Perfect Prep Soothing Eye Gel

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$35 - 0.51 
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
6/27/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

This eye gel is an incredibly basic formula that really isn’t worth strong consideration. It contains mostly water, slip agents, and preservative. The tiny amounts of plant extracts, peptides, and gems may make this sound appealing, but those ingredients have no established benefit for skin; even if they did, their efficacy would rapidly deteriorate due to the jar packaging. See More Info to learn why jar packaging is a problem for most skin-care products.

Really, the only point of interest for this eye gel is the accompanying metal applicator with its bead-like head. You’re directed to press the gel below and above your eye with this applicator, and because it’s solid metal, it will feel cooling. That’s nice, but if cooling around the eyes is what you want, you can get that by using a chilled teaspoon or cold cloth around the eyes, and then apply a product that is brilliantly formulated and comes in stable packaging. See More Info to find out why you don’t need a special gel for the eye area.

Pros:
  • The metal bead applicator can feel soothing and cooling to tired, irritated eyes, but it’s mostly gimmicky.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Formula is short on truly beneficial ingredients.
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the tiny amount of interesting ingredients stable during use.

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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 (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5;

Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

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.

This little gem perfectly prepares eyes for makeup. The cooling pink gel is applied with a stainless steel applicator to further soothe eyes.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Methysilanol Mannuronate, Glycerin, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Rhodochrosite Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Caffeine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzophenone-4, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Quartz, Potassium Sorbate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-18, Dipeptide-11, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol, Red 40, Colloidal Gold.

Mally Roncal is a celebrity makeup artist who has worked on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood, not to mention numerous spreads in fashion magazines. After much success as a makeup artist, Roncal launched Mally Beauty—her namesake line of makeup and limited skin-care products—with the guiding philosophy that "the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful." That’s a great philosophy, but the question is: Are these quality products with a difference that will help you look and feel more beautiful?

As might be expected, Mally Roncal's celebrity cache created buzz when her line launched, and the chatter has led to a strong following on the QVC shopping channel, which is the primary home of her products. While Roncal knows how to sell a product (She is quite the cheerleader on air!) and she has worked with celebrities, that doesn't automatically mean all the Mally Beauty products are worth buying.

Although there are some well-formulated and innovative products to be found, Mally Beauty has a few misses. The majority of Mally Beauty's eye makeup and eyebrow products perform quite well, they feature a spectacular concealer with sunscreen and there are some good lip color options as well. Mally's Cancellation Conditioning Concealer and Evercolor Poreless Face Defender are top notch worthy of special mention.

On the flipside, Mally Beauty misses the mark with a few of the foundations, primers, and blushes we tried. The foundation we experimented with was especially disappointing because Mally Roncal is known for creating the illusion of perfect, dewy-looking skin, which her Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation didn't accomplish with our team.

We have to give Mally Beauty praise for including helpful application tips, demonstration videos, and full ingredient lists on the company website, and for their wonderful team who was more than helpful in sending products for The Paula's Choice Research Team to experiment with. There are some strong options to be found here, as well as others we would recommend skipping and our reviews will steer you toward what’s worth your time and money.

For more information about Mally Beauty, call 1-855-625-5948 or visit www.mallybeauty.com.

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