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Redensifiant Contours Yeux-Levres (Re-Densifying Eye and Lip Contour Cream)
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0.5 fl. oz. for $55
Last Updated:03.13.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

There is absolutely nothing special about this moisturizer for the eyes and lips. It contains a very standard roster of ingredients that can be found in numerous facial moisturizers, and the inclusion of fragrance makes this an iffy product to apply near the eyes. See More Info to learn why most eye creams aren't necessary.

The company claims this is “multi-active” due to its smoothing and plumping ingredients, all said to reinforce and “re-densify” fragile skin around the eyes and lips. Don’t count on this doing anything except making dry skin and lips feel smoother and softer. The collagen and teeny-tiny amount of hyaluronic acid (listed as sodium hyaluronate) this contains won’t plump wrinkles or fill in lines on lips or around the mouth.

In terms of this helping to improve age (brown) spots, it contains a tiny amount of mulberry (Morus alba bark) extract. In all likelihood the amount is too low to make much difference for brown spots; in fact, there’s more fragrance in this product than the type of ingredients needed to truly help skin look and act younger while becoming more even-toned. Considering the formula and price, it’s simply not worth the investment.

Pros:

  • Helps make dry skin anywhere on the face look and feel better.

Cons:

  •  Lacks a range of state-of-the-art repairing ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
  • Will not plump lips or wrinkles to a dramatic (or even mildly impressive) degree.
  • Contains fragrance, which isn’t ideal for use so close to the eyes.

More Info:

Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream

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.

Claims

Multi-active, youth reactivating treatment for eyes and lips. Associates re-densifying ingredients (Metabiotic and vitamin E), with smoothing, plumping ingredients (hyaluronic acid and marine collagen), anti-age spots ingredients (white mulberry). Fragile skin around the eyes and lips is reinforced, firm, toned and elastic once again. Fine lines are erased and deeper wrinkles are diminished. Eyes are brighter, lips redefined and the face looks younger.

Ingredients

Water, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhehylglycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Arachidyl Glucoside, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl Laurate, Hydrolysed Collagen, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Triethanolamine, Fragrance. Butyrospermum Parkii, Tocopherol Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Oleate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Glyceryl Linoleate, Sodium Hyaluronate

Brand Overview

Embryolisse At-A-Glance

Strengths: None.

Weaknesses: Outdated formulas; products contain fragrance; does not contain any cell-communicating ingredients to help repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier.

This small, French-themed skin-care brand was created in the 1950s by a physician (his name was not provided by the company) who wanted to offer products to his patients. We suppose in that sense this line pre-dates the late 1990s boom of doctor-designed skin care, which is really its only claim to fame.

The main problem with Embryolisse products is how outdated the formulas are. These products may have been state-of-the-art in the 1950s, but several decades later we know much more about what skin needs to be healthy and act young. There is no question that skin care ingredient research from the 1950s compared to today is vastly different (to your skin's benefit)!

Embryolisse advertises their line's simplicity, and this line is simple. That can be a good thing for sensitive, reactive, skin (the fewer the ingredients in a given product, the less likely it is that someone with sensitive skin to react to that product). However, in terms of barrier repair technology, these products are far from modern. Where are the ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, and cell-communicating ingredients that research has shown repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier? They're not here; instead, you get mostly standard cosmetic ingredients with fragrance—something sensitive, reactive skin never needs.

Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimed—at least not active in the sense of retinol, niacinamide, or other proven anti-aging ingredients. And although the company states that all their claims are "sincere" without "unrealistic promises" this isn't true across the board; indeed, several products carry claims that stretch the truth or are simply not possible--either due to the formula, or because cosmetic ingredients have limitations. In the end, despite the buzz you may have heard or seen on beauty blogs or You Tube, Embryolisse offers little of value for your skin and absolutely nothing you cannot find elsewhere for less money with (more often than not) better formulas.

For more information about Embryolisse, call (813) 814-9000 or visit www.embryolisseusa.com.

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