*Edited to add: It’s worth mentioning that if you are hesitant to try these products because of any long-terms commitments and automatically billing, Meaningful Beauty is sold (commitment-free) at retailers like Amazon, in-store at select Sephora locations, or from QVC.com.
Last month I wrote about the 30-day supply of Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty products I was sent for review. For the past few weeks I have been using the skin care system consistently, and I’ve come back to give you my findings on how they worked for me.
First of all, I want to be clear: I received these products from a third party. I have no feedback or anecdotal experiences to share about the cost or customer service aspects of the Meaningful Beauty program. This review answers only one question: how did these products work for me?
Because my experience was mixed, I feel it’s best to go product by product.
The Skin Softening Cleanser. I really enjoy this light, creamy face wash. It can be applied to wet or dry skin, and to save time, I always apply to dry. It doesn’t lather or foam, which at first made me wonder if it was even working, but it does indeed leave my skin feeling very clean and refreshed. It takes very little for each wash, so one bottle lasts for much longer than 30 days.
Glycolic Treatment Pads. Meant to be used once or twice a week, these pads are a bit intense (might be the witch hazel in the ingredients), but these pads leave my face feeling cool and fresh.
Antioxidant Day Crème (with SPF 20). I stopped using this product after only a week or so. It was heavy and not only felt like sunblock, but smelled like it, too. I understand the importance of using an SPF moisturizer every day for protection, but I couldn’t get past how uncomfortable it felt on my skin.
Glowing Serum. I use this in the daytime, right after washing with the cleanser. Since I am now skipping the Antioxidant Day Crème, this acts as my moisturizer (though that’s not how it’s intended, it does enough to smooth and condition the skin, so I keep at it). It feels alright, though does have somewhat of a “tacky” feel. [I don't know how to explain this any better. It's not heavy, per se, but there is a bit of "stick" to the skin for a while after applying.] I do feel like it preps the skin well for some light powder or foundation if you wear make-up. And although it only takes one or two pumps, it will run out much faster than the large bottle of Skin Softening Cleanser.
Lifting Eye Crème. I wrote in my first post that my interest in using these products was not necessarily to reduce signs of aging, but to simply improve the look and feel of my skin. Because my focus isn’t on tracking my fine lines, I admit that I’m not sure the Lifting Eye Crème has done much to resolve those. However, I do know that the Lifting Eye Crème has visibly helped lighten the skin under my eyes and made them brighter and less puffy. I continue to use this morning and night, and the one little tube will last much longer than 30 days.
Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment. I didn’t mind the feel of this lotion, and it does come in a generously-sized tube, but I did not notice any change in my neck or chest and have stopped using it altogether.
Crème de Serum. This is by far my favorite product in the Meaningful Beauty system. I use it as my nighttime moisturizer, and it goes on very smooth. Not only does my skin feel great immediately after use, but it is still soft in the morning. This comes in a small-ish bottle, and although I have not run out yet, I probably will soon (and definitely before I run out of cleanser).
BOTTOM LINE: The system – as I use it – has left my face feeling smoother and looking brighter and more uniform. When I slacked off for a couple of days, I could definitely see the change in my skin – it became rougher and more ruddy in appearance. The instructions say the routine should only take you 5 minutes morning and night, and although it is a quick process, it’s probably closer to 10 minutes (which is still pretty good!).
I don’t love all the products in the Meaningful Beauty system, but have had success with most. People have asked me if I will buy these on my own once my supply is out, and honestly, I’m not sure. Since I would like to pick-and-choose what I receive, this may be problematic in terms of how the program works. It will take some research on my part into the finer points of the purchasing these products before I can make an ultimate decision. Until then, I will happily continue to use the products I have and enjoy the visible benefits to my skin.
*ADDED 3/9/13: I have turned off comments to this post. As stated, this is not a review of the customer service or payment plans available through Meaningful Beauty, but simply a testimony as to my experience with the products themselves. I have no connections or influence with customer service and cannot help customers with their complaints. Please look elsewhere online for reviews on purchasing the Meaningful Beauty system and a place to leave any possible grievances.
*Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Meaningful Beauty and received a 5-step treatment kit to facilitate my review, a second 5-step treatment kit to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
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