This eye cream has a lightweight yet hydrating texture that's suitable for slightly dry skin, but, ultimately, it contains too many potential troublemakers to make it worth considering. Even if the formula didn't have the problems it does, the truth is you don't need an eye cream (see More Info to learn why), especially not one that costs as much as this and provides so few benefits.
The first concern is the amount of film-forming agent (polymethyl methacrylate). Although this ingredient helps temporarily smooth wrinkles, in higher amounts it can be irritating, and irritating skin is never the goal.
Next on the list of problems is that almost every beneficial ingredient in this eye cream is listed after the preservative (phenoxyethanol). That's truly disappointing because for what this costs, it should be brimming with anti-aging ingredients, and it isn't.
Also cause for concern is the amount of fragrance and, lower down on the ingredient list, several fragrance ingredients that shouldn't be used near the eyes (or, really, anywhere on the face for that matter). This eye cream contains a handful of intriguing ingredients, but nothing that cannot be found in better products that cost less. And let me repeat, you don't need a special product labeled "eye cream" a well-formulated facial moisturizer will work beautifully.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
Most eye creams 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 cream 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 cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams 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, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Irritation from Fragrance Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
This concentrated treatment targets the skin's own youth preserving cells to intensely correct all signs of aging. Its silky crème texture instantly smoothes, firms, and brightens the eye contour while visibly diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Phenoxyethanol, Mango Seed Butter, Polyethylene, Steareth-2, Sorbitol, Oat Kernel Extract, Alcohol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Decyloxazolidinone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tromethamine, Fragrance, Algin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yeast Extract, Termilanalia Sericea Bark/Root Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Pantetheine Sulfonate, Steareth-20, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Mallow Extract, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Adenosine, Cellulose Gum, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Licorice Root Extract, Aframomum Angustifolium Seed Extract, N-Hyhdroxysuccinimide, Potentilla Erecta Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kluyveromyces Extract, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Evening Primrose Root Extract, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, BHT, Biotin
Strengths:Nearly all of the SPF-related products offer sufficient UVA protection; a few extraordinary foundations and mascaras; a good liquid concealer; an excellent powder eyeshadow set; some good lipsticks and eyeliners.
Weaknesses: Expensive; lackluster moisturizers and serums that contain more fragrance and preservatives than elegant ingredients; irritating toners and self-tanners; ordinary masks; lack of products to address the needs of those with blemishes or skin discolorations; some foundations with SPF ratings that are too low; mostly average makeup brushes.
If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crème de la crème and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.
Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.
On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.
For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.
Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.
You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a company’s image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to what’s inside all the luxe containers, too.
One more note: Dior’s makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.
Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior does not conduct animal testing for its 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 brands 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 Research Team.
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