Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo

by Olay  Regenerist
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
4/21/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This dual-ended product includes a fragrance-free eye cream and lash serum. In the box, the two products are separated, but removing the cap from the eye cream allows you to affix it to the threaded base of the lash serum, so both products stay together. Clever packaging, yes, but what about the formulas?

The eye cream (formal name: Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream) is the best part of this duo, though as much as we liked it, keep in mind that no0t all eye creams are necessary (see More Info for details). None of the ingredients in this eye cream make it unique for the eye area—in fact, all of the anti-aging ingredients it contains show up in other Regenerist products from Olay that not only cost far less but also contain more than this one does.

The eye cream has a silky, lightweight cream texture that, like most moisturizers with this texture, can smooth fine lines and make wrinkles look less apparent. The formula contains a bit of mica for a soft, radiant finish without noticeable sparkles. That's a nice touch, but it does little to make dark circles less obvious. What's best about this eye cream is the inclusion of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide, along with antioxidants and soothing ingredients.

As for the lash serum, you apply the clear formula to the lashes with a rubber-bristle brush. We're glad Olay doesn't make claims beyond just "nourishing lashes," but even that claim is dubious because the formula is little more than water and alcohol! The alcohol makes this serum set quickly, but it also can be drying on the lashes and the skin near the base of the lashes. The only "nourishing" ingredient of note is glycerin, and it's the very last ingredient listed! In short, this lash serum is minimally effective and in no way something you need to add to your routine.

After all that, you have to decide whether or not you should invest in this product for the eye cream portion or just skip it. Our advice? If you're already using a well-formulated facial moisturizer and/or serum, skip it—you can apply both of those products around your eyes, too!

Note: Our rating for this product applies to the Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream portion only. The Lash Serum earns our lowest rating (Poor).

Pros:
  • Both products are fragrance-free.
  • The eye cream has a silky, smoothing texture.
  • The eye cream contains some notable anti-aging ingredients.
Cons:
  • The lash serum is poorly formulated and minimally "nourishing" for lashes.
  • Not worth the cost given that you don't need an eye cream and the lash serum isn't worth using.
More Info:

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.

Combines a hydrating Eye Cream with a nourishing Lash Serum to provide smoother-looking lids, firmer skin, and instantly thicker-looking lashes.

Eye Cream: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polyethylene, Panthenol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, DMDM Hydantoin, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Laureth-7, Laureth-4, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-100 Stearate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Mica.

Lash Serum: Water, Alcohol Denat., Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Trisodium EDTA, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Glycerin.

Olay offers a fairly large selection of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Although Olay's products are not as diversified as Neutrogena's or as attractive as L'Oreal's, Olay has come a long way from its star product being a soft pink lotion designed to make skin younger (yet it was and is just a badly formulated product that was out of date almost from the moment it was launched). Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but, as explained in the various reviews below, niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits. It isn't the best ingredient out there (no single ingredient has that title yet, and it's unlikely that just one ever will be) and as such doesn't deserve the prominence Olay gives it (a bit of variety would have been far better, such as a mix of antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients).

Olay's sales are expected to reach $4 billion annually in the next few years, and given their global presence in stores and constant advertising in magazines and on television, that's not surprising. Much of this advertising is focused on their best products, which is attention well deserved. Just to give you an idea of the expenditure involved for these ubiquitous ads, Olay spent over $50 million to promote Regenerist in 2003. The good news is that each new range of Olay products generally improves on what came before it, offering results that, while not as impressive as the claims, are noticeable in the mirror.

For its ongoing commitment to understanding consumers and formulating products that, while not perfect, definitely offer more proof than puffery, Olay deserves consideration by any savvy skin-care shopper. And it also deserves mention that Olay is one of the few lines in this book whose entire collection of products with sunscreens provides sufficient UVA protection! (Sources for the financial figures above: The Rose Sheet, July 10, 2006, page 5; September 11, 2006, page 4; and January 1, 2007, page 5).

Olay began 2009 with the launch of Pro-X, their most expensive products to date. Not only are these products considerably more expensive than any others from Olay, the packaging, color scheme, advertising campaign, and claims have all been turned up to "max" on the cosmetics marketing dial. The amount of hype and budget thrown at these products easily explains why our Beautypedia product request e-mail inbox has been inundated with requests for me to review these products!

Whenever something this sleek-looking and pricey debuts in the mass market, lots of consumers wonder whether the extra expense is worth it. They also want to know if Olay's "Professional" designation makes these products a cut above the numerous other products they sell, including those with similar claims.

It turns out we had the same question after surveying the ingredient lists for all of the Pro-X products: How are they different from those available in Olay's Total Effects and Regenerist? Supposedly, all of those other sub-brands also have the answer to improving the telltale signs of aging, from dryness and wrinkles to loss of luminosity and unwanted discolorations. In fact, the claims on the label of these three lines are virtually identical.

It is clear from the get go that there are far more similarities than differences among Definity, Regenerist and Pro-X. All of them contain niacinamide, the B vitamin that has almost single-handedly re-energized Olay as a formidable skin-care brand. One of the Pro-X products contains acetyl glucosamine, just like several from Definity, and many Pro-X products contain peptides, just as Regenerist products do. Why should someone consider Pro-X over those other lines?

Interestingly, the folks we spoke with at Procter & Gamble didn't have a clear answer either, which isn't surprising, at least not from a formula superiority standpoint. Rather, their explanation was all about a marketing decision. This "cosmeceutical" –oriented line is supposed to give women who think that a line that looks medical must be better even if it's available at the drugstore. Pro-X was also designed to appeal to women who typically seek professional skin-care products, meaning those that are sold or recommended by a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.

Of course there is no standardized definition for "professional skin care" and "cosmeceutical" is a bogus term. The dermatologists who consulted Olay about these new products are well-respected, but the formulas still come up short in terms of a cocktail of antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients that can repair damaged skin. As it turns out, despite the Alliance for Skin Care Innovation that Olay speaks of in their promotional materials for Pro-X, its creation had more to do with marketing than with bringing anything new to the cosmetics table.

Don't get me wrong: the Pro-X products have some commendable attributes and certainly offer multiple benefits for aging skin, but the truth is they're not different enough from Olay Regenerist or Definity products to warrant the higher price.

Pro-X's packaging is indeed sexier, the claims are more enticing, and the prices speak to a high-end consumer, but, to borrow a popular catchphrase from the 1980s, we were left wondering "Where's the beef?" The beef, as it were, is merely Olay creating products whose differences are much stronger from a marketing standpoint than from a formulary standpoint. That's not breakthrough news for your skin, and it's a fact that anyone considering Pro-X should know that other Olay products offer comparable benefits for less money. The only significant difference between Pro-X and Olay's other sub-brands is that Pro-X is fragrance-free; that's great, but you would think that leaving out an ingredient as opposed to adding one would lead to a price decrease rather than an increase. It's up to you if that point is enough to make the higher prices worthwhile.

For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.

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