Issima Beautyssime A, Smoothing Hydrogel Eye Contour Patches allows ten treatments with patches steeped in a water- and glycerin-based formula that contains a lot of film-forming agent. It does not contain retinol, as claimed; instead, Guerlain includes retinyl palmitate, which is far removed from retinol, though still a good antioxidant for skin. The amount of tartaric acid (an AHA) would be enough to cause exfoliation, but the pH is too high for that to occur. This product is more gimmicky than anything else.
Practical and effective, these are the "musts" you've been waiting for. Enriched with a Retinol extract, these soothing and refreshing eye patches work wonders, softening fine lines and crow's feet.
Water, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tartaric Acid, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Aluminum Glycinate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate
Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.
Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain line—too bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.
Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.
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