Clinique For Men™ Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel nearly earned a better rating, as it contains a nice array of antioxidants, including caffeine, grapeseed extract, pomegranate, and others. So, why the AVERAGE rating? It also contains the irritants tangerine peel and rosemary extract. The amount is likely small—there is no discernible scent—but these are still risky for inclusion in a product designed for the eye area. Reddened, irritated skin is certainly not the goal when shopping for an eye treatment.
Housed in a tube outfitted with a metal rollerball applicator, this glides onto the skin and dries rapidly, but this product does not moisturize skin very well. Also, don't put much stock in the claims that Clinique makes about de-puffing and dark-circle correcting, as these generally are the result of genetics or aging, and so cannot be fixed with a topical product (for reasons we discuss in the More Info section).
Clinique For Men™ Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel contains a few lesser-known ingredients, such as the antioxidant nordihydroguaiaretic acid, which is derived from the desert-dwelling creosote bush, and the antioxidant (wait for it) "ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride." Also known as EUK-134, which is much easier on the tongue, a 2004 Journal of Investigative Dermatology study demonstrated that its antioxidant capacity helps offset the damage from UV exposure—although there isn't much EUK-134 in this product.
We wish we could recommend this, but for the reasons mentioned above, it's one that should be skipped given that there are better alternatives within Clinique's own "for-women" line and from dozens of others on our list of Best Eye Moisturizers.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Gel: Most eye gels 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 gel 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 gel. You would be shocked how many eye gels lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye gels (like this one) 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 or gel, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Dark Circles and Puffiness: Dark circles and puffiness are caused by several factors, and unfortunately, there aren't any skin-care products in the world that can tackle all or even most of the causes of them. While there are definitely things you can do to improve dark circles and puffiness as well as keep them from getting worse, your solution won't be found in a specialty product labeled with miraculous claims or a miracle ingredient.
The most common causes of dark circles include sun damage, irritation, allergies, genetics, and veins/capillaries showing through the surface layer of skin. For genetic causes, dark circles and puffiness aren't going to respond to topical treatment, but those caused by sun damage can be treated, as can those stemming from irritation or allergies.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caffeine, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Panthenol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Linoleic Acid, Yeast Extract, Biosaccharide Gum - 1, Linolenic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Laureth-7, Glycine, Carbomer, Cyclodextrin, Hydroxyproline, Acrylates Copolymer, Proline, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol 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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