Spring is officially here! We decided to peruse cosmetic giant, Sephora’s Spring Beauty “Beauty Breakthrough” list to see what was new in skin care. What Sephora came up with was quite varied — we found ourselves going through anti-aging creams and concoctions with active ingredients such as apple stem cells, quercetin, viniferine, grape seed extract and soy protein.

We grabbed four products from the list to sum up how we think they would fare based on their contents. Click through the photos below and let us know what your experience has been with them too in the comments!

Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream, ($54 ) THE GOOD: Butylene glycol helps retain moisture, coconut oil contains antiseptic fatty acids; ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate is a powerful antioxidant which also clears up blemishes; squalene a non greasy moisturizer.THE BAD: Ethylhexylglycerin is generally safe but also found to be an irritant in some cases. THE IFFY: C12-13 Alkyl Lactate Mixture of synthetic compounds derived from petroleum and lactic acid but the Cosmetics Safety Database has flagged it for having gaps in data.

Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum ($150). This product is said to “trigger” ten different skin responses by reminding the complexion to act and look younger. Helping cell turnover with line filling cyclopentasiloxane, moisturizing phospholipids, hydrating dimethicone and sodium PCA and infused with peptides, this product also contains no phthalates or sulfates, which may make it add up to it’s price tag.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiaging & Antiwrinkle Oil-Control Treatment ($50). Quercetin has been found by studies at Cornell University to be a potent antioxidant and this product is packed with it. Also paired with smoothing hyaluronic acid and inflammation-reducing epilobium fleischeri extract which acts as an astringent, it’s a favorable concoction for oily skin without leaving behind other skin conditioning and healing properties (like jojoba and sunflower seed oil).

Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème, ($150). Used in facials at The Plaza Hotel according to our own writer, Jimmy, this product use UV-blocking grape-seed polyphenols and resveratrol to fight free radicals and stimulate cell renewal. Viniferine also contains the appearance of dark spots and brightens complexion. So far we’ve had a pretty good experience with Caudalie’s products – and this one just sounds like a facial in a bottle.

Ingredients for Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion: Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xylitylglucoside, Stearic Acid, Anhydroxylitol, Silica, Epilobium Fleisheri Extract, Allantoin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Xylitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hydroxide, Retinol, Lecithin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Ascorbate, Potassium Sorbate.

Ingredients for Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiaging & Antiwrinkle Oil-Control Treatment: Aqua / Water / Eau, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triheptanoin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sucrose, Alanine, Arginine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Epilobium Fleicheri Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Lecithin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mourera Fluviatilis Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Potato Starch Modi_ed, Quercetin Caprylate, Quercus Robur Bark Extract, Serine, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Phytate, Threonine, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum.

Ingredients for Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Squalane, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Tributyl Citrate, Buteth-3, Fragrance (Parfum), Perfluorohexane, Citral, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Perfluorodecalin, Limonene, Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane, Retinyl Palmitate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Linalool, Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Red 33 (CI 17200).

Ingredients for Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Silica, Dimethiconol, Sodium Pca, Urea, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Hexapeptide-10, Myristoyl Octapeptide-1, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, Acetyl Hexapeptide-25, Quercus Suber Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Oats, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Arginine, Phospholipids, Glutamylamidoethyl Indole, Pyroglutamylamidoethyl Indole, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Dmpa/Isophthalic Acid/Smdi Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triacetin, Acrylates Copolymer, Dextran, Carbomer, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth-3, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica (Ci 77019).

Ingredients for Caudalie Preimer Cru La Crème: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol*, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate*, Hydrogenated Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kerneil Oil*, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Ethylhexyl Palmitate*, Peg-20 Stearate, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract*, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Dimethicone, Tribehenin*, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract*, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum (Fragrance), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide*, Tocopherol*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Ceramide 2, Silica Dimethyl Sylilate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylate C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide*, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7*, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Coumarin.
*Plant origin