When it comes to stripping years away from skin's appearance, Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer gets a good deal of attention. However, it's not all positive. Our most detailed review comes from Beautypedia.com and the self-titled "Cosmetics Cop," Paula Beguon. On her site, Beguon gives Prevage a rating of Average/Overpriced, and offers a detailed analysis of its ingredients. According to Beguon, while many of the ingredients in Prevage may work, there is nothing so monumental that this 6.8 oz. tube merits a $135 price tag. Instead, Beguon recommends Olay Quench products; Olay Quench even offers a "Plus Firming" version (*Est. $8 for 13.5 oz.) , which may or may not live up to its promises, but it is, at least, less of an investment.
Marie Claire magazine and Allure magazine both recommend the product as well, though it is not clear in either case how the product was tested or what distinguishes it from other products listed in the same articles. Finally, there is some anecdotal evidence from user reviews on Drugstore.com that the product does transform skin. However, it is difficult to know whether users are merely experiencing a placebo effect. Moreover, even some reviewers who saw results didn't feel that the exorbitant price was worth it.
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Beguon and her team evaluate Prevage primarily for its ingredients, rather than testing, and give it a score of Average/Overpriced. Overall they find that while some of the ingredients may be effective, there is nothing in this product that warrants the high price tag. The review concludes, "we find the claims misleading and inaccurate, and there are far better options to consider." (Beguon specifically recommends Olay Quench products instead.) She also adds that a high concentration of radish root in the ingredient list may cause allergic reactions in some, which is why it was downgraded from Very Good/Overpriced to Average/Overpriced.
Review: Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Paula Begoun, March 4, 2011
2. Marie Claire
In Marie Claire's annual round-up of the best beauty products, 30 winners are selected. Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer is named in the "body" category, as are other firming and anti-cellulite products. Editors say, "antioxidant idebenone and firming peptides ensures you'll look younger from the neck down," but they do not explain what distinguishes this product from others on the list.
Review: 30 Best Beauty Products of the Year, Editors of Marie Claire magazine, January 2010
Editors and dermatologists discuss common skin problems including cellulite. This article is informative, but recommended products aren't compared or rated, and no description of them is given. For eradicating or improving the appearance of cellulite experts recommend a caffeine gel in the morning and a product with peptides or retinol at night. Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer is specifically mentioned as an example of the latter, but so is Vaseline Renewal Age-Redefining Lotion, and it's not clear whether either is better for any reason.
Review: Cellulite, Bacne, Veins, and More: Your Top Embarrassments Solved, Kayleigh Donahue
User-reviewers at Drugstore.com as well as other review sites do not offer many reviews of Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer, though they do provide anecdotal evidence that users are generally pleased with the product's results. Several users say they saw results including lightening of dark spots, scars and stretch marks and firming of dimpled cellulite. Other users, however, say that the product is not worth the cost.
Review: Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE, Contributors to Drugstore.com