Jamie's Thoughts: I love the concept of this product, but I'm not 100% sold on it yet. YES, it will exfoliate and soften your skin. YES, it will give you increased "radiance," although it may come in the form of redness or irritation at first. YES, for the amount of puffs you get and the battery life, it's worth the money. As for wrinkles, I only saw minimal reduction - my deepest wrinkles are my three furrow lines in my forehead, and they didn't improve much at all. While I applaud Neutrogena for having continued their reputation of using quality soaps, fibers, etc. when developing this product, I still think it would be far too much exfoliation for anyone with chronic redness, rosacea, or sensitive skin. Allow me to put it another way: I have normal, non-sensitive skin and I couldn't even bring myself to use the higher vibration setting. The low setting felt like a jackhammer against my jaw, nose, and cheekbones.
All dramatics aside, this product is great - I think it could help lots of people with their skin issues, and the online consumer reviews are stellar. For those consumers whose faces can handle an occasional scrubbing, especially those who think cellular turnover would help fill in fine lines and plump up wrinkles, I would highly recommend this product as a supplement to an everyday skincare regime. For folks with touch-and-go skin, I cannot recommend this on any level.
Retail Price: $39.99 (Puff Refill comes with 12 puffs for $19.99; Online Deals and List of Retailers at neutrogena.com)
• Lift and tones drooping lids and brows
• Naturally restores eye area elasticity
• Smoothes away imperfections
Apply a small amount onto ring finger then gently massage around entire eye area. Avoid getting product into eye. Carry Chestnut Refirming Eye Cream in your purse for a quick and effective lifting treatment throughout the day."
What Lisa Says: This is one of those rare little finds that surprises you with what it promises and what it actually delivers.
During this past year I started noticing a tiny bit of puffiness under my eyes - especially on the side I sleep on. Since my beautiful little peach-colored box of Wei East arrived 3 weeks ago, I have been using this thick white cream both under and, yes, even on the lid area of my eyes each day. I've been waiting for that "lifted" look when instead I've realized the puffiness under my eyes is gone as well as some of the fine lines. My eye area stays lusciously hydrated 24/7. I have not had a problem with foundations, concealers or eye make-up staying on and it just looks like I've had a good nights' sleep. This is a lovely, well thought out product from packaging to website. While I now look more rested, I'm going to keep using this cream for another month or so to see if I can really see some lifting. Whether I do or not, this product does not disappoint.
Retail Price: $35.00/0.52 Oz (at WeiEast.com)
What They Say: “Nourish dry skin while cleansing impurities out of maturing skin. With amazing antioxidants and moisture retention ingredients, skin will show a visible improvement. Besides the skin being the largest organ, it is also the largest organ of elimination, so cleansing is one of the most critical steps in maintaining a healthy complexion.”
*Note the Absolute Facial Line is “designed for women suffering from both wrinkles and acne. It works to help smooth the appearance of wrinkles and to clarify, soften, refine and rejuvenate the skin.”
What Lisa Says: This is an interesting cleanser. For those wanting a soap and water, lot o’ bubbles, squeaky clean kind of feeling, this is NOT for you but then, most mature clients aren’t looking for that. It looks, feels and smells like the green clay masks I used to use when I was 16 and my skin was oily. This minty green creamy cleanser does a great job of cleaning your skin and leaves it feeling extremely hydrated but not oily. You can actually see the difference in your pre and post wash.
The finer lines around my eyes and lips were diminished within about a week to 10 days leaving an over all softer look around my eyes. I don’t have acne so I cannot verify those claims but the ingredients in this product lead me to believe that there’s nothing in it that would hurt those who are acne prone. In fact, for the price, I would definitely give it a try if that were one of the things you want to address. It certainly has all the ingredients (including phytoestrogens) to clean and soothe acne prone skin. You can check them out on their website.
Also of note regarding this product: they are cruelty free, certified vegan, non-comedogenic/toxin free, sulfate/paraben free and are made here in the United States.
Retail Price: $37.99 4 oz. (at vonNatur)
What They Say:
(about the Anti-Wrinkle Cream) "This moisturizing anti-wrinkle cream has a superior anti-aging complex that combines collagen supporting peptides and potent antioxidants. It replenishes moisture and diminishes wrinkles, blemishes and fine lines.
