Time Response Eye Renewal Creme has an ingredient list that reads like a "who's who" of antioxidants, though most of the chief antioxidants are various forms of green tea. What's particularly upsetting, especially given the astronomical price, is the jar packaging. With each use, the many light- and air-sensitive ingredients this contains break down, eventually becoming minimally effective (see More Info for details). This is a big deal when you're spending nearly $300 for an eye cream—but wait, there's more: most eye creams aren't necessary. Shocking, but true, and we explain why in More Info.
In better packaging and perhaps with a more down-to-earth price, this would be a good moisturizer to consider, for the eye area or elsewhere. It contains a few problematic plant extracts (such as clove and arnica) but in amounts that are likely too small to matter. Therein lies the issue with products like this that have super-long ingredient lists. It may look impressive, possibly as though you're getting something extra for (a lot of) extra money, but in truth you're only getting a teeny-tiny amount of most of these good-for-skin ingredients. Instead of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, we'd rather see brands add several proven ingredients in a cocktail approach and use them in efficacious amounts, not just for what appears to be mere window dressing.
- Lightweight yet rich texture.
- Contains dozens of beneficial plant-based antioxidant extracts and oils.
- Brightens undereye circles thanks to the mineral pigment mica.
- Ridiculously overpriced.
- An extra-long ingredient list doesn't mean you're getting an extra-good product.
- Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
- Cannot alleviate undereye bags or puffiness.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream:
Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
This restorative treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, darkness and puffiness in the delicate eye area.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Lauryl Esters, Jojoba Esters, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diisostearyl Malate, Behenyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Conditioned Media, Hydrolyzed Camellia Sinensis Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Camellia Sinensis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Theanine, Hesperidin, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Natto Gum, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Phyllostachis Bambusoides, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Trehalose, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Betaine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Caffeine, PEG-40 Stearate, Propanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mica, Arachidyl Glucoside, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Stearyl Behenate, Dextrin, Poloxamer 235, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Ethoxydiglycol, Tocophersolan, Poloxamer 338, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-8 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Soy Sterol Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Ceramide 3, Niacinamide, Phytantriol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Kaempferol, Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Poloxamer 407, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Methoxy PEG-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, 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.