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NARS

Total Replenishing Eye Cream

0.52 fl. oz. for $ 55.00
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This eye cream contains titanium dioxide for a cosmetic whitening effect plus the mineral pigment mica for shine, all in a silky cream suitable for normal to dry skin anywhere on the face. Far from being total replenishment (where’s the sunscreen to keep dark circles, sagging, and wrinkles from worsening?) this eye cream covers the basics with its smoothing texture, but that’s about it.

Of particular concern is the amount of fragrance plus inclusion of fragrant plant extracts such as gardenia. If any facial product should be fragrance-free, it’s eye creams, so using one with fragrance isn’t recommended. In fact, although it may surprise you, the truth is you don’t need an eye cream (and definitely not one with fragrance). Here’s why: Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because, as mentioned above, it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse! You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

This eye cream contains some intriguing anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants and peptides, but they’re present in very low amounts that don’t justify this product’s price.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Absorbs quickly to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles and the appearance of dark circles. Enriched with Beech Bud Extract to boost collagen production. Puffiness is reduced for a supple and smooth eye area.

Water, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, PEG-400, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cocos Nucifera, Jojoba Alcohol, Isopropyl Jojobate, Isododecane, Jojoba Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium EDTA, Steareth-20, Maris Aqua, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Spilanthes Acmella, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Gardenia Tahitensis, Algae, Polysilicone-2, Sophora Japonica, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Barium Sulfate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Dipeptide-2, Thymus Serpillum, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Citric Acid, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Fagus Sylvatica, Plankton Extract, Alumina, Mica, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77492/Iron Oxides

NARS At-A-Glance

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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