Clinique All About Eyes is touted as a do-it-all eye cream that can reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles while leaving skin hydrated and soft. Although it contains some outstanding ingredients that can temporarily hide flaws around the eyes, several reviewers say they noticed no changes at all. This could be due to packaging that admits light or air, which can undermine the formula's effectiveness. Experts say an antioxidant eye cream in an opaque bottle like Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free (*Est. $20 for 1.7 oz.) is a better overall value.
Excellent ingredients, poor packaging. All About Eyes is loaded with ingredients known to be good for the skin, including a substantial amount of antioxidants, peptides and cholesterol. Paula Begoun, skin care expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," says these compounds can help "fortify skin and allow it to repair itself."
All About Eyes tightens, hydrates and brightens, according to editors at Allure magazine, where the formula has won a Readers' Choice award for four consecutive years. Editors call it "an eye cream that does it all." However, Begoun says many of the formula's state-of-the art ingredients are "compromised by packaging that exposes them to light and air." She says the eye cream would be highly recommended if it came in an opaque tube.
Reviewers at MakeupAlley.com say Clinique All About Eyes is very hydrating and "smoothes, not erases" fine lines, which is likely due to its high silicone content. Some say it also does a good job of reducing puffiness, especially the kind caused by crying and lack of sleep. One user said she used the cream after a night of heavy crying and saw a 90 percent reduction in puffiness within 15 minutes. However, several other users noticed no changes in puffiness, dark circles or wrinkles.
Cream-gel texture. All About Eyes is a lightweight, fragrance-free formula with a cream-gel texture that "feels really very pleasant, and silky without being oily or too slick," say reviewers. Begoun adds that the "silicone-based formula" leaves skin feeling smooth.
Review Credibility: Excellent Begoun says Clinique's All About Eyes would be a top pick if it weren't for its packaging that exposes sensitive, state-of-the-art ingredients to light and air.
Review: All About Eyes, Paula Begoun, Dec. 21, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good TotalBeauty.com editors test more than 500 beauty products and readers weigh in on their favorites. Clinique All About Eyes gets an Honorable Mention under Readers' Choice eye treatments; they say the formula absorbs quickly and makes skin feel "smooth to the touch." In another area of this website, more than 100 users review the formula, giving it 7.2 out of 10 stars.
Review: 2012 TotalBeauty.com Awards: Face & Body, Editors of TotalBeauty.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Allure readers name their favorite beauty products in the 2012 annual Readers' Choice Awards, and Clinique All About Eyes makes the list for department store eye creams. Editors say the formula decreases the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. The eye cream has won a Readers' Choice award for four consecutive years, as well as in 1998 and 1999.
Review: 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, Meirav Devash, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Nearly 800 reviewers post comments about Clinique All About Eyes at MakeupAlley.com, giving it an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Users say the formula is very hydrating and wears well under makeup. Some say it's very effective at reducing puffy eyes, but others notice no improvement in puffiness, dark circles or wrinkles.
Review: Clinique All About Eyes, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of March 2013