eyes wide open instant refreshing eye gel (Discontinued)

by philosophy  
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$30 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
7/1/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is an OK, lightweight moisturizer for slightly dry skin anywhere on the face. The fragrance-free formula is suitable for use around the eyes, but you don’t need a special eye-area product (see More Info to find out why). This cannot de-puff eyes or make them look more awake, at least not any more than using a cold compress or splashing your face with cold water. The amount of film-forming agent (think hairspray) in this eye gel may make skin feel temporarily tighter, but that’s not the same as actually tightening loose skin, and it has no impact on puffiness; on the other hand, they do pose a risk of irritation.

Pros:

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains some lightweight hydrating and skin-repairing ingredients.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Amount of film-forming agents poses a risk of irritation.
  • Doesn’t contain anything proven to reduce puffy eyes or make eyes look more awake.

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.

do your eyes look tired? eyes wide open instant refreshing and depuffing eye gel was created to wake up tired eyes. this lightweight, clear eye gel visibly depuffs the eye area, while revitalizing extracts refresh dull, tired eyes for a bright, awake appearance. the refreshing formula hydrates and aids in moisture retention to help smooth the appearance of fine lines for more youthful-looking skin. no more tired, puffy eyes. see the day with fresh eyes.

Water, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Beta-Glucan, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Caffeine, Allantoin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Arginine, Tripleurospermum Marititmum Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA

Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store élan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors, we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.

Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...

So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products—but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.

For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.

Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.

philosophy Makeup

Minimalism is a big theme among philosophy's dwindling, uneven range of makeup. Whereas the color options from this company used to be extensive, well-organized, and at times clever, what's lining the counter now needs help, in more ways than one. The major issue is the plethora of ordinary products that cost far too much for what they don't offer, which is innovation and, in almost every case, selection. The line shines brightest (pun intended) with its lip color offerings, though the best products in this category are counterbalanced by glosses or lip balms with needless irritants. If you're a fan of philosophy's skin-care products and are considering their makeup, you don't want to try to build a comprehensive color wardrobe with it. However, you'd be wise to explore the handful of pleasant surprises here, including an excellent bronzing lotion, foundation primer with sunscreen, and the multi-use makeup brush.

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  1. Annette
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 15, 2013
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Makes me tears
    • Irritating for the first 5 min on the eye area. Constantly bothers my eyes like I have sunscreen in my eyes. This happens both times I applied this product..I had to wipe my tears constantly and had trouble seeing.

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