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

Helen Mirren
March 14, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 25 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

  • February 13, 2019

    by Kat

    I tried this product and I felt like my skin was on fire. Never again.

  • January 5, 2019

    by Denise

    Loved the product so much, I used it for stocking stuffers for all my favorite ladies in my life. I use other products underneath as I have never found one perfect day cream. Do you have a perfect product you'd recommend?

  • November 7, 2018

    by Deb

    I just bought this and so far I love it!
    I also add a bit of this to my foundation and it gives a very nice subtle, natural looking glow all day.I don't have sensitive skin so I can't speak to that, but it has not caused any breakouts or irritation for me at all. I had been using something more high end than this so to me it's a bargain too!

  • October 20, 2018

    by Gale

    I wanted to find this product and couldn't find it in the local drugstore. I bought Clinique's Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm instead and it is GREAT. No adverse reactions, very natural, and very soft on the fact when gently rubbed in. It was not even expensive. Its a new product. It comes in three colours.

  • July 27, 2018

    by Carol

    Can someone answer a question: How does this compare with the Lancome Renergie Multi-Glow Reviving Moisturizer Face Cream? Is the Lancome equal or a better product...ingredient wise? I purchased it and really like how my skin feels when I use it. Thanks.

  • July 13, 2018

    by Terry

    Used it for less than a week. I now have crinkles around and under my eyes that were not there before. My skin became very dry, especially around my upper cheeks and eyes and I developed a rash that looked like small hives on both jaws and under ears. The skin was peeling over the bridge of my nose and between my eyes. Don't wear much makeup, but also had just begun using a make-up remover towelette by Almay with cucumber, aloe, etc., and feel that could have been a problem too. Since both products have reviews similar to the negative reviews here, I have discontinued both. It's back to Olay Complete for me; I have been using that for many, many years (age 76).

  • June 18, 2018

    by Ruth

    I bought the product after seeing the tv ad with Helen Mirren
    I think it's too thick - I was expecting it to be more creamy/ whipped feel when I opened the jar. I dn like the feel of the consisenty as I was applying it. It needs to feel lighter. I will continue to use but not sure I want a second jar.

  • May 27, 2018

    by patty

    I love the product. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I will be 70 on my next birthday and have noticed a difference. A much younger neighbor of mine asked me yesterday what I was using on my skin since it looked so dewy and younger. Keep in mind that I have the wrinkles commensurate with my age and it is much better than wearing makeup. I am a fan. It bloody works!

  • May 4, 2018

    by Vicki

    I just tried sharocarlson's suggestion and it worked like a charm: I put a bit of natural colored lip balm on my palm, added some natural moisturizer, mixed them together and applied the mixture to my face for a rosy glow.

  • April 9, 2018

    by Carol

    I just started using it but it smells good and makes my skin feel soft so far.

  • November 28, 2017

    by Merilyn

    I've been using this product for a month and just bought my second jar. It's fabulous, especially at night after I cleanse and use it. When I enter the bedroom makeup free, my husband's eyes go all soft and he gets real kissy. he says he can't believe how I can still look like a teenager in my 70s. he likes the way it smells too. Everyone thinks I've had some Rejuvia or some other kind of work. I have very dry skin so I've boned up on ingredients for 50 years and the best ones for me are Alantoin and sqaulane. Though this has neither, I really don't care what the ingredients are. How much longer will I live? 10-20 years? Hell, I'm going for this and anything else that keeps me in my game and in my career and makes me feel like a goddess.

  • November 26, 2017

    by sharocarlson

    This is in reply to Laura who wants an 'alternative': simply buy a natural berry tinted lip balm, there are so many and mix it with a bit of your current natural cream to give it a light glowy pinky tone! this works! Natural products are all over and we have the internet to do our research to find out about products.

  • 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:

  • 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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