Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

by Clinique  
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$39.50 - 0.34 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Eye Moisturizer
Last Updated:
12/21/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This tinted, lightweight, eye cream helps disguise dark circles with its combination of three cosmetic pigments: titanium dioxide, mica, and iron oxides. The titanium dioxide (the most prominent) provides a brightening effect, the mica adds shine to help reflect light away from shadowed areas, and the iron oxides are used to give this product its light flesh-toned color. In a way, you can think of this as a sheer concealer for dark circles, but a regular concealer is going to give you much better coverage.

In terms of treating dark circles, this product doesn't contain anything that will permanently lighten them. However, the formula does have a beautiful array of anti-aging ingredients to help strengthen skin around the eyes (or elsewhere on the face) so it is better able to resist signs of aging that make dark circles look worse. Plus, its silky texture and smoothing ingredients will make dark circles less apparent, just as any smooth-textured serum or moisturizer would. In other words, Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector has a temporary, cosmetic effect on dark circles, but that's it. And if you're not diligent about daily sunscreen use around your eyes, dark circles will get worse (surprise, sun damage wreaks havoc on undereye darkness, too).

The rating assigned to this fragrance-free product is due to its impressive array of beneficial ingredients, including notable antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. If you're already using a moisturizer and/or serum with these types of ingredients, you don't need to add a product like this to your routine; however, if you're not one to use concealer yet your undereye darkness is bothersome, the cosmetic effect this has can help, and it's suitable for all skin types.

One more comment: the smooth, angled metal-tip applicator this product is dispensed from feels cooling without being irritating. Clinique maintains it "breaks up puffs" but it only works if your puffiness is due to fluid retention (causing skin to swell). It has no impact on "undereye bags" caused from aging, where fat pads slip out of place and cause pouching beneath the eye. That type of puffiness can only be corrected by cosmetic surgery.

Lightweight, hydrating eye cream is clinically proven to visibly lighten dark circles by 30% in 12 weeks. Skin-strengthening ingredients make skin less transparent. Cooling massage tip breaks up puffs. Sheer optics instantly brighten all skins, from fair to deep.

Dimethicone, Water, Isostearyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Caffeine, Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Milk Protein, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Laurate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Sodium Chloride, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Whey Protein, Glycerin, PEG-8, Phytosphingosine, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Silylate, Cholesterol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Linoleic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract, Disodium EDTA, Pyridoxine Dipalmitate, Propylene Carbonate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Iron Oxides

Clinique was Estee Lauder's first attempt to expand its market with a completely separate line and image. Shortly after its 1968 debut at U.S. cosmetics counters, Clinique became known as the indispensable line for the woman under 30 concerned with breakouts, oily skin, and fragrance-free products (meaning less likely to cause allergic or sensitizing skin reactions). That's likely just what Lauder execs had in mind, because their namesake line's image and positioning was geared more toward the mature woman.

Clinique's tremendous success (the company's products are sold in over 13,000 department stores and in 110 countries) reshaped the way cosmetics lines identified themselves, sending the concept of line loyalty out to pasture. Today, cosmetics companies expand their market either by buying already established companies or by creating new ones, and Lauder has been adept at doing both. Of course, cosmetics companies keep this multiple-personality identity hidden from the consumer. If the general buying public realized that these apparently different companies were so intertwined with each other, how could they flaunt their independence and claim that their unparalleled formulations are secret or the best? It's hard to think Lauder (or any company) would, even if they could, keep secrets from one branch separate from the others. And as evidneced by the formulary similarities between brands, they don't!

The niche Clinique built launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does have some fragrant extracts in a few products). Regarding allergy testing, unless you can see the results, what difference does it make if a product makes that claim? What if the test showed 20% of the women who used it had a sensitizing reaction, dryness, or irritation? Would Clinique highlight this, or is it just easier to default to the generic allergy-tested claim and leave such details out? The answer as to which option is easier is clear. Moreover, "hypoallergenic" is a term not regulated by the FDA, so any product can use the word without having to substantiate the claim. "Dermatologist tested" is also bogus, because without published test results the term can easily mean nothing more than that a dermatologist picked up the product, looked at the container, and said "This looks good." And what about the dermatologists on Clinique's payroll? How do we know they're not the ones involved in testing, rather than sending the products out for independent, impartial evaluation (though how impartial can any study be that's paid for by the company making the product)?

