White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream

by La Prairie  The Caviar Collection
Price:
$360 - 0.68 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
10/6/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

If you’re reading this review you may have a skin care budget that comfortably extends to this price point. Even if that’s the case, we urge you to think twice (and then think again) before considering this eye cream. The formula has several intriguing ingredients, but none of them are proven unique for the eye area—and none of them justify this product’s outrageous price. The first several ingredients are commonplace thickeners that show up in thousands of products. They’re not bad ingredients by any means, and many of them are great for dry skin, it’s just that for $350 you should expect to see something more novel and exciting than mineral oil and pentylene glycol!

What’s particularly disappointing is that all of the most intriguing, beneficial antiaging ingredients (such as antioxidants) won’t remain stable and effective once this jar-packaged product is opened. The packaging for this product is over-the-top glamorous, but what good is glam packaging if it’s not going to keep the ingredients you need to look younger effective for the lifespan of the product? But even if the packaging were the kind that can keep delicate ingredient stable during use, you simply don’t need to spend this much for any single skin-care product—and you don’t need an eye cream!

We know it’s hard to believe, but 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.

Achieve unparalleled brightening for the most expressive part of your face…your eyes! This sheer, hydrating cream targets the appearance of darkness in the eye area that can be caused from hyper-pigmentation or circulation issues. It brightens, supports and smooths as it targets eye-area aging concerns; the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles.

Water, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentylene Glycol, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Dicaprylyl Ether, Myristyl Lactate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Sapphire, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Galactoarabinan, Reservatrol, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed Extract, Caviar Extract, Soluble Collagen, Vegetable (Olus) Oil, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Alpinia Galanga Leaf extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterold, HDI/Trimethyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Oligopeptide-68, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tryptophan, Calcium Pantothenate, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Lysine HCL, Arginine Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Serine, Chitosan, Threonine, Folic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caffeine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Glycine, Sodium Oleate, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Histidine, Decapeptide-4, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Carnosine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alklyl Acryalte Crosspolymer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glucose, Poloxamer 188, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Ceteareth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Polyquaternium-67, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside Tetrasodium EDTA, Alcohol, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyl Stearate, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Chloride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Lactate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Calcium Chloride, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparabenm Butylparabenm Ethylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

La Prairie has been at the forefront in the introduction of expensive anti-aging products for more than three decades. Many of the products in this originally Swiss skin-care line are called "cellular treatment." After a while, it all starts sounding silly. The attempt to align these products with the concept of being able to affect skin at the cellular level is over the top, although when it comes to making the ordinary sound extraordinary, La Prairie excels.

Assuming your skin could improve with these products, the prices alone might cause premature aging! So what do the women who can safely afford these products get for their money? The prestige of knowing they can afford them, period. High-priced skin-care lines attract women who think that the dollars they spend will buy them something special that most other women can't afford. To some extent, they're right: most women can't afford these products. Yet anyone who reads and understands the ingredient lists would find that price doesn't reliably translate into having better skin. What you're really getting from this line is a barrage of look-younger-now claims not backed up by one shred of substantiated scientific evidence, and a group of unimpressive formulations.

A particularly egregious error appears in the number of La Prairie moisturizers (and my goodness, does this company love moisturizers!) that arrive in jar packaging. La Prairie is in-the-know about the importance of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients for skin, yet almost all of their products that contain such ingredients ignore their vulnerability to oxidation. Containers like these ensure that these products will deteriorate shortly after you begin using them. Considering the premium prices, that is an almost unforgivable offense. At least the company gets their facial sunscreen right by including sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. However, it's interesting to find that a visit to the La Prairie counter involves a lot more discussion about their moisturizers, ampoules, and other "treatment" products, while all the time you know that the only reliable antiwrinkle product everyone needs to use is sunscreen.

For more information about La Prairie, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 821-5718 or visit www.laprairie.com.

La Prairie Makeup

The brief makeup section in La Prairie's catalog poses the question "Consider the number of hours a day you wear makeup. Shouldn't the foundation you wear be an extension of your treatment program?" Well, calling most of La Prairie's skin-care products a "treatment" is a bit of a joke as what they seem to mean by "treatment benefit" has to do with the company's Cellular Complex, but that isn't complex in the least. This complex is primarily glycoproteins. Although it's true that glycoproteins are an integral part of the skin's intercellular matrix, they are far from the only element skin needs to look and feel its best. Functioning primarily as water-binding agents, glycoproteins won't firm, lift, or rejuvenate skin cells in the manner La Prairie would like you to believe. Further, of the makeup products below, only the ultra-pricey foundations contain a significant amount of this complex, and they have drawbacks of their own.Overall, La Prairie's makeup leaves much to be desired, especially given the high to ludicrous prices for what amount to ordinary cosmetics. A few of the products have supple, silky textures, but the expense is hard to justify when similar items are available for substantially less from so many other lines. Many of the products below earned happy face ratings, but keep in mind that you do not have to acquiesce to La Prairie's prices to beautify your face.

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