NARS Cosmetics - NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer

NARS Cosmetics NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • adenosine
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • glycerin
  • isododecane
  • plankton extract
  • polysilicone-11
  • titanium dioxide
  • +5 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Contains the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting ComplexTM designed to restore skin's youthful radiance and reflect light like a prism."
WIMJ summary

This product contains adenosine. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, butylene glycol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, isododecane.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
5.6% - 6.8%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
4.4% - 5.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.1% - 3.8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and can decrease moisture loss. Helps create a nice product texture
2.4% - 3%
Used to create a nice product consistency while softening the upper layer of the skin
2% - 2.5%
Helps create a thicker product consistency
1.7% - 2.1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
1.4% - 1.8%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
1.2% - 1.5%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
0.7% - 1.05%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.6% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.75%
A silicone that forms a light film on the skin surface helping to bind water and temporarily absorb oils creating a matt and powdery feel
0.5% - 0.75%
0.45% - 0.7%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.7%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.35% - 0.6%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.3% - 0.6%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.3% - 0.6%
Sea water. Helps dissolve other ingredients in a product
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.25% - 0.5%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.3% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Helps thicken the product formula and create a nice product formulation
0.3% - 0.5%
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.25% - 0.5%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.5%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.25% - 0.45%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.15% - 0.3%

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