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Before starting Skinn Cosmetics, I worked for twenty years with the largest cosmetic houses in the world. I found myself constantly frustrated with the way they did business. Unfortunately, the big cosmetic companies never seem to care about making quality products that actually help the consumer. Their "formula" was always the same: make a cheap product, put it in a fancy jar with a nice box and charge as much as possible. After learning that I was never going to change how those big companies do business from within, I realized I needed to change the nature of the very industry in which they operate.
When I launched Skinn in 2002 the question most asked was "How are you going to do it Dimitri? How are you going to give us more products, better products, and keep them at a comparable price?" The answer was really quite simple. After working at the highest levels of the big cosmetics houses, I learned that the money they spend does not go into the product. In fact, it seems to go everywhere but the product: ad campaigns, department store counter space, Park Avenue offices, and, most of all, packaging. Believe it or not, most companies spend more money on the container and fancy boxes than on the product that's inside. I used to sit in meetings in those Park Avenue offices to talk about how to improve the company's products. Those meetings always seem to end the same: "Let's change the packaging." Upgrading the product was always deemed too costly as it would require re-educating the consumer about what constitutes a quality product. In essence the secret would be out that water does not have to be the first ingredient in every product.
Skinn offers its products only through televised home shopping, the internet and exclusive, privately owned spas throughout North America. This has allowed us to reach the maximum amount of people, while keeping overhead very low. We don't have expensive retail shops or New York office suites; you won't see costly magazine or prime time TV ads. What we do have are some of the finest cosmetics ever made. You'll see the difference!
- Dimitri James
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High Expectations - Very Disappointed
from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
I was very happy with the product when I first began using it. The Power Ampules produced the most visible results and I was happy that the products had minimal scent. The first few "Showstopper Auto Ship" pkgs. were great with consistant product quality. I then started receiving packages in which the Power Ampules seemed to be very degraded. Instead of the usual light yellow, creamy consistantcy, they were darker in color and when the top section was depressed to mix the ingredients, it produced a watery foul smelling liquid which did not seem to mix completely and could not be applied to the face. I tried to make the most of the rest of the kit, however the other products quality seemed to changed as well. The Stem Rejen would sometimes have a much heavier fragrance from kit to kit. The other two products would range from absorbing well into the skim, to leaving a greasy, shinny residue (even though the same brand cleaners were used). I started giving some of the product as gifts , hoping that the next shipment would contain an intact usable set of Power Ampules. After the last four out of five shipments had defective, unusable ampules and incomsistant creams, I have given up and canceled my auto ship this evening. It is very unfortunate that the quality of this line is not reliable because I cetainly would have remained a long time customer. My loss - don't let it be yours. If you've experienced the same inconsistancy, stop the shipments. I hung on far to long hoping this line would deliver.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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( 4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
@ patti and LT ....hope these tips help!
By Beauty Junkie Covered in Jewelry
from St.Albert AB:My hearts in my home
Responding to patti and LT about product "exfoliating" off.Whats happening is it is balling up and coming off like erraser bits.This means it hasnt absorbed.Probally because you are using too much!Hard to believe, i know.I use his spray mist first as it allows me to use 1/4 the product. It applies thinner because skin is "wet". Thats all you need.Or, wait inbetween layers applied for it to absorb.Or, use at night only and skin will change in a week it will absorb.Are you really exfoliating?! You havent exfoliated until you tried skinn microdermabrasion, use his AM and PM cleansers for 5-10 min every day, and use the sonic cleanser machine.For THOESE WITH OILY SKIN READ THISThere is no such things as oily skin. Hear me out! Your skin is making oil because it THINKS it is dry. Use real hydration for a week or two and voila, no more oily skin. When i started using this collegenis it was WAY to rich for me. So i used only at night. Soon my skin came to LOVE it and now i have DRY skin not oily because my skin expects to be fed this cream and no longer makes oil like a teen. Im 33. I look younge 20s, when i say "my husband" people look at me funny cause i "look to young to be married" lol works for me!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
( 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Responding to Patti's remark fr NS
from Fraser Lake, B.C.
Yes Patti I like the products also and I have the same problem as you with using the steps of applying the serums and then the 24 hour youth cream. I put on a primer after I feel it has soaked into the skin and then put my makeup on and my foundation starts to peel or roll into these little balls like you said exfoliating. I thought this was just happening to me and received outdated product or ??? . Hope Dimitri can explain next time on air why this would be happening. PLEASE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. Right now it's sitting in my bathroom cabinet not getting used until Dimitri may able to give us a reason on this. Love SKINN Products.
( 0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
would buy it again
I try pretty much all of TSC SS when it comes to beauty, I always come back to my Skinn. This one in particular is my favourite. I love how it improved my skinn. My skin felt tighter almost immediately. I love the youth and balm. Each has a lovely suttle scent and it works. I agree with the lady who said, "wish it came in buckets", it's lovely, feels great to put on, absorbs and doesn't just lie on the skin waiting to be washed off. I noticed a great difference in skin tone and dryness. Wrinkles, light ones, disappeared for me. This is one product that I will always have on hand. Price wise, for all these great products, is very generous.
( 3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
It could use some tweaking. I like the product but there is very little in what you get, I think it needs more value. It doesnt last long and thats a shame because it does have great potential. It feels great and I enjoy the product I do receive.
Love the balm, wish it came in a pail. Love the Skinn line. Have the eye make up, the pencils go on so easily. I have not completely mastered the ampoules, when I do they work very well. The balm is so great for dry crepey neck skin. I wish it were a stand alone BIG jar.
( 3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
The 24 hour cream and balm are simply too greasy and doesn't absorb into skin! I am willing to give the Regen serum and ampoules more time for visible difference if Dimitri would please re-configurate the set without the cream and balm. Instead, Regen serum, ampoules and regen eye serum as a Show Stopper. How about it Dimitri?
( 7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
I have one small problem
By Loving retirement
I am 55 years old and I love skinn products and have been usng them for a while now, but I have a small problem. I bought the winter defence kit. I put on the Stem Rejen Sirtuin first and then the Collagenessis Youth Preservation cream next. But when I put on my foundation or concealers my cream or my makeup starts to exfoliate and I have to rub the flakes off with my hands before putting on my makeup again. I exfoliate twice a week and I don't know what is causing this. The creams are great and I love everything else about them. Maybe someone can tell me what I am doing wrong.
( 6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
By Patti in NS
My mother bought me the Collagenesis "Ultimate Winter Defense" set from the Shopping Channel. I spend so much time outdoors and the harsh weather this time of year really shows on my face (I'm 43). Using Clinique for years and not having any results with that lately, I tried these Skinn products following the directions and after a week, noticed a dramatic change in how hydrated my complection looked. Comments from friends confirmed what I had thought - these products are not only the best quality but effective. The only downside is now that I'm hooked on Skinn and reaching the bottom of the jars, there is a limited selection of items from this site so I will have to order from the US. Hoping this set is featured again so I can stock up for the rest of the winter!