Glowing Reviews Gentle Skin Renewal Scrub

by Stila  
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$22 - 4.2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Scrubs
Last Updated:
9/4/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This scrub could've been a worthwhile option for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts, but its cushiony, emollient formula laced with scrubbing beads is bound to be a problem for all skin types. That's because it contains numerous fragrant plant extract oils known to be irritating. The formula contains some beneficial, soothing plant ingredients, too, but they're doing battle with the troublemakers instead of helping your skin.

The fruit enzymes and fruit acids have zero ability to exfoliate skin, not to mention that based on the ingredient list, this scrub doesn't contain enzymes! As for the fruit acids, they simply don't have enough time to work as exfoliants when used in a rinse-off product. For results that beat any scrub, try exfoliating with a well-formulated AHA or BHA product instead. You'll find recommendations in our Best Products section!

Pros:
  • Cushions skin as is scrubs so you won't be left feeling dry.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Contains fragrant plant extracts and oils known to be irritating.
  • Does not contain enzymes as claimed, and the fruit acids are rinsed before they can exfoliate.

Automatically renew your skin! This mild, purifying scrub gently lifts old skin cells to reveal smoother skin. Every time. Fruit enzymes, fruit acids and gentle exfoliating beads polish skin. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores over time. Refresh. Refine. Radiate.

Water/Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Coco Glucoside, Alaria Esculenta (Brown Seaweed) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Maltodextrin, Beta Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Dihydroacetate, Citric Acid, Rhododendron Ferrugineum (Alpine Rose) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Isomalt, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Lavandula Angustilfolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Maltodextrin, Polyisobutene, Aminomethyl Propanol, Protease, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract

Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell has been at the helm of Stila since its inception in 1994, and her creations have an impressive history of blending innovation with eye-catching, fun packaging. Of course, this innovation is not without its price, and you will find some rather ordinary products where the packaging or dispensing method is the only thing that's exciting. Where Lobell struck gold is with her superlative collection of foundations. We’ve examined hundreds of makeup lines for this and previous editions of this book, and Stila has had and continues to maintain one of the best collections of truly neutral foundation colors. For anyone confused about what we mean by "neutral tones," you need look no further, though we are pleased that more mainstream lines (including L'Oreal, Revlon, Clinique, and even Cover Girl) are now creating wonderfully neutral foundation colors. Stila's foundations aren't inexpensive, but it's critical to get a foundation that's right for you, and that may mean splurging. Other stellar categories include concealers, blush, eyeshadows, brushes, and much better mascaras than in years past.

Once an independent brand with a first-to-market approach to clever cardboard packaging that was sleek, urban, and utilitarian at the same time, Stila's presence and product lineup and distribution expanded (with mostly favorable results) when it was acquired by Estee Lauder in 1999. It was a bit perplexing when Lauder announced in late 2005 that it would sell Stila to "optimize our portfolio of brands" and put more attention (read: financial resources) into their M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown brands (Source: The Rose Sheet, April 17, 2006, page 4). Ironically, of those three brands, Stila has the most compelling collection of products. M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown are no slouches, but Stila always had a slight edge, at least in the complexion-enhancing categories.

An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners (naming itself Stila Corporation) bought the brand from Lauder in spring 2006 and has been at the helm since. Lauder's no longer owning Stila led to the brand's hasty exit from department stores, a move that left many shoppers wondering what the heck happened (and, at least in the stores we visited, the sales associates were vague about the line's future). Luckily, Stila still has a home in Sephora stores worldwide, and is randomly distributed in select department stores. That's great news, because there is much to love about this line, and the most recent crop of products proves that Stila has every intention of remaining a competitive player in the compelling game that is the cosmetics industry.

For more information about Stila, call 866.784.5201 or visit www.stilacosmetics.com.

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