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Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty

Reviewed by Marta July 18, 2009 15 Comments
Sitting in an NYC cab the other day, I was subjected to a commercial for Cindy Crawford's aggressively ugly line of home furnishings. Everything looks as if it belongs on the set for an ad for discounted double glazing. If she was willing to put her name to this collection of bad taste, what in God's name could I expect from her cosmetic line, Meaningful Beauty?

It turns out not to be as scary as one of her sofas, nor as mediocre as her bland 'palm beach' rug. What Meaningful Beauty does have going for it is price. A seven piece kit for 30 days costs about $30. And who wouldn't spend $1 a day to look like Cindy. But I have to say that without Cindy, I wouldn't give this range a second look. It's OK, but just OK.

Take Maintenance 2 Night Fluide. You might expect for something that was created by Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, a leading French dermatologist, that there would be a a few heavy-hitting anti-aging ingredients. But although there is a powerful form of vitamin C called MAP, an anti-inflammatory amino acid called palmitoyl proline and some soluble collagen, the other actives are the usual vitamins A and E. A lonely standout is decarboxy carnosine, with proven antioxidant activity, Carnosine can, according to Australian researchers, extend the Hayflick Limit, which means our cells will reproduce for a bit longer.

Meaningful Beauty makes much of its inclusion of a rare French melon. It looks to me to be a common cantaloupe. Although there is no shame in that. The musk melon is a source of potassium and vitamin A. Extract of the fruit is and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The seeds, unfortunately not used here, contain fatty acids.

As I said, this is all OK, but doesn't make me want to shout 'miracle cream' from the rooftops. And, being me, I'm not thrilled that there are enough preservatives to ensure that Meaningful Beauty's night cream will survive global warming and still be here when the next Ice Age starts. Still, I guess Cindy Crawford's brand is all about longevity.

Ingredients in Night Fluide

Water (Aqua), Isononyl Isononanoate, Prunus Amygdalus Duicis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Sorbitan Oleate, Poylsorbate 80, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Dimethicone, Soluble Collagen, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces / Zinc Ferment, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Hydrogentated Palm Oil, Tocopherol, Cholesterol, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Magnesium Ascrobyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Mineral Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polysorbate 85, Polyacrylamide, Palmitoyl Proline, Magnesium Palmitoyl Glutamate, Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Tocotrienols, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Bensoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool.
  • April 22, 2013

    by cheryl

    Will you check out Exuviance targeted filler T5 soon??? thanks!!

  • April 21, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Laura, thank you for your comment. I wrote this article. and I certainly did not get paid to write it.

  • April 20, 2013

    by Laura Mulcaster

    The type of marketing used in this article is completely unethical. The writer of the article pretends to be critical of the product to mislead people into thinking that they are objective and not being paid to convince people to buy the product. Shame on you, Cindy, you have enough money that you should not have to stoop to this. I work in marketing but would not write this type of fake article for any amount of money.

  • October 17, 2012

    by Steve

    I tried this line once. I really liked the packages but, to be honest, the cream did absolutely NOTHING to fight my wrinkles.
    So it was a complete waste of money. Plus, Cindy Crawford is not a very convincing person. When you watch the commercials for MEANINGFUL BEAUTY I was thinking to myself "Does she even believe in the products?" Because it didn't look as if she did.

  • March 14, 2012

    by Jenifer

    I have been using Meaningful Beauty for 3 years, and have had no problems whatsoever. I was using Arbonne, but it was just too expensive, so I was looking for an alternative. I saw an add and have it a try, and haven been very happy with the results.

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