Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex

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$125 - 1 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
11/18/2013
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Tested On Animals:
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This lavishly packaged eye cream carries the common claims of being able to handle every major eye-area concern of consumers. (What eye product doesn’t want you to believe this nonsense?) What’s not explained is that this contains the exact same plant extracts present in all of the other AmorePacific moisturizers, but none of them claim to tackle dark circles and puffiness. This is one more example of the superfluous and ridiculous aspect of eye creams in general, but especially from this line.

There is nothing, and we mean absolutely nothing, about this product that makes it special for the eye area. If you’re using any of the other AmorePacific moisturizers, they can be used in the eye area, too (at least the well-formulated ones). You also should expect the same effects you get from the Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex from the facial moisturizers as well. After all, they contain the same plants the company believes have superior benefit for other aspects of skin health.

Why this product doesn’t warrant a Good rating despite some beneficial ingredients is that it also contains several potentially irritating plant extracts and fragrance, which shouldn’t be applied in the eye area. One more point: there is no research indicating that the eye area needs something different from the rest of the face.

A gel-textured treatment that reduces dark circles and revives the eye area. An oil-free, mineral and botanical-rich treatment designed to hydrate and energize the delicate skin around the eyes. With an infusion of nourishment and moisture, this formula reduces the look of fine lines, puffiness, and darkness, creating a healthy and radiant effect. The benefits are both immediate and lasting.

Phyllostachys Bambusoides Juice, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Trehalose, PEG-75, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Kaempferol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyacrylamide, Caffeine, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Propylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Laureth-7, Ethyl Hexanediol, Peg-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Betaine, Sodium Pca, Bht, Sorbitol, Calcium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Alanine, Arginine, Lysine, Threonine, Proline, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

AmorePacific is a South Korean cosmetics line whose skin-care products rolled out to U.S. Sephora stores in mid 2009. According to a business associate of mine who lives in Seoul, the line is hugely popular in Korea and everyone is clamoring for the products. Every month, all over the world, something else becomes "wildly" popular, whether it's in Asia, Europe, South America, or the United States. And, of course, popularity must mean it's the best thing ever…. In Korea we've watched Chinese herbal products, SK-II, different skin lighteners, blemish balms, and on and on gain momentum and then take a back seat to a new kid on the block who is currently getting all the attention.

Despite the fad status of AmorePacific in Korea, let us state emphatically that this product line isn't worth even mild enthusiasm. Without question, from a formulary standpoint, it is among the weakest of the Asian brands, which include globally known lines such as Shiseido, Cle de Peau Beaute, Shu Uemura, and Boscia. Those companies all have a far greater proportion of outstanding products when compared with AmorePacific.

AmorePacific has put together a hodgepodge philosophy of skin care based loosely on a blend of Eastern philosophy, holistic medicine, and technological advances. Reading the background information on the brand's Web site they claim to have combined the best of both worlds: ancient knowledge passed down from generations mingled with the advantages of modern science. Perhaps AmorePacific hasn't paid attention to the dozens of other lines in their part of the world or around the globe making the exact same claims, so there is nothing unique here. Regardless, marketing shtick doesn't create good skin care and that is exactly the problem with AmorePacific; very little of what this line offers is aligned with modern science in regard to skin care.

As is true for a healthy diet, there is an enormous amount of research into what practices and what ingredients can significantly improve skin's health and appearance, whether for wrinkles, skin color, acne, rosacea, sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, blackheads, and on and on. Antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, cell-communicating ingredients, topical disinfectants, and exfoliants (AHAs and BHA) all have vast research showing their positive impact on skin. For some reason AmorePacific uses almost none of these. In addition, AmorePacific lacks products for most of the aforementioned skin-care concerns, they only have one sunscreen (we mean really, one sunscreen, now that's antiquated, but not in a good way), and their formulations are endlessly redundant with different claims randomly attached to different products.

As for the Eastern philosophy, we don't know how that is supposed to take care of skin because there certainly isn't any data or substantive information explaining why or how it would help, but AmorePacific's formularies don't suggest Eastern, Western, Northern, or Southern ideas of any kind. Moreover, ancient philosophy isn't going to help your skin any more than a 1980s computer is going to help you access the Internet today.

Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few really good options, the prices aren’t justified and you can find better products for far less. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you’ll know from pur reviews which products approach being worthy of a purchase. However, do not use this line for one-stop shopping because their philosophy does not include what is essential to address a wide range of skin-care concerns.

For more information about AmorePacific, call (877) 552-6673 or visit www.amorepacific.com.

Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently being sold in Sephora stores in the United States. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We're not sure what ancient philosophy that's about; perhaps their spiritual wisdom is that the people who shop Sephora don't deserve their best products and that the products at Neiman Marcus are only for the elite, who have more cash to waste; that must be the Tao according to AmorePacific. Our will review those products in the future.

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