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Eye Cream Quest Part 8: L’Oreal Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Review

September 3, 2009
L’Oreal Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair 24 Hr Eye Repair Duo ($19.99)

The Good: The other day I came to the realization that I don’t offer you enough affordable skincare options (I know not everybody likes to slather a $200 product on their face which is understandable), so here’s my attempt to remedy that! L’Oreal’s Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair slides in just under the $20 mark and is a great value because it offers two eye creams for the price of one. One end contains the AM product, a beautifully lightweight eye cream that has the added bonus of SPF 15, and the other end contains a PM product meant to help restore and rebuild the undereye area while you sleep. The Revitalift eye cream is non-irritating, very light, conveniently packaged, and of course, affordable. If all you’re looking for is a little extra under-eye moisturization and some SPF during the day, this is a nice option.

The Bad: This promises to smooth away those under-eye wrinkles with regular use, but honestly I didn’t notice much of a difference at all during the time that I used L’Oreal’s Revitalift eye cream. My eye area did remain nicely hydrated and non-irritated and I appreciated the SPF protection, but if you’re looking for something to help release those little undereye creases, no matter how small the difference may be, I don’t think this is the product for you.

The Age Range:
I’d say that this is nice option for those who don’t really have any undereye wrinkles to speak of and are looking to do more in the prevention department.

The Verdict: L’Oreal’s Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair is a good solid eye cream if you’re not looking for too much beyond basic hydration, but I was a little disappointed by its inability to live up to its claims. But no worries, I’ll be checking out more affordable eye cream options to see if I can’t come up with something better for you!


Eye Cream Quest Part 7: Eve Lom Eye Serum Review

August 28, 2009
Eve Lom Serum Pour Les Yeux/Eye Serum ($60)

A lightweight eye serum to help soothe tired, puffy eyes, and to aid the hydration of the delicate eye area. Chamomile extract soothes the delicate skin around the eye area. Eyebright extract tones the skin and reduces dark circles. A must-have for long haul flights.

The Good: Eve Lom’s Eye Serum has a great lightweight gel formulation that dries quickly to a nice smooth finish. It contains malachite, a free radical scavenging mineral, and is pretty amazing for eradicating puffiness (whether it’s from a exhaustion or watching that tearjerker the night before). The squeeze tube makes it easy to dispense just the right amount and the rapid tightening effect is great.

The Bad: I’m still relatively young so my undereye area doesn’t get extremely dry, but I found that this wasn’t as moisturizing as I would have liked. I’d probably use it exactly as its name implies – as an eye serum, with some additional cream on top.

The Age Range: I’d recommend this for those in their earlies twenties to early thirties as a stand-alone eye cream if you’re relatively oily, and as an under eye cream serum for any age range.

The Verdict: This Eye Serum was the first Eve Lom product that I’ve tried, and while it was decent I wasn’t terribly impressed. The Caudalie eye cream I reviewed as Part 6 of this series is much more to my liking, and if you’re looking for a light gel eye cream, there’s a nice REN one I’ll be reviewing for you next that you might like better.

RATING: 3.5/5

Eye Cream Quest Part 6: CAUDALIE Pulpe Vitaminee 1st Wrinkle Eye Cream Review

August 14, 2009
CAUDALIE Pulpe Vitaminee 1st Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream ($53 fr 0.5 oz)
Instantly reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, lightens dark circles, decongests puffiness, and protects from free radicals. Contour Cream Eyes and Lips can be used around the lips for an exceptional anti-wrinkle effect. For all skin types. Adapted to contact-lens wearers.

The Good: CAUDALIE’s Pulpe Vitaminee 1st Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream (previously known as Contour Cream Eyes and Lips, which came with a silver cap as opposed to the green one shown here) would be my eye cream of choice for those of you who are still relatively young and wrinkle-free and just looking for something to brighten and reduce pufiness. 1st Wrinkle makes an amazing first eye cream, and I found it to be great for reducing puffiness and relieving some undereye darkness.

