Thursday, 3 July 2014

Review: Decleor Aroma Lisse 2-In-1 Dark Circle & Eye Wrinkle Eraser



I’m finally wrapping up my reviews of the new Aroma Lisse range with a long-overdue post on the 2-in-1 Dark Circle & Eye Wrinkle Eraser. It costs £32/15ml (available in John Lewis, HOF, Liberty etc.). It’s designed to smooth away fine lines and brighten dark under eye circles. Decleor's website mentions these key ingredients:
  •  Mandarin Essential Oil to protect and repair cells
  • Galanga, yeast and Ruscus Extracts to plump the skin, reduce puffiness and reduce the appearance of dark circles
  • Gold pigments that instantly illuminate and neutralise dark undertones
Those are five ingredients out of fifty. FIFTY. If you used this with the day cream that’s 100 chemicals on your face already. Wowza.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water)
Butylene Glycol
Polymethylsilsesquioxane
Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride
Coco-Caprylate/Caprate
Beheneth-25
Dimethicone
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Nylon-12
Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt
Glycerin
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Glyceryl Stearate
PEG-100 Stearate
Pentaerythrityl Distearate
Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil
PEG-6 Isostearate
Phenoxyethanol
Cetyl Alcohol
Propylene Glycol
Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract
Sodium Polyacrylate
Mica
Polyacrylamide
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract
Caprylyl Glycol
CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)
Alpina Galanga Leaf Extract
Pentylene Glycol
C13-14 Isoparaffin
Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil
Linalool
Disodium EDTA
Michelia Alba Leaf Oil
Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer
Triethanolamine
Limonene
Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract
Tocopherol
Laureth-7
Sodium Hyaluronate
Glycerol Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil
Hesperetin Laurate
Citrus Nobilus (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil
CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Xanthan Gum
Ethyhexylglycerin
Panax Ginseng Root Extract

Goodness that took a long time to type up! I'll follow up with an ingredients breakdown, but for now suffice to say it works with (1) yellow pigments to brighten eye bags and (2) silicones to fill out wrinkles.

In tests conducted by Decleor over a 28-day period, 81% of users witnessed smoothed lines and wrinkles and 100% saw a more moisturised and brighter eye contour. 81% of 21 participants, i.e. 17 people. Whats the point in using such a small sample!? I’ve been using it for a few weeks and I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference. As a caveat, it is kinda pointless for me to comment on the anti-wrinkle benefits when I’m 25. I hate those reviews where someone gushes over a firming cream, an anti-wrinkle cream or anti-acne cream when they clearly have NONE of those problems. Also, I think it’s a little misleading to call this a wrinkle ‘eraser’, when whats happening is that silicones are filling in lines. You can’t ‘erase’ winkles but you can reduce their appearance by minimising sun exposure and always using suncream, drinking enough water and using hydrating skincare products. L-ascorbic acid, Retinol, Niacinamide and AHAs & BHAs are also effective in reducing wrinkles.

When it comes to dark circles, gather round my friends. I have under eye circles to complement my pallid skin tone and produce a gaunt sickly appearance. I don’t think my dark circles are too bad (but then again I could just be delusional.) I could do with some concealer, but I don’t feel the need to buy specific skincare products for it. What I need is more sleep!

This cream might appeal to people who don’t use make-up but want something to brighten the eye area, as there is a subtle difference when you use it. By subtle, I mean so subtle that you probably wouldn’t notice it unless you were purposefully looking for a difference. If you have some serious eye-baggery going on, this is not the solution to your problems.

For people who use concealer, using creams like this seems pointless because any effect is covered by make-up. And on that topic, my biggest gripe with this cream is that it tends to flake when you apply make-up on top and leave patchy bits.

To sum it up:

Pros:
-Has a subtle brightening effect
-Some good ingredients, like sunflower seed oil, evening primrose oil and soybean oil
-Hygienic packaging, easy to control the amount that comes out

Cons:
-The brightening effect is temporary
-Wrinkle ‘eraser’ is filler
-The top three ingredients are water > petrochemical > silicone. Meh.
-Not hydrating enough
-Irritates the eyes if you get it in the tear duct. (Whose smart idea was it to use citrus peel in an eye product?)
-Expensive - works out as £200+/100ml

You can read my reviews of the other products by clicking on the links: Energising Smoothing Cream, Smoothing Night Balm and Aromessence Mandarine Serum.

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