This eye-area product makes the usual claims of fighting aging along with dark circles and puffiness, yet its formula isn't unique for the skin around the eyes in any way.
Although the formula does include several beneficial ingredients for aging skin anywhere on the face, it also contains a potentially problematic amount of skin-damaging alcohol. Even more disappointing is that the antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients it does contain will degrade once the jar packaging is opened and exposed to air. Please see More Info below for details on why jar packaging and alcohol in skin-care products are problems.
What about the claim of helping puffiness? The lightweight, silky gel texture may feel good on skin surrounding irritated, puffy eyes, but it will not help with age-related puffiness (which happens when fat pads shift beneath the skin, leading to undereye pouching) and will not protect against fatigue (no skin-care product is going to help you with that).
None of the ingredients in this eye gel are proven to help dark circles. In fact, the best way to keep many types of dark circles from getting worse is to use sunscreen, which this eye-area product is sorely lacking, leaving the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage if you use it during the day.
The antioxidants in this product can help stimulate healthy collagen production to improve fine lines and wrinkles, but definitely not in this type of packaging and absolutely not in the presence of alcohol.
Last, it isn't great that this product contains fragrance. Fragrance isn't helpful for skin, and can be even more troublesome in products that are applied close to the eye itself.
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.
The alcohol in this eye gel has the potential to irritate your skin , which causes collagen breakdown, free-radical damage, and dryness. Alcohol is definitely NOT an anti-aging ingredient.
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.
The first ingredient in this moisturizer is bamboo water. Just like aloe water was for a time supposed to be the answer to your skin-care problems, AmorePacific now wants you to believe bamboo is the answer. It isn't. Bamboo has a good marketing spin, though, because it has the capacity to transport large amounts of water between its various parts. But, bamboo's ability to transport water as a living plant has nothing to do with what it can do when it is dead and put into a skin-care product. It simply doesn't have any special hydrating benefit for skin.
This lightweight eye treatment infuses the delicate eye area with intense hydration, fortifying the skin against aging. Its exclusive Radiance Eye Complex™ brightens dark circles, reduces puffiness, and protects skin against aging and fatigue.
Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol, PEG-75, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Squalane, Niacinamide, Acetyl Glucosamine, Hydrolyzed Phyllostachis Bambusoides, Hydrolyzed Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Hesperidin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Caffeine, Theanine, Kaempferol, Camellia Sinensis Flower Extract, Natto Gum, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Phytantriol, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Propanediol, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-15 Pentaerythrityl Tetra(Laureth-6 Carboxylate), Sodium Chloride, Poloxamer 407, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.
Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.
AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about “beauty secrets found in nature.” Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don’t have solid research backing their benefits for skin—but at least they’re not hurting it.
Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a “superstar” ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that can’t make good on their anti-aging claims.
Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they’re part of your daily skincare routine.
Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most 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. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That’s disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that’s a major waste of money.
Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren’t justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you’ll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.
For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.
Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isn’t there—likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn’t mean better products or better results!
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