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Kateceuticals Multi-Active Repair Lifting and Lineless Eye Cream
Rating
0.67 fl. oz. for $135
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:05.14.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

First, you need to know that this fragrance-free eye cream contains mineral pigments for a shiny, opalescent finish. The shine effect helps minimize the appearance of dark circles, but a good concealer (applied well) does a lot more—and you don't need to spend more than $10 for a good concealer!

This eye cream, like many, has a lightweight, silky cream texture that smooths fine lines and wrinkles. It won't lift sagging skin around the eyes or elsewhere, but its ingredients can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, though nothing in this eye cream is unique or special for the eye area. Indeed, the repairing ingredients and peptides this contains can benefit skin anywhere on the face.

Ultimately, the price is ludicrous and any tightening you feel from using this is due to the amount of film-forming agent (think hairspray) it contains. The effect can feel nice, but sagging skin isn’t actually being tightened.

Note: Although this is packaged in a jar, it is a specially designed airless jar that does not expose the delicate ingredients to light and air.

Claims

Can't believe your eyes? It is pretty amazing—because this extreme age-defense eye cream utilizes six powerful ingredients. With KateCeuticals Multi-Active Repair Lifting and Lineless Eye Cream the results are undeniable: fine lines seem smoother, skin looks lifted, the appearance of puffiness and dark circles are noticeably reduced, and texture and tone are evened out. The entire eye area is renewed with a radiant, youthful glow.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Glyceryl Betaine/Polyacrylic Acid Esters, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Betaine, Polysilicone-11, Polyacrylate-13, Caffeine, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Ceramide 2, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Siloxanetriol Alginate, Sucrose Palmitate, Maltodextrin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Linoleate, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Decyl Glucoside, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Brand Overview

Kate Somerville At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.

Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.

The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.

The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?

Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.

If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).

This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.

For more information about Kate Somerville, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com

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