These single-use, fragrance-free capsules are filled with a serum that contains mostly silicones (which make skin feel very silky but are hardly unique to this product), zinc oxide, a peptide, platinum (discussed below), and a smattering of antioxidants.
Although we'd ordinarily comment on the problem of jar packaging, in the case of this product, the capsules are individually sealed, so their contents remain protected from degrading light and air so the jar packaging isn't an issue.
Platinum is a gimmicky ingredient with no proven benefit for skin. Besides, given that real platinum costs about $1,500 an ounce, even if it could have benefit, there wouldn't be enough in here to help skin in any way.
Signature Club A claims that the Platinum ElectroCharged Complex consists of nanoparticles of platinum so small they are able to deliver key ingredients to the areas of skin where they are needed. The issue is you don't want platinum in your skin. Because platinum is a heavy metal, it leads to health issues upon exposure to this metal's salts. Although it isn't as toxic as other heavy metals, that still doesn't make it something you want broken down into absorbable particles.
A component of platinum is used in some chemotherapy medications. It's included in these medications for its cytotoxic (meaning it kills cells) capabilities when combined with other substances, but that has nothing to do with topical application or with restoring youth (Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, August 2007, pages 3266–3273).
There is also one study showing that when platinum is nano-sized, it can have a protective effect against UV-induced inflammation (Source: Experimental Dermatology, October 2010, pages 1,000-1,006). While that's nice, there are lots of ingredients (especially antioxidants) that help reduce inflammation from UV rays and they don't have any potential risk.
In terms of the electrocharged part of the name, no one at Signature Club A seems to know what that's about, but electrically charging skin-care products or ingredients is useless for your skin.
Overall this isn't a terrible product, but it isn't a great one either, and it has some potential problems that keep it from being recommended.
- Silky-smooth texture treats skin to antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
- Single-use capsules keeps key ingredients stable before use.
- The claims of platinum's benefits for skin are exaggerated.
- Nano-sized platinum can be problematic for skin.
- Cannot lift sagging skin (see More Info for details).
- For the money there are far better formulated products to consider.
Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! In order to gain these youthful benefits, you must protect skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn't do it all) has extensive research showing how they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
The beauty results are as exciting as its name. Discover Adrienne's new cosmetic approach to giving face and neck a tauter, firmer appearance. Developed by SCA cosmetic scientists, the Platinum ElectroCharged Complex contains nanoparticles of platinum so small they are able to deliver key ingredients to the areas of skin where they are needed. You'll love how regular use helps improve the appearance of sagging and wrinkled-looking skin for a more youthful look.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Zinc Oxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, Colloidal Platinum, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Phospholipids, Tocopherol, C24-28 Alkyl Methicone, Lecithin, Water, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben
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.