Main Active Ingredients:
(about Advance Formula Eye Cream) "This nourishing cream contains firming peptides and multiple antioxidants. It’s liquid crystal formula feeds protective moisture into the delicate skin around the eyes.
Main Active Ingredients:
Lisa’s Experience: I was looking forward to trying this line as I not only had some hydration issues this winter that exacerbated the fine lines around my eyes, I also have some darker pigmentation areas on my cheeks and I wanted to take advantage of the licorice root extract as well as the retinol in this cream.
The directions say to use the Anti-Wrinkle product once or twice daily and I found it best used only at night as my foundation tended to “ball up” if used in the a.m. It does take a little while to penetrate so those who use this in the morning might want to wait 15-20 minutes before applying make-up. This thick pink cream did leave my skin feeling extremely soft and silky feeling. I don’t have a lot of wrinkles on my face so the anti-wrinkle properties were minimal for me. I did, however, notice a slight decrease in my pigmentation but not a total disappearance. For those looking for a quick fix, it does take more than just a couple of weeks to see any difference. Licorice root takes a while longer than hydroquinone or some of the other lighteners on the market.
It’s a nice moisturizer that does provide great antioxidant properties and some pigmentation lightening over time, but consistency is the key word here. For those who are looking for one product that performs several tasks at a reasonable price, this might be the anti-wrinkle cream for you. It has a soft, pleasing fragrance reminiscent of a light floral and doesn’t clash with other fragrances, nor does it linger more than a few minutes.
I was far more impressed by the Advanced Formula Eye Cream. This little pump bottle delivered a thicker than average white cream that penetrated the skin quickly delivering a smoother, hydrated look to the eye area. Fine lines were diminished and the delicate skin in that area felt soothed, smoothed and moisturized. It held up its moisture-retaining qualities throughout the next day. I found that the longer I used it, the longer the results seemed to last. Foundation and concealer smoothed on beautifully the next morning, and there were even days when I applied in the a.m. as well and had no problems with make-up or wear.
Anti-Wrinkle Cream $40.00 for 2 oz
Advanced Formula Eye Cream $32.00 for .5 oz
(both at henrybeautiful.com)
Advanced Formula Eye Cream
What They Say: A light textured, highly concentrated blend of natural ingredients and botanical extracts. The combination of multiple hydrating, revitalizing and anti-aging agents are encapsulated in our unique multi-layer Liposomes which balance the natural moisture factor of the skin with a continuous time-release action. Softens fine lines and minimizes the appearance of deep wrinkles.
Main Eastern Ingredient: Royal Jelly – regenerative & anti-aging
Main Western Ingredient: Vitamin E – anti-oxidant & healing
Other active Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Soja Glycine, Olive Fruit Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil, Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin A.
Lisa’s Experience: Avia Royal Night Complex comes in a 1.7 oz. plastic container with a pump dispenser and clear plastic top. The pump does turn and lock making it a no-brainer for traveling. Like the cream I reviewed a few weeks ago from the same line, the product itself is a thick creamy ivory colored moisturizer with a light “powdery” scent. I personally didn’t care for the smell but those liking something soft will love it. When it came to performance of Avia Royal Night Complex I did like it a little better than the Intensive Hydration, which is from the same line.
I could tell right away that this was going to be a “night time only” product for me just as the label implies. I smoothed on enough to cover my face, neck and décolleté and climbed into bed wondering what changes I might see to my skin in a few weeks. The formula is a bit waxy-feeling and I had my doubts as to whether it would soak in by morning, but soak in it did – at least most of it. My skin felt soft and hydrated with a very slight bit of product residue still on top. Nothing a good morning face cleansing couldn’t remedy. I primed and made up my face and did fine throughout the day with my regular moisturizer underneath but found I didn’t feel quite moisturized all day.
In all fairness, it’s been cold and windy all over the country - unusually so in many parts. It could be that Old Man Winter is just making it hard for us all to stay nice and hydrated or it could be that this product isn’t the right one for me. For the time being I think I’ll go back to my tried and true moisturizers that I know handle the weather, heating, wind, etc. but I did give this product an extra lippie for the softness I felt each morning upon awakening. Though I saw no difference in my fine lines or wrinkles, my skin was very soft after use.
