This two-piece set consists of an eye cream and a sheer concealer (Lancome calls it a “Veil”) with sunscreen rated SPF 15 (the eye cream itself does not contain sunscreen). It’s a clever concept, with the eye cream housed in a jar and a portion of the product’s cap housing a compact for the veil/concealer with sunscreen. Of course, the jar packaging is a problem, and the claim that it fixes six eye-area woes is more fabrication than fact. Please see More Info below for details on jar packaging’s problems, the claims, and why a separate product labeled an eye cream is usually not necessary.
As for the two parts of the set: The fragranced Eye Cream (0.5 oz.) is a standard formula with a thick, almost waxy texture. Although it contains some state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, they won’t remain potent for long thanks to the jar packaging, which allows the beneficial ingredients to break down once the lid is removed. Also, there’s more artificial color in this eye cream than there are ingredients that would help justify the price. Plus, there’s way too much fragrance, which is not good in any product, but especially in one for use around the eyes!
The Veil (0.14 oz.), with SPF 15, has a beautifully smooth cream-to-powder texture. It blends readily, looks natural, and provides decent coverage, although it won’t replace a concealer for those with dark circles or other discolorations. Lancome offers three workable shades (Light, Medium, and Dark), each sold with the same Renergie eye cream.
Regrettably, the sunscreen fails to provide reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection because it does not contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb, the ingredients that cover the entire UVA spectrum.
The single active sunscreen ingredient is octinoxate, a synthetic active that can cause irritation and is not best for use in the eye area. It would have been far better if this product contained titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, mineral-based sunscreen ingredients that present no risk of irritation.
In the end, this duo is overpriced for what you get and, as discussed below, cannot work as claimed.
Lancome claims this eye-area duo lifts eyelids, deflates undereye bags, erases wrinkles, improves dark circles, and brightens the eye area. It absolutely cannot lift eyelids or skin anywhere on your face, nor can it deflate undereye bags or erase wrinkles; there are no ingredients in this product that provide that benefit.
Because of the Veil’s concealer-like nature, this can help brighten the undereye area and soften the appearance of dark circles. That’s about all you can expect, though, and both products have drawbacks that should prevent a purchase, unless you really want to spend more to give your skin less than it needs to look and act younger.
The fact that the cream part of this product is 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.
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.
Two products for the eye area that deliver six visible actions: 1) eyelids are visibly lifted; 2) the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is virtually erased; 3) the eye contour looks firmer; 4) under-eye bags are visibly deflated; 5) dark circles appear faded; 6) the eye contour look illuminated.
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Wax, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Methylsilanol/Silicate Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Red 40, Tocopherol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Faex Extract/Yeast Extract, Adenosine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Magnesium Sulfate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Vigna Aconitifolia Flower Extract, Ethylparaben, N-Hydroxysuccinamide, Nelubium Speciosum Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Limonene, Pentylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Acrylates Copolymer, Carbomer, Geraniol, Chrysin, Methylparaben, Octadecenedioic Acid, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate. Step 2, Veil with SPF 15: Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 5%; Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, Isononyl Isnonnanoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Nylon-12, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Pinus Pinaster Bark/Bud Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lauroyl Lysine, Disteardimonium Hectorite; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Barium Sulfate
Strengths: Some good cleansers; well-formulated scrubs; foundations with beautiful shades for almost every skin color; great concealers; several outstanding mascaras; the Artliner liquid eyeliners perform well; impressive powder eyeshadows; some fantastic lipsticks and automatic lipliner.
Weaknesses: Expensive for what amounts to mostly mediocre to below-average skincare products; lacking in effective treatments for blemishes or lightening skin discolorations; average toners; moisturizers that are short on including state-of-the-art ingredients; jar packaging; some foundations with sunscreen do not provide complete UVA protection.
French flair, free gifts with purchase, constant magazine ads, and attractive packaging impel women to seek out the Lancome counter. Once you're there, though, unless you're captured by the enticing claims, the skin-care products are resoundingly dull, and we mean really, really dull (the makeup is a different story). With new research and developments in skin care many cosmetics companies typically improve their formulas, even if just in a small way. That’s not the case with Lancome, which tends to raise their prices while producing lackluster, ordinary formulas with little benefit for skin.
Even more shocking is that their most expensive skin-care items tend to be the most disappointing, usually for what they lack rather than for what they contain. It's startling to realize that their priciest moisturizer is remarkably similar to dozens of other Lancome creams priced more reasonably (but still too high when you consider what you're getting for the money). It seems that all it takes to justify the excessive prices is a good story based around a rare ingredient and claims of delivering a younger look. What a shame so many consumers are taken in by this kind of marketing mumbo jumbo.
L'Oreal-owned Lancome, along with L'Oreal's own skin-care products sold at the drugstore, has fallen well behind their competition. For all their lofty claims and beautiful models, many other companies leave them in the dust. Most of the Lauder companies (Clinique, Estee Lauder), along with Dove, and Olay have skin-care formularies that consistently outperform those of Lancome and L'Oreal in terms of what substantiated research has shown is necessary to have healthy, more wrinkle- and age-resistant skin. Lancome claims to understand women, and they certainly know how to entice them with pretty packaging and scientific-sounding claims. It would be far better if they had an intimate understanding of what it really takes for skin to look its best and function optimally.
The biggest improvement Lancome has made is that almost all of their sunscreens now include the right UVA-protecting ingredients. Who knows why it took them so long to get this straightened out (L'Oreal is no stranger to this issue, as they have developed and patented new UVA filters throughout the years), but it is now easier than ever to find a reliable sunscreen from Lancome. Given their prominence and presence in department stores around the world, Lancome isn't easy to ignore. Our suggestion is to look beyond most of the skin care and focus on what they do best: makeup (especially foundations and mascaras).
Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all Lancome products contain fragrance.
For more information about Lancome, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 526-2663 or visit www.lancome.com.
L'Oreal-owned Lancome is a stellar, French-bred collection of makeup that remains the best reason to shop this line. Because most of Lancome's skin-care products have problematic elements (be it jar packaging, insufficient sun protection, or dated formulas), it is a relief to find that, for the most part, the colorful side of their business has more than its share of innovative products. We enjoyed the fact that no matter where we shopped, Lancome's counter personnel were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. There's a lot to keep track of, and Lancome deserves credit for keeping their salespeople so well informed.
If you're looking for a force to reckon with for foundations, Lancome is a must-see. They continue to offer some of the most elegant, silky formulas anywhere and in a color range that is overwhelmingly neutral, whether your skin is porcelain or ebony. The only troubling aspect is that most of Lancome's foundations with sunscreen do not contain adequate UVA protection or the SPF rating is too low. Lancome obviously knows about the risks with these issues (after all, they market ecamsule, their version of the UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, and brag about its UVA range). And considering that, we are not recommending as many of their foundations as we have in previously have. Beyond this major gripe, you will discover that Lancome has a well-deserved reputation for their fantastic mascaras, and that their latest powders and eyeshadows apply with a silkiness that makes them gratifying to work with. The rest of the makeup encompasses many valid choices, but before you commit to Lancome, consider the similar options available for less from sister companies L'Oreal and Maybelline New York. Striking a balance among the best of each of these lines will give you first-class makeup that beautifies without breaking the bank.
Note: Lancome is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Lancome 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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