Nefertiti Golden Patina for Skin with Vitamin E

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Category:
Makeup > Bronzers > Powder Bronzer
Last Updated:
11/6/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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This bronzing powder has an overtly shimmery finish that is too sparkly for flattering use all over the face. Not only that, but it comes in such a large size that it seems a better fit as a glowing body bronzer (but hey, at least it blends on smoothly).

The pressed-powder compact has several stripes of varying bronze, peach, and shimmer shades that together create a rosy bronze. Perhaps it could be used as a blush, but even then it's overly shiny, and is most definitely too sparkly for a flattering all-over bronze.

One last thing to note: The vitamin E can't remain stable (see More Info).

Pros:

  • Blends on smoothly.

Cons:

  • Strong, sparkling shine.
  • Shiny, rosy bronze finish unflattering for all-over use.
  • Inconveniently large.

More Info:

The vitamin E this product contains, which is a good antioxidant, isn't present in a high enough concentration to offer much benefit, plus one antioxidant isn't enough for skin to be healthy as skin needs a complex array of antioxidants. More importantly, due to this product's packaging, it won't remain stable. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a makeup compact like this is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate.

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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