product indicates that skin replenishes itself at night, which is true. However, what’s implied is that nighttime is the only time skin does this, and that’s not the case. Your skin is attempting to replenish itself every hour of every day—no special magic happens when the sun goes down and your head hits the pillow!

This fragrance-free moisturizer is supposed to help tired-looking skin, yet it isn’t much different from most of the other Signature Club A moisturizers, so other than the claims you’re not getting a specialized formula.

There’s reason to consider this moisturizer if you have dry to very dry skin, as it contains some good emollients, antioxidants, and lots of water-binding agents (most derived from algae). Just like many other moisturizers, the formula also includes cosmetic pigments titanium dioxide and mica to brighten and illuminate skin.

The caviar extract has no special benefit for skin, but like the other natural ingredients this contains, it won’t hold up well once this jar-packaged product is opened. See More Info to learn why jar packaging is a problem you don’t want to overlook!

Pros:

  • Contains some helpful ingredients for dry skin.
  • Fragrance-free.

Cons:

  • Jar packaging won’t keep key ingredients stable during use.
  • Caviar extract offers no special benefits for skin.
  • Doesn’t have any special action for nighttime use, as skin is replenishing itself all day long.

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

At a time when your skin replenishes itself, this luxurious beauty treatment helps cosmetically firm the look of tired-looking skin.

Ingredients

Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caviar Extract, Sea Salt, Algae Extract, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Cakile Maritima Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis (Nori) Extract, Ulva Lactuca Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Agar, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 30

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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Friday, October 10, 2014
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This is actually one of the few products for which I have seen true results. The protein and sea salt act as osmotic gradients to draw water into the skin which relieves dryness that can sometimes be caused by retinol and hydroxy acid products. Using this product alone may not do much, but as a "top coat" to your more specialized anti-aging products it is a great.

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