Sigh … another eye cream from Lancome, and another one claiming to lift sagging skin. Don't fall for the hype; this product is no more a breakthrough than any of the other eye creams Lancome sells. Not only do products claiming to lift sagging skin fail to work as claimed, but the truth is that most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info to find out why).
As for the formula, it's as underwhelming as most eye creams from Lancome, and the tiny amount of interesting ingredients won't remain stable once this is opened because the product is packaged in a jar (see More Info to find out why jar packaging is a problem). It is profoundly disappointing to report that this eye cream contains more artificial dye and waxes than it does the state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients you should be getting for your money. Even though you don't need an eye cream (Really, you don't!), if you insist on using one, make sure it's from our list of Best Eye Moisturizers.
Two more comments: First, nothing in this eye cream can deflate undereye bags; that type of puffiness cannot be addressed by skin care. Cosmetic surgery or cosmetic corrective procedures are the only options, although you can keep the bags from getting worse by protecting eye-area skin with sunscreen and applying products loaded with antioxidants, something this product lacks.
Second, this eye cream contains the cosmetic pigments titanium dioxide and mica, which lighten and brighten the skin. This is a makeup effect, not skin care, and it's only temporary, but it can make dark circles seem lighter (though a good concealer does a better job).
- Makes dry skin smoother and softer.
- Mineral pigments make skin look brighter (a temporary cosmetic effect).
- Underwhelming formula that's overpriced for what you get.
- Jar packaging won't keep the tiny amount of state-of-the-art ingredients stable during use.
- Cannot lift skin and does not contain anything special for the eye area.
Why Jar Packaging is a Problem: The fact that this eye cream is 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).
Why Products Claiming to Lift Sagging Skin Don't Work: Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
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.
This rich eye cream smooths the eye contour while lifting and firming the skin around the eyes. It deflates bags, smooths wrinkles, and fades dark circles, leaving the eyes looking younger and more radiant.
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Alcohol Denat., Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Stearate, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Octyldodecanol, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ci 16035 / Red 40, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Mica, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Caffeine, Silica, Polyacrylamide, Chlorphenesin, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polyethylene, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Paraffin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Citronellol, Laureth-7, Coumarin, Fragrance.
French flair, free gifts with purchase, constant magazine ads, and attractive packaging impel women to seek out the Lancome counter. Once you're there, though, unless you're captured by the enticing claims, the skin-care products are resoundingly dull, and we mean really, really dull (the makeup is a different story). With new research and developments in skin care many cosmetics companies typically improve their formulas, even if just in a small way. That’s not the case with Lancome, which tends to raise their prices while producing lackluster, ordinary formulas with little benefit for skin.
Even more shocking is that their most expensive skin-care items tend to be the most disappointing, usually for what they lack rather than for what they contain. It's startling to realize that their priciest moisturizer is remarkably similar to dozens of other Lancome creams priced more reasonably (but still too high when you consider what you're getting for the money). It seems that all it takes to justify the excessive prices is a good story based around a rare ingredient and claims of delivering a younger look. What a shame so many consumers are taken in by this kind of marketing mumbo jumbo.
L'Oreal-owned Lancome, along with L'Oreal's own skin-care products sold at the drugstore, has fallen well behind their competition. For all their lofty claims and beautiful models, many other companies leave them in the dust. Most of the Lauder companies (Clinique, Estee Lauder), along with Dove, and Olay have skin-care formularies that consistently outperform those of Lancome and L'Oreal in terms of what substantiated research has shown is necessary to have healthy, more wrinkle- and age-resistant skin. Lancome claims to understand women, and they certainly know how to entice them with pretty packaging and scientific-sounding claims. It would be far better if they had an intimate understanding of what it really takes for skin to look its best and function optimally.
The biggest improvement Lancome has made is that almost all of their sunscreens now include the right UVA-protecting ingredients. Who knows why it took them so long to get this straightened out (L'Oreal is no stranger to this issue, as they have developed and patented new UVA filters throughout the years), but it is now easier than ever to find a reliable sunscreen from Lancome. Given their prominence and presence in department stores around the world, Lancome isn't easy to ignore. My suggestion is to look beyond most of the skin care and focus on what they do best: makeup (especially foundations and mascaras).
Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all Lancome products contain fragrance.
For more information about Lancome, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 526-2663 or visit www.lancome.com.
L'Oreal-owned Lancome is a stellar, French-bred collection of makeup that remains the best reason to shop this line. Because most of Lancome's skin-care products have problematic elements (be it jar packaging, insufficient sun protection, or dated formulas), it is a relief to find that, for the most part, the colorful side of their business has more than its share of innovative products. We enjoyed the fact that no matter where we shopped, Lancome's counter personnel were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. There's a lot to keep track of, and Lancome deserves credit for keeping their salespeople so well informed.
If you're looking for a force to reckon with for foundations, Lancome is a must-see. They continue to offer some of the most elegant, silky formulas anywhere and in a color range that is overwhelmingly neutral, whether your skin is porcelain or ebony. The only troubling aspect is that most of Lancome's foundations with sunscreen do not contain adequate UVA protection or the SPF rating is too low. Lancome obviously knows about the risks with these issues (after all, they market ecamsule, their version of the UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, and brag about its UVA range). And considering that, we are not recommending as many of their foundations as we have in previous editions of this book. Beyond this major gripe, you will discover that Lancome has a well-deserved reputation for their fantastic mascaras, and that their latest powders and eyeshadows apply with a silkiness that makes them gratifying to work with. The rest of the makeup encompasses many valid choices, but before you commit to Lancome, consider the similar options available for less from sister companies L'Oreal and Maybelline New York. Striking a balance among the best of each of these lines will give you first-class makeup that beautifies without breaking the bank.
Note: Lancome is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Lancome does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.