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Anti-Age Defense for Eyes
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0.5 fl. oz. for $28
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Age Defense for Eyes has its share of problems, and they are not a defense against aging. The main problem is the inclusion of several plant extracts with irritant potential, including Coleus barbatus extract, which is known to cause stinging and hypersensitivity when used around the eyes (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

There are some beneficial anti-aging ingredients in this eye cream, but most of them are present in small amounts, while the problematic plants make up a large part of the formula.

This also contains mica and other cosmetic pigments to help brighten dark circles, but that is a cosmetic effect, not skin care. Nothing in this formula is adept at easing puffiness; if anything, the irritation from the plant extracts will make swollen, puffy eyes look worse.

And guys, we know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you 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.

You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

Note: This used to be named Age Defense for Eyes.

Claims

Multifunction treatment instantly hydrates the vulnerable eye area. Works to repair the look of lines, wrinkles. Reduces dark circles, puffs, and brightens dull skin for a younger look. Strengthens the moisture barrier for skin that’s smooth, firm.

Ingredients

Water, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polybutene, Sucrose, Cetyl Esters, Isostearyl Neopentanoate , Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Wheat Germ Extract, Barley Extract, Birch Extract, Gentian Root Extract , Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, St. Paul’s Wort Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Sage Leaf, Milk Protein, Coleus Barbatus Extract, Polysilicone-11, Whey Protein, Caffeine, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Squalane, PEG-8, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phytosphingosine, Dimethicone, Acetyl Glucosamine, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Lysine, Glycine, Arginine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Isomerized Linoleic Acid, Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl, Caprylyl Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, Stearic Acid, Guanidine Carbonate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Mica, Yellow 5, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

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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