I didn't know this product was a newly formulated anti-wrinkle eye balm. It is advertised to improve the unique damage caused by dryness in the skin around the eyes (check) and create a radiant eye contour that can resist wrinkles and dryness. That's the key: radiant. I was instantly struck by pearlescent radiance that this Eye Contour Balm imparts to my eye area. I glow. What I don't understand is why Clé de Peau recommends you use it at night. Who's going to see your glowing, youthful skin while you sleep? I think a man wrote that.
Here are the features and benefits that this stupendous eye "balm" offers.
- Inhibits factors that cause wrinkling in the eye area and blocks factors that aggravate visible wrinkles
- Highly moisturizing formula creates skin that resists wrinkles caused by damaging dryness
- Formulated with pure retinol, a powerful ingredient targeted to smooth and repair wrinkles
Here is Paula Begoun's backhanded compliment (she doesn't love anything she doesn't sell under her own brand). That's why I usually pay no attention to her pronouncements. "Eye Contour Balm Anti-Wrinkle (Baume Contour Des Yeux Anti-Rides) is a very good emollient moisturizer that’s suited for dry skin around the eyes or elsewhere. It contains more antioxidants, the cell-communicating ingredient retinol, and skin-identical ingredients than the other Cle de Peau Beaute products, although the price is absurd given that better formulations are available from other companies for a lot less." Yes, I'm sure she will sell you her own product for far less. That's why - as a rule - I don't trust her. She always adds a dig. Is $140 absurd? I don't think so, particularly since I've wasted far more than that on the "latest and greatest" eye creams that didn't work as promised. I am a total sucker for effective eye treatments.
Here's the deal: Clé de Peau Beauté launched its first brightening essence in Japan nearly 30 years ago. Brightening and lightening products are still all the rage in Asia, and the trend is growing here. Now, empowered by its exclusive "Neuro Skin theory," the research of Clé de Peau Beauté Laboratories boasts an exquisite spectrum of beauty products that offer radiance along with their anti-aging properties.
Put this "balm" on the skin around your eyes, and you might gasp, as I did. It adds a protective layer that comes with an illuminating effect. Apparently, there is some luminescent complex in it that creates the effect that makes my skin look fresh and alive. How does it work? I don't know!
In addition to the retinol, which is a proven anti-aging ingredient, it contains bupleurum extract, which is said to enhance the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in fibroblasts - all good. So, if you are interested in a velvety balm that hydrates the skin around your eyes, dramatically improves skin texture, and promotes resilience to counteract the visible signs of aging, while lighting up your eye area, go to your favorite Clé de Peau counter and ask for a sample. I got mine at Neiman Marcus.
Photo courtesy of Clé de Peau Beauté