Super Aqua-Eye Serum
Just to be clear from the get-go, most products labeled as an eye cream aren't necessary, which we know sounds shocking, but check out our More Info section to see why.
There is nothing “unprecedented” about this formula unless you take that to mean extraordinary claims with an extraordinarily basic formula. This emollient moisturizer for dry skin contains a mostly antiquated mixture of water, glycol, and waxes with a decent smattering of skin-repairing ingredients. What it lacks is a significant amount of antioxidants that would really be helpful for the eye area or any part of the face. While it does contain peptides, the amounts are miniscule and are far exceeded by the amount of preservative it contains.
One of the more ridiculous claims this product asserts is that it contains fragments of hyaluronic acid which is “Known for its volumizing, plumping and smoothing power, hyaluronic acid is a molecule capable of retaining the equivalent of 1,000 times its volume in water.” First the amount of hyaluronic acid in this product is so minute that a 1,000x increase wouldn’t be enough water for an ant. Moreover, dry skin isn’t about water content but about repairing skin so it can maintain its natural balance of water. In truth, a 1000x increase would be damaging for skin. Just because you soak in a tub of water doesn’t mean your skin is moisturized; if anything, that will make skin drier.
Perhaps the best part of this formula is that it is one of the only ones from Guerlain that doesn’t contain fragrance. Not sure how that happened but it is the first step in the right direction from Guerlain we’ve seen in years.
- Basic moisturizing formula for dry skin.
- One of the better formulas from Guerlain (though that isn’t saying much).
- Doesn’t contain fragrance.
- Doesn’t outperform far less expensive versions.
- Given the price it isn’t a stellar formula.
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.
With Super Aqua-Eye, Guerlain provides women with all the moisturizing anti-ageing power of its star product, Super Aqua-Serum, in a formula specially adapted to intensely hydrate, revitalize and smooth the most sensitive area of the face.
Strengths: Lavish packaging (if that appeals to you); a good mascara; some excellent lipsticks.
Weaknesses: Very expensive; over-reliance on jar packaging; pervasive fragrance; overall mediocre to just plain bad skincare.
Guerlain's Paris pedigree, having evolved from a centuries-old fragrance house to a "lifestyle" line that prides itself on luxurious indulgences that promise to beautify (and perfume) almost every inch of you, still manages to hook plenty of unsuspecting women. Yet behind all of the enticing names and extraordinary claims lie some of the most unremarkable, overpriced skin-care products available. It may sound luxurious to find that gold is included in some of their formulations, unless you happen to know that when it's applied topically, gold is simply a potent allergen; there is no research showing it to have any effect on wrinkles or aging.
Guerlain's skin-care products contain a preponderance of ordinary cosmetic ingredients, with only a smattering of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants, and most of these elegant ingredients are hindered by jar packaging. It's one thing to spend more than you need to on a skin-care routine, but at least if you decide to do so you should shop the overpriced lines that will reward you with far better formulations than what Guerlain offers. Guerlain is the very definition of style usurping substance. For example, there are dozens and dozens of moisturizers in this line that are at best described as mediocre and out of date, while the sunscreens have issues of their own, including low SPF ratings and potentially insufficient UVA protection due to smaller-than-usual amounts of avobenzone. And despite the specialty claims they make for each product grouping, repetitive formulations are the hallmark of the Guerlain linetoo bad not a single moisturizer or serum formula comes close to beating the competition; more often than not they fail miserably.
Guerlain has been under the ownership of Sephora parent company Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy since 1994, and is available in many Sephora boutiques.
For more information about Guerlain, visit www.guerlain.com.
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