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Dramatically Nourishing Antioxidant Eye Creme
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0.53 fl. oz. for $49
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:04.28.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This emollient eye cream for normal to dry skin has a lush texture and contains some very good antioxidants to improve skin anywhere on your face. Unfortunately, it also contains some problematic plant extracts along with fragrant sandalwood oil and fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. That’s not good news for skin around your eyes, and it diminishes this product’s better qualities. As is, this doesn’t deserve strong consideration.

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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.

Claims

Packed full with free radical fighting anti-oxidants, this crème nourishes while also working hard to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet. Your eye area will look instantly relaxed and revitalized, revealing a new radiance. Ideal for any skin type … at any age!

Ingredients

Water, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Olivate, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Gluconolactone, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Lecithin, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Vaccinum Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Phytic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Citral

Brand Overview

Anastasia Beverly Hills At-a-Glance

Strengths: Specialized brow products; top-notch brow powders with an impressive shade range; great brow pen and tinted brow gel; one excellent powder blush; good brushes and products for taming unruly brows; a couple good starter kits for those new to brow grooming.

Weaknesses: Expensive; horrible brow pencil; some of the kits mix really bad products with good ones; mediocre skin care; subpar mascara; the lip gloss is merely OK; products that don’t live up to their claims (though that’s hardly unique to this line).

The Anastasia Beverly Hills product line was developed by "definitive eyebrow expert" Anastasia Soare, a woman who owns a chic Beverly Hills salon. Her namesake product line is built around specialty brow products and shaping tools based on her criteria. Although she has expanded the line to include skin-care and other makeup items, the brow products remain the heart of the line; the skin care seems to be little more than an afterthought.

What sets the Anastasia line apart is the wide selection of brow-grooming products and their impressive shade range for natural-looking brows. Overall, the line is a mixture of both good and bad products, at a relatively high price point. We were expecting to find great brow pencils from a line devoted to perfecting the eyebrow, but Anastasia failed miserably with their extremely hard-textured Perfect Brow Pencil.

Their skin-care products also rank low in terms of efficacy and high in terms of misleading claims, and the mascara misses the mark completely. There are a few so-so makeup products you can ignore, and some of the brow kits have a frustrating mix of good products and awful products.

On the flip side, what's great about Anastasia Beverly Hills are their fabulous brow powders, good brushes, brow-taming products, and some helpful products such as Brow Fix, Brow Pen, and Tinted Brow Gel. They also have a beautiful Blush Quad and a couple of good highlighter pencils. Many of the products cater to those who are new to brow shaping (including a brow stencil set), and, depending on your local department store, you may even be able to schedule an appointment with an Anastasia brow specialist who can show you the way, following the namesake company founder's famous Golden Ratio. For more information about Anastasia Beverly Hills, call (800) 310-3773 or visit www.anastasia.net.

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