Collagen Filler Micro-Pulse Eye (Discontinued)

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L’Oreal has been on a vibration kick of late, and what started with vibrating mascaras in their L’Oreal-owned lines of Maybelline and Lancome moved to vibrating powder foundations (Lancome), and now, from L’Oreal itself, they have a vibrating (or, in L’Oreal’s marketing spin, “Micro-Pulse”) eye cream.

The packaging for this product includes an eye cream tube in the bottom half, while the top half is the battery-powered device with a rounded metal tip. Once the battery is activated and the switch turned on, the rounded metal tip vibrates (sorry, “pulses”). What’s the benefit? Great question, but there’s no definitive or even reasonably plausible answer. The logic, from L’Oreal (which isn’t logical at all), is that after dotting on the eye cream you’re supposed to glide the vibrating metal tip along the undereye area to minimize puffiness and perhaps enhance penetration of the eye cream. The thing is, the eye cream has a formula that’s about as exciting as a glass of water.

All you’re getting is mostly water, silicone, mineral oil, and alcohol (the kind of alcohol that causes dryness, irritation, and free-radical damage). The low amount of alcohol may mean it’s not a terrible problem, but where are the state-of-the-art ingredients? The few L’Oreal included are barely present, though in some respects their inclusion at all is a nice change of pace for L’Oreal, a company whose anti-aging skin care has been lagging behind for years.

Although sold as a “total eye correction system,” this won’t change a dark circle or age-related bag around your eyes. The vibrating tip feels nice, if a bit strange at first, but it’s only effective if your puffy eyes are from fluid retention, not age-related changes that cause the undereye skin to sag. That kind of puffiness cannot be massaged away. Besides, overmanipulating skin, especially in the eye area, can damage elastin fibers and lead to more sagging—something L’Oreal would never state, but that is the reality nonetheless. As for the clinical test L’Oreal performed to prove wrinkles are smoothed away in four weeks (reminder: “smoothed away” is strictly a cosmetic claim that doesn’t actually state wrinkles are gone), it’s not available for public scrutiny, so you have to take their word for it. Based on this formula, you can bet the results won’t be what you expect from the claims.

First total eye correction system with a micro-pulsating massager and a potent anti-aging formula. Addresses 3 key signs of aging around the eyes: dark circles, under-eye bags and wrinkles. Visible results are immediate: eye bags are visibly diminished and dark circles are minimized. In 4 weeks, wrinkles are smoothed away (proven in a clinical test).

Water, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, Nylon-66, Myristyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, PEG-20 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Caffeine, Medicago Sativa Extract/Alfalfa Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Soluble Collagen, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol

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 or

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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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