12.02.2014
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Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector
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0.34 fl. oz. for $39.50
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Eye Moisturizer
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.

Claims

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.

Ingredients

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

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique 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 add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

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.

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 Beautypedia Team.

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

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05.09.2015
Delivers the opposite of what was promised

My eyes are very sensitive, so I bought this product because of the hypoallergenic claim. However, it caused irritation to the point I had to wash it off. It actually increased my eyes dark circle as a result of the allergy it caused.

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Paloma L.
04.03.2015
does not live up to claims

not worth buying false advertising

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Anonymous
10.20.2014
Good alternative to concealer

This corrector provides a very light coverage. So only people with mild dark circles can use it instead of the concealer. Also, it does not dry out your under eye skin (as opposed to most of the concealers), giving a wrinkle-free fresh moisturized look.

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Sasha Y
08.24.2014
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.

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Vicky J.
11.21.2013
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)

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Deb G
04.06.2013
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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