Jeepers, peepers, are there a lot of eye creams out there! So, which ones really work? We tested five of the most popular brands out there to find out which ones don’t blink when it comes to fighting fine lines, combating crow’s feet, and diminishing dark circles.
Image Skincare Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Cream
Hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone
Contains a number of plant extracts that have research-supported potential to inhibit melanin (skin pigment) production, such as bearberry, mulberry, and licorice root extracts, as well as a concentration of peptides for reducing pigment responsible for dark circles, increasing lymphatic drainage and reducing the appearance of crow’s feet. The cream feels light on the skin providing good hydration and does not contain Parabens. It also wears well under make-up.
While the ingredients constitute the latest in a cosmeceutical armament to improve skin’s appearance, in our opinion, it is missing tried and true ingredients such as Vitamins A & C.
Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Cream is a great option addressing a number of concerns.
La Mer The Eye Concentrate
Anti-aging fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.
The Eye Concentrate contains beneficial ingredients for creating and maintaining healthy skin. Algae is the first ingredient on the list and would normally have positive effects on the skin such as antioxidant and water-binding properties. This product contains a few peptides and caffeine, which is effective for improving dark circles. The product feels hydrating with a wonderful slip. The overall look of the packaging is cosmetically elegant and the applicator is a nice touch, but can be considered unessential and gimmicky.
The potency of the ingredients are compromised by jar packaging. Every time you open the lid, you introduce air and light, and every time you insert your finger to apply the product, you introduce bacteria. This product also contains skin irritants such as eucalyptus oil and lime. For an eye cream, this product is very expensive.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
While this cream does contain great active ingredients, their benefits are compromised by jar packaging. The eye cream creates a nice barrier on the skin, but at $190 for .5 oz., it seems just a tad pricey.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo
Anti-aging for fine lines
At $25, the price point makes this product affordable. This product contains mica for camouflaging dark circles. It also feels pretty emollient and has a nice glide.
This product contains very little active ingredients such as antioxidants and Niacinamide which you want to see in a skincare product. It also contains parabens and the ingredient Dimethicone, a silicone polymer that provides the appearance of smooth skin texture without any other benefit. Dimethicone is often used in a variety of primers, foundations and hair conditioners. The packaging is also not ideal as an uneven amount of product is dispensed from the tube. This product also did not wear well under makeup.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
While this product is affordable, there are other options available that are more efficacious.
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum
Anti-aging for fine lines, puffiness and pigmentation.
This product is filled with good ingredients that work on fine lines and pigmentation. Some of these ingredients include Ferulic Acid and Retinol for fine lines and wrinkles, BHA & AHA for cell turnover, botanicals for lightening, and Hyaluronic Acid for hydration. Plus the formula is Paraben-free. The light gel formula slides beautifully on the skin and it wears well under makeup. We noticed an improvement on puffiness right away and the packaging of a glass bottle with an applicator is ideal for keeping light and air out.
The feel of the product is a bit sticky and may not feel emollient for those who prefer a richer feel.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Overall, this is a fabulous choice addressing most under-eye skin concerns.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream
Anti-Aging fine lines and wrinkles
This product does not offer many benefits, except that it contains a small amount of Vitamin E.
This eye cream contains mineral oil, Vaseline and wax. So while it may feel soothing, it does not contain any active ingredients that will make a difference for your skin. You are better off buying a drug-store brand eye cream for less. The presence of fragrance in the formulation is the worst offender. Fragrance causes skin irritation and actually contributes toward aging! The jar packaging will not keep ingredients stable, as it introduces air, light and contaminants. It also feels heavy and causes makeup to slide right off.
We recommend skipping this one entirely.