Jessica Simpson teamed up with celebrity Skin care expert Nerida Joy to develop a personalized skin care system called BeautyMint in 2011 . Six months back, I signed onto it.
I filled out a form which gathered information about my skin type to customize the products they would send me.
With a normal-to-dry skin that can turn flaky, I have always needed to be careful about what I use. Heavy stuff dulls my complexion, too light dehydrates. I wanted to give this new line a try as it sounded quite promising. At $49 a month for the Advanced system that was customized to my skin type and claimed to address the problems, it didn't look like a bad deal.
I have now been using this system for 6 months now, and would like to share my experience with my readers.
What does the Advanced System compose of?
1) Essential Cleanser: This is a fragrance free cleanser that lightly foams to make a gentle face wash for the skin.
Pros: It's light, fragrance free as well as paraben free. It has aloe, chamoline and cucumber that soothes the skin and keeps it feeling moist and fresh. It works well with moderately dry skin.
Cons: It's too light to wash away makeup, especially around the eyes, and does have a drying effect in the harsh winter months. It's also very runny which makes it difficult to get the right quantity out of the tube.
Will I use it as a regular basis: For summer time, yes. Winter time, I prefer Oil of Olay cleanser.
2) Strengthening Hydrator: A light moisturizer, it also doubles up as a sun screen with SPF 15. The Simpson booklet claims that it has amino acids and marine collagen to keep the skin hydrated and supple.
Pros: It's light, and gets absorbed very easily. It also forms an ideal makeup base. It's long lasting, and helps the skin retain moisture for quite a while, even in winter months. It is also effective on slight acne prone skin.
Cons: For a moisturizer, especially one that is supplied once a month, the quantity is very low. At just 1 FL.OZ (209.6 ml) per tube, it runs out well before a month, especially during winter months when you might need to apply it more often.
Will I use it as a regular basis: Yes, but the quantity needs to increase. For the price, there are better brands in the market.
3) Renewing Moisturizer with Elastin: Consisting of Jojoba Esters and Hawaiian Macademia nut oil, this elastin-rich cream is light and has a luminous quality that helps the skin look radiant.
Pros: It stays on well on the skin, and works great as a moisturizing cream. Once absorbed, it leaves the skin moist and radiant.
Cons: At 0.5 FL.OZ (14.8 ml) a tube, the quantity is a joke. For a moisturizing cream that is advised to be applied at both AM/PM, it lasts for about 12-14 days if applied regularly, that too combined with other Beautymint products. On its own, this cream will last about a week.
It's also a bit sticky, and application is not very smooth.
Rating: 4/10 (This cream has been difficult to rate as it never lasts long enough to know the full extent of its benefits. I have rated it on the basis of immediate application results rather than long term effects).
Will I use it as a regular basis: Yes, but only if the quantity increases.
4) Ultra Replenishing Serum with Marine Collagen: This is a collagen rich serum targeted to reduce fine line and wrinkles, and promote hydration.
Pros: It's smooth, and gets absorbed easily.
Cons: This is the weakest link in this beauty care system. As a serum that espouses a wrinkle free skin, its results are definitely not very effective. This works more as a temporary moisturizer than a wrinkle free serum.
Will I use it as a regular basis: No.
5) Sculpting Treatment with Peptides: This nourishing gel is aimed at providing firmness to the skin, diminish the saggy/puffy look and tone it up.
Pros: This is the best of the lot that I was given in my beauty care regimen. It visibly firms and tones the skin, and gives the skin a youthful glow.
Cons: Again, this lovely gel is also plagued by the same malaise - at 0.5 FL.OZ (14.8 ml) a bottle, the quantity is criminally low. This is for AM/PM use, and if used as per directions (which I have), it does not last more than 7-10 days. It you are one of those who twist open the caps and reach inside to use the rest of the product, then you possibly can have enough for 3-4 days more.
It also a bit sticky, and there is a slight burning sensation in the eyes when applied initially. It calms down almost immediately, though the skin does feel stretched for sometime more, or until you apply the moisturizers above.
Will I use it as a regular basis: Definitely. In fact, I would not mind paying a bit extra for this one.
Overall Conclusion: This system works very well as a maintenance regimen but don't expect miracles. If you are looking for 'that' something which will give your skin a complete makeover, this is not for you. The best part about this system is that it does not seem to have any side effects, moderately enhances the look of the skin and the price does not make you feel you are losing your limbs while paying for it.
However, the philosophy of Beautymint has been promoted as a 'personalized' beauty care system, but it does not feel like one and in that sense, does not deliver on its promise. Some of the products do not work at all, and those that do are so low in quantity that they look like they were made as travel samples rather than a full month supply of a beauty regimen kit. Also, there is nothing for the under-eyes nor any anti-aging night cream . Considering the system was designed to specifically address the under-eye care among other things through a personalized form, the final package fell woefully short in most departments.
It has potential (especially the Sculpting Serum) but as of now it is far from the movers and shakers of the beauty industry.
Reviewer's Note: This review is based on author's personal experience with BeautyMint products. She has not been paid or otherwise compensated by the company in anyway for the review. All opinions are her own.