B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray

$33 - 4 fl. oz.
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We have no words to describe how disturbing this product is! OK, we do have several words. Not only are the claims improbable given what it contains, but the formula is shockingly poor, bordering on egregiously bad.

Basically, you're getting water, alcohol, cornstarch, and preservatives, with a minute amount of vitamins and beneficial ingredients. Aside from the fact that alcohol causes dryness, free-radical damage (think pro-aging, not anti-aging), and irritation, and that cornstarch is drying and doesn't soften skin, you also are getting a strong hit of irritation from a menthol derivative called menthyl ethylamido oxalate, which, according to the manufacturer, is 82% stronger than menthol. We haven't seen a worse-formulated product in a very long time.

A stronger-than-normal version of menthol along with alcohol may make the skin feel fresh for a small period of time, but the irritation it leaves behind will last much longer, and is a serious problem for skin.

Why do companies even create products like this?! Primarily, we believe, because research has shown that women like a fresh sensation on their skin, and that these ingredients don't burn the skin. Not burning is hardly a skin benefit. A lack of beneficial ingredients is one thing, and the amount of problematic ingredients always worries us, but in this case, pandering to a woman's psychological need without offering beneficial ingredients (and, preferably, none of the bad stuff) is a triple hit you shouldn't ignore.

  • None.
  • Can be drying and irritating.
  • The amount of alcohol can cause free-radical damage.
  • Contains a super-potent form of the known skin irritant menthol.
  • Contains more preservative than beneficial ingredients, which are in short supply.
  • A waste of time for anyone's makeup routine given the long-term potential downside.
Spritz on this soothing spray any time of day to hydrate, prep, and soften your skin with vitamins and antioxidants. Use it in the morning to prep and wake up your skin, during the day to refresh your skin (without messing up your makeup), or at night before your treatment. Versatile enough for people of all ages and skin types, this energizing formula is great for your skin and it feels amazing.
Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Xylitol Phosphate Esters, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Xylitol, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, Panthenol, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fructan, Sodium Hydroxide, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Coconut Acid.

From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.

Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.

Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.

For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.

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