Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm Eye (Discontinued)

by L'Oreal Paris  Age Perfect
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$19.99 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
6/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This eye cream has a lush, emollient texture that supplies dry skin with several restorative and smoothing ingredients. What's frustrating is that you don't need an eye cream (see More Info below to find out why) and the most intriguing ingredient in this product won't remain stable for long because of the jar packaging.

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.

The formula contains some helpful antioxidants (and a much greater array of them than what L'Oreal typically includes), which makes the jar packaging even more disappointing. This will help dry skin anywhere on the face look and feel better, but so will any of the regular facial moisturizers for dry skin recommended on our Best Moisturizers list.

One more comment: None of the ingredients in this eye cream can help relieve dark circles or puffy eyes.

Pros:
  • Rich, emollient texture is great for dry to very dry skin anywhere on the face.
  • Contains a notable range of antioxidant plant oils and extracts, plus a form of vitamin C.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging not only presents a hygiene issue with each use, but also allows the most beneficial ingredients to break down and lose their effectiveness.
  • The facial moisturizer counterpart to this eye cream is almost identical to the eye cream, proving once again why eye creams aren't necessary. (In this case, the eye cream is fragrance-free, while the facial moisturizer contains fragrance, but really your entire face will do better with fragrance-free products.)

More Info:

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.

Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm Eye is specially formulated with ingredients designed to combat the appearance of puffiness and dark circles that become more pronounced with age, provides an infusion of micro-fine nutrients to re-densify the underlying structure of dry, delicate skin around the eye.

Water, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Isocetyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Camelina Sativa Oil / Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Apricot Kernel Oil, Corn Oil, Carnauba Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Royal Jelly Extract, Sorbitan Tristearate, Calcium Pantetheine Sulfonate, Caffeine, Isohexadecane, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyapatite, Caprylyl Glycol, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate-80, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Red 40, Iron Oxides

Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.

An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.

Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line they could be doing so much more. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit!

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

L’Oreal Paris Makeup

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor, if they exist at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up. The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.

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  1. AllisonC
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love this eye cream!
    • This is a wonderfully moisturizing eye cream, yet it is not heavy or thick on the skin. It feels soft, creamy & light. I use this with the L'oreal Hydra Nutrition Age Perfect Skin Repair Serum, and L'oreal Hydra Nutrition Glow Facial Oil, and I absolutely love all 3 products. My skin looks plumper, more even toned and very glowy & healthy. I use this eye cream day and night. It is gentle, never stings or causes irritation, and makes the skin around my eyes looks soft and beautiful. Very happy!

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