White Caviar Illuminating Eye Serum

by La Prairie  The Caviar Collection
Price:
$265 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
2/21/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

We should be astounded that La Prairie has the gravitas to charge $500 for an ounce of product that’s mostly water, glycerin, and alcohol. How cheap can you get, not to mention what a shocking waste of money this serum is!

And imagine, alcohol, which causes irritation, dryness, and free-radical damage (not to mention collagen breakdown, which makes wrinkles worse) being the third ingredient in a product meant to be used around the eyes! There are some excellent beneficial ingredients in this eye serum, but all of them are listed after the alcohol, so it’s all for naught.

Not a single ingredient in this product is capable of lightening dark circles. If anything, the inflammation alcohol and certain irritating plant extracts this serum contains will make your eye-area woes more of a problem. La Prairie should be ashamed for creating such an inadequate formula.

This light-infused eye serum is a high-performing antidote to under-eye darkness and helps stop dark patches from forming on the skin. As existing darkness fades and the skin appears lighter and brighter, the eyes look more wide-awake and energized. In addition, puffiness is reduced and the skin is lifted, firmed and smoothed with wrinkle-reducers. This formula adds power to any eye cream worn over it, supplementing hydration and protection benefits.

Water, Glycerin, Sd Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denatured), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Oligopeptide-34, Soluble Collagen, Folic Acid, Caviar Extract, Chitosan, Octadecenedioic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lysine Hcl, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Serine, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Threonine, Sodium Lactate, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed Extract, Arginine, Histidine, Glycine, Tryptophan, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Calcium Pantothenate, Carnosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Sodium Citrate, Inulin, Lauryl Carbamate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Vegetable (Olus) Oil, Silica, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Tocopherol Acetate, Poloxamer 188, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Squalane, Laureth-7, Octyldodecanol, Lecithin, Cholesteryl Stearate, Dextran, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Cholestryl Nonanoate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Decyl Glucoside, Cholestryl Oleate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta Glucan, Disodium Edta, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Glucose, Soybean Oil, Sodium Oleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate-80, Hydroxyproline, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Octanoyl Tetrapeptide, Fragrance, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Titanium Dioxide

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 and not too far removed from calling Joan Rivers a serious actress. 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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