IDEALIST COOLING EYE ILLUMINATOR
“Now see brighter, more rested-looking eyes instantly.” – Estée Lauder
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★★☆(9/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $58 for .5oz./15ml. (Plastic squeeze tube with ceramic-tip)
BEST FOR: Dark circles.
SHADE REVIEWED: Light/Medium
QUICK REVIEW: This has become a daytime MUST for my tired, puffy eyes. You can apply it lightly over makeup for instant brightening as well.
the REVIEW: After trying numerous eye brightening, lightening, illuminating, glowifying products, I had almost resigned to accepting that my dark circles were proud badges of motherhood. Afterall, I would prefer to display my pooped out look vs. wearing layers of thick concealer, which in my opinion, makes the eyes look more (ahem) challenged. Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator gives eyes a fresh new look using a fresh new application.
With a ceramic applicator which is smooth and cool to the touch, Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminatorglides over the eye area which not only feels incredibly relaxing but helps to relieve temporary puffiness. The creamy iridescent serum gives the eye area an instantly fresher look and works wonders under additional concealer (I recommend Estee Lauder Ideal Light) – you can also wear it alone or even apply it lightly over makeup.
the RESULTS: Regular use of Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator helps to relieve the temporary types of dark circles, fine lines and overall tired look of the eyes. It’s important to remember that this is not an eye cream, but an illuminating step that enhances the overall look of the eye area. I chose to apply an eye treatment cream under Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator since it does not offer a lot of hydration, but felt it worked fine on its own when rushing out of the house (I mentioned motherhood right?). The best alternative use for this product was using it during the day to revive tired looking eyes. A tiny dab and a few quick strokes perked up my eyes and reactivated my concealer.
the FINAL ROAR: While $58 is a bit steep for what this product is for – the unique applicator makes it worth the extra bucks. Estee Lauder also offers GinZing by Origins ($29.50) which has a slightly richer and more pinkish tone and La Mer The Eye Concentrate ($165) which uses a metal applicator.
How does Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator compare to Olay Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing Eye Brush ($19.99)? If we look a the merits of each product without regard to price, the Cooling Eye Illuminator has a more brightening effect, two shades, a richer texture and a better applicator. The Dark Circle Minimizing Eye Brush also only comes in one color, a neutral beige with slight peach undertones that may show up dark on pale skins. Hands down, Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator is a better product – while the Olay Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing Eye Brush is a better “deal”.
Photos (L-R): Before, After, Product Swatch (Light/Medium)
ESTEE LAUDER IDEALIST COOLING EYE ILLUMINATOR DETAILS
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Now see brighter, more rested-looking eyes instantly.
With every cool touch of this first-ever, specially contoured ceramic-tip applicator, help reduce the look of: dark circles, puffiness, shadows and fine lines.
Instantly, eyes look brighter and refreshed.
In just 2 weeks, 90% of women saw a reduction in the look of dark circles and puffiness.
Use it every day and your entire eye area looks more than a shade lighter.
The highly concentrated Dark Circle Correcting Complex targets the underlying causes of darkness and puffiness for dramatic brightening and de-puffing. Triple-Optic Technology instantly makes dark circles appear lighter.
Proven gentle and effective for all ethnicities, all skin tones. Comes in 2 shades.
HOW TO USE:
Squeeze tube to release a dot-sized amount.
Massage the cool ceramic tip under the eye from the inner corner to the outer corner.
Gently pat in with fingertips until absorbed.
Wipe off ceramic tip with tissue after use.
ESTEE LAUDER IDEALIST COOLING EYE ILLUMINATOR INGREDIENTS: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Propanediol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Petrolatum, Butylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina (Spike Moss) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Algae Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Cholesterol, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Sucrose, Squalene, Phytosterols, Lactoperoxidase, Polysorbate 40, Glucose Oxidase, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Jojoba Alcohol, Isopropyl Jojobate, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Trehalose, Glucose, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Polysilicone-11, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 80, Tromethamine, PEG-8, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocotrienols, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Phospholipids, Tocopherol, Pinanediol, Camphanediol, Potassium Sulfate, Laureth-12, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triolein, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Cyclodextrin, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Silica, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Yellow 5
Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator is available at Estée Lauder counters and at EsteeLauder.com.
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