12.19.2014
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Line Release Under Eye Repair
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0.5 fl. oz. for $125
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Line Release Under Eye Repair won’t send your wrinkles into retreat, but this is nevertheless a remarkable formula for slightly dry or slightly oily skin anywhere on the face. Fragrance was excluded, and this contains a blend of skin-silkening silicones and hefty amounts of cell-communicating ingredients, ceramides, and, to a lesser but still noteworthy extent, antioxidants. The silicone base works well under makeup. However, expecting your eyes to appear lifted and contoured is not realistic; that achievement remains in the realm of cosmetic surgery or cosmetic corrective procedures, the very services that Kate’s spa provides to her clients, despite the products she sells.

NOTE: Despite our rating and comments for this product, it must be said eye-area products like this are not necessary. All of the great anti-aging ingredients in Line Release Under Eye Repair are found in moisturizers and serums designed for the face. If you’re using a well formulated facial moisturizer and/or serum, it can and should be applied around the eyes, too. You can save money by skipping the eye-area product and still be taking great care of your skin!

Claims

Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream cushions, firms, and lifts the delicate skin around the eyes. See immediate results as this intensive formula brightens and smoothes the skin, reducing expression lines and dark circles. The eye area is left hydrated and fresh, so your beautiful eyes can stand out against a pristine canvas!

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polysilicone-11, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceramide 2, Phospholipids, Glycolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Oxido Reductases, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Lysine, Glycine, Proline, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Esters, Tribehenin, Lecithin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Urea, Trehalose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Triethanolamine, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Kate Somerville At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.

Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.

The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.

The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?

Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.

If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).

This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.

For more information about Kate Somerville, now owned by Unilever, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com

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01.18.2015
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I love this product. The consistency is perfect. It is a little costly and there are probably less expensive products that are as good or better, but I haven't run into them yet - will keep using this until I do.

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