Mar 15, 2010

Estee Lauder Hydrationist SPF 15

One of the newest Estee Lauder products in their Hydrationist creme. It replaces their Future Perfect, Hydra Complete, and Hydra Bright creams and lotions.

Estee Lauder Hydrationist SPF 15 Creme smells just like Hydra Bright. The scent is quite strong and lingers, and while pleasant, it is a bit stronger than expected for a skin care product that seems designed for younger users.

This cream also seems to be using Estee Lauder's new gel-like formula. Rather than being a heavy creme, this, like numerous other new Lauder owned products, is more of a gel-cream. While it absorbs quickly, it is a bit difficult to spread meaning more is needed for complete coverage. This product comes in creme and lotion versions for dry, combo, and oily skin types. SPF 15 sunscreen is available in only one of the cremes.

Using this creme, I expected my skin to feel very moisturized; however, instead it felt a bit sticky and my skin still felt a bit dry.

This creme does not use peptides, that have become so common place in even less expensive products, but it is full of numerous other natural extracts, vitamins, silicones, and hydrators.

Estee Lauder Hydrationist SPF 15 Creme is an excellent product. However, after a few days of use I got a few small breakouts. This has been a common issue for me with Estee Lauder cremes and lotions.

Estee Lauder Hydrationist SPF 15 Creme is available from the Estee Lauder website or the Estee Lauder counter at department stores. A 1.7 ounce pump bottle or jar retails for $38.00. This is a great product for someone who has slight dryness and who doesn't mind a fairly strong fragrance.

Ingredients: Currently unavailable.

Mar 1, 2010

L'Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler Lotion SPF 15

L'Oreal recently introduced a new moisturizer, Collagen Moisture Filler, available in lotion with SPF 15 and a cream without sunscreen.

The first thing I noticed upon opening the box was that the plastic pump bottle has sticker labels rather than the actual bottle being printed on. This may save the company money for the simple fact they can use different stickers in different locales, but it also gave it a slightly cheaper appearance.

The texture is quite thick and the scent, while not overly strong, lingers. This lotion is a bit difficult to spread for the simple fact that it dries so quickly. It seems to dry rather than absorb, and because of this, it seems to sit on the skin and "balls up" and peels if I touch my face. It may be due to the high silicone content, as I have noticed this with numerous other products. I am not a fan of products that ball up because it makes me feel it isn't absorbing at all. For a product to truly work, it needs to absorb, not just sit on the surface. Perhaps the cream version has a different texture that won't ball up; however, I prefer products with sunscreen.

While this is by no means a bad product, it is not the one for me. Because of my super sensitive, prone to breakout skin, I try to avoid products with a lot of silicones. Silicones coat the skin, and I feel, especially in warmer weather, cause me to breakout. Also, a product that balls up makes it difficult to reapply throughout the day, something I like to do sometimes.

In addition, it just doesn't seem that this product contains a lot of the goodies so many of the newer products do. It contains natural collagen but I was unable to find out the source, is it animal or vegetable? I am not overly keen on products that contain animal source ingredients.

L'Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler is available in lotion with a pump bottle and a cream in a jar. It retails for under $20 and is available at most drug stores and discount retailers.

Active Ingredients:
Ensulizole 1.8%, Octinoxate 7.49%.

Ingredients: Ensulizole 1.8%, Octinoxate 7.49%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Silica, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Triethanolamine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Manganese Gluconate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, C12-13 Pareth-23, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, C12-13 Pareth-3, Soluble Collagen, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Atelocollagen, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate.