Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator Granule-Free

by Yves Saint Laurent  Top Secrets
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$44 - 2.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:
2/14/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a very expensive, but good, scrub for normal to dry skin. You don’t need to spend anywhere near this much for a scrub, and in fact a wet washcloth used with your facial cleanser would work just as well. But if you’re inclined to indulge, this is a gentle option whose granules are from sugar, not polyethylene or shells. This scrub can be tricky to rinse, and in terms of the vitamins mentioned in the claims, they’re barely present in the formula (not to mention their benefit would be rinsed down the drain).

Free from abrasive particles, this honey-coloured gel is comprised of sugars and ultra-fine oils. On contact with the skin, it transforms into a light oil and then into a milk that gently removes dead skin cells and impurities during rinsing. The skin is smoother and softer, the complexion purified and brightened. Rich in essential trace elements and vitamins, it leaves the skin relaxed, purified and delightfully replenished. For all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Triethylhexanoin, Octyldodeceth-25, Aqua, Sorbitol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Yeast Extract, Alanin Glycine, Lysine, Oleanolic Acid

We have never reviewed an expensive cosmetics line with the intent of criticizing it based on the price tags alone. Our standard for reviewing all cosmetics remains the same whether the prices are rock bottom or stratospheric. What cannot be denied is that there are many consumers who just refuse to give up the notion that, in terms of cosmetics, expensive means better. If you're one of those consumers you may have been curious about our take on Yves Saint Laurent's makeup, which by far outshines their skin care.

In the past, as we surveyed the other French-themed lines at the department store (including Lancome, Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain), YSL almost always came in last, barely stepping up to the plate to compete in any category. Lately, we've been pleasantly surprised to find several impressive products, along with some needed improvements for many of their previously lackluster options (whose price-to-performance ratio was depressingly low). YSL still isn't the French line to set your sights on and fill your makeup bag with, but there are enough positives to make a trip to their counter worthwhile, assuming that your budget extends far enough to comfortably afford these items. (Even the best products from this line have less-expensive counterparts, but if you're label-conscious, you should know what to focus on.)

What's not so great is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in products with sunscreen, or SPF ratings that are too low given what we know about the need for a sufficient level of daily sun protection. Adding sunscreen to many of the foundations and lip products was a smart move, but doing so without getting the basics right doesn't get a passing grade. Most of the mascaras are surprisingly average also, yet on the other hand the foundation and powder shade selections have improved considerably. It's this off-kilter blend of outstanding and boring products coupled with steep prices all around that earn this line an "approach with caution" statement. However, careful shopping from YSL will undoubtedly net you some wonderful products you'll be pleased with, at least until the credit card bill comes due!

When it comes to skin care, Yves Saint Laurent relies heavily on its fashion heritage to convince consumers to give these products more than a passing glance. Based on the formulas and outlandish prices, we see no reason for anyone to admire, let alone purchase, most of the skin-care products this brand sells. The claims are nothing short of ridiculous, especially for any YSL product designed to minimize wrinkles or stop sagging. It's good that all of the sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection, but the cost means you'll be replacing them quickly (if you're being diligent about liberal application, as you should be) and, of course, all of them contain wafting fragrance. The moisturizers are much less impressive, but carry some of the most too-good-to-be-true claims imaginable. None of what they're said to do in terms of wrinkles, skin regeneration, firming, and sculpting skin is the least bit reliable, though many of the moisturizers have luxurious textures.

What's missing is a focused approach to provide skin with what it really needs to thrive and remain healthy. Some of the basics are covered, but antioxidants are seemingly an afterthought, water-binding agents and skin-identical substances are mostly lacking, and once again fragrance takes precedence over advanced ingredients with substantiated research to support their use. If your skin-care routine must involve a designer brand, you'd be better off shopping Chanel and only considering YSL for the makeup products they have that, cost notwithstanding, are worthy of the attention they get in, where else, fashion magazines.

For more information about Yves Saint Laurent, call 800-399-0929 or visit www.ysl.com.

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  1. Cathy
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 03, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    decent product compared to other YSL skincare
    • I like using this once a week, mainly because I feel my make up looks better. It feels like heavy, slightly sticky honey and then liquifies/melts and supposedly "dissolves" dead skin and debris. I'm sure my cleanser can do just as well, however the one benefit, as I stated above, is it makes my skin feel incredibly soft and nice to the touch! It's heavily fragranced, and even though I think it smells nice, I don't like using fragranced skincare on a daily basis - too irritating for my skin

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