This is a very good eye cream for normal to dry skin, primarily due to the rich, buttery emollients it contains. What's not so good is much longer list: From the obnoxious price to the jar packaging and formula that reinforces one of our most controversial beliefs: most eye creams aren't necessary. See More Info to find out why eye creams are an unnecessary addition to your skin-care routine.
OK, you've read why eye creams are unecessary, but you're still thinking you should use one, just in case. We understand that thinking, but in this case encourage you to look elsewhere. Eye creams don't need to cost anywhere near this much to be of benefit, and because this one's packaged in a jar, many of its best ingredients will begin breaking down as soon as you open it! How's that for wasting money? When it comes to Giorgio Armani cosmetics, stick with their makeup; their skin care offers nothing new or exciting and is exceedingly overpriced for what you get.
One more comment: We're not sure why, but Armani opted to fragrance this eye cream. Fragrance isn't good for skin anywhere on the face, but especially not the sensitive eye area.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
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.
A multi-firming rejuvenating eye balm that instantly seeps into the skin, providing properties that nourish and condition the eye area for a smoother, more supple appearance.
Aqua/Water, Dimethicone, Glycerine, Cyclohexasiloxane, Simmonodsia Chinesis Butter/Jojoba Butter, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Wax, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methylsilanol/Silicate Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben Ethylparaben, Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Acteyl Triflouromethylphenyl Valylglycine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pentaerthrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Adenosine, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Limonene, Peucedanum Graveolens Extract/Dill Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Red 40, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Parfum/Fragrance.
Giorgio Armani At-A-Glance
Strengths: Outstanding foundations; superb powder textures; a brilliant shimmer fluid; perfect bronzers; some excellent lip color options; a neutral palette makes this line a must-see.
Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare is underwhelming, especially given the cost (though the claims sound good!); some of the SPF-rated products do not supply adequate broad spectrum protection; most of the mascaras aren't as impressive as they should be.
Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is credited with giving tailored elegance, power, and sex appeal to standbys like men's suits, and turning Hollywood's A-list stars into fashion icons as they parade through countless award ceremonies adorned in his simple yet elegant creations. According to Armani, "Elegance doesn't mean being noticed, it means being remembered." That statement has been parlayed into the designer's makeup collection, where the products are replete with the textures, colors, and flawless application that assure your natural beauty will be memorable rather than masked.
Because Armani has always been passionate about textures, it's no surprise that his makeup (which is the main reason to check out this line) presents an impressive collection that features some of the smoothest, lightest textures you're likely to find. From foundations to powders, eyeshadows, and mascaras—even pencils—the makeup selection includes some truly stellar products. According to the brochure for Armani's makeup, the supreme textures and silky application are the result of Micro-fil technology. This supposedly allows for a precise blending and layering of select ingredients, offering a heightened sense of color that fits like a second skin.
Regardless of how that technology is labeled, almost all of the makeup contains standard silicone polymers along with ordinary ingredients like nylon-12. Of course, many cosmetics companies have their equivalent version of Micro-fil, but Armani seems to have taken it one step further, though not always toward desired results. For example, the eyeshadows, while very smooth and easy to blend, aren't much for intensity, a point the counter personnel made clear.
There are a few other instances where the pricey products aren't all they're made out to be, but this is the world of cosmetics, and although the fantasy is for every product to be perfect, that's hardly ever the reality. Still, there are many compelling reasons to explore this collection. Although not fully distributed across the United States, it has a presence in most major cities and the products may be purchased on Armani's Web site. Makeup is where it's at for Giorgio Armani's cosmetics line. The skin care was a blatant, exceedingly overpriced afterthought and is not worth considering.
For more information about Giorgio Armani, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) ARMANI-3 or visit www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.
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