This thin-textured, fragrance-free, lightly pearlescent lotion is another classic example of how eye creams differ little from their facial counterparts. This isn't a breakthrough product that's unique for the eye area; rather, it's essentially the same thing as Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, a serum which can also be applied around the eyes. The chief differences are the inclusion of a triglyceride for more moisture and a silicone for a silkier feel, but this isn't an eye cream in the true sense of the word (it's not creamy and anyone with dry skin around the eyes will be left wanting more). See More Info to learn why most eye creams aren't necessary.
Another difference from the face product is the inclusion of mineral pigments for a subtle radiance. The effect can be nice and, to a minor extent, can make dark circles less apparent but if dark circles are your concern, a good concealer does a much better job! Otherwise, this contains the same "star" ingredients Lauder uses in their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, which we discuss below. The bottom line is that although this "serum infusion" for the eye area contains some very good ingredients, none of them are unique for the eye area—and the amount of hyaluronic acid (listed as sodium hyaluronate) is disappointingly low given Lauder calls it out in their claims.
One of the new ingredients is Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant that has in-vitro research showing its protein fragments may enhance the skin's ability to protect itself from UVB damage. Preliminary research also suggests it may function as a cell-communicating ingredient; however, research on intact human skin is lacking and this plant is far from the only ingredient to offer these potential benefits (Sources: Biochemistry, April 2008, pages 4,583-4,596; and FEBS Letters, July 2007, pages 3,356-3,362).
Tripeptide-32 is another new ingredient in this serum, and it also has research showing it, like many other peptides, has theoretical cell-communicating ability. It's theoretical because getting a peptide to reach its target site within the skin is difficult due to the presence of enzymes in skin that work to break down the peptide before it has a chance to work as claimed. However, tripeptide-32 appears to have a protective effect against proteins that damage cells, though there is no research proving it works when applied in small amounts to intact human skin (Sources: Neuroscience Letters, Volume 419, 2007, pages 247-252; and Folia Pharmacologica Japonica, Volume 129, 2007, page 18P). Still, it's a step in the right direction and clearly shows Lauder put some thought into the formula. The last new ingredient of note is lactobacillus ferment, another strain of friendly bacteria. Although this ingredient has multiple health benefits when consumed orally, there is no research proving its merit for topical application on skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
- Silky lotion texture is easy to apply.
- Helps brighten skin.
- Contains some good anti-aging ingredients (though none are unique for the eye area).
- Differs little from Lauder's "regular" Advanced Night Repair Complex.
- Cannot improve dark circles or age-related puffiness.
- Doesn't provide enough moisture for dry skin around the eyes.
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.
This super-potent, fast-penetrating serum helps dramatically reduce the look of every key sign of aging around the fragile eye area, including fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, dryness, and wrinkles. Creates the optimal environment to keep your eyes looking younger, healthy and radiant. Hyaluronic acid helps skin lock in moisture and strengthen its protective moisture barrier. Powerful anti-oxidants help neutralize environmentally generated free radicals before they can cause future damage.
Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Propanediol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Trehalose, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barely) Extract, Algae Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Yeast Extract, Cholesterol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Caffeine, Linoleic Acid, Lactobacillus Ferment, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Polyquaternium-51, Squalane, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytosphingosine, Sodium RNA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-10, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Tripeptide-32, Sucrose, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium PCA, Urea, Tromethamine, Hexylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
From its humble but attention-getting beginning in 1946, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine you can think of. Their product assortment is mind-boggling and would be much more frustrating to wade through if their tester units weren't so well-organized and their salespeople so well-trained. (Although most of what they talk about is claim-driven and not worth paying much attention to, they do know their way around the huge assembly of products.)
We suppose the biggest compliment We can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums have had a hand in redefining how we evaluate products. They (and some Lauder-owned companies, notably Clinique) are so far ahead of their department-store competition in these two areas that they alone have been consistently raising the bar as new research comes to light. In fact, we are confident telling anyone who asks me where to find the best moisturizers in the department store to sail right past Lancome, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, and Elizabeth Arden (among others) and park themselves in front of the Lauder counter (or a Lauder-owned line specializing in skin care such as Clinique—definitely not Origins, but you have to read about Origins to see why). We don't agree with most of the claims Lauder makes for their products and the fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
Despite Lauder's formulary innovations, they're not immune to problem products. Some of their cleansers contain irritating ingredients, jar packaging is prevalent, and their sole product for acne isn't going to help anyone's blemishes improve (actually, Estee Lauder is not the line to shop if managing acne is your concern). The company has also taken a somewhat "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, much like the many skin-care companies with cosmetic products targeted at women considering cosmetic corrective procedures. Some of the claims (and statistics) about what their skin-care alternatives (to these procedures) can accomplish still stretch the boundaries of what's possible, but most of them have impressive ingredients that benefit skin. They just can't change skin in the same effective way a cosmetic corrective procedure can.
There are more reasons than ever to consider Estee Lauder. Their products (surprisingly) don't address every skin-care need or concern, but few lines in this book received so many Paula's Pick ratings, and congratulations are due for developing products that, claims aside, keep Lauder on the cutting edge of a very competitive industry. And, by the way, all of this praise is coming from the standpoint that Lauder was resolutely unhelpful in sending us any information for this book.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
Estee Lauder Makeup
Although Estee Lauder has made some impressive strides with its skin-care formulations, their makeup collection has become a frustrating mixed bag. We were genuinely surprised at how many average makeup items have recently appeared. Of course, there have also been some improvements, most notably in the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick categories. But for such an established, worldwide brand to not have more to extol is almost embarrassing. That attitude of bigger and better things is there in the descriptions, but the products tell a different story.
The most frustrating element by far is the number of foundations with sunscreen that either lack essential UVA-protecting ingredients or carry an SPF rating that is below standard. In contrast, the sunscreens in Lauder's skin-care lineup are almost all top-notch. Even more perplexing is that Lauder's sister company Clinique really has its act together when it comes to foundations with UVA-protecting ingredients, and they feature a lower price point for superior products.
Despite the shortcomings, many women will continue to shop for makeup at their local Lauder counter, and there is still reason to do that—just not with the same blanket sense of confidence you may have had in the past. This is an exhaustive makeup line, with seemingly endless choices. We like that Lauder's makeup tester units are much more user-friendly, particularly for foundations, powders, and concealers. Their sales staff is more enthusiastic and present (often to the point of hovering) than the staff of many competing lines, but also quite helpful and up-to-date on product comings and goings. We feel strongly that you won't be disappointed with any of the Lauder makeup rated Paula's Picks below. Without question, those products are shining examples that prove Lauder has the capability to elevate the current state-of-the-art, raising the bar for their competitors. If only such innovation were evident in the entire line, there would be few reasons to shop elsewhere, save for the prices. As is, and more than ever, it pays to be a savvy consumer when you're about to navigate the cosmetics department.