I’ve been trying to be a little more conscious of the inner workins of my eye creams, so here’s a little more info on CAUDALIE’s 1st Wrinkle. The formula contains stabilized grape-seed polyphenols for anti-oxidant benefits, ceramdes 3 and tetrapeptides for anti-wrinkle purposes, horse chestnut and liquorice to help banish those pesky dark cirlces, witch hazel and fern to lift, plant glycerine to moisturize, and calendula to soothe your delicate under-eye area.

I love that this product has a gel/cream hybrid formula that is non-irritating and absorbs quickly while still feeling moisturizing. It’s one of the few eye creams I’ve tried to date that seems to fully absorb into my skin. Aonther great benefit is that you can apply this product around your lips to prevent the formation of fine lines and to keep your lipstick from bleeding.

The Bad: I honestly can’t find much wrong with this particular product. I really like the packaging and I appreciate that Caudalie has decided to go the eco-friendly route by eliminating paper inserts in their packaging and just printing the instructions/details on the interior of their boxes. Two cons that I can think of are: 1) for a first ‘beginner’ eye cream this is a little pricey, although I happen to think it’s worth it, and 2) it doesn’t do much for me in terms of plumping up the tiny lines that I feel like I see forming.

The Age Range: I’d say CAUDALIE’s Pulpe VItaminee 1st Winkle Eye and Lip Cream is best suited for younger people experiencing the first signs of ageing, so from teens to late twenties/early thirties. If you’ve already got some fine lines cropping up, I’ve got other suggestions for you!

The Verdict: If you suffer from dark circles and puffines, or you’re just looking to start maintaining the area under your eyes, it’s hard to go wrong with CAUDALIE’s 1st Wrinkle Eye Cream. It’s moderately priced as far as luxury eye creams go and I happen to really enjoy using it!


How Do You Apply Your Eye Cream?

August 13, 2009

I don’t know about you, but when I’m going through my skincare routine every morning and evening, I often wonder if I’m applying my products correctly. That’s not to say that I don’t know how to apply moisturizer to my face, but when it comes to the more delicate parts of my face such as the undereye area, which is notorious for its thin, crepey, wrinkle-prone skin, my curiosity abounds. I’m sure that there’s no one “right” way to apply eye cream, but a little guidance is always appreciate – I’ll debate whether to apply from the outer corners inwards, or the inner corners outwards.

Well is seems that Caudalie has heard my cries for help – look what I found on the inside of my box of Caudalie Contour Cream Eyes and Lips (which I’ll be reviewing for you soon)!

I love this little illustrated guide that they have printed on the interior portion of their boxes. Their steps seem to be:

  • Pat gently on the under eye area, working from the inner corners outwards.
  • Repeat for the upper eyelid area, again working from the inner part of your eye outwards, following the contour of your eye.
  • Apply in a gentle circular motion along the outer corners of your eyes to smooth the appearance of lines.

Which brings me to my question: What method do you implement in applying your eye cream? Are you an in to out or an out to in? Do you tap or glide? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Eye Cream Quest Part 5: La Mer The Eye Concentrate Review

July 29, 2009
La Mer The Eye Concentrate ($165 of 0.5 oz.)
A recipient of The 2009 Genius Makeup Award in Elle Magazine, this concentrated, ultraluxe eye treatment quenches and conditions impressionable skin. Significantly reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, lines and wrinkles, encouraging the eye area to look and feel healthy, supple and luminous as never before. Infused with three unique forms of Miracle Broth: the original, a concentrated form and a new, encapsulated form designed to optimize continuous release to the skin.Works in tandem with a specially-engineered, silver-tipped applicator which helps cool the skin, immediately improving micro-circulation.

The Good:
La Mer’s ‘The Eye Concentrate’ is one of my favorite eye creams to use for a plethora of reasons. It’s tightens, brightens, de-puffs, and overall just feels great going on. It’s one of the lightest eye creams that I’ve used to date, yet it’s moisturizing enough for me (and for my mother’s dry under-eyes). Because it’s so light and silky (never greasy!) it feels great going on, and the silver-tipped applicator lends a great cooling sensation to the overall experience. I definitely feel that massaging with the applicator boosts the circulation in my under-eye area, and my eyes love this stuff. The Eye Concentrate is great for those of you who suffer from crepey, delicate under-eye skin prone to puffiness and dark circles. And of course applicator that it comes with works great with any and all eye creams!

