Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex
1 fl. oz. for $125
Last Updated:11.18.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This lavishly packaged eye cream carries the common claims of being able to handle every major eye-area concern of consumers. (What eye product doesn’t want you to believe this nonsense?) What’s not explained is that this contains the exact same plant extracts present in all of the other AmorePacific moisturizers, but none of them claim to tackle dark circles and puffiness. This is one more example of the superfluous and ridiculous aspect of eye creams in general, but especially from this line.

There is nothing, and we mean absolutely nothing, about this product that makes it special for the eye area. If you’re using any of the other AmorePacific moisturizers, they can be used in the eye area, too (at least the well-formulated ones). You also should expect the same effects you get from the Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex from the facial moisturizers as well. After all, they contain the same plants the company believes have superior benefit for other aspects of skin health.

Why this product doesn’t warrant a Good rating despite some beneficial ingredients is that it also contains several potentially irritating plant extracts and fragrance, which shouldn’t be applied in the eye area. One more point: there is no research indicating that the eye area needs something different from the rest of the face.


A gel-textured treatment that reduces dark circles and revives the eye area. An oil-free, mineral and botanical-rich treatment designed to hydrate and energize the delicate skin around the eyes. With an infusion of nourishment and moisture, this formula reduces the look of fine lines, puffiness, and darkness, creating a healthy and radiant effect. The benefits are both immediate and lasting.


Phyllostachys Bambusoides Juice, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Trehalose, PEG-75, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Kaempferol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyacrylamide, Caffeine, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Propylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Laureth-7, Ethyl Hexanediol, Peg-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Betaine, Sodium Pca, Bht, Sorbitol, Calcium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Alanine, Arginine, Lysine, Threonine, Proline, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

Brand Overview

AmorePacific At-A-Glance

Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.

Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.

AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about “beauty secrets found in nature.” Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don’t have solid research backing their benefits for skin—but at least they’re not hurting it.

Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a “superstar” ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that can’t make good on their anti-aging claims.

Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they’re part of your daily skincare routine.

Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That’s disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that’s a major waste of money.

Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren’t justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you’ll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.

For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.

Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isn’t there—likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn’t mean better products or better results!

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