Tested on animals:Yes
Lauder didn't need another eye cream (this one brings their current total to 7) because there's just less need to formulate several options for this type of product, not to mention many of the same ingredients that work to fight signs of dryness and aging on the face are brilliant for use around the eyes, too. In fact, this fragrance-free eye cream reinforces our belief that not everyone needs an eye cream, as we explain in the More Info section.
So let's say you want to use an eye cream anyway. OK, great. Is this the one to buy? Well, we admire Lauder's "global anti-aging" angle, as it reinforces that this eye cream can be used by anyone, anywhere at the same time making this seem more special than your average eye cream. It's clever marketing, because other than being part of the name, there's nothing uniquely "global" about this eye cream compared to all of the others Lauder (and Lauder-owned brands) sell. It's sort of like Aquafina launching "global" bottled water, with the message being that anyone can drink it and not be thirsty. What a concept!
As is the case with a few other Lauder eye creams, this one's jar packaging isn't doing its light- and air-sensitive ingredients any favors. Eye creams in jars are a problem, which we detail in the More Info section of this review.
In better packaging (but the weighty jar is beautifully sculpted), this would earn a strong recommendation for all skin types. It's silky, moisturizes well and smoothes wrinkles without feeling greasy, and contains a very good blend of emollients, repairing agents, and antioxidants to improve multiple signs of aging. Those are the types of ingredients that can quickly improve dry skin and wrinkles around the eyes, but they need to be in better packaging to maintain their potency through the life of the product—and that's where Revitalizing Supreme becomes supremely disappointing.
- Rich, silky cream texture is ideal for very dry skin around the eyes.
- Enriched with numerous antioxidants.
- Feels comforting and reduces appearance of wrinkles.
- Jar packaging will hinder the effectiveness of several key ingredients.
- Doesn't distinguish itself from other Lauder eye creams, despite the intriguing "global" name.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients not only can help prevent free-radical damage, but also, to a fairly impressive extent, help repair that damage. Surprisingly, almost all of these ingredients are just as vulnerable to sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke as your skin (Pharmacognosy Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)