I know what you’re thinking. ‘What’s this? A review for a line that isn’t clean and that is widely available anywhere?’ I think there are certain products that are iconic, such as La Mer’s moisturizer and the Clinique eye cream. There is so much marketing out there and word of mouth that the truly performance of the product often takes a backseat to the myth and hype.
When my eyes felt fatigued and in need of a pick-me-up during finals, I didn’t want to take the chance with a new product so I turned to the product that garnered a legion of devotees and was voted best department store eye cream year upon year – the All About Eyes.
Clinique’s All About Eyes is the product that started it all for their now comprehensive range of eye products and it continues to be a top seller for this gigantic skincare empire. The product housed in a plastic amber jar the same color as the gel-cream housed inside. Clinique describes the product as a lightweight gel-cream that diminishes puffiness, darkness, and fine lines. And doesn’t that just about cover everything we could hope for in an eye product?
The product has a chemical scent that is neither pleasing nor unbearable, but simply a reflection of the formula. The gel-cream consistency is indeed light, and feels like a quality formula in it’s beautiful silky texture.
Upon application the cream immediately breaks down into almost a slick on the skin. This can be attributed to the silicones, which is the most abundant ingredient in this gel-cream. The silicone helps make skin feel instantly smooth and velvety, giving the appearance of immediate results but these are temporary. In the long term, excessive use of silicone in skincare can clog pores and age skin.
The ingredients list shows this silicone-based gel cream relies mostly on emollients to deliver moisture and provide that silky skin feeling. Non-coverage pigments such as Iron Oxide and Mulberry Root change how light is reflected off shadowed areas (i.e. undereyes) which makes areas prone to dark circles appear brighter although this again is temporary. There are good ingredients like the aforementioned Mulberry Root which has brightening capabilities, as well as antioxidants from Green Tea Extract, Grape Extract, Olive Extract, and Vitamin C and E. Whey protein, the stuff used by bodybuilders is used to lock in hydration which is good but the not-so-good is that petrolatum is its partner in moisture. Petrolatum and the humectant Butylene Glycol are both going to aggravate skin, and I would go as far as to suggest people with blemish prone skin should avoid these two ingredients altogether.
There is no alcohol or fragrance in this formula which allow Clinique to use the description that they’re Allergy tested and 100% Fragrance Free. Something I should point out though is that Clinique is a company that performs animal testing. Some might view this as a necessity but I do not. Most modern lines are able to formulate without animal testing and I urge Clinique to move away from this obsolete practice.
Soapbox note aside, I had good results with the Eye Cream. It made my eyes feel hydrated and less tired. Eventhough much of this might be temporary and the result of silicones/emollients, I think it might be a good product to use when you need to feel better and look better immediately. Just know that it probably won’t make any real improvements to your skin because the good active ingredients, those antioxidants are not a concentrated part of the formula.