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Garnier Nutritioniste

Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 16.99
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This lightweight serum is packaged in a tube with one end having a metal roller-ball applicator. You're supposed to massage it around the eye area to reduce wrinkles (specifically, crow's-feet at the edges of the eyes), but the formula is incredibly problematic and not the least bit anti-aging.

Despite the coolness factor from the roller-ball applicator, what it dispenses exposes your skin to a strong dose of irritation. The amount of alcohol plus citrus extracts, ginger root, and a sensitizing preservative (discussed in More Info below) causes collagen breakdown and hurts skin's healing process. That is not uplifting in the least.

As for the pro-retinol mentioned in the claims: This product doesn't contain retinol; rather it contains retinyl linoleate, which doesn't have the same benefit as pure retinol.

Pros:

  • None.
Cons:

  • Contains alcohol, which can cause irritation and collagen breakdown.
  • Doesn't really contain retinol, as suggested by the pro-retinol claim on the packaging.
  • Contains fragrant plant extracts that cause irritation.

More Info:

The problematic preservative in this product is methylisothiazolinone. Although it's a good preservative, it is generally not recommended for use in leave-on products due to the risk of a sensitized reaction. For certain, it isn't a good idea to include it in a product meant for application around the eyes!

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Over time, everyday facial movements and loss of firmness around the delicate eye area can lead to wrinkles and crows feet. The eye area needs effective yet gentle care. For the first time, Pro-Retinol from nature combines with leading Eye Roller expertise to more effectively target crows feet.

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Argania Spinosa/Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caffeine, Carbomer, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract/Orange Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Glycine Soja Protein/Soybean Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Laureth-7, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polysilicone-8, Potassium Sorbate, Retinyl Linoleate, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract/Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract/Ginger Root Extract

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn'tdid they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy facerated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchasebut you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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