02.22.2013
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Time Defiance Lifting Eye Creme
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0.53 fl. oz. for $50.40
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:02.22.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This eye cream is primarily a blend of water with silicone, emollients, thickeners, and film-forming agents. Artistry claims that it’s “so powerful it solves all the problems of the eye area with one easy treatment.” If that’s true, then Artistry doesn’t believe it—why would they keep selling all of their other eye-area moisturizers if this one is the miracle solution for an aging eye area? And what about the “one treatment” option claim? Does that mean with a single use that all of your eye-area concerns will be fixed? The formula, however, tells the story; it’s nothing more than a standard, silicone-enhanced moisturizer that contains more preservatives and mica (for shine) than state-of-the-art ingredients. Artistry included lots of intriguing ingredients, from antioxidants to ceramides, but not in amounts that justify the claims; not to mention that the antioxidants won’t remain potent due to the jar packaging.

Claims

Time Defiance Lifting Eye Crème is so powerful it solves all problems of the eye area with one easy treatment. You no longer have to pick and choose from multiple skin care products to treat the eye area – with one eye crème, you can have it all. This breakthrough formula smoothes and firms the skin around the eyes to give eyes a virtual lift. Plus, it instantly brightens dark circles and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. In clinical testing, 98% of women who used Time Defiance saw improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and 97% noticed improvement in the appearance of fine lines.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Glycerin, Peg-6 Isostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cocoglycerides, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Myristyl Myristate, Titanium Dioxide, Pullulan, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Glucosamine Hcl, Centella Asiatica Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Disodium Edta, Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Algae Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Hesperetin Laurate, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Sphacelaria Scoparia Extract, Lecithin, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Silica, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Ceramide 3, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Beta-Sitosterol, Caffeine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Sericin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil

Brand Overview

Artistry by Amway At-A-Glance

Strengths: One of the few cosmetics companies that offers complete ingredient lists on their Web site; features some excellent moisturizers, serums, powder, lipstick, and eyeshadow options.

Weaknesses: Expensive for what you get (especially the Time Defiance products); lacks an effective disinfectant for blemishes; no viable skin-lightening options; some problematic toners and masks; foundations and lipstick with either low SPF ratings or a lack of sufficient UVA protection; OK makeup brushes.

Over 3 million people in 80 countries are selling Amway products, and for the most part their goal is to not only sell you products but to get you to sell the products yourself—and then you're supposed to get other people to sell them, and so on and so on. Statistically speaking, that means you have at some time been approached by someone offering you the opportunity to start a new business selling Artistry or other Amway products. As one Amway sales representative said to me, "Why would the company make anything that wasn't wonderful?" Obviously, no cosmetics line is perfect, or they wouldn't discontinue products and introduce new ones as this line has done, often with mixed results. The way Amway representatives, with the company's blessings, go about recruiting other salespeople to join their ranks is actually quite controversial. Amway is a multilevel marketing juggernaut with mythic proportions. Type "Amway cult" into any search engine and over 90,000 results are returned. A shopping experience accompanied by a recruitment push that could result in a risk of needing to be deprogrammed? Now that really is different! The company is aware of their detractors, and offers videos on their Web site to dispute the claims against them.

Contacting an Amway representative (Quixtar is the parent company, and they are part of the larger Alticor group of companies) is an interesting experience. Most are all too eager to perform a show-and-tell about the products, all with a presentation that's peppered with effusive praise and none-too-subtle hints that any products you like could make you more money than you thought possible, assuming you're willing to spread the word, and add to their "downline"—the term for those starting to sell the products under someone else's umbrella.

To shop Amway online is a tricky experience, at least in comparison to almost any other Internet commerce site. According to an article in Forbes magazine (June, 26, 2001) "Quixtar is the online offspring of $5 billion, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Amway Corp. Launched by the company at the height of the Internet stock craze in September 1999, Quixtar's business model is virtually identical to Amway's, only it's Web-enabled. IBOs [independent business owners] gather for online meetings and in chat rooms on the Web, and introduce friends, family, and co-workers to the password-protected Quixtar Web site where they can buy thousands of the same mostly overpriced health, beauty and household products that Amway sells." we agree with Forbes--this is an odd way to shop for products!

When it comes to their skin care products, Artistry (which debuted in 1968) insists that they test their products extensively, but there is no published research or documentation (other than claims and snippets of data) forthcoming from the company. A claim to have study results is not the same as seeing the study first-hand—there are lots of ways to conduct studies to net the results you want. Further, as is true with many cosmetics companies, there are problematic ingredients in several products. On the plus side, more and more Artistry products are staying on the cutting edge of skin care science, from using cell-communicating ingredients to launching sunscreens with improved textures and efficient UVA-protecting ingredients.

Don't expect bargains: These products have prices right up there with the high-end department-store brands. Several products are worthy of consideration, though you have to be strong-willed and assertive to avoid the corporate trappings that are part and parcel of shopping this line.

For more information about Artistry, call (800) 253-6500 or visit www.artistry.com.

Artistry Makeup

Quixtar's Artistry makeup has expanded since it was last reviewed, primarily in the foundation category. Perhaps coincidentally, this is also where the line excels. It’s a bit unfortunate that obtaining these products isn’t as easy as stopping by your nearest department store, because the foundation shade range is extensive and impressive. Other categories don’t fare quite as well, but overall the line offers a good selection of options to design your face. The positive wearability and ease of application many of these products have is overshadowed in Artistry's print and Web site information, where some skin-enhancing benefit is attributed to each cosmetic. Most of these claims (especially the anti-aging and look-younger talk) are typical hype, as evidenced by the ingredient lists, where the featured state-of-the-art ingredients appear only in tiny amounts that are listed after the fragrance or preservatives. Don't count on Artistry makeup to parlay significant skin-care benefits, but do rely on it (especially the foundations) as a well-executed cosmetics line to shop for many makeup essentials.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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