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Rapid Transport C Infused Hyaluronic 1000 Tube of Gold Eye Ointment
Rating
$26.50
Category:Skin Care > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:08.24.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

Take the "ointment" portion of this product's name seriously, because it absolutely has that texture. Essentially, this is a souped-up version of plain Vaseline, which isn't surprising given that petrolatum is the first ingredient, and that's what Vaseline is).

This product has a rich, emollient texture that can be helpful for very dry skin. Although it does contain vitamin C and other helpful ingredients, the formula also has drawbacks that make it a problem for use around the eyes. Chief among them are the fragrant plant extracts it contains, namely lime, orange, and grapefruit. Although these are natural sources of vitamin C when eaten, they aren't when applied topically. Even more significantly, they all contain irritating components that aren't good for skin, especially around the eyes.

As for the "Hyaluronic 1000" portion of the name, Rapid Transport contains sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid), which is a good ingredient, but the "1000" portion of the name is misleading because it makes it seem as if a high quantity or a high quality of the ingredient is included, neither of which appears to be the case. Still, without the fragrant ingredients, this would've been a good, extra-rich moisturizer to consider, even though a specific product labeled as an eye cream for the eye area isn't necessary (see More Info for details).

Pros:

  • Very rich texture is helpful for uncomfortably dry skin.
  • Contains some good skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients.

Cons:

  • Fragrant citrus extracts pose a risk of irritation when used around the eyes.
  • Somewhat greasy texture can be too slick to work well under makeup.
  • Doesn't contain as much hyaluronic acid as the name implies.

More Info:

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.

Claims

Don't let your eyes give away your true age! Adrienne's super moisturizing beauty treatment helps give the delicate eye area a temporary "plumped up" youthful look. You'll soon be viewing this golden tube as your BBF (best beauty friend).

Ingredients

Petrolatum, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Beeswax, Royal Jelly Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Royal Jelly Powder, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Propolis Extract, Pollen Extract, Honey, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Wax, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cyclomethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben

Brand Overview

Signature Club A At-a-Glance

Strengths: Several products contain proven anti-aging ingredients and are fragrance-free; reasonable prices; most of the capsules are worth a look; excellent blush and mascara.

Weaknesses: Many of the anti-aging claims are over-the-top, stretching the boundaries of what skin care can really do; jar packaging which doesn’t keep the good ingredients in the products stable; the Meltdown cleansers tend to be highly fragrant; products for various areas (face, eyes, neck, and chest) tend to have remarkably similar formulas; poor foundation formulations with limited shade ranges; poor concealer and eye pencil.

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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