Clinique declined any participation in my book or for this site, which included refusing to send us copies of the allergy studies they maintain have been performed for every product they sell. I find their unwillingness to help odd because, for the most part, I genuinely like most of their products. In fact, more than any other department-store line except Estee Lauder, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums. They have their act together for sunscreens and have expanded their decades-old three-step skin-care routine to include water-soluble cleansers instead of bar soap. They also now have a second "Dramatically Different" moisturizer that's well-suited for those with normal to oily skin.

The Clinique consultants, dressed in medical-looking white lab coats (Clinique's image in that sense was ahead of the times given today's plethora of doctor-designed skin-care lines), do their best to speak intelligently about skin-care routines, but for the most part they're trained to sell the products rather than to provide information about what substantiated research has shown about the skin's needs to look and feel its best. The good news for you is that the chemists behind Clinique's arsenal of products have been keeping up on this exciting information, and formulating superior products in response. I wouldn't blindly and solely bank on Clinique as your skin-care solution, but more than ever what they offer is, despite some far-out claims and problematic products, what epitomizes advanced skin care for all ages. Shop carefully and you'll leave confident that you are purchasing products with solid science, not just marketing hype, behind them.

In late 2008 Clinique joined forces with pharmaceutical company Allergan to launch a subset of products labeled as Clinique Medical. These products are sold only at doctor's offices, and are positioned as being scientically-designed to complement those looking for the best skin care after undergoing cosmetic corrective procedures. As expected, despite the link with Allergan and the exclusive-to-doctors retail channel, there isn't anything vastly different about Clinique Medical compared to the regular Clinique line. And the whole marketing angle is just bizarre when you consider that since Clinique's inception they've tied their claims and formulas to the expertise of their "guiding dermatologists". They're selling Clinique Medical as "best in class" skin care diminshes the regard which the company should be holding for several of their other state-of-the-art products (those rated Paula's Pick qualify as such). Needless to say, most of the Clinique Medical products are recommended, but don't think for a second that they're superior to or more professional than the best of Clinique's main line. All Clinique products are fragrance-free unless noted otherwise.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Clinique, owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

Clinique Makeup

Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially in their huge and imposing selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. That single category has become the most compelling reason to shop Clinique's makeup collection. Without a doubt the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color. The shade selection has improved considerably, with more neutrals and a broader range than ever before. You still need to use caution and watch out for peach-toned duds, but for the most part finding a natural-looking match shouldn't be a frustrating experience, and the counter personnel are happy to provide samples. Although the foundation and powder shades take darker skin tones into account, the blush, eye pencil, and most of the lipstick shades do not. Perhaps that will change in the future, as Clinique beautifully updated their eyeshadow collection with ultra-smooth textures and deeper colors that show up on darker skin.

Compliments are also due for Clinique's updated makeup tester units. They are well-organized, labeled with product name and price, and easily accessible without a salesperson's help. And speaking of salespeople, most of the Clinique consultants I encountered went above and beyond to provide assistance and to answer any questions I had. Those white lab coats don't mean medical expertise, but I'll take outstanding customer service over pseudoscience any day!

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

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  1. Vicky J.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 24, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Very good
    • When I first bought this I didn't realise it was just a cosmetic and was a little disappointed, however, I find it does a very good job at hiding most of the dark circles under my eyes so I will keep using it. The effect takes a minute or two to appear. Although I like the feel of the metal tip, I don't think it's as good as fingertips to blend and I can't really tell how much product I'm using with it. I think it's quite expensive but then I don't use it every day.

  2. Deb G
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 21, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love this product
    • This product has been the BEST for the dark circles under my eyes that I thought I would never be able reduce ! Makes a huge difference from the first few days of using the product. I like the silver applicator but I find I still need to apply with my finger tips. I also find that the applicator means that when the product is getting low it is not possibe to use it any more (Solution - cut the tail of the tube off and use a clean cotton tip to access the product & reseal with a bulldog clip)

  3. Lauren C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 06, 2013
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Worth the price of admission? Ehhh.
    • Paula's review has been pretty consistent with my experience. I was drawn to this product not on its claims, but more because I was looking for a non-makeup option to address the dark circles under my eyes. The ingredients pointed out in the review sounded great, and the idea that the tint could give me the concealer-like effect I wanted was exciting. The tint helps but she's right, it's not like real concealer. I blend it in with my finger tip, because that metal tip doesn't do the trick.

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