Monday, November 19, 2012

vbeauté Skincare Overview & Initial Assessment

vbeauté is a paraben free, fragrance free, gluten free, oat free, nut free, and cruelty free luxury skincare line that I have been very curious to try for a while. Sometimes I am so taken by a skincare line that I'm all in when it comes to testing it. By this I mean to say that I have a self-imposed cease and desist order from the use of all other products and use only the new line to really understand how it works. This is precisely the approach that I am taking with vbeauté. 

My first impressions are exceedingly favorable, and it is safe to say that this is a very thoughtfully created high quality luxury skincare line that I find quite compelling. I have been using the line for about a week, and while I need to use it for a longer period of time before giving an in depth review of each individual product, I can say that I am quite impressed by the line. Stay tuned!

According to vbeauté, "Before the age of 30, Julie Macklowe managed a multi-million dollar hedge fund, was a fashion socialite, a mom, achieved “It Girl” status, and lived an on-the-go lifestyle. After years of searching for skincare products that could make a difference, meet her daily multitasking needs, be luxurious, sensual, yet results-driven, she realized nothing like that existed and began her journey to re-invent serious skincare for the modern woman. Intense research and extensive networking—the tools of her financial world success—helped Julie find the rarest botanicals and the most advanced skincare bio-technology that would focus on the dramatic delay of aging skin. Julie found and partnered with CRB High Performance Lab of Geneva, Switzerland, a world leader in innovative skin treatment, and started working with their top molecular scientists. These scientists introduced Julie to the Swiss botanical stem-cells from the Alpine Rose plant, one of the Longevity Botanicals that have developed near miraculous anti-aging abilities as they’ve adapted over centuries to the harsh conditions such as cold, UV and severe dryness in the High Alps."

Julie Macklowe posits, “My chemists were able to infuse the original recipe with 21st century bio-chemical power that makes our exclusive vComplex a breakthrough. vComplex allows healing, anti-aging and DNA protecting abilities that track with your skin’s own cellular needs. No matter your age, climate, stress level or lifestyle, v gives your skin exactly what it craves.” The vComplex is a potent Swiss cellular concentrate based on Swiss Alpine Rose Botanical Technology (ARBT), an age-antagonist that provides antioxidant protection in relation to UV damage. Age-altering ingredients. Serious skin treatments. Innovative technology that works on a cellular level. vbeauté helps correct the sins of the past and protect the skin of your future. Prevent premature aging before it has a chance to happen; put time control in your control. V is your victory over time."

Products shown back row left to right:

1) Lite Up (reviewed here)- "Lite Up® Intense Brightening Agent has the power to rev up your skin wattage no matter how life has dulled your glow. Alpine Rose Botanical Technology fights free radicals to maintain your porcelain beauty while Watercress Skin Lightening Complex and Niacinamide work to banish age spots, discoloration and surface blemishes. Oil free." $150.00 1 oz.

Dispense one pump of serum into the palm of your hand. Smooth over the entire face and neck using your fingertips, or apply to troubled areas as a spot treatment (AM & PM).

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Alcohol Denat., Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Zinc PCA, Carbomer, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Menthyl Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Isomalt, Lecithin, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Lactic Acid.

2) Undercover Agent (reviewed here)- "Undercover Agent® Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum is a power-plant cocktail of bio-botanical age-delay properties, that helps the skin repair itself from the inside out. Undercover Agent® is an intensive serum bringing together Alpine Rose Botanical Technology and BioCellular Peptide as an antidote for age signs. Oil free." $135.00 1oz.

Dispense one pump of serum into the palm of your hand. Smooth over the entire face and neck using your fingertips (AM & PM).

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Propanediol, Glycerin, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrulline, Phenoxyethanol, Isomalt, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Lecithin, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Lactic Acid.

3) Evidence Eraser (reviewed here)- "Evidence Eraser® Gentle Foaming Cleanser is formulated to erase the evidence of the day or night with tender attention to your skin's everyday needs. This luxe foam-burst gel cleanser gently washes away makeup and dirt so your skin can feel pore-minimized, softened and toned. Oil free." $48.00 3.4 oz.

Cleanse morning and/ or night. Massage a pearl sized amount of cleanser onto pre-moistened face and neck to achieve a gentle lather. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. *Use AM when not using Rub Off (can use AM & PM)

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Butylene glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Hexylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Isomalt, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, CI 42090 (Blue 1), Lecithin, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid.

