Here's another relatively inexpensive lightweight eye-area product from Elements housed in a slim component that's outfitted with a rollerball applicator that dispenses the product. The ceramic rollerball feels cooling, and the massaging action is a good way to reduce morning puffiness, but not any better than a cold compress or just getting up and walking around. The rollerball is useless and rather silly for any other benefit. This won't reduce undereye bags that result from aging or sun damage, as skin-care products have limitations when it comes to this concern. There is no benefit a ceramic rollerball has for that issue whatsoever.
Although we've recommended these types of products in the past, this particular formula is a problem due to an unusually high amount of sunscreen ingredients; despite the high amount, however, there's no SPF rating, which is a mystery. Although the sunscreen ingredients are anti-wrinkle for sure, applying them so close to the eye is a problem, because some people will find these ingredients sensitizing when applied around the eyes.
Avon's Amethyst Mineral Complex is really a mix of amethyst ferment along with other mineral ferments, such as copper, magnesium, and zinc. This isn't the least bit "nutrient-rich" because minerals applied topically do not benefit skin the way they benefit the body when consumed in foods.
Fermentation of minerals is a process that involves bacteria and/or fungus breaking the mineral down in such a way that it becomes more bioavailable for absorption into the skin. There is some research showing mineral ferments can have wound-healing and collagen-producing benefits, although amethyst is not one of the minerals shown to have this benefit. One more point: While ferments can be good ingredients, they aren't the best, and we would never recommend you rely on them as your source for anti-aging benefits. The skin is a complex organ, so you cannot rely on any one ingredient—no matter how good it is—to keep your skin healthy.
All told, this is an eye roller, meaning you should just roll your eyes at it, and then move on to something better!
Infused with nutrient-rich Amethyst Mineral Complex. Helps skin look younger and healthier as fine lines appear to fade. Suitable for sensitive skin. Cooling ceramic roller ball smooths the look of wrinkles.
Water/Eau, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Homosalate, Amethyst Extract, Saccharomyces/Calcium, Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, PEG-40 Stearate, Steareth-2, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated, Polydecene, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate.
Strengths: Broad-spectrum sun protection from most of the SPF products; a selection of good cleansers, moisturizers, and serums; a phenomenal concealer and a handful of other excellent makeup products at bargain prices; the company provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site and offers some of the most helpful Customer Service associates in the industry.
Weaknesses: The Clearskin products are mostly irritating and poor choices for anyone battling blemishes; the Anew Clinical lineup isn’t as impressive as its made out to be; an overreliance on jar packaging diminishes the antioxidants found in many Avon moisturizers; endless, unnecessarily repetitive moisturizers with exaggerated, outlandish claims; some of the foundations look unnatural.
The last few years have been an interesting time for the world's largest direct seller. Avon is sold in 120 countries and has an enormous range of products that goes beyond skin care and makeup, all sold by five million Avon representatives racking up annual sales of over $8 billion (Source: www.avoncompany.com). Yet due to several quarters of lackluster or poor financial performance, the company announced a multiyear restructuring plan in 2006. The anticipated cost of these changes is upwards of $500 million, which includes downsizing underperforming areas and focusing on remarketing their star products. In recent years, those key products have had "cosmeceutical" appeal, with claims that have gone beyond reality (but overexaggerated claims sell big in the cosmetics industry).
The Anew Clinical line ushered in several products claiming to work like (or, in some instances, better than) cosmetic corrective procedures. Whether you are considering laser treatments, Botox, Thermage, collagen injections, or even liposuction, the ads for Anew Clinical were designed to make you rethink that decision.
It is definitely impressive that Avon invested $100 million on a state-of-the-art research and product development facility in New York, but despite some innovative products that compete with the best of the best (typically for much less money), no cosmetics company has (or will) produce skin-care products that rival or beat the results obtainable from medical procedures. It's admittedly easier to slather on a cream or stroke a pad over your face than to make an office call and shoulder the expense for a cosmetic corrective procedure, but in this case convenience and savings don't equal—or even come close to—comparable results. And lest we forget, despite the onslaught of so-called cosmeceutical products claiming to mimic the results such procedures provide, the number of these procedures being performed increases each year. If any of these works-like-(insert cosmetic corrective procedure here) products did work, the number of procedures would be declining, not rising.
The National Advertising Division (NAD) took issue with several claims Avon made in ads for their Anew Clinical products (Source: www.nadreview.org/default.asp?SessionID=1149178&DocType=1&CaseType=1). In some cases,
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Avon may be viewed as a skin-care innovator, but when it comes to makeup they're more follow-the-leaders than trail blazers. Admittedly, their foundations, powders, blush, and lipsticks have smoother, more state-of-the-art textures than ever, but with few exceptions none of them are setting a precedent that other, more innovative companies are likely to follow.
You will find some outstanding Avon makeup products to consider, but perhaps due to the sheer size of the collection there are far too many mediocre products, especially among the eyeshadows, pencils, and mascaras. Given that Avon isn't as easy to obtain as comparable products at your local drug or department store, many of the makeup items end up being a tough sell. After all, who wants to go out of their way for average products? Turning to what Avon does really well, you'll find their loose and pressed powders have amazingly silky textures and natural finishes. Their blushes are wonderful, and a few of the lipsticks and foundations are definitely worth talking about with enthusiasm. Another positive point is that Avon regularly discounts their makeup, often upwards of 50% during any given campaign (Avon's campaigns run for two weeks and the specials change each time). If you shop at the right time, the best of Avon color can be yours for less than you'd pay for most low-cost drugstore makeup.
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