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Filter with Dermaxyl Complex (Discontinued)
Rating
$28
Category:Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:05.04.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview
Filter with Dermaxl Complex has a formula that’s similar to the original Photo Finish Foundation Primer, but contains the peptide found in the Dermaxyl Complex as well as a high amount of film-forming agent. The product is intended for use around the eyes and lips and is dispensed through an angled-tip applicator. It can temporarily smooth and minimally fill in lines around the eyes, but how long the effect lasts depends on how expressive you are. This doesn’t fulfill all its promises, but may be worth testing to see if you like the results—just keep in mind that they are temporary.
Claims
This portable pen-like filler has a silicone tip that targets the delicate eye and mouth area instantly filling in laugh lines, flattening crow’s feet and disguising fine lip lines. Skin is left silky-smooth and primed for flawless makeup application. And, with the added bonus of Dermaxyl Complex (contains highest recommended 2% concentration), the latest in anti-aging technology, unwanted age lines are visibly reduced in no time at all.
Ingredients
Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Ceramide 2, Peg-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cole Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben
Brand Overview

Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly good foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows; the great Photo Finish Lipstick; a lash primer that really makes a difference; well-constructed makeup brushes that cost less than the department-store competition.

Weaknesses: A small, mostly boring assortment of products priced higher than they should be; a couple of products contain irritants that have no benefit for skin; several lackluster makeup categories, including concealer, blush, eye pencils, and brow shaders; the Cream Eyeliner is a mistake if you expect any amount of longevity; several specialty products that should offer more for the money (and the one with sunscreen leaves skin vulnerable to UVA damage).

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. However, this seems to be a case where the proverbial apple didn't fall all that close to the tree. It is apparent that Dean and Davis are better at their respective careers as CEO and photographer, respectively, than at creating a cosmetics line. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, many of the colors are too sheer to register on medium to dark skin tones, shiny products abound, and several of the complexion-enhancing products just don't look as natural on skin as they should. In fact, the foundations and concealers could use some updating; they haven't kept pace with what other makeup artistry lines are launching, and don't demonstrate much longevity under normal conditions, as in day-to-day casual makeup.

Realizing that celebrities sell products better than the product claims themselves, Smashbox steadily capitalizes on its ties to Hollywood and often mentions several famous faces who wear their products. Their counter brochures follow suit, tempting women to sit down with a Smashbox artist to get the star treatment. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, but as a comprehensive line Smashbox doesn't have what it takes to create A-list glamour, at least not if you're looking for cutting-edge textures and finishes.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.

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