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Olay

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream

0.40 fl. oz. for $ 29.99
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Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream instantly loses points due to its jar packaging, which compromises the effectiveness of its skin-restoring superstar ingredient, niacinamide (see More Info to learn why).

Otherwise, the formula is pretty bare bones, but at least includes skin-replenishing glycerin and skin-restoring palmitoyl pentapeptide-4. We wish that's all it took to "fight dark circles, wrinkles and puffy eyes in an instant," but skin needs a greater array of antioxidants, skin replenishing ingredients, and other anti-aging ingredients to really improve skin.

Olay claims that the peach tint of this eye cream features "color-correcting technology" to help brighten the eye area. In truth, the tint sheers out so imperceptibly that you would be hard-pressed to see any "correcting" for dark circles.

Olay also claims that this eye cream "reduces puffiness by massaging onto skin." We'll let you in on a little secret…if your puffiness is caused by fluid retention in the eye area, then gently massaging any soothing moisturizer can improve matters. There's no ingredient in this cream that's inherently "de-puffing".

Texture-wise, this fragrance-free cream is on the lighter side and absorbs comfortably for normal to oily skin (drier skin types will need something more moisturizing; ditto if the skin around your eyes is dry even though the rest of your face is oily).

In the end, between the jar packaging's inefficiencies, over-exaggerated claims, and the mostly lackluster formula, this ends of being more of a disappointment. It's not the "ultimate eye cream" by any stretch of the imagination.

Pros:
  • Light cream consistency absorbs nicely.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging diminishes the anti-aging effectiveness of the niacinamide.
  • Otherwise, pretty basic formula.
  • The "color-correcting" tint sheers out so imperceptibly that its brightening effect isn't noticeable.
More Info:This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable for long once it's opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air-sensitive and begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective.

Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging among many other concerns need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.

References for this information:

Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106

Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, issue 3, pages 252-259.

Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, issue 9, pages 4676-4683

Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, issue 6, pages 640-660

Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88

Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1-10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Fight dark circles, wrinkles and puffy eyes in an instant with Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Perfecting Cream. This 3-in-1 DeCircler, DeWrinkler & DePuffer instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The powerful formula hydrates to smooth and brighten the eye area. Give your eyes a boost of beauty and moisture with Ultimate Eye Cream for wrinkles, puffy eyes, and dark circles.
Supercharged with peptides and vitamins, it renews skins surface over time and reduces puffiness by massaging onto skin. Formulated with Olay's color-correcting technology, it acts as a touch of concealer that matches all skin tones.

Water, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethiconol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Olay At-A-Glance

Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.

In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.

For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.

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