08.27.2012
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Wrinkle Filament FiberFill & Firm
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0.7 fl. oz. for $28.50
Category:Skin Care > Specialty Products > Wrinkle Fillers
Last Updated:08.27.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

This wrinkle filler is very much like soft spackle for lines. The product even comes with a spatula, which you use to fill in deep lines and then smooth the excess on surrounding skin. The silky, somewhat thick texture works (temporarily) to smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and also has a minor “filling” effect. How long all of this lasts depends on what you apply next and on how expressive you are—but products like this can help (just keep your expectations realistic).

Note that the collagen and elastin this wrinkle filler contains cannot bind to or build up these supportive elements in our skin, and that’s a good thing! If they worked in this manner, you’d eventually see lumpy, bumpy skin from too much collagen. Both of these ingredients have water-binding properties for skin’s surface, but that’s the extent of their anti-aging benefits.

This product is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types. The jar packaging isn’t much of a problem for two reasons: 1) the formula lacks antioxidants; and 2) its waterless formula discourages the growth of bacteria, so the hygiene issue that jar packaging presents is reduced.

One more comment: This contains mica, a cosmetic pigment that adds shine to skin. Although shine isn’t skin care, when it’s subtle like this, it can add an attractive glow.

Pros:

  • Silky, spackle-like texture helps fill in lines and wrinkles.
  • Includes a spatula to make application easier.
  • Fragrance-free.

Cons:

  • Would be better with a selection of state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients.
Claims

Don't let your skin make you look older than you feel! Practice a little dermal deception with this instant temporary wrinkle repair. It's all you need for a smooth and youthful-looking complexion.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone NF, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Nylon 12, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 6, Red 17

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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