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Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream. Will it smooth anything? The power of a few cents worth of petrolatum.

The first part of the formula is a moisturizer fragranced and preserved.

I do not like sodium metabisulfite, an irritant that is also used as an antioxidant (by lazy formulators) that will help preserve the color of the many colored ingredients.

Water, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Butylene Glycol, Paraffin, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Squalane, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium PCA, Glutamic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Carnosine, Beeswax, Microcrystalline Wax, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Polyethylene, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylparaben, Phytosteryl/​Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Fragrance, Trisodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Sodium Metabisulfite,

and the second part of the formula:

Caffeine may help with puffy eyes, depending on its concentration. The rest? Label value (i.e. to impress impressionable customers) and more fragrance. You will be lucky if this product doesn’t irritate your eyes.

Caffeine, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), PEG/​PPG-14/​7 Dimethyl Ether, PPG-3 Dipivalate, Linalool, Limonene, Sapindus Mukurossi Peel Extract, Citronellol, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Geraniol, Angelica Keiskei Leaf/​Stem Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydroxyproline, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Citrus Junos Seed Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Ziziphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Eucheuma Serra/​Grateloupia Sparsa/​Saccharina Angustata/​Ulva Linza/​Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, BHT, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Rhizome Extract, Polysorbate 20, Saccharina Angustata/​Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

Pigments, synthetic and natural, lots of algae extracts (fancy names, though). These and a fancy brand name may make you think this is a sophisticated product. It isn’t.