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Men’s Expert Hydra-Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller
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0.33 fl. oz. for $10.99
Category:Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:01.16.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Don’t be fooled by this product’s claim of dissolving undereye circles and puffiness. Women are consistently on the hunt for products to cure those undereye woes, and are consistently disappointed. If your puffy eyes are from a late night out or not enough sleep, the constricting ingredients in this eye roller liquid moisturizer may help a bit, but at the cost of causing irritation. Peppermint, escin, and ingredients like sodium hydroxide (especially the amount present in this product) shouldn’t be used so close to the eyes, and peppermint has no place in skin-care products applied anywhere on the body—that kind of irritation actually damages skin. The chilling sensation may feel good on tired eyes, but you can get the same benefit without needless irritants by choosing Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage instead.

Claims

A refreshing wake-up call that dissolves signs of fatigue like dark under-eye circles and puffiness. Lightweight serum absorbs quickly and the hands-free application is fast and easy.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Mentha Piperita Extract (Peppermint Leaf Extract), C13 14 Isoparaffin, Caffeine, Escin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Aluminum Hydroxide, Guanosine, Hydroxyproline, Laureth-7, Biosaccharide Gum 1, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, N Hydroxysuccinimide, Polyacrylamide, Chrysin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections 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 there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores 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.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. 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. The good news is their 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.

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

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