Tested on animals:Yes
This thin-textured, fragrance-free, lightly pearlescent lotion is another classic example of how eye creams (or, in this case, serums) differ little from their facial counterparts. This isn't a breakthrough product that's unique for the eye area; rather, it's essentially the same thing as Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, a serum which can also be applied around the eyes. The chief differences are the inclusion of a triglyceride for more moisture and a silicone for a silkier feel, but that's about it. If you're already using Night Repair or an even better serum, you most likely don't need this eye serum, too. See More Info to learn why most eye serums aren't necessary.
Another difference from the face product is the inclusion of mineral pigments for a subtle radiance. The effect can be nice and, to a minor extent, can make dark circles less apparent but if dark circles are your concern, a good concealer does a much better job! Otherwise, this contains the same "star" ingredients Lauder uses in their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, which we discuss below. The bottom line is that although this serum for the eye area contains some very good ingredients, none of them are unique for the eye area—and the amount of hyaluronic acid (listed as sodium hyaluronate) is disappointingly low.
The tripeptide-32 ingredient in this serum has research showing it, like many other peptides, has theoretical cell-communicating ability. It's theoretical because getting a peptide to reach its target site within the skin is difficult due to the presence of enzymes in skin that work to break down the peptide before it has a chance to work as claimed. However, tripeptide-32 appears to have a protective effect against proteins that damage cells, though there is no research proving it works when applied in small amounts to intact human skin (Sources: Neuroscience Letters, Volume 419, 2007, pages 247-252; and Folia Pharmacologica Japonica, Volume 129, 2007, page 18P). Still, it's a step in the right direction and clearly shows Lauder put some thought into the formula.
The other ingredient worth calling out is lactobacillus ferment, another strain of friendly bacteria. Although this ingredient has multiple health benefits when consumed orally, there is no research proving its merit for topical application on skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
- Silky, water-based serum texture is easy to apply.
- Helps brighten skin.
- Contains some good anti-aging ingredients (though none are unique for the eye area).
- Differs little from Lauder's "regular" Advanced Night Repair Complex II.
- Cannot improve dark circles or age-related puffiness.
- Doesn't provide enough moisture for dry skin around the eyes.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Serum
Most eye serums aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye serum doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye serum.
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye serum, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.