Absolute Eye Mask

by Elemis   Anti-Ageing
Price:
$56 - 1.1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Masks
Last Updated:
3/12/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Absolute Eye Mask contains an impressive amount of antioxidant green tea oil, and it had a great chance of being a top-rated gel-based moisturizer for slightly dry skin anywhere on the face. However, it contains irritating bitter orange and lavender oils, along with problematic comfrey extract, and as such is not recommended.

An eye-brightening treatment that combines vital extracts of Rose, Lavender, Mimosa, Cornflower and Camellia to help decongest, firm, tone and minimize dark circles, leaving the delicate eye area revitalized and rejuvenated.

Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Propylene Glycol, Sucrose Distearate, Isohexadecane, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Plantago Ovata Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Symphytum Officinale Extract, Carbomer, Yeast Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Amara Oil, Rosa Centifolia Absolute, Mimosa Dealbata Absolute, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Tromethamine, Glutamine, Leucine, Serine, Proline, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Sorbitol, Propylparaben

Elemis products are sold at upscale department stores, such as Nordstrom, and in select spas. The company describes itself as having the most successful professional spa and anti-aging range of products in the world—quite a boast, especially considering that we've never seen Elemis listed on any review or comparison of the financial status of cosmetics companies, and we review that sort of information frequently. I'm comfortable wagering that Aveda, Darphin, Decleor, Sisley, Sothys, or even Yon-Ka have greater sales than Elemis each year, but we suppose they're hoping the fiduciary boast helps establish their credibility stateside. Even if their numbers were accurate, popularity does not necessarily equate to quality; cigarettes and getting a tan are still popular, and both are terrible for skin.

Just like every spa and salon line we've ever reviewed, Elemis uses the exact same approach to skin care that their competition does—touting the miraculous properties of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy. Of course, Elemis wants you to believe that their blend of nature and science is the only way to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free for as long as possible. As is true for many lines, Elemis has followers, and some of the customers we overheard at our local Nordstrom store were excited about this line. One woman actually commented to her husband: "Look, honey, these are the products used in that expensive spa we went to, so they must be good!" Although we really wanted to tell her that spa products and price tags have nothing to do with formulary excellence, we kept my mouth shut; we get in enough trouble at cosmetics counters as it is.

On first glance we weren't real enthused about this line, and after extensive review and researching their products, we are even less enthused, plus a bit irritated at the paucity of value represented. For the most part, this is nothing more than an average collection of products whose elitist spa positioning allows them to get away with charging an exorbitant amount of money for products that cannot possibly do what they say. Even worse, they may hurt your skin in the process due to the irritating fragrant plant extracts they contain. As expected, sun protection as part of daily skin care is given little attention (their daytime moisturizers top out at a whopping SPF 7), while there are numerous moisturizers and serums claiming to increase skin's dermal respiration, oxygenate tissues, and make inelastic, sagging skin a thing of the past. If you're the type to fall for such false promises and want plants galore, there's not much else we can say to keep you from exploring this line. But if you're skeptical and concerned chiefly with getting the best possible skin care for your needs (and dollars), then Elemis is a line you can safely and absolutely ignore (if you want to splurge there are far better options).

Falling for the Elemis spa trappings, potent fragrances, and "we're-imported-so-we're-better" philosophy won't provide your skin with the litany of ingredients it needs to function at its peak and to resist signs of aging that can be legitimately addressed with state-of-the-art products.

For more information about Elemis, call (800) 423-5293 or visit www.elemis.com.

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  1. Pam S
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Only review I've ever left
    • I had the mask applied on a cruise facial and thought the results were promising so I took a chance and got some. It is used a few times a week for 10 minutes and then gently removed with warm water. I have been applying it on my "morning eyes" and then waiting a bit before showering. I have never used something that works this well and I have tried a fair amount. I have dark, but not very dark, circles under my eyes, but my main problem is bags. Problem solved! Really amazing!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Ages my eyes instantaneously
    • After having a lovely facial on a cruise ship, I bought this product thinking it might be good. But the few times I've used it at home, it does the exact opposite of what it should --- within minutes of application it makes my under-eye area puffy and pink, as if I've been crying all day. Not only that, but for days afterward, that sensitive skin around my eyes looks wrinkly ... this product is WORSE than a sham!

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