The Bad:
I’ll admit it – this stuff is expensive. Which is why I was delighted when La Mer released this holiday version that came with a cute little pedestal to hold the Concentrate and applicator! But this is one of those products that you like so that that it’s almost worth the price, especially since, in my opinion, the under-eye area is one of the toughest areas of the face to properly maintain.

The Age Range:
I’d say this is appropriate for a wide range of ages, anywhere from mid 20’s onwards and upwards. My mother is in her 50’s and swears by this stuff during all but the coldest of days, and there isn’t a wrinkle to be seen on her flawless skin. I seriously think that my skin looks older than hers does!

The Verdict: I happen to love this eye cream but tend to feel guilty using it because of the price and the fact that, while it’s good, it’s not a miracle worker. Not that that’s going to stop me from repurchasing in the future, as I love how refreshed my eyes look and feel after using this!

RATING: 4.5/5

Eye Cream Quest Part 4: Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream Review

July 24, 2009
Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
($50 for 0.51 oz)

An ultra-rich, age-defense eye cream that protects skin from dehydration and dramatically minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and lines to promote a youthfully smooth, radiant look. Developed with Shiseido-exclusive Anti-Photowrinkle System, consisting of plant extract chlorella to counteract the appearance of future wrinkles. Recommended for dry and very dry skin. Pat around eye area, morning and night, as last step of skincare routine.

The Good: Shiseido’s Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Cream is really something special for those of you who suffer from very, very, very, very dry skin. It’s super emollient and hydrating without being too thick and essentially forms a protective, moisturizing seal between your under eye area and the external environment, helping to prevent the formation of dryness-induced wrinkles. It’s non-irritating to the eyes and doesn’t cause any stinging, and in my opinion it’s pretty reasonably priced.

The Bad: For my moderately dry under-eye area, I found the feeling of this product on my skin to be unbearable, particularly during the hotter summer months. A little of the Benefiance eye cream goes a very long way, but no matter how little I used I couldn’t quite shake the greasy, sticky feeling as this eye cream never quite absorbs into the skin. I think it’s great for forming a protective barrier between your skin and damaging environmental factors, but the fact that this doesn’t absorb makes it nearly impossible to use during the day if you wear eye makeup, plus I can’t stand the feeling of stuff just sitting there on my face.

The Age Range:
While this is appropriate for all ranges as long as your under-eye area is exceedingly dry, I don’t think you’d really need anything this rich pre-30’s.

The Verdict:
I know for a fact that many sufferers of dry under-eyes consider this product to be their saving grace, but if you do decide to try this, be sure to use it sparingly as millia-formation is a definite risk when using something this rich!

RATING: 3.5/5

Eye Cream Quest Part 3: Sisley ‘Sisleya’ Eye & Lip Contour Cream Review

July 22, 2009
Sisley ‘Sisleÿa’ Eye & Lip Contour Cream ($200 for 0.53 oz)
Sisleÿa Eye and Lip Contour Cream is formulated with a particularly high concentration of active ingredients. It notably incorporates padina pavonica algae extract which works in synergy with natural plant extracts (matricaria, licorice, wheat proteins) and vitamins (E, B5 and F) to help to: maintain very effectively the moisturization of the eye and lip areas, thus limiting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; smooth and tone these very fragile areas, where the skin is especially fine-textured and delicate, to address the appearance of wrinkles; and prevent the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles. After a few weeks’ daily use, skin appears more supple, more radiant and better-toned, with an average reduction in wrinkles of approximately 23%.

What It’s Good For: Sisley’s ‘Sisleya’ Eye & Lip Contour Cream is fabulous for those of you who suffer from excessive undereye dryness ~ I’m talking Sahara dry, parched, arid, moisture starved under eyes. It’s one of the most moisturizing, emollient eye creams I’ve tried to date and my mother swears by it during the cold winter months when her skin is at its dryest. Its amazing hydrating ability helps to plump up any tiny fine lines you may have, but I didn’t see it working any miracles on the one stubborn mini line I seem to have developed.

