Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye
RevitaLift Miracle Blur Eye cannot "erase the look of dark circles and puffiness" because its effect isn't about coverage but rather about filling and smoothing. The filling and smoothing benefit of this eye-area product does help "blur" the appearance of fine lines, at least temporarily, but that's about it.
The silicone-based texture is somewhat thick (sort of like a soft spackle), but it's easy to apply and its smooth finish doesn't impede applying concealer over it. If you have dark circles you will want to follow this product with a good concealer!
Miracle Blur Eye contains cosmetic pigments (mica, titanium dioxide, and iron oxides among others) that brighten and help to softly improve the look of undereye shadows, but not to the extent that dark circles appear significantly lighter (hence our recommendation to have concealer ready). It's far from the only product to offer this benefit or the line-smoothing effect, and there are a couple of drawbacks you need to know about before considering it.
The first drawback is alcohol. The amount isn't too high, but it may pose a slight risk of irritation. The same concern applies to the fragrance ingredient farnesol, which is present in a greater amount than some of the anti-aging ingredients. Fragrance isn't good for skin anywhere on the face, and it becomes more potentially troublesome when it's included in products meant for application right next to the eye.
Despite its flaws, this remains a product some may wish to consider. Its smoothing and line-filling abilities are good (reminder: this does little to mask deep wrinkles) and the blend of pigments and silicones creates a visually pleasing soft-focus brightening effect that works well under makeup. Keep in mind that our "GOOD" rating is about this product's cosmetic performance; the formula itself definitely ranks only Average because it lacks appreciable amounts of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
- Works to smooth and, yes, optically "blur" fine lines around the eyes.
- Has a slight filling effect on superficial (not deep) wrinkles.
- Silky texture and finish don't interfere with concealer application.
- Amount of alcohol poses a slight risk of irritation.
- Contains the fragrance ingredient farnesol, which isn't great to use so close to the eye itself.
- Contains only a small amount such anti-aging ingredients as antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother is the first anti-aging eye treatment with Opti-Blur Technology and light-diffusing pigments to instantly reduce signs of aging and fatigue around the eyes and create a younger, radiant finish.
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 minorif 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'Oreals 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 drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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