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Chamonix Esotique RF With Matrixyl and Jeunesse eye cream

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
June 28, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
If Chamonix's antiaging cream with Matrixyl was an accessory it would be a Prada purse stashed inside a knock-off Chanel handbag. Chamonix Esotique RF With Matrixyl ($99) is a good potion that is formulated with two good anti-wrinkle ingredients at center stage (the power peptide Matrixyl and antioxidant grape). The problem is that the brand, trying desperately to be upmarket (starting with using the name of the posh French ski resort) just doesn't pull it off. The tacking packaging and website, the "endorsements by celebrities" (which turns out to be a non-existent interview with 80s teenage pop singer Debbie Gibson), and the faux French, are all a little off piste.

I have been testing it now for about five weeks and believe that it is firming my skin - it does well in the pinch test. The skin looks nicely plump and smooth. So far so good. But does it really live up to a $99 price tag? Perhaps. It works, there are not too many fillers and nothing not to like. I could live without the buffering agent, pH balancer triethanolamine, which studies show to be a skin irritant at mild doses. Although it must be said that I have suffered no adverse reactions.

The thing that makes me question whether I would ever buy this product to replace the sample that I was given is that I conducted my test of Chamonix Esotique in a side by side test with another Matrixyl serum that comes in at nearly a third of the price, NCN's 20% Matrixyl 3000 ($38). I have been trying one on each hand and I think both have been helpful, but I can't really say that I see a notable difference between the two.

Unnfortunately, I gave up on my test of Chamonix's Jeunesse eye cream ($79) as it was working rather too well. It has gamma aminobutyric acid. This goes by the name of GABA and is a muscle relaxer (it works in a different way to other ingredients that inhibit expression lines such as Argireline). Jeunesse certainly seems to have a potent dollop of it. When I used it at the outer edges of my eye, I could perceptibly (and I mean perceptibly) feel my muscles responding only very weakly when I tried to squint. This is undoubtedly a helpful outcome if you want to avoid deepening of crow's feet. However, I found the sensation simply too weird.

Ingredients in Esotique

Grape seed extract, Matrixyl, vitamin E, calendula officinalis extract, purified water, caprylic capric/stearic triglyceride, cetyl alcohol, PEG-100 stearate, glycerin, cetyl palmitate, jojoba seed oil, glyceryl stearate, dimethicone, aloe leaf extract, safflower seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, panthenol, squalane, triethanolamine, carbomer, allantoin, sodium hyaluronate, caprylol glycine

Ingredients in Jeunesse

Water, glyceryl stearate, sesame oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, PEG-150, distearate, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, gynostemma, bismuth oxychoride, gamma amino butyric acid, ethoxydiglycol, eugenol, polysorbate 60, butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance.
  • June 29, 2010

    by Stephanie

    Hi Marta,

    I usually agree with your reviews and have never even commented on the site but I have been using Chamonix products for years and love them. I can not believe that you do not. They have completely changed the way my face has felt and looked. I'd be curious to see if your 35$ face serum is as clean and good for you as Chamonix... I like that they are products that contain no preservative and fillers.

    I also use the eye cream and love that I can feel it working immediately!! Keep up the good work on reviewing, but sadly I have to say I do not agree with this one!

  • June 28, 2010

    by Carole

    Dear Marta
    As I am 50 something, can you send me as much muscle relaxant as you can find. This stuff sounds great! Do you think it would stop my PJ's from leaving wrinkles in my skin all day? Don't even go there with the pillow creases in my face.


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