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A Closer Look at the Rosy Tone Cream Helen Mirren is Promoting

Helen Mirren
March 14, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 13 Comments

Helen Mirren is an inspiring icon for the aging woman. She always looks effortlessly stunning. In fact, she’s so low maintenance she’s reputed to cut her own hair. In her new commercial for L’Oréal, she looks directly at the camera and says confidently, “We’ve still got and we’re still worth it.” Cheers to that! In the ad, she’s so charmingly sassy — so Helen Mirren — that I almost bought the product she’s touting, Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer ($24.99).

There seems to be a nascent trend for products that bring back your natural glow, wake up tired, wan skin and impart the rosiness of health — all without foundation or blush. The subliminal message is wonderful: No matter your age, you can be bare-skinned beauty. L’Oréal is full on with a pink apple-cheeked Mirren and a pot of cream that is whipped, rosy and as edible-looking as a raspberry fool at a summer picnic.

Those of you who know the Truth In Aging ethos will guess that I didn’t bask in Mirren's warm and inviting glow for long.  It was straight on to the ingredient list and oh dear…Helen, I hope you don’t actually use this on your own skin and that, after encouraging other women to do so, you atone by giving your fee to a worthy cause.

I realize that L’Oréal Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer is a drugstore product, and I didn’t expect to find it brimming with smart anti-aging technologies. But I didn’t expect it to be quite so shockingly full of things that come straight from the to-be-avoided list. I’ll draw your attention to a few.

There’s PEG-40 stearate, which although not deemed to be an irritant, it may have toxic impurities and is not recommended to be applied on broken skin. Mineral oil is a cheap byproduct of petroleum and can also have impurities as well as being comedogenic. Octyldodecanol is an emollient that studies have shown can enhance the irritation effect of other ingredients. Controversial preservatives include parabens (associated with birth defects) and phenoxyethanol (a possible neurotoxin).

You have to get through various bulking agents, synthetic fragrance, polymers, colorings and light diffusers before getting to anything worthwhile, which really amounts to a couple of plant extracts. Although, I must admit that they are interesting. One is an extract from chickpeas that is supposed to protect skin tone. Iris extract is rich in isoflavones and mimics estrogen to resist wrinkle formation, dryness and sagging. The third, vigna aconitifolia seed extract, is said to work in similar way to retinol to encourage cell renewal, but without the irritating side effects.

There are about 50 ingredients in L’Oreal Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer, so these three don’t stand much a chance. “Washed out sometimes, washed up — never”, says Helen. I can’t say the same of L’Oréal.

Ingredients in Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer: Aqua/water, squalane, cyclohexasiloxane, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, peg-40 stearate, paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil, myristyl myristate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, octyldodecanol, sorbitan tristearate, butylene glycol, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, phenoxyethanol, synthetic fluorphlogopite, ci 77891/titanium dioxide, isohexadecane, capryloyl salicylic acid, acrylonitrile/methyl, methacrylate/vinylidene chloride copolymer, mannitol, methylparaben, ascorbyl glucoside, parfum/fragrance, chlorphenesin, stearyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, mica, polysorbate 80, paeonia albiflora root extract, disodium edta, ci 77163/bismuth oxychloride, ci 77491/iron oxides, hydrolyzed cicer seed extract, sorbitan oleate, isobutene, sodium hydroxide, iris florentina root extract, vigna aconitifolia seed extract, cyclodextrin, sodium cocoyl glutamate, faex extract/yeast extract, hexyl cinnamal, tin oxide, benzyl alcohol, hydroxycitronellal, benzyl salicylate, linalool, limonene, geraniol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, disodium succinate, f.i.l. # d191503/1

  • November 3, 2017

    by Laura

    Is there a natural alternative to this product that is good for the skin, and not harmful to our health? I like the idea of adding a bit more color to my skin, especially in the winter months.

  • October 22, 2017

    by Lori

    I have perioral dermatitis and can only use natural products on my face. Is there and type of non toxic product that might be used to get a rosy glow??!

  • October 21, 2017

    by Veronica

    I purchased Rosy Glow because of Helen Mirren. Im 68. Fair skinned, used to be natural titian, Face looking more wrinkled and tired. Used daily recently as the weather is cooler. This morning noticed red marks and spots, all very red so started to look at reviews. Yours was an eye opener. Its not expensive nor cheap but another 30 down the drain of creams that dont deliver, except Olay. Will continue with Olay. No breakouts.r. I believe celebs should do their homework before putting their face to a product.

  • September 10, 2017

    by Penny

    Thanks, been looking b for it. Duh. Just found it, brought it and used it so far twice. I was looking for the rosy toned moisturizer and could only find cell renewal

  • August 13, 2017

    by Nancy

    Wow! I was just about to buy this product when I stumbled across your information. Thank you so much! I won't be buying it!

  • July 21, 2017

    by Mary Rhodenizer

    use benefit cosmetics benetint for cheeks and lips. It's the best for getting a rosey tint on your cheeks, and a little goes a long way. BENEFIT uses better ingredients and is better quality. And no I do not work for them, I'm an average 25 year old girl who is very frugal, I don't pay for higher end things unless they are truly worth it.

  • June 9, 2017

    by Becky

    I tried this product and got a really bad acne break out, I think I'll try using it on my hands and see what happens.

  • May 26, 2017

    by Dawn

    sounds like it would turn my skin into plastic. i have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities), and i wonder if all these chemicals have been allergy-tested.

  • May 11, 2017

    by Marta

    I like ClarityRX It's Becoming. It gives a nice glow and is based on much better ingredients: https://www.truthinaging.com/clarityrx-it-s-becoming-concealing-moisturizer

  • May 10, 2017

    by Madolyn

    Lucky for me, I suppose, I haven't been able to find this product. Now I'm wondering what I should be buying
    instead. Any ideas?

  • March 22, 2017

    by Kay

    Thank you so much for this info. I was about to go out and buy this product until I read your review. Now I'll research something else.

  • March 14, 2017

    by Annette

    With all the admiration and accolades for Helen Mirren, she's not above touting a chemical-laden product that is probably rather mediocre. Money over integrity - I would think she is better than this. Still a fan, though!

  • March 14, 2017

    by Aurora

    Thanks for the information and insight. I am not surprised by the products list. Most of us know nothing about what consists of a good skin product but the list is long enough that even I would be suspicious of it. Whatever Mirren does to her skin most likely does not include the product she is selling. It is good to stay informed.

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