Tested on animals:Yes
Just like most of Lauder’s other eye creams, this has an intriguing formula that supplies several good emollients and numerous anti-aging ingredients (the same ones they include in their facial moisturizers, which means you’re not getting anything special by purchasing a product labeled “eye cream”).
What’s sad (and happens all too often with Lauder’s eye creams) is that many of the ingredients will break down due to the jar packaging. That means you’re not getting the anti-aging benefits that the skin anywhere on your face needs, making this eye cream much less appealing. Please see More Info for further details on the problems jar packaging presents.
As for the claims, this eye cream doesn’t contain anything capable of lifting skin, at night or any other time. Many of the ingredients can stimulate healthy collagen production, but the jury is out as to how well they stimulate elastin production. This is because we have a finite number of elastin fibers; once they’re damaged (think of a rubber band being stretched to the breaking point), the body doesn’t generate new elastin, so the best we can hope for is elastin repair. As anyone who’s tried to patch together a snapped rubber band knows, it never goes back to its original strength.
The “luminizing optics” Lauder refers to as being able to blur the look of lines is just a fancy way to describe shine. Shine isn’t skin care, it’s makeup, and most will find that applying shine to wrinkles tends to emphasize them rather than downplay them.
If you decide to check this out (even though you don’t need an eye cream; see More Info to find out why) the formula is best for dry skin.
- Works great to intensely hydrate dry skin around the eyes or elsewhere.
- Expensive considering that the most intriguing ingredients won’t remain active for long.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the many antioxidants stable during use.
- Cannot lift skin as claimed and cannot stimulate new elastin production.
Regarding the jar packaging—it’s a problem because all plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients (which this formula contains in spades) break down in the presence of air, so 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, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
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.
As for the lifting claims, many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn’t possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that’s exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn’t do it all) has extensive research showing how each can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You’ll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.