M.A.C. is one of many cosmetics lines owned by Estee Lauder, and like all Lauder-owned brands, their eye cream formulas are typically impressive. Each contains an impressive mix of emollients, skin-repairing ingredients, antioxidants, and cell-communicating ingredients that help skin look and act younger. However, most eye creams aren't necessary; we explain why in the More Info tab.
Because most of Lauder's eye creams are packaged in jars, the most important ingredients won't remain effective once you open the cream. See More Info for details on the problems jar packaging presents.
Another shortcoming of this product is that, despite containing some notable ingredients, it also contains several gimmicky, relatively useless ingredients. Among the gimmicky ingredients are diamond powder, which just adds shine—diamonds don't make skin younger; supposedly "charged" water, but water is water, and "charging" it isn't going to affect how it performs in a skin-care product; and the rosy-red gemstone rhodochrosite. None of these ingredients are special for skin around the eyes, or for anywhere on the face or body—they can't make dark circles lighter, improve wrinkles, or alleviate puffiness, but they do make for good ad copy!
One more comment: Unlike most eye creams, this contains fragrance. Granted, the amount is very low, but the eye area is most likely to react to fragranced products owing to its proximity to the eye itself.
Why You Don't 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.
Why Jar Packaging is a Problem:
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; and Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
A luxuriously rich eye cream. Infused with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Moisturizes and adds radiance, while instantly - and over time - reducing the look of dark circles, lines and puffiness.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Yeast Extract, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sea Salt, Nylon-12, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Whey Protein, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Protein, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Caffeine, Cholesterol Tetraacetylphytosphingosine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Biotin, Magnesium Chloride, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide-2, Rhodochrosite, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Phytosphingosine, Propylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sucrose, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Nitrate, Simethicone, Sodium Sulfate, Diamond Powder, Calcium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polysorbate 80, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Silica, Alumina Steareth-20, Citric Acid, Linoleic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance, Limonene, Disodium EDTA, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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