Estee Lauder

Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 64.00
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This eye-area product is essentially a silky, thin-textured cream packaged in a small tube that’s outfitted with an angled ceramic-tip applicator. The ceramic tip stays cool, so as you dispense the product and use the tip to massage it around your eye area it feels refreshing.

To some extent, the coolness of the tip can help reduce puffy eyes—at least the kind of puffiness that results from allergies or fluid retention, but only temporarily, until the irritation and swelling from those problems return. If your puffiness is age-related (meaning it’s a result of fat pads beneath the skin slipping out of place, resulting in a pouched look), products like this have no effect.

Of course, Lauder maintains this product is great for dark circles and wrinkles, too, but it only helps with dark circles because the creamy lotion has a pale golden, opalescent pink shimmer to reflect light from the shadowed areas. The effect is a cosmetic trick, not skin care, and it’s no match for what a great concealer can accomplish. Besides, the finish quickly emphasizes wrinkles or crepey skin around the eyes, so you’ll want to camouflage it with a creamy concealer anyway. If this provided broad-spectrum sun protection, the dark circle–diminishing claim would carry more weight (unprotected sun exposure absolutely makes dark circles worse).

Although this doesn’t contain fragrance per se, it does contain fragrant plant extracts (including tangerine), which pose a risk of irritation whether used around the eyes or elsewhere on the face, and irritation can cause collagen to break down. The formula also contains some very good antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients, but they don’t make up for the irritating ingredients, any more than eating broccoli makes up for eating chocolate cake.

Aside from the uniqueness of the ceramic-tip applicator, this Idealist product (which is offered in two shades, though both go on very sheer and impart the same type of shine) isn’t all that special. The anti-aging ingredients it contains are found in numerous other products, including facial moisturizers and serums. The truth is most eye creams aren't necessary, although if occasional puffiness is your concern you may find a product like this worth the expense. See More Info for details on why eye creams aren’t necessary.

  • Unique contoured ceramic-tip applicator provides a refreshing cooling sensation without resorting to irritants like menthol.
  • Silky, lightweight cream texture works well under makeup.
  • Contains a good range of beneficial ingredients to reduce signs of aging and repair damage.
  • Contains fragrant plant extracts that pose a slight risk of irritation, although this is less of a concern due to the many antioxidants in the formula.
  • Golden pink shine finish can enhance the appearance of wrinkles unless you apply this sparingly.
  • Cannot help with age-related puffiness (cosmetic surgery is the only way to go).

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Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream

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.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Now see brighter, more rested-looking eyes instantly. With every cool touch of this first-ever, specially contoured ceramic-tip applicator, help reduce the look of: dark circles, puffiness, shadows and fine lines. Instantly, eyes look brighter and refreshed.

Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Propanediol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Petrolatum, Butylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina (Spike Moss) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Algae Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Cholesterol, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Sucrose, Squalene, Phytosterols, Lactoperoxidase, Polysorbate-40, Glucose Oxidase, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Jojoba Alcohol, Isopropyl Jojobate, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Trehalose, Glucose, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Polysilicone-11, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate-80, Tromethamine, PEG-8, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocotrienols, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Phospholipids, Tocopherol, Pinanediol, Camphanediol, Potassium Sulfate, Laureth-12, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triolein, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Cyclodextrin, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Silica, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Yellow 5

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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