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Sunday Riley

Auto Correct Brightening & Depuffing Eye Contour Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 65.00
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Auto Correct Brightening & Depuffing Eye Contour Cream presents a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Although it's an OK eye cream for all skin types, the lifting and de-puffing claims are overstated and the fragrance-free formula isn't worth its price.

On the plus side, the emollient formula moisturizes and prevents loss of moisture, keeping the delicate eye area soft and smooth. Several antioxidant plant extracts are included, and the pump-dispenser bottle packaging will keep them stable during use.

Worth mentioning is that while some of the plant ingredients have solid research behind them, some of them have little more than folklore, making them less compelling.

Brightening benefits are courtesy of the mineral pigments (mica, titanium dioxide) this eye cream contains, the same ones lots of brightening products contain. The effect is a subtle brightening, but nothing you can't find from less expensive eye treatments or even from brightening concealers.

The biggest issue is the product's somewhat waxy texture. While not terrible (indeed, some people may prefer this feel), it' s just not the most elegant feeling when compared to today's best eye creams.

The last point is that this won't lift skin, neither instantly nor later on. What it takes to lift sagging skin around the eyes cannot be found in skincare products. In almost all cases, what's needed is one or more cosmetic corrective or surgical procedures. That's because sagging skin around the eyes is almost always due to fat pads beneath skin slipping out of place coupled with the effects of gravity, two things even the best skincare can't fix.

Pros:
  • Moisturizes and helps prevent loss of hydration.
  • Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
  • Mineral pigments provide a cosmetic brightening effect.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Not the most elegant texture.
  • Cannot lift skin, instantly or later on.
  • Some of the plant extracts have little more than folklore supporting their effectiveness on skin.
More Info:

Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There's much you can do to address signs of aging around your eyes, but it's not mandatory to use a product that claims to be special for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and skin-brightening agents, and skin-soothing ingredients will also work well in the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come in a product labeled eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.

Most of the products designated as exclusively for the eye area are not really necessary because they contain nothing special for the eye area, they come in packaging that will not maintain the effectiveness of their key ingredients, and/or they are poorly formulated.

Just because a product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment does not mean it's good for the eye area, or for any part of the face; in fact, many can make matters worse.

It's staggering how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem because it leaves skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse! Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine. If you opt to apply an eye cream without sunscreen during the day, be sure to apply a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater over it.

Any product you use in the eye area must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You might prefer to use a product specially labeled as an eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes. Experiment to see what combination of products gives you the best results.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream instantly gives a brighter, lifted look, while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Water, PEG-8 Beeswax, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fructose, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Methylproanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Caffeine, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ptychopetalum Olacoides Bark/Stem Extract, Pfaffia Paniculata (Brazilian Ginseng) Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Phytate, Carthamus Tinctorious Seed Oil, Tagetes Erecta (Marigold) Flower Extract.

Sunday Riley is a brand that has captured the attention of many with its mix of luxury-positioned skincare products and its ties to todays top fashion designers. This coupling, plus the brands cult-like status among beauty editors, has led many of our readers to ask us whether Sunday Riley products are deserving of the hype. The answer: Yes and no.

Often noted in Sunday Rileys products is the NV-5 Ageless Complex. Despite the number 5 in this trade name, the complex contains a mix of seven plant ingredients: prickly pear extract, blue agave, ladys slipper orchid extract, opuntia tuna fruit, cactus extract, aloe, and a type of yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).

We explored the research on each of the ingredients in the NV-5 Ageless Complex. While all of them have some benefit for skin, theyre not ingredients that have comparative benefit to long established ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and niacinamide, for example.

This brand has some intriguing products and many of them contain beneficial ingredients that are packaged to maintain their effectiveness, but there are a few missteps in terms of highly fragrant formulas. Even the highly rated products are on the pricey side for what you get, but at least if you choose to indulge youll know which products are worth buying.

Sunday Riley products are available at several online retailers, as well as at Sephora stores.

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