“Artistry” is the name of the Amway skincare and cosmetics line I was first introduced to it at a Fashion Week event long ago. I liked the skincare and makeup that I tried in the Artistry Lounge, including some clever products with interesting features.
These products will help you get your glam on, but they’re not inexpensive. They compare with high end department store brands.
One of the things to like about Artistry is the impressive range of products from acne fighters to lipsticks. The company is even a sponsor of the Miss America organization.
If the products are good enough for beauty queens one of the reasons Miss America likes Artistry is that the company doesn’t try to hide anything. They list the product ingredients on their web site. For those who need to know exactly what is in the products they use, this is a real benefit.
Do note that Amway is a multi-level marketing company that is sold by representatives in 80 countries.
It is always difficult for me to recommend skincare if it takes more than a day or two to show results, It would be unfair and irresponsible for me to say whether or not Artistry skincare is more effective than other serums, moisturizers and potions.
However, for skincare bordering on expensive to super-premium, I would have liked to have seen more testing and actual reports on how the products have performed.
Artistry;s Creme LuXury Eye is supposedly “clinically tested” to help skin act up to 15 years younger with a “total transformation 360 degrees around the upper and lower eye areas” (but where is the science and reporting on this)?
Artistry claims a “unique, 87-step micro-texturizing process creates a firm, silky texture” for an ultra-luxurious experience fueled by “cardiolipin,” the rarest and most expensive ingredient ever used in an Artisty Product.
The instant lift polymers did seem to de-puff my tired under-eye area, instantly, and the cooling effect was nice, too. My eyes really did look rested, and I was ready to fall in love with the product.
Alas, the oxygen-free pump top popped off the first time I opened the bottle, and I couldn’t re-attach it. The pump diffuser is wobbling and loose, making it messy and frustrating to dispense. When you are shelling out $175.00 for a 6-8 week supply, you expect the packaging to be perfect.
If this doesn’t seem like an insurmountable issue and you want a great eye cream, I will be the first to admit that it appears to be an impressive product. I don’t know if Artistry reps offer samples, but if they do, ask for one before you commit and see how it works. If you are as impressed as I was, it might be worth the cost.
Artistry’s Time Defiance line is a little less pricey hovering around $33.00 to around $75.00 per piece, and there are also 4-piece collections that focus on specific skin types.
When it comes to color cosmetics, the prices are easier to deal with. My favorite product is the Light Up Lip Gloss (Elizabeth Grant and a few other companies also feature a light up lip product), for $15.30. It is billed as a “Miss America favorite.”
The gloss comes in three different colors: berry, peach and pink, with lots of sheer shimmer. But the gloss has more than just good looks: There is a built-in mirror on the tube (this will scratch to near-useless unless you keep it protected) but the wand top lights up, so you can really see what you are doing, even in low light.
Snicker if you will, be I can’t tell you how many times I have used that light-up tube when I really can’t see! This one from Artistry is good and at a very reasonable price. I just wish there were more colors to choose from. Other Lip glosses are silky and come in sheer and full coverage.
I tried a few of the eye products and a 3D Face Powder ($27.70) shimmer for the face. The eye products are ok, but nothing really special. The shimmer powder arrives in a square, black mirrored compact with room for a very clever split blush/contour brush (not included).
The split brush ($3.95) can be used full sized for an all over glow or blush, and folds in half, literally, to make an angled contour brush. It is truly clever and I wish they had just included it. The shimmer powder features strips of shimmery hues in pink tones, or the warm/bronze one I tried with hues from white and champagne all the way to bronze.
The foundation selection is nice too, with two featuring SPF 20 PA++++ two with SPF 18, and the rest with SPF 15. There range of colors is good, but if you are personal with very deep skin, you will find just a few colors that might or might not match your skin tone.
This was a difficult review to write, because on one hand, there is a lot to like about Artistry. I really loved individual items, but overall, the price and range of colors just doesn’t always make it a good buy. Still, the products are good, and worthy of your consideration.
Note: If your sales rep tries to sell you on Amway and all you want are nice cosmetics, be ready to say yes to the makeup and skincare, but “no thanks” to the sales pitch. For more information about Artistry, call (800) 253-6500 or visit www.artistry.com.