This moisturizer is a step beyond what Eve Lom offers with her way-below-average TLC Cream, but it still doesn’t come close to the state-of-the-art formulas so many companies offer. It’s not good news that this contains far more preservative than beneficial ingredients for skin. The radiance this leaves on skin is from the shiny mica particles, but mica is commonplace and doesn’t smooth imperfections as claimed; rather, it just makes them shiny and more noticeable. TLC Total Radiance Cream contains several fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation, but fortunately there is not much of them in here so it doesn’t really matter. At best, this is a lackluster option for slightly dry skin.
TLC Radiance Cream is a daily moisturiser to help your skin look and feel soft, hydrated, youthful and radiant. Suitable for all skin conditions and ideal for everybody who looks for a lightweight daily moisturiser which not only hydrates, but also provides lifting and complexion boosting action. Oat Kernel Extract and Sepilift, a triple action lifting complex provide immediate skin lifting and help to smooth fine lines instantly. For a more radiant complexion added Silica Mica smooth out skin imperfections and add natural sheen and radiance to the skin. Combined with Hyaluronic Acid skin will be immediately moisturised and longer lasting skin hydration is guaranteed.
Water, Hdi/Trimenthylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Myristyl Myristate, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium, Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalminate, Carbomer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Squalane, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Rosa Eglentaria (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Sodium, Hyaluronate, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Silica Mica, Sorbitan Isostearate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citral, Eugenol,. Geraniol, Citronellol, Farnesol, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine
Eve Lom is described as "one of the most respected and sought-after beauty professionals alive today," which is quite a feat, but a bit bewildering when you consider the quality of the product's that bear her name. A Czechoslovakia-born aesthetician who came to the United States in the 1980s, Lom studied with fellow aesthetician Georgette Klinger before jumping across the pond and taking her skills to London. PR pronouncements aside, in this case the quality of the products is seriously lacking, and most are utter disappointments, with formulas that are remarkable only in how amazingly ordinary and mundane they are.
Aside from the poor formulations, this line lacks AHA or BHA exfoliants (which have abundant research showing they are beneficial for most skin types), effective anti-acne products, and any products to address other concerns such as discolorations or wrinkles. Lom's less-is-more approach is intriguing, but less should not mean short-changing your skin on what is essential for healing, sun protection, various skin-care concerns, or well-researched ingredients. Limiting the number of products you use doesn't necessarily mean you are taking good (or even average) care of your skin.
Where this line falls seriously short are the moisturizers. Most of them are as basic as it gets, with combinations that date back to the 80s. (Think about using the same computer you used in the 80s and it'll give you an idea of how antiquated skin-care formularies won't give your skin what it needs, namely, what current research shows is essential for skin to function like young or healthy skin.) Aside from banal formulations, they also are laden with fragrance, and the few plant extracts these products do contain have minimal or no research showing their benefit; some are even seriously irritating. Any ingredient, natural or otherwise, that causes irritation can cause collagen to break down, increase oil production, and impair the skin's barrier—none of that is good and an aesthetician should know better, regardless of her pedigree.
Not a single Lom product has a formula that mixes antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, anti-irritants, and cell-communicating ingredients, which are central to the current understanding, based on published research, of what skin truly needs to look and feel its best. You can't even fault Lom for using mostly jar packaging because there are no ingredients in these products worth keeping stable. In the end, becoming a devotee to Eve Lom’s products and skin-care philosophies is both a step backward and a step toward subjecting your skin to daily irritation and inflammation, both of which lead to helping skin look older, not younger.
For more information about Eve Lom, call +44 (0) 20 8740 2076 or visit www.evelom.com.