The Formula: Sadly this formula was a no-go for me. The fact that i’ts super emollient means that it has a tendency to slide around your face and to migrate, and I inevitably end up with this Eye & Lip Contour Cream in my eyes by the end of the day. Now that wouldn’t be so terrible if it wasn’t for the fact that this eye cream sting like the dickens once it’s in your eyes ~ blinding, searing, tear-inducing pain. I always end up tearing like crazy, which results in puffiness, which kind of seems to defeat the purpose of wearing eye cream. The excessive richness also caused me to develop some millia which I wasn’t too happy about.

The Age Range:
Because of its relative heaviness I deifnitely wouldn’t recommend this for those of you in you’re 20’s – early 30’s unless you suffer from excessively dry undereyes. I’d say this is best for those 40+, but of course it depends upon your individual skin type.

The Verdict: My mother swears by this eye cream come winter and the woman has beautiful, glowing, wrinkle-free skin, so who am I to argue with results? I’m thinking this may be great for when I’m older, but as of now it irritates my eyes, is too rich, and to top it all off it costs a small fortune for a mere half an ounce. That doesn’t mean I won’t be “borrowing” a bit of my mom’s Sisley cream every now and again, but I’ll be waiting a good number of years before indulging in my own tub.


Eye Cream Quest Part 2: Laneige Perfect Renew Dual Touch Eyes Review

July 20, 2009
Laneige Perfect Renew Dual Touch Eyes (approximately $50)
This eye protector provides innovative and dual eye care benefits that will protect your eyes all day long: one for day use and the other, for night. It stimulates blood circulation reducing dark-eye circles as well as revitalizes fatigue and dry eye areas with apparent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Dull looking eyes noticeably transform to vibrant-looking eyes.

The day eye Cream with SPF25/PA++ protects eye areas from UVA and UVB rays and also helps regain firmness, elasticity (with beta-glucan which stimulates collagen formation) and vitality. Gold Pearl powder brightens eye areas as it smoothens and softens.

Dual Touch Eyes night Gel though light, works overtime to provide hydration with anti-aging properties. An anti-wrinkle and anti-sagging protector, eye area is optimally moisturized, firmed (Chlorella eliminates excess water and waste to reduce puffiness) and looks youthful (thanks to toniskin, a yeast extract). Wake up to bright sparkling eyes.

The Packaging: Laneige’s Perfect Renew Dual Touch Eyes eye cream is yet another Korea-purchased eye product. I was essentially suckered in by the cute packaging on this one. The product consists of two compartments, one holding a day eye cream with SPF 25, the other a night eye cream. The clear plastic spatula in between is meant to be used to scoop the product out of each well.

The Age Range: When I was in Korea one of the shop girls recommended that I check out Laneige’s Perfect Renew Dual Touch Eyes eye cream as its target audience is young women in their late teens to late 20’s/early 30’s.

What It’s Good For: I can appreciate a good concept when I see one, and I must admit that the idea behind Laneige’s Perfect Renew Dual Touch Eyes isn’t bad at all. Two eye creams conveniently packaged together, one containing SPF to provide great daytime protection, the other containing some great anti-aging ingredients to help ward of those first wrinkles. Cute packaging aside, I do have a few additional grudging complements for this eye cream: it’s relatively non-irritating, nice and light so that you don’t dread putting it on on a hot summer’s day, and it’s one o the few eye creams out there that contains a decent dose of SPF. Unfortunately I just wasn’t a fan.

The Formula: The formula is where this eye cream goes wrong, because well, it just doesn’t do much of anything. Yes it’s seemingly chock full of great ingredients and feels great on the undereye area thanks to the light texture, but this did absolutely nothing for me. The day cream does contain some slight pearlescence so as to give my eyes a brightened appearance while also providing SPF protection, but I didn’t really notice much in the way of moisture. The night cream, which I’ll admit is fabulously light, is also fabulously devoid of any results. I used Perfect Renew religiously for weeks on end to no avail. I might as well not have bothered with eye cream at all.

