Several months ago, I researched and wrote this very comprehensive piece for Divine Caroline on multi-level/direct sales beauty lines. I tried products from all the big players like Younique, Beautycounter and Young Living as well as some of the newer guys like Perfectly Posh and Tyra Beauty. I also tried out several products from Rodan + Fields but their PR team was so aggressive/rude to the kind, amazing consultant that helped me with that portion of the article that I ended up removing the section from Divine Caroline all together. Per Rodan + Fields, I can’t really say or link who helped me, because they don’t want money or something, but thought you might find it interesting what I thought of the products anyways! And if you are reading this R+F, bloggers aren’t scary. If you make legit products, we want to talk about them and share with others, just as any other person would. If a consultant is smart and resourceful, she’ll utilize new media to market, such as blogger relationships.
Rodan + Fields is a skincare company created by dermatologists, Kathy Fields and Katie Rodan. Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields also own ProActiv. Rodan and Fields consultants do not carry inventory or host home parties. The consultant I met got started with Rodan and Fields by using the Reverse regimen for melasma after the birth of her first child. It was the only thing that broke up the pigmentation. She believes Rodan and Fields’ success is found in a multi-med approach-the right ingredients in the right formulations in the right order to produce the best results. If one could only try one RF product, the consultant I worked with suggests the AMP MD Roller to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, firm loose skin and erase any acne scarring.
What I Tried
1. SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream My dry skin seemed to love this. It didn’t feel heavy or sticky and hydrated really nicely. It’s priced at $53 which seems high for a product containing relatively simple ingredients like olive and grape seed oil. Dimethicone (silicone) is the second ingredient after water. The high silicone content is what makes it feel superficially smooth and silky, which sometimes feels like a cheap trick to me in skincare. I love it in primers though. This product also utilizes a trademarked technology called COLD FISSION which I have no idea about.
2. REDEFINE Acute Care These targeted wrinkle pads have what they call “cones” on the underside but they felt more like spikes to me. While it takes a few treatments to notice a difference, I didn’t see any change at all the morning after placing them on my forehead expression lines. You should see results in 4 weeks they say. This product is $220 for 10 pads, so $22 each and the 2 ingredients are Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid and peptides. I do love both ingredients, and do really believe hyaluronic acid plumps up wrinkles effectively, but I also think you could take your money and get a bunch of sheets masks with HA for significantly less. Spend the money you save on a nice dinner and bottle of wine. Cheers!
3. ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste My skin was crazy soft after using this just once. Later in the day, after using it, I noticed my makeup looking extra glowy and my skin tone more even. It’s fine enough to not irritate skin but effective. While it didn’t bother me, it contains fragrance and artificial colorants. Most concerning of all to me, the first ingredient is Isoparaffin which is a blend of mineral oils and petroleum. While this ingredient ranks safely on EWG, I would not pay $78 for a product with a cheap thickening agent as the first ingredient.
4. REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum Though I’m not sure how necessary a lip serum is vs. a good lip balm, my lips did look prettier the next morning after using this. It didn’t taste or feel gross and I like the idea of treating aging in the lips, an area sometimes neglected. $54 buys you some peptides, antioxidants and vitamin E and curiously tomato lipids, which makes me hungry for a caprese panini. Nom nom. I like this but am not sure about long term results and how it really compares to just a great lip balm. On the fence.
5. REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum These little ampules contain retinol so it’s no surprise I enjoyed them. I like the way it’s packaged to keep the ingredients their freshest, plus you just feel cool opening the little jellybeans of serum. It’s $90 for 60 capsules price point may be justifiable due to retinol and tetrapeptides, both proven anti-agers, but found that they only contain .075% retinol. To put things into perspective, the first retinol product I used, Philosophy’s Help Me, contains .5% retinol and is $45. There are some excellent products with far more retinol for far more affordable prices.
I know you’ve all likely seen the impressive before and after photos of those who have found success in Rodan + Fields’ REVERSE regimen. Let me give you a few quick thoughts on that one too. Though I’ve not tried that particular line, I can still break down a few ingredients for you. This line especially caters to those with areas of hyperigmentation like sunspots, birth marks and melasma. I am disappointed to see several of the products in this line containing parabens.
I am not surprised these products are effective due to the 2% hydroquinone content. Hydroquinone is an ingredient that works to break up pigment, no doubt, but it’s also on the no list for breastfeeding or pregnant women and has been banned in Europe since 2001. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that one.
These products are not bad and some might be very effective. I liked using them and may have seen more dramatic results with continued use. My issue is that they seem overpriced, likely because a company is marking up items to enable their consultants to make money and promote their products. If you’ve tried Rodan + Fields and felt that it was worth the price, feel free to comment below!
Thanks for reading!