Retail Price: $60.00/1.7 oz (at aviaspa.com)
Hi, DeLush Readers! We'd love for you to welcome our newest addition to the DeLush Review Panel, Lisa. Lisa is 48 and lives in Dallas, Texas. You may have chatted with her in the DeLush Forum, as she's participated a lot there. We will have a bio page and sidebar info up for her shortly, but we are glad to have her help us to expand our reviewing range here at DeLush. And without further delay, here is Lisa's very first DeLush review!
What They Say: "Avia intensive Hydration is a special homogenous formula fortified with marine extracts, vitamins, and anti-aging ingredients, especially formulated to soften the skin, and improve the tone and texture. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is improved by promoting cell renewal. The ingredients are encapsulated in our unique multi-layer Liposomes that quickly deliver them into the skin and have a continuous time-release action.
Main Eastern ingredient: Rosehip Oil – calming & smoothing
Main Western ingredient: Shea Butter – hydrating & sun protection
Other active ingredients: Soma Glycine, Sweet Almond Oil, Seaweed Extract, Bladderwrack Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Royal Jelly, Glycine, L-Proline, Alanine"
Lisa’s Experience: I’ve been using Avia’s Intensive Hydration every morning for several weeks. The product comes in a 1.7 oz. plastic container (which is great for traveling), has a pump dispenser and clear plastic top. The product itself is a thick creamy ivory colored moisturizer. While the scent is light, I found it to be reminiscent of older smelling creams reminding me more of “grandmotherly” type fragrances as opposed to some of the other products on the market. I personally didn’t care for the smell but those liking something soft and powdery will love it.
As far as performance, I was disappointed in this product. It smoothes over the skin nicely but after waiting about 15 minutes for it to absorb before applying make-up, I still had a greasy or waxy feeling as if the product didn’t totally absorb into the skin. Even after using a primer, I found my make-up did not go on as smooth or stay on nearly as long and I developed some “shine” far earlier in the day than usual. As far as changes in my skin, I didn’t see any measurable differences. In all honesty, it’s a bit too early to see how it passes the mark on fine line and wrinkle reduction but I really didn’t see any appreciable difference in the tone or texture of my skin.
For those who like a thick, creamy, almost cold cream type of feeling, you might give this a try. I found the Shea Butter a little too much for me. I’m afraid I’ll have to pass on this one.
Retail Price: $50.00/1.7 oz (at aviaspa.com)
What They Say: "Benefits: Offers anti-aging protection and deep hydration. Tones and revitalizes skin while protecting from harmful UV rays.
Active Ingredients: Orange, lemon and nutmeg essential oils, ginkgo biloba, white tea and green tea extracts, osmopour, unicotrozon."
Jen's Experience: When I first got this product, I was totally impressed. Great, botanical ingredient list, gorgeous packaging including a nice big glass jar, all for a pretty reasonable price. Although the smell is really lovely and the cream feels good when I apply it, I am really disappointed in this face cream overall. I have to use a ton of it to cover my face, and even still, my skin just drinks it right in, leaving my skin feeling dry moments after I apply it. Applying foundation overtop is like applying it over my bare skin; I wish it had just the slightest amount of slip to it. Perhaps this is better for those with normal or oily skin, but this is definitely not a product I recommend if you've got dry skin.
Retail Price: $34.00 (Apivita and some Bath and Body Works stores)
What They Say:
Jen's Experience: Sometimes it's hard to tell if skin care products are really doing what they're supposed to be doing, since everything you put on your face from your cleanser to your foundation can affect your skin in one way or another. Plus, how can you tell if something is making your skin more age-resistant?
Well, what I do know is that it's certainly not all the Halloween candy or my general stress level that is making my skin look so clear right now. I've been using this serum in the evenings for about a month now after cleansing and before my nightly moisturizer, and for the most part, my other skincare products and foundation cosmetics have remained pretty much the same. The most noticable difference to me is that in the past month, my skin feels much less dry. My night-time moisturizer seems to be working better as a result of this serum. I've also noticed that my skin is less irritable, resulting in a more even skintone. My skin is just healthier looking. If better-moisturized skin and clearer skin are the keys to anti-aging, they've definitely got a winner here. But even if the results I'm seeing don't slow the aging process, I still think this serum is still an excellent choice for your skin care routine to improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Retail Price: $65.00 (select spas and salons)
What They Say: "With Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a stable form of vitamin C, is readily absorbed by the skin and promotes production of collagen, elastin and ground substance. Use this formula in the morning or on a special occasion for giving your skin a temporary “lift.” ( 1.5 fl. oz./44.36 mL )"
Jeannette's Experience: I was excited to try this lift. At age 51, I'm always anxious to find something that will perk up my skin.
