04.02.2015
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Indulge Soothing Eye Gel
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0.4 fl. oz. for $16
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Indulge Soothing Eye Gel contains a frustrating mix of helpful and skin-hindering ingredients, with the negatives (comfrey, witch hazel, and eyebright) outweighing the positives and making this more a problem than an indulgence for skin.

Claims

Revive a tired-looking appearance with this cool, soothing gel. Contains botanical extracts reported to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and improve skin's elasticity and firmness in the eye area. Can be used as a mask or a leave-on product.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Cucumber Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Matricaria Extract, Comfrey Extract, Dog Rose Hips Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Benzophenone-4, DMDM Hydantoin, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Propylparaben, Blue 1

Brand Overview

Mary Kay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance-free; packaging that keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use; a handful of well-formulated moisturizers; very good eye-makeup remover; effective wrinkle filler; excellent cream blush and several other impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: The overall collection is a mixed bag of exciting and disappointing products; several outdated moisturizers and cleansers; no AHA or acceptable BHA products; the CC Cream doesn't provide good enough UVA protection; some lackluster makeup products.

The last few years haven't been glamorous for one of the world's largest direct sellers of cosmetics. Mary Kay lost a lawsuit filed by TriStrata, the company whose founders hold over 100 patents on the use of AHAs in skin-care products. It was revealed that Mary Kay's former AHA products infringed on three of these patents, and, after some back-and-forths in court, Mary Kay ended up paying royalties of over $40 million (interest included) to TriStrata. Perhaps because they're still licking their wounds after this defeat, the company has not launched any new AHA products, and no longer sells the ones that were in question during the legal battle (Source: www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2006/04/03/daily26.html).

However, the company's spin on the issue of AHAs is that they no longer use them because skin-care technology has advanced. That's an interesting twist, but the fact of the matter is that AHA products, when well-formulated, are still considered advanced and capable of doing far more for skin than the alternatives Mary Kay has devised (including an at-home microdermabrasion scrub and products with vitamin C derivatives).

Although they're not a company for you if you are looking for exfoliants (though you should be looking for a good exfoliant), Mary Kay has recently developed a surprising number of excellent products. With over 1.6 million Mary Kay consultants selling products in 30 countries, this family-owned company (founder Mary Kay Ash passed away in 2001) has slowly been proving that they intend to remain competitive with the best of the best. A refreshing change of pace is the omission of fragrance from almost all of the products. Now that is what we call progress!

Despite its size and capital (wholesale figures were $3 billion in 2012), Mary Kay still has a lot to learn. For instance, although their guiding philosophy of empowering women is admirable, the assortment of products still leaves much to be desired. Yes, things are looking up, but there are several weak spots that keep Mary Kay from being in the same league as Avon, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble (Olay), and Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC). These include outdated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, along with letdowns in products designed for oily, blemish-prone skin. The TimeWise product range has expanded considerably, and offers a few state-of-the-art products worthy of its name (although, as with all skin-care products, they're not going to turn back the hands of time and erase all signs of aging).

If improvements like those in Mary Kay's latest products were translated to the entire line, it would be standing much taller, at least as far as what current, substantiated skin-care research indicates is optimum for creating and maintaining healthy skin. As is, this is a line to approach with a keen understanding of what to focus on and what to avoid. One last bit of good news: Mary Kay offers well-packaged samples of selected products, either directly or from your consultant.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all Mary Kay products are fragrance-free.

Note: Mary Kay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Mary Kay, call (800) 627-9529 or visit www.marykay.com

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09.26.2014
Cannot live without it

This product really reduces puffiness. I put it on half my face once because it felt so good then stopped not knowing if I could use an eye product all over my face. I then walked into a co-workers office and she asked me If I just got back from the dentist, I said "No, Shelly I just saw you 15 minutes ago" she laughed. It was the indulge that made my face thinner. I found out it is ok to put all over my face, and I love it!

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01.19.2014
Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel - feels great!

Love the Mary Kay Indulge soothing eye gel. I notice almost immediate, dramatic reduction in puffiness (lasts a few hours; not a permanent solution to under-eye puffiness. doesn't help dark circles at all). Feels cool and soothing. No irritation. My Mary Kay rep is www.marykay.com/kaitiejean, and I don't know how others do it but it may help to know that she will take returns and give refunds on anything, even all used up, if you don't like it for any reason.

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