Tested on animals:Yes
There are times the Paula’s Choice Research team hates what we do. It’s not that we don’t like helping you—we are passionate about that—but we just find it nauseating when a company so blatantly and disingenuously sells a product they must know cannot begin to live up to their claims in any measure. Of course, we can’t really know if a company believes their own claims, but here is what you need to know about this product: It is a rather standard but decent combination of emollients, skin-identical ingredients, and a tiny amount of peptides. It also contains several plant extracts with the potential for irritation, including ginseng, horsetail, arnica, and fragrance, both synthetic and natural. Irritation is always a problem for skin (see More Info for details), but somehow it feels even more damaging when you’re spending this much money.
Aside from the irritation issue and the somewhat interesting formula, none of the worthwhile ingredients will remain stable because of the jar packaging. Once you open a jar the beneficial plant extracts and peptides begin to breakdown in the presence of air (see More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem). Given the price of this product, you would think someone would know this well-documented fact.
Apart from the fact that most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info to learn why), there is no benefit to adding diamonds, platinum, or other precious metals to skin-care products. Platinum (despite its use in making exquisite jewelry) has no special anti-aging or any benefit for skin whatsoever, and there is no published research showing otherwise. La Prairie may have chosen platinum because they were banking on platinum’s jewelry reputation for being prized and expensive would transfer to skin care, thus allowing them to set an extremely high price for this eye cream.
Another possible hook about platinum is that it is used in some chemotherapy treatments for cancer, although it is considered a poor treatment option in comparison to other choices (Source: American Journal of the Medical Sciences, January 2012). Platinum can also be a skin sensitizer, although probably not in the minute amounts in this product.
The diamond amidoethylcarbmoxylpropyl polymethylsilsesquioxane and platinum powder are supposed to brighten and add radiance. The “brightened” luminous part of the claim is tied to the sparkles the cream adds to the face, but that’s makeup, not skin care. The effect can be nice, though. What is indeed adding shine to this product is a large amount of mica. Mica is a very ordinary, inexpensive ingredient used throughout the cosmetic industry to add shine. It is interesting to note that platinum powder is an industrial material used to prevent corrosion on machines and pipes. We can’t address the issue of the diamond silicone blend because there is no information about its properties or its claimed benefit for skin, although we can’t imagine what those benefits might be. The amount of mica in this eye cream is enough to cast a shimmering glow on skin, but that effect has nothing to do with making skin look lifted and line-free.
Suffice to say, this product is a waste of money on many levels, especially when you figure it out and discover that the price is slightly more than $500 per ounce! I mean, really, give us a break! Please avoid the seductive nature of the claims about the diamonds and platinum; those minerals are better left in the world of manufacturing, medicine, and jewelry, not skin care.
- Contains some very good antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients.
- Vastly overpriced.
- Jar packaging won’t keep critical ingredients stable during use.
- The platinum and gemstones in this eye cream have no established benefit for skin, wrinkled or not.
- Several of the plant extracts this contains are irritating to skin and a problem to apply so close to the eye itself.
Why Irritation is a Problem for All Skin Types
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
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.
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients 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 (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; and Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).