Vitamin C Anti-Puffiness Roll-On Eye Serum
0.5 fl. oz. for $19.99
Last Updated:08.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a very basic, very light eye-area moisturizer housed in a component that's outfitted with a roller-ball applicator. The massaging action of the roller-ball applicator has the potential to do more for puffiness around the eyes than any of the ingredients in this product.

It's not that this roll-on eye serum doesn't contain some intriguing ingredients, because it does, but they're preceded on the list by alcohol, which isn't going to help anyone's skin because alcohol causes free-radical damage. The amount of alcohol is likely less than 1%, but it's still not good to see alcohol listed before the beneficial plant extracts that Lumene claims are what does remarkable things for puffiness and dark circles.

As it turns out, there's no research showing that any of the ingredients in this product have any effect in reducing dark circles or puffiness—one more reason why you don't need a special serum for the eye area, which we explain in More Info below.

The vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) that's part of this product's name looks good on the label, but it's present in such a tiny amount (definitely less than the alcohol) that your skin isn't likely to reap any benefit. As stated, the massaging action from the roller ball can be helpful, but that is not enough to really improve the skin around anyone's eyes.

  • The massaging action of the roller-ball applicator feels good, and it may help reduce the puffiness that results from fluid retention, but it will not have any effect on age-related puffiness.
  • Lightweight, hydrating serum texture.
  • Doesn't contain any ingredients proven to significantly reduce dark circles.
  • Cannot detox skin; the skin doesn't have a detox function—that's done by the liver and kidneys.
  • Contains more alcohol than anti-aging ingredients.
More Info:

We know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye serum or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don't contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!

You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin! The serum refreshes and moisturizes tired skin around the eyes and speeds up the metabolism, helping to reduce puffiness. The roll-on applicator gently massages the skin during use.
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Lecithin (Phospholipids), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PVP, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Escin, Ascopyllum Nodosum Extract (Fucoidan), Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Seed Oil, Lecithin, Caffeine, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glucose, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Dipeptide-2, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.
Brand Overview

Lumene At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; a handful of good options for sensitive skin; one good eye cream, though you don't need an eye cream—you can use any well-formulated moisturizer around the eye area; every SPF-rated product provides reliable UVA protection; Blueberry Curl Mascara has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding way to enhance lashes.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging is pervasive; the Excellent Future products and most of the Time Freeze products aren't helpful for antiaging or wrinkles; several products contain more preservative or film-forming agent than the ingredients your skin really needs to look younger and healthier; no products for acne or effective products for those struggling with uneven skin tone or discolorations; no exfoliants.

The Cosmetics Cop Team strongly suspects that the interest in this product line from Finland is its prestige packaging, coupled with a relatively attractive price point. This is an eye-catching brand that really stands out on drugstore shelves; however, these products aren't really all that inexpensive, especially in comparison to products from Olay, Neutrogena, or RoC. In the United States, you'll find Lumene products at most CVS drugstores as well as at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens. Although the Cosmetics Cop Team loves to find and recommend inspired skin-care and makeup products at reasonable prices, this line isn't one of them.

Two major shortcomings are: (1), the jar packaging, which means any state-of-the-art ingredients in those products won't remain stable once the jar is opened because they deteriorate in the presence of air, and (2), most of Lumene's formulas contain only a dusting of the superstar ingredients they brag about. Vitamin C, ceramides, antioxidants, peptides, and the like are all essential, brilliant ingredients for skin, but when only minute amounts are included, your skin isn't getting much of the good stuff.

What it comes down to is this: Shopping Lumene shortchanges your skin, leaving it needing, and deserving, far better. A bargain isn't a bargain if it isn't the best possible care for your skin. What good is saving money on skin care if your skin is left wanting and, in fact, needing more?

Aside from the jar packaging and the paltry amount of important skin-care ingredients, there are other limitations, adding to this line's woes. If you have acne, skin discolorations, or uneven skin tone, you need to look elsewhere.

From a marketing point of view, Lumene capitalizes on the erroneous notion that age is a skin type, so they group their products according to decades. Complete nonsense! Age is not a skin type, nor is race, height, weight, or ethnic background. Regardless of your age, if you have acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, sun damage, or blackheads, the same ingredients that work for someone in their 30s will work for someone in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. There isn't a single piece of research showing that any specific ingredients or formulations are better for skin depending on your age.

Like a vast number of cosmetics companies, Lumene leads you to believe their products are all natural and loaded with beneficial plant extracts, in this case, from the remote wilderness of Finland. Nothing could be further from the truth. These products are loaded with synthetic ingredients. That doesn't make them inherently bad, it just makes the marketing claims obnoxious and misleading.

For those intent on exploring what this Finnish line has to offer, despite the fact there isn't much here worth your attention, your best bet is to stick with the products for sensitive skin, which are truly fragrance-free, and the cleansers. Oh, and if you want to find out if the cult classic status of Lumene's Blueberry Curl mascara is deserved, look no further: It most certainly is!

One more comment: Many Lumene products contain an extract or oil from the Arctic cloudberry plant. Although there is research proving this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is far from the only one, and isn't even close to being the best for skin. The fact that Lumene chooses to highlight this plant is about marketing nonsense, because stories sell better than reality. Whether it is from the Amazon, the Swiss Alps, or the Himalayas, geographic location is not what makes a plant extract of any kind superior for skin.

For more information about Lumene, call (888) 253-8916 or visit www.lumeneusa.com.

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