The Verdict: While I give Laneige props for clever packaging, a cute design and for including SPF in the day cream, for me this was a massive waste of my hard-earned money. Definitely a disappointment!



  • For more eye cream goodness, see my review of Dior’s HydrAction Visible Defense Hydra-Protective Eye Creme SPF 20 HERE.

Eye Cream Quest Part 1: Dior HydrAction Visible Defense Hydra-Protective Eye Creme SPF 20 Review & Swatches

July 17, 2009
Here’s installment one of the eye cream reviews that I promised you! I’m wondering if these should have a title like the Mascara Series does, but I’m not entirely sure. Any preferences? I’m leaning towards no.

Dior HydrAction Visible Defense Hydra-Protective Eye Creme SPF 20 ($54)
This SPF 20 hydra-protective skincare that uses Aquaporin technology moisturizes your skin intensely, protecting it effectively against external stresses thanks to the exclusive Dior Multi-Protective SPF 20 complex that acts as a powerful protective barrier. Effectively protected and perfectly moisturized, your skin visibly regains its glow and beauty.

I had my mother pick up Dior’s HydrAction Visible Defense Hydra-Protective Eye Creme for me a few years back when she was in Korea (from Duty Free of course), sight unseen, and it was definitely full of surprises for me as it was nothing like what I was expecting.

Age Range: I’d say this particular eye cream is best-suited for those in their teens to mid thirties as it seems to be formulated to address the more preliminary signs of aging and to emphasize preventative measures as opposed to actually remedying fully-formed wrinkles. While it’s decently moisturizing, it’s also rather light and doesn’t provide the heavier moisture your under eye area may be craving once you hit 40.

Sorry for this terrible photo — these were taken with my old camera which didn’t do so well in low-light conditions.

What It’s Good For: You’ll want this HydrAction Creme is you’re seeking moderate hydration and don’t suffer from excessively parched undereye skin. This eye cream is good for those who spend a lot of time outdoors as it contains SPF and protects against environmental stresses and pollutants. It’ll help address those first few fine lines you’re seeing, but it doesn’t do much for more deeply ingrained wrinkles, dark circles or puffiness.

The Formula:
As I mentioned, I was rather surprised by the formula. Dior’s HydrAction Hydra-Protective Eye Creme has the consistency of a thick souffle and therefore is a little disconcerting upon first use. It feels nice and light though (it’s almost fluffy) and glides on easily. One aspect that can be either a pro or a con is that this product leaves a bit of a whitish cast wherever it’s applied thanks to the SPF (see it sheered out in the photo below to see what I mean). I actually like this since I’m decently pale and it gives me eyes a brightened appearance, but if you’re on the darker side it might appear to be a bit odd. The formula is moderately hydrating, non-irritating, very gentle on the eyes and all-around a good solid eye cream. I appreciate that it’s non-greasy and therefore doesn’t migrate and slide around my eye ruining my eye makeup.

The Verdict: While I don’t really see this eye cream providing any heavy-duty anti-aging benefits, I do quite like it for its simplicity and the fact that it’s one of the few eye creams to provide decent SPF protection, something that’s key for the delicate skin under our eyes. If you’re young, have relatively good skin and are just looking for a good solid eye cream that’ll provide you with sun protection, moisturization and a brightened, lightened undereye area with some anti-aging bits thrown in this is a good option for you. I like to use this on those summer days when it’s just too hot for anything heavier.

RATING: 3.75/5

Found That HG Eye Cream?

July 16, 2009

After searching high and low, I think that I have! I’ve tried them all, from cheapie drugstore eye creams to ridiculously-priced department store concoctions, and at last I’ve found one that really delivers on each and every once of its promises and works wonders for my tired, over-worked eyes.

To celebrate, I’ll be reviewing an eye cream a day (or at least I’ll be attempting to) starting tomorrow until I go through all the ones that I have or have tried, culminating with the review of my fabulous new discovery. Eye cream is really so important in protecting the delicate skin around your eye-area, whether you’re 20 or 80, and preventative measures are key! I hope you all enjoy this!