The quest for the perfect eye cream is a very hard one, we can tell you that!
The area around our eyes is sensitive and prone to damage from the environment as well as one’s lifestyle. Hence, we need to take extra care to help keep the windows to our soul looking fresh and beautiful always. The VenusBuzz.com team tries out a variety of eye treatment – from cream to gel, balm and concealer – for an eye-opening review.
For intensive treatment
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
This balm is formulated with Alguronic Acid, which is a compound with anti-ageing properties. It claims to be able to diminish signs of ageing and fatigue, decrease the appearance of puffiness and dark circles while tightening and firming skin around the eyes.
The consistency is somewhere between yoghurt and soft cheese, so you’d need to gently pat it in for a few minutes until dry. We can’t say for sure that there is a marked difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but the balm does provide hydration to the eye area. The Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm feels light enough for both day and night use.
Algenist Alguronic Acid + ProPeptide3 Firming & Lifting Eye Gel
From the same Algenist brand is this eye gel that works to rebuild skin density and tighten the skin around the eyes. It has Alfalfa seed extract, lupine protein, caffeine and chamomile to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.
What’s satisfying about the Algenist Firming & Lifting Eye Gel is how lightweight it feels and can be easily absorbed into the skin. This product can complement your other anti-ageing products for visible lifting around the eyes. Unlike the other eye creams that come in jars, this one is dispensed in a single pump, thus assuring us of good hygiene.
Tarte Marajuca C-Brighter Eye Treatment
This eye cream is designed to refresh, renew and recharge tired eyes with C-brighter technology, or in other words an infusion of vitamin C. It also contains other botanicals and antioxidants to hydrates, firms and brightens the delicate eye area.
The Tarte Marajuca C-Brighter Eye Treatment is a very creamy moisturiser that might feel a bit greasy to some. We’d recommend to keeping this eye cream for the evenings when you need a bit more nourishing and extra TLC. It has this emollient effect, giving you the feeling of a restful sleep the next morning.
Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment
The silky like texture provides a smooth application to revitalise the eye area. It is formulated with amino acids and antioxidants to improve softness and prevent the signs of ageing. It also contains Coix seed and vitamin E to reduce puffiness and dark circles, while willowherb along with other ingredients help support natural cell renewal.
For an eye treatment, the Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment gives a light coverage that is not too heavy or oily for day and night use. You won’t see an immediate reduction in fine lines or dark circles, it is just a good and fast-drying moisturiser for the eye area to last you a couple of hours.
For de-puffing and hydrating
Soap & Glory ‘Puffy Eye Attack’ Turbo-Boost Hydragel
The light cooling gel is said to be able to combat dark circles and undereye puffiness. It has a blend of botanical peptides, oxy-ginseng complex and cool cucumber, so what you get is a soothing eye treatment.
The gel like substance is easy to use and a jar goes a long way. You just need a little dab to cover the eye area. Upon application, you’ll be able to feel the cooling and tightening effects. It works well as a quick anti-puffiness solution but don’t expect any dramatic difference in dark circles or eye bags. Good to use the Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack in the morning when you need to de-puff fast!
Boscia Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm
The balm has 7-peptide complex to help diminish puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. The formula of licorice root extract also acts as a soothing antioxidant to nourish and protect the eye area, while the blend of botanical oils provide sheer hydration.
The method of application is definitely one of the best thus far, just uncapped and spread on the lower eyes. The light hydration is perfect for an instant pick-me-up and it has a slight tingling sensation, so you can use this throughout the day after a particularly tiring meeting or a crying bout. As for dark circles and fine lines, you’d need a longer period to see how well it works. Currently, the Boscia Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm does just that, de-puff!
Sephora Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel
The gel supposedly contains a multi-action formula to create a refreshed look in the eye area instantly. It has an extract of red vine leaf to diminish the appearance of dark circles while the licorice extract helps to support better blood to skin circulation so eyes look fresher and brighter.
The only thing we liked about the Sephora Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel is the roll-on applicator, which comes with a three-beaded tip. It feels like you’re having a mini eye massage to help drain away the puffiness and refresh tired eyes. Other than that, the gel is not as effective as we would like it to be to reduce eye issues like dark circles and dry skin.
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy
This eye treatment works in three ways – instantly brighten, depuff and smooth the delicate eye area. It comes with a blend of anti-ageing ingredients like Retinyl Palmitate to support natural collagen production, Caffeine to enhance blood flow to reduce puffiness and Red Algae Coralline Extract to nourish and condition the skin.
First thing to know about the F.A.B. Eye Duty Triple Remedy is that it is a tinted eye cream in a beige tone. Secondly, the stainless steel applicator is shaped like a finger to help you blend the cream seamlessly so it creates the illusion of smooth and brighter skin. Thirdly, you can use this as a concealer for those late nights you’ve been clocking in to help eliminate oxidative stress.
All the eye treatments featured here are available from Sephora stores across Malaysia.