Revitalift Double Eye Lift packages two products in one dual-chambered pump container. You’re supposed to apply both products in sequence, because one is designed to reduce wrinkles while the other firms and lifts—an odd instruction given how many individually packaged L’Oreal moisturizers claim to do the same thing at once. Step 1 is the Under Eye Anti-Wrinkle Cream. This emollient, cushy moisturizer with a silky finish will improve the appearance of dry skin (and fine lines caused by it) under the eye. However, the only compelling antioxidant is retinyl palmitate (not retinol, as claimed), so this isn’t as exciting as it could have been, though it is fragrance-free. Step 2 is the Upper Eye Lifting Gel, a mix of water, silicone, glycerin, thickener, film-forming agent, vitamin E, and the cell-communicating ingredient adenosine. This won’t lift skin but it is a decent lightweight moisturizer. Combined, this duo is more impressive than what L’Oreal usually produces, but that isn’t saying much. Of course, this won’t “stop the signs of aging… for 40ish skin,” or any ish skin.
L’Oreal’s first double action eye treatment that combines two exclusive, complementary formulas: Fortified Pro-Retinol A to minimize under eye wrinkles and puffiness and Pro-Tensium E to instantly firm and lift the upper eye area.
Step1: Under Eye Anti-Wrinkle Cream Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Myristyl Myristate, Shorea Robusta Seed Butter, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Caffeine, Soybean Protein, Retinyl Palmitate, PEG-20 Stearate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate-80, Triethanolamine, Acetyl Trifluoromethylphenyl Valylglycine, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polycaprolactone, Myristyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate Step 2: Upper Eye Lifting Gel Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Manganese Gluconate, Adenosine, Polysilicone-8, Nylon-12, Capryl Glycol/Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Red 40
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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