Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum starts things off wrong due to its fragrant rose water base. Although the type of rose used can be therapeutic when inhaled, it poses a risk of irritation when applied to skin (though admittedly the water form is far less potent than pure rose oil).
What's most offensive about this eye cream is how its formula is so lackluster and its price so high! You're truly not getting much for your money, and this cannot de-puff undereye bags. Cosmetically, it contains enough titanium, dioxide and mica to create a brightening effect, but that's more of a makeup effect than skin care—and it's not exclusive to the eye area.
Packaging-wise, this comes in a sleek gold cylinder outfitted with a metal rollerball applicator. The serum has a silky, hydrating texture and is easy to apply, but in addition to the rose water mentioned above, this also contains fragrant flower waxes that have strong potential to cause irritation (see More Info). Most disappointing is that the key anti-aging ingredients, such as proven antioxidants and peptides, are barely present. Talk about not getting your money's worth!
As for the gold, it's barely present in this serum, and it isn't a great skin-care ingredient. Gold is a relatively common allergen that can induce dermatitis about the face and eyelids (Sources: Inflammation and Allergy Drug Targets, September 2008, pages 145–162; Dermatologic Therapy, Volume 17, 2004, pages 321–327; and Cutis, May 2000, pages 323–326).
In truth, you don't need a special serum for the eye area, as this product proves. See More Info to learn why products like this are just not worth investing in.
We know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye serum or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye serum. For example, most eye serums (such as this one) don't contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Aging and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
A power serum that repairs, reconstructs, reduces wrinkles, depuffs, and brightens the eye area.
Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, SaccharideIsomerate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), VP/VA Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carbomer, Mica, Silica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Bisabolol, Ethylhexylglycerin,Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pullulan, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Fibroin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Algae Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Wax, Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax, Steareth-20, Caramel, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, PEG-8, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Sodium Citrate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Tocopherol,Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Alpina Flower / Leaf / Stem Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Sodium Benzoate, Geraniol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, Cyclodextrin, Dipeptide-2, Ci 77480 (Gold), Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate.
Strengths: The makeup far surpasses the skin care, but is not without its problems; one good serum; a skin lightening product with arbutin; excellent range of foundation, concealer, and powder shades for light to medium skin tones; beautiful powder blush and eyeshadows; some impressive eye and lip pencils (if you don't mind routine sharpening).
Weaknesses: Unjustifiably expensive; several products contain problematic plants or fragrant waxes and oils; no sunscreens; no effective anti-acne products; no AHA or BHA exfoliants; none of the products advertising an SPF rating contain active ingredients or any other ingredients capable of shielding skin from sun damage; the Luminous Eye Liner; boring mascara.
Created by Sylvie Chantecaille, this line of makeup and skin-care products, sold at Neiman Marcus and some salons and spas, draws on Chantecaille's 20 years of experience as an employee of Estee Lauder Corporation. The fact that she worked for Lauder and helped to create and launch the Prescriptives line is impressive. Experience means a lot in the crowded, complicated cosmetics industry and it's as good a reason as any to start your own product line.
Not surprisingly, she claims her products are known for their "uniquely high concentration of natural botanicals" and their organic origins, though it takes only a cursory look at the ingredient list to see that isn't true—did she really think no one would notice propylene glycol, polyvinylpyrrolidone, methylparaben, butylparaben, phenoxyethanol, triethanolamine, and PEG-8, which are about as natural as polyester? What is true, however, is that most of the plants in these products are present in very small amounts, often listed after the preservative.
What almost every cosmetic company knows (we can't think of one that doesn't) is that you can't brag about the synthetic ingredients your products contain, even if they are the backbone of every product you make. Selling skin-care products is far easier when you use terms such as "pure," "holistic," or "wellness." Chantecaille takes this faux information one step further by saying (and we're not kidding about this) that her products are "endowed with a potent life force." Oooh-la-la! But … once you pull off the rose-colored glasses and probe beneath the hyperbole, all you are left with is a bouquet of fantasy that won't help your skin.
Even more bewildering than the natural claims is that Chantecaille asserts that their emphasis on anti-aging focuses primarily on addressing the causes of inflammation. Without question, inflammation plays a role in how the skin and the body age, and recent research is showing that it probably plays a greater role than previously suspected. Any cosmetic company that is trying to make products that reduce inflammation and its effects is a good thing—but for all their talk, Chantecaille's formulas don't inhibit inflammation; instead, many of them increase inflammation thanks to the numerous fragrant plant oils and waxes they contain. While these ingredients create lovely aromas, scent isn't skin care. Most of these fragrant plant ingredients contain volatile chemicals that create the scent; it is these chemicals (e.g., eugenol, limonene, citronellol, and linalool) that cause skin irritation that leads to, you guessed it, inflammation (Sources: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectronomy, November 2008 pages 3593–3598; Chemical Research in Toxicology, May 2007, pages 807–814; and The British Journal of Dermatology, May 2006, pages 885–888).
In contrast, there is little more than anecdotal research indicating that the problematic plant ingredients Chantecaille uses are actually healing, as the company claims.
The chief reason to explore Chantecaille is their makeup. Although there isn't a single item that doesn't have an equally good counterpart in other lines for far less money, if you're curious about Chantecaille, color is where it's at. Their foundation shade range has improved and is beautifully neutral. The textures and finishes for foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, and lip glosses are outstanding, as are the finishes. In short, Chantecaille has made it very easy to assemble a makeup wardrobe that makes skin look smooth, polished, and radiant, although their foundations and powders are geared toward those with normal to dry skin.
One more comment: Chantecaille has a penchant for attributing sun-protection claims and SPF ratings to various products. They do so in violation of FDA regulations on sunscreens because the company does not list active ingredients on their label. If a cosmetic company can't even get that right, then much of what they do is called into question, aside from just looking askance at their claims. Considering the price of their products, this omission is nearly unforgivable; please don't rely on the claim for sun protection, because it assuredly puts your skin at risk for sun damage. By the way, none of the natural ingredients in these products provide sun protection on their own, either. Ingredients such as vitamins C and E can, to some extent, help skin defend itself against sun damage and boost the longevity of sunscreen actives, but by themselves they're not capable of providing sun protection on a par with what's required to earn an SPF rating.
For more information about Chantecaille, call 877-673-7080 or visit www.chantecaille.com.
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