Collezione D’Oro Occhi Eye Treatment

by Borghese  
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$59.50 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
2/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This eye-area moisturizer isn’t much of a treatment for around your eyes or anywhere else on your face. The formula is mostly water, slip agents, silicone, film-forming agent, and preservative. In fact, there is more preservative than anything of benefit for skin. At this price, it is almost shocking how useless this is for your skin.

The tiny amount of caffeine it contains isn’t enough for your skin to notice, and besides, caffeine doesn’t detoxify skin, doesn’t get rid of puffiness, and doesn’t lift sagging skin. If it did, you’d get that benefit from applying your leftover Starbucks coffee to the skin around your eyes, and you’d be getting more caffeine. The truth is, caffeine, in any amount, is mostly useless for the skin, and there are no skin-care ingredients that can purge the skin of toxins. Moreover, undereye bags and dark circles are not caused by toxins, either internal or in the environment.

This product contains ingredients that add shine to brighten shadowed areas, but this effect is strictly cosmetic and something you can easily get from your foundation or concealer. Besides, adding shine to the eye area isn’t skin care.

One more point: 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.

A luxurious, age-defying gel serum that brightens the delicate eye area as it helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with Caffeine to help detoxify the skin, plus a new generation Silicone to smooth the eye area, it helps preserve the most important characteristics of youthful, healthy looking skin.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hyaluronate, Steareth-20, VP/Polycarbamyl Polyglycol Ester, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Hydrolyzed Sesame Protein Pg-Propyl Methylsilanol, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phenylpropanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, BHT, Acetyl Tetrapeptode-18, Colloidal Gold, Dipeptide-11, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Over the past few years the distribution and, as such, availability, of Borghese products has diminished. They're sold randomly in major department stores around the world and it's been years since anyone has asked us about a new Borghese product. Given the decrease in interest, we didn't even include Borghese in the most recent edition of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. After publishing the book, however, we were literally deluged with emails from readers asking (sometimes demanding to know) why we didn’t review Borghese. Those numerous requests for reviews about the line are why it's back on our roster.

As we were evaluating the products and writing the reviews for Borghese, the entire team wondered why there was such intense interest in the line. Very few Borghese products are worth any attention whatsoever. Few have any real merit and several of them are truly terrible formulas or, more often than not, an otherwise good formula was ruined by potent irritants that don't serve to make anyone's skin look better. It is especially curious that Borghese has such a following when they rarely advertise in fashion magazines. We can't recall the last time a Borghese product appeared on a "Best of Beauty" list either, so again, we wondered what all the clamoring was about.

Borghese is a cosmetics line that is supposed to have an Italian heritage of beauty. Their angle is combining the tradition of Italian beauty with modern technology. It may seem intriguing that the company maintains their products are based on "a heritage that dates back to the 14th century," but, we ask you, what skin-care or beauty information from the 14th century, or even 20 years ago, is relevant today? Think of it this way: Would you, or even could you, use a computer from the mid-90s given the technological advances since then? The same is true for skin care. Everything from free-radical damage, sun damage, how skin functions, or what causes acne and how you can treat it is recent knowledge. If your goal is to use the best products that stand a chance of giving you the results you want, then relying on anything other than recent history is definitely not the way to go.

Looking at Borghese from an objective point of view based on published studies about what ingredients can help or hurt skin reveals that their products are nothing more than a frustrating mix of good and bad. Several of their moisturizers contain a bevy of state-of-the-art ingredients, yet the choice of jar packaging means they won't last long once the product is opened. It's also disappointing that many Borghese products are filled with plant extracts, usually fragrant oils, that only serve to irritate the skin. That irritation causes collagen to break down and depletes the skin's protective outer barrier. Perhaps that was acceptable in the 14th century, but it certainly doesn't pass for smart skin care today!

As far as Borghese is concerned, Italian beauty seems to rely heavily on scent, but eau de cologne or perfume, natural or otherwise, is not good skin care. As for sun protection, Borghese also gets mixed reviews: some of the SPF-rated products provide sufficient UVA protection but others don't. Thus, Borghese is not a line to shop without knowing exactly what you're buying, and many of their claims border on the impossible, although that is certainly not unique to this brand.

You're most likely to find Borghese products in select Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, or select regional drugstores. They're sold in plenty of online stores, too, and at wholesale warehouse companies such as Costco, which distributes some Borghese products under the Kirkland Signature brand. For the most part, the Costco-sold Borghese products are simply repackaged, renamed versions of what Borghese sells in their main line—the difference is price. For example, a moisturizer you'd pay $61 for at the Borghese counter in Bloomingdale’s costs $26.99 at Costco. A considerable savings, but skin care is never a bargain if the product itself isn't going to benefit your skin beyond the basics.

For more information about Borghese, call (866) 267-4437 or visit www.borghese.com.

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