This “serum” is really a water-based, thin-textured gel. It is housed in a cylindrical component (good luck getting this to stay upright) and the product is dispensed onto a metal roller-ball applicator.
Massaging this serum around the eyes does feel soothing, and the metal ball applicator provides a brief cooling effect. However, most cases of puffy eyes, particularly those related to aging, cannot be massaged away. If only it were that simple, who would bemoan their puffy eyes, right?
Like most Clinique facial and eye-area moisturizers or serums, the formula contains an impressive mix of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and some skin-identical substances. With one exception (explained below) none of them have solid research demonstrating they’re the solution for dark circles or undereye puffiness; however, they certainly have benefit for skin, around the eyes or elsewhere.
The exception ingredient in this eye serum is caffeine. When applied topically, caffeine serves as an anti-inflammatory and has a constrictive effect on skin, which may lead to a reduced puffiness, assuming it arises from edema (swelling) and not aging (Sources: Planta Medica, October 2008, pages 1,548–1,559; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
It is disappointing that fragrant tangerine peel extract is included in an amount that’s likely to cause irritation. Tangerine peel contains volatile components that can irritate on contact. Although we don’t typically comment on our personal experience with a skin-care product, we did experience a stinging reaction from All About Eyes Serum. For this reason, it’s a tough product to recommend, especially given that lots of other facial moisturizers (which are fine to use around the eye) contain beneficial ingredients without the risk of irritation.
With its novel serum formula and rollerball delivery system, this portable de-puffer cools and comforts eyes on contact. A gentle swipe instantly refreshes, brightens and soothes fatigued eyes, reduces appearance of dark circles. All without the irritation that can lead to more puffs.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caffeine, Panthenol, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Spike Moss Extract, Rosemary Extract, Hops Extract, Pomegranate Juice Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Yeast Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Linolenic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Laureth-7, Linoleic Acid, Glycine, Carbomer, Cyclodextrin, Hydroxyproline, Acrylates Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Caprylyl Glycol, Proline, Ethyl Bisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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