Is anyone else not surprised that Avon is back with yet another eye-area product claiming to "correct" dark circles? Although the formula for this lightweight lotion contains some intriguing and beneficial ingredients, the correction of undereye darkness comes from the cosmetic pigments present, not from some high-tech mix of superior ingredients only Avon is using. In other words, you'll get some brightening and, yes, a bit of lightening of dark circles—but once this is washed off, nothing has changed, just like when you use concealer to cover dark circles (only concealer covers better). In terms of this imparting color, it really doesn't; it's more of a soft-focus blur effect along with a very sheer shimmer. So, as Avon states, this would be suitable for different skin tones.
The reason to use this is if you have slightly dry skin around the eyes (this is not a creamy, moisture-rich formula) and want to apply a separate product to brighten and provide slight smoothing as it treats skin to several anti-aging ingredients (though none are unique for the eye area). We don't typically comment on our personal experience with skin-care products, but did happen to notice this eye treatment delivered a fleeting cooling sensation. Trouble is, we couldn't identify which ingredient was responsible, as there's a couple that have zero research on their ability to help or potentially harm skin.
Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is best for normal to slightly dry skin.
Most eye-area products 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 being for skin around the eyes 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 treatments 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.
Introducing ANEW CLINICAL Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector with Avon's shadow erase complex and self-adjusting sheer optics, eyes look instantly brighter! Designed to match different skin tones. Custom flexible tip for comfortable precise application.
Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Thiodipropionic Acid, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Melicope Hayesii Leaf Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Mesyloxybenzyl Isobutylbenzenesulfonamide, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-10, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Pueraria Lobata Symbiosome Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dimethicone , Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Petrolatum, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-8, PEG-200, Polyester-1, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Steareth-20, Xanthan Gum, Urea, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxide, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Titanium Dioxide/Ci 7789, Iron Oxides, Mica/Ci 77019
Strengths: Broad-spectrum sun protection from most of the SPF products; a selection of good cleansers, moisturizers, and serums; a phenomenal concealer and a handful of other excellent makeup products at bargain prices; the company provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site and offers some of the most helpful Customer Service associates in the industry.
Weaknesses: The Clearskin products are mostly irritating and poor choices for anyone battling blemishes; the Anew Clinical lineup isn’t as impressive as its made out to be; an overreliance on jar packaging diminishes the antioxidants found in many Avon moisturizers; endless, unnecessarily repetitive moisturizers with exaggerated, outlandish claims; some of the foundations look unnatural.
The last few years have been an interesting time for the world's largest direct seller. Avon is sold in 120 countries and has an enormous range of products that goes beyond skin care and makeup, all sold by five million Avon representatives racking up annual sales of over $8 billion (Source: www.avoncompany.com). Yet due to several quarters of lackluster or poor financial performance, the company announced a multiyear restructuring plan in 2006. The anticipated cost of these changes is upwards of $500 million, which includes downsizing underperforming areas and focusing on remarketing their star products. In recent years, those key products have had "cosmeceutical" appeal, with claims that have gone beyond reality (but overexaggerated claims sell big in the cosmetics industry).
The Anew Clinical line ushered in several products claiming to work like (or, in some instances, better than) cosmetic corrective procedures. Whether you are considering laser treatments, Botox, Thermage, collagen injections, or even liposuction, the ads for Anew Clinical were designed to make you rethink that decision.
It is definitely impressive that Avon invested $100 million on a state-of-the-art research and product development facility in New York, but despite some innovative products that compete with the best of the best (typically for much less money), no cosmetics company has (or will) produce skin-care products that rival or beat the results obtainable from medical procedures. It's admittedly easier to slather on a cream or stroke a pad over your face than to make an office call and shoulder the expense for a cosmetic corrective procedure, but in this case convenience and savings don't equal—or even come close to—comparable results. And lest we forget, despite the onslaught of so-called cosmeceutical products claiming to mimic the results such procedures provide, the number of these procedures being performed increases each year. If any of these works-like-(insert cosmetic corrective procedure here) products did work, the number of procedures would be declining, not rising.
The National Advertising Division (NAD) took issue with several claims Avon made in ads for their Anew Clinical products (Source: www.nadreview.org/default.asp?SessionID=1149178&DocType=1&CaseType=1). In some cases,
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Avon may be viewed as a skin-care innovator, but when it comes to makeup they're more follow-the-leaders than trail blazers. Admittedly, their foundations, powders, blush, and lipsticks have smoother, more state-of-the-art textures than ever, but with few exceptions none of them are setting a precedent that other, more innovative companies are likely to follow.
You will find some outstanding Avon makeup products to consider, but perhaps due to the sheer size of the collection there are far too many mediocre products, especially among the eyeshadows, pencils, and mascaras. Given that Avon isn't as easy to obtain as comparable products at your local drug or department store, many of the makeup items end up being a tough sell. After all, who wants to go out of their way for average products? Turning to what Avon does really well, you'll find their loose and pressed powders have amazingly silky textures and natural finishes. Their blushes are wonderful, and a few of the lipsticks and foundations are definitely worth talking about with enthusiasm. Another positive point is that Avon regularly discounts their makeup, often upwards of 50% during any given campaign (Avon's campaigns run for two weeks and the specials change each time). If you shop at the right time, the best of Avon color can be yours for less than you'd pay for most low-cost drugstore makeup.
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