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Ageless Night Cream
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $20
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Tinted Moisturizer > Tinted Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.31.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This moisturizer contains some good ingredients for dry skin and the price is tempting, but the ingredients capable of helping dry skin the most (plus fighting signs of aging) won't remain effective once this is opened, all because this product is packaged in a jar. See More Info to learn why jar packaging and anti-aging moisturizers simply don't go together.

Ulta refers to this moisturizer as having "Advanced Protection Factor +" technology to fight signs of aging but the formula is surprisingly ordinary—and woefully short on anti-aging ingredients research has shown skin needs to look and act younger.

Ageless Night Cream is an OK option for dry skin, but for not too much more money you can get a truly outstanding moisturizer, such as those we recommend on our list of Best Moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Contains some good emollients for dry skin.
  • The plant extracts are beneficial rather than irritating (which is always to your skin's advantage).
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
  • Contains a potentially irritating amount of fragrance.
  • Not nearly as anti-aging as it could've been.
More Info:

The fact that this product is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you're introducing bacteria that causes further breakdown of key ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Claims

Advanced Protection Factor + (APF +) technology helps skin fight against environmental stressors and all free-radical types, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and texture.

Ingredients

Water, Gossyplum Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance, Isostearyl Linoleate, Tribehenin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, PEG-150 Stearate, Steareth-20, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacladipate-2, Stearyl Alcohol, Isostearic Acid, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethyl Stearate, Trideceth-6, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid.

Brand Overview

Ulta Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good mascaras; the blush, brow pencil, eyeshadows, and most of the foundations are worth a look; a few intriguing skin-care products (but nothing you cannot find from lots of other brands).

Weaknesses: Testers are not always available nor are the Ulta displays consistently clean; bad liquid eyeliners; poor-to-average cleansers; nothing-special pencil eyeliners; requires careful shopping because the makeup is such a mixed bag--for every good product there are two unimpressive ones.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, call 866-983-8582 or visit www.ulta.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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