4) Rub Off (reviewed here)- "Rub Off™Gentle Facial Exfoliator whisks away the day's accumulated debris and perhaps those old dull cells you're finished with anyway. This exfoliating cleansing gel also helps to regulate oil, purify, and minimize pores. Exfoliate morning or night. Oil free." $48.00 3.4 oz.

Use daily or 2-3 times a week as needed. Apply a pearl sized amount of cleanser onto pre-moistened face and neck and gently buff skin using small circular movements. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Polyethylene, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cellulose Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Isomalt, Lecithin, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid.

Products shown front row left to right:

5) Eye Never (reviewed here)- "Eye Never® Nourishing Repair Eye Crème is like an eyelift in a jar. An age-defying, line-concealing eye cream that immediately smoothes and silkens the delicate skin around your eyes. Caffeine minimizes the appearance of puffiness, BioCellular Peptide and Sensytens correct lines and wrinkles, and Nylon 12 leaves you looking instantly younger." $85.00 0.5 oz.

Gently pat a small amount onto the orbital bone using ring fingertip (AM & PM).

Ingredients: Aqua (water), C12-18 Acid Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Triethylhexanoin, Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Squalane, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Potassium Behenoyl Hydroxyproline, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Stearoyl Inulin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Panthenol, Behenic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Lecithin, Maltodextrin, Punica Granatum Bark Extract, PEG-8, Caprylyl Glycol, Isomalt, Tocopherol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Cell Culture, Ascorbyl

6) Buying Time (reviewed here)- "Buying Time® Everyday Crème is twice as nice as any daily moisturizer you've ever encountered. It watches over your skin both day and night with powerful replenishing ingredients, including Alpine Rose Botanical Technology, BioCellular Peptide and Ceramide 2 and 3. Think of Buying Time® as your round the clock way of putting time in your hands." $135.00 1.7 oz.

Smooth a liberal amount all over face and neck (AM & PM).

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isostearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceteareth-20, Panthenol, Boswellia Serrata gum, Allantoin, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Hexyldecanol, Alcohol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed

Where to find vbeauté.


  1. Thanks for sharing about this line. You know I am always on the hunt for the next great products out there, I can't wait to hear more of your thoughts on each product.

    1. Hi Rola, You are so welcome!! While I haven't yet used the line long enough to get a sense of the longer term benefits- I can say that it feels luxurious on the skin, and my skin looks great. I love the texture of the products as well. I will be weighing in on each item before too long. :D

  2. Hi, I'm just wondering why the third ingredient in the 'Evidence Eraser' Gentle Foaming Cleanser is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. SLS is a cheap-as-chips foaming agent that is well-known to cause skin and eye irritation. I'm surprised a brand that's obviously positioning itself at the super-luxe end of the market would not use better quality ingredients. Compare and contrast with the full ingredient list for Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser. I know where I'd rather spend my money!

    Having said that, the Undercover Agent *does* have Sodium Hyaluronate high up the ingredient list (5th) so at least it will be in an effective level of concentration. This does sound like a very nice product.

    It will be interesting to get your in-depth reviews. Best wishes, Niki

    1. Hi Niki,

      Thanks for stopping by! Evidence Eraser is a low foaming very gentle cleanser, and I have sensitive eyes and finicky skin-- and I can tell you without hesitation that it has been very kind and gentle to my eyes and skin (therefore the presence of SLS has not been a concern for me, but it was DEFINITELY a concern for me as well!). As you no doubt know, I have used Ceramic Slip for more than 4 years, and I would say that Evidence Eraser is more gentle leaving the skin softer and more hydrated. I would say that it is more appropriate for more types of skin- whereas Ceramic Slip with its green clay and black pepper is clearly geared toward normal to combination/oily skin. They are very different, and in my opinion comparing them is like comparing apples to oranges. I don't see it as an either/or, but then I'm a crazy about skincare, and have a stash that exceeds reason! I am far from loyal to a single cleanser, and rotate which I use based upon the specific needs of my skin on a given day. However, I can tell you that Evidence Eraser has definitely made the cut with me. I will be posting an in depth review after I have used the entire line longer!

      Undercover Agent feel s really lovely on the skin, but it is far too early for me to be able to assess the benefits since I have used it for such a short period of time. I will definitely keep you posted!

      Have a lovely day! :-)


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