Upon perusing the ingredient list for this eye-area duo, our first thought was "full of promise" is full of it! Nothing in either formula is capable of lifting sagging around the eyes. See More Info to find out what you can do via skin care to help sagging skin—and to find out why, in truth, most eye creams or eye gels are usually not necessary.
Housed in a cylindrical tube, you get the Upper Eye Gel on one side and the Firming Eye Cream on the other. The gel is to be applied to the eyelids; the cream goes beneath the eye. Neither will provide a "lift," but both contain cosmetic pigments to lighten and brighten skin around the eyes—an effect that can be attractive, but is washed off like makeup at the end of the day.
In comparing the eye gel and eye cream, the eye cream is the better product. The gel contains a high amount of two absorbent ingredients, so as it sets you'll feel the skin getting tighter, kind of like how your skin feels when you apply a clay mask. That sensation isn't about skin being lifted, it's about skin becoming drier, because that's what absorbent ingredients do!
The amount of film-forming agent in the eye gel helps the skin appear smoother, but we're a bit concerned that the amount of film former coupled with the absorbent ingredients may prove irritating.
What's unquestionably problematic is the angelica root extract, present in both the Upper Eye Gel and the Firming Eye Cream, although the eye cream contains a much lower amount. This plant extract contains constituents that can cause a sensitized reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight—and neither the eye gel nor the eye cream in this full of promise duo offers sun protection (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Angelica has antioxidant benefits, but so do lots of other plants that provide the benefits without the concerns! More to the point, there's no research proving angelica root extract does anything great for the skin, around the eyes or anywhere else.
Otherwise, Upper Eye Gel contains some good antioxidants, but the fragrant bitter orange extract is one more cause for concern, especially in a product meant for use around the eyes.
The Firming Eye Cream is a rich formula for dry skin, and contains some very good antioxidants and cell-communicating peptides, but it also contains fragrant bitter orange extract and, as explained in More Info, most eye creams aren't necessary.
Bottom line: There's no reason to buy this dual-sided eye treatment, not only because it isn't necessary, but also because both formulas contain their share of problematic ingredients, which keep them from earning a strong recommendation.
What You Can do for Sagging Skin: Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
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.
full of promise restoring eye duo for upper-lid lifting and under-eye firming offers a breakthrough 2-in-1 solution for aging eyes in need of visible lift and firmness.
Upper Eye Gel: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Kaolin, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Pongamia Pinnata Seed Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Lecithin, Mica, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Adenosine, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Alcohol, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum, Sodium Benzoate, Tin Oxide, Acetic Acid, Maltodextrin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, PEG-8, Citric Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Sorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide.
Under Eye Firming Cream: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-40 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Silica, Squalane, Dimethiconol, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Pongamia Pinnata Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Acetic Acid, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Hexapeptide-11, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Glycol Distearate, Mica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sorbitan Stearate, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Adenosine, Alcohol, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum, Laureth-3, Tin Oxide, Sodium Benzoate, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Maltodextrin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Lactic Acid, PEG-8, Sclerotium Gum, Sorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Caffeine, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide.
Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-lightening product.
Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils; the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.
Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store élan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors, we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.
Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...
So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products—but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.
For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.
Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.
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