The directions say to apply after cleansing and toning and then wait a few minutes before applying moisturizer. After a few minutes I did feel a tightening and firming. It really gave me a refreshing feeling. I was concerned that it might flake like others I have tried in the past, but it did not. The tightness did soften when I applied my moisturizer, but I was very impressed at the end result after applying make-up. This definitely is not a dramatic look. It just gave me a natural toned and more youthful look. I just kept noticing during the day that I looked more rested and refreshed than I normally do. My skin seemed toned.
This product has healthy long term benefits too, for production of skin collagen and elasticity. It contains a stable form of Vitamin C, and it is absorbed well by the skin. Most products with Vitamin C irritate my sensitive skin but this did not. It seems to last most of the day for me, and my skin felt very natural and soft. I think it would be a great product for days you wake up feeling tired, or for that special occasion you want to look your very best!
Retail Price: $35.00 (arbonne.com - but you need your own arbonne rep to purchase, so fill out the info to have one contact you) Thank you Shelley Belin for providing DeLush and our guest reviewer with samples! You can contact Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What They Say: "Product Details: In just 20 minutes, see something you thought could never happen. The years around your eyes seem to disappear. Without a single doctor's visit. Without a single injection.
Estée Lauder Research brings you a highly targeted approach to dramatically reduce the look of eye lines and wrinkles and give the eye area an incredibly smoother, years-younger look.
Powered by a gentle micro-current of energy, these patches continuously release a combination of proven ingredients, including a powerful Bio-Peptide directly to the eye area to boost skin's natural collagen production.
WORKS ON DEMAND
See a dramatic reduction in the look of prominent eye lines and wrinkles right away. In a clinical test, over 88% of panelists showed an immediate reduction in the look of lines and wrinkles.
Effects are lasting, with most users still experiencing the look of wrinkle reduction from a single use after 24 hours.
This on-demand success makes Perfectionist Power Correcting Patch a must-have when you've got that important meeting, a wedding or any special occasion when you want--need--instant results
Jump-start a younger look with an intensive 5-day power treatment, using Power Correcting Patch once a day along with Perfectionist [CP+] Correcting Serum for Lines/Wrinkles/Age Spots every day, AM and PM.
In just 5 days, the look of lines and wrinkles is reduced by 45%.
Then maintain your youthful look by using the Power Correcting Patch once a week, along with the Serum every day, AM and PM. In just 4 weeks, a clinical test proved the look of deeper eye lines and wrinkles is reduced by 70%.
You and everyone around you will be amazed when you harness the power of Perfectionist.
HOW TO USE PERFECTIONIST POWER CORRECTING PATCH
Apply on clean, dry skin as follows:
1. Peel off protective backing.
2. Place each patch at least ¼ inch away from eyes as shown on packette. Make sure the entire patch adheres to face. Leave on for 20 minutes. Some users may experience a mild tingling sensation which signals treatment is in progress.
3. Remove and discard.
Jeannette's Take: I am in my early 50's so that means I'm into a more aggressive attack on the signs of aging. So I was very excited to try Estee Lauders Perfectionist Power Correcting Patch. I have very sensitive dry skin with some lines and wrinkles. After applying the patches I felt a very slight tingling and some warmth - but very slight. At this first use, I was experiencing puffy eyes due to allergies and was very tired and it showed. After the 20 minutes was up the first thing that I noticed was how awake and refreshed I looked! Just looking tired at this age really ages you, so I was pleasantly surprised!! I was not expecting that. Also it addressed the bags under the eyes due to my allergies. The skin around my eyes seemed tighter and more smooth.
Over all I was impressed. You are to use the patches every day for one week and then once a week there after. I plan to continue using them once a week and would like to incorporate the Perfectionist CP+1 with Poly-Collagen Peptides Correcting Serum that Estee Lauder recommends you use with it. I will probably lean on them heavily on those days I look tired, it was most impressive how refreshed I looked!
Retail Price: 3 pairs for $50; 8 pairs for $100 (at esteelauder.com and select department stores)
Readers, do you have more deep lines to deal with than Jeannette did? Have you tried this, and if so, what was your experience?