Tested on animals:Yes
This two-piece set consists of an eye cream and a sheer concealer (Lancome calls it a “Veil”) with sunscreen rated SPF 15 (the eye cream itself does not contain sunscreen). It’s a clever concept, with the eye cream housed in a jar and a portion of the product’s cap housing a compact for the veil/concealer with sunscreen. Of course, the jar packaging is a problem, and the claim that it fixes six eye-area woes is more fabrication than fact. Please see More Info below for details on jar packaging’s problems, the claims, and why a separate product labeled an eye cream is usually not necessary.
As for the two parts of the set: The fragranced Eye Cream (0.5 oz.) is a standard formula with a thick, almost waxy texture. Although it contains some state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, they won’t remain potent for long thanks to the jar packaging, which allows the beneficial ingredients to break down once the lid is removed. Also, there’s more artificial color in this eye cream than there are ingredients that would help justify the price. Plus, there’s way too much fragrance, which is not good in any product, but especially in one for use around the eyes!
The Veil (0.14 oz.), with SPF 15, has a beautifully smooth cream-to-powder texture. It blends readily, looks natural, and provides decent coverage, although it won’t replace a concealer for those with dark circles or other discolorations. Lancome offers three workable shades (Light, Medium, and Dark), each sold with the same Renergie eye cream.
Regrettably, the sunscreen fails to provide reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection because it does not contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb, the ingredients that cover the entire UVA spectrum.
The single active sunscreen ingredient is octinoxate, a synthetic active that can cause irritation and is not best for use in the eye area. It would have been far better if this product contained titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, mineral-based sunscreen ingredients that present no risk of irritation.
In the end, this duo is overpriced for what you get and, as discussed below, cannot work as claimed.
- Thick, waxy texture of the eye cream helps temporarily fill in superficial lines around the eye.
- The Veil has a great texture that is easy to blend.
- Jar packaging allows the beneficial ingredients to break down once the product is opened.
- The concealer part of this product, Veil with sunscreen, does not supply sufficient UVA protection.
- Eye Cream contains fragrances that can cause irritation, especially around the eyes.
Lancome claims this eye-area duo lifts eyelids, deflates undereye bags, erases wrinkles, improves dark circles, and brightens the eye area. It absolutely cannot lift eyelids or skin anywhere on your face, nor can it deflate undereye bags or erase wrinkles; there are no ingredients in this product that provide that benefit.
Because of the Veil’s concealer-like nature, this can help brighten the undereye area and soften the appearance of dark circles. That’s about all you can expect, though, and both products have drawbacks that should prevent a purchase, unless you really want to spend more to give your skin less than it needs to look and act younger.
The fact that the cream part of this product 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.
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.