For what this costs, you should expect an eye cream loaded with anti-aging ingredients alongside ingredients proven to moisturize skin, all packaged so that the most important ingredients (the ones you're paying extra for) will remain as effective as possible. Sadly, what you get is a mixed bag. On the plus side, this eye cream is emollient-rich and can make good on its claim to deeply hydrate skin. The emollients this contains are great for dry skin anywhere on the face.
The formula also contains the mineral pigments mica and titanium dioxide, which lend a subtle whitening/brightening effect that can, to a minor extent, reduce the appearance of dark circles (but a concealer goes a lot further in this regard).
The weak spots are jar packaging (we explain why in the More Info section) and Kiehl's allegedly miraculous "Resurrection Flower" (listed as Haberlea Rhodopensis leaf extract) is the very last ingredient listed, meaning it's barely present and most likely not present in an amount that can help your skin. Also barely present are other state of the art anti-aging ingredients, which is truly disappointing. The shea and cocoa butters have antioxidant benefits, but not in a product like this where these ingredients would be routinely exposed to degrading light and air due to the jar packaging.
In the end, this isn't a bad eye cream, just not as exciting as it could've been and not packaged to keep the best ingredients as stable as possible once its opened.
- Contains some tried-and-true emollient ingredients for dry skin.
- Makes good on its claim to "deeply hydrate" skin.
- Mica and titanium dioxide add a soft, radiant glow to skin.
- Jar packaging won't keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
- Contains a teeny-tiny, likely inconsequential amount of the called-out rose extract.
- A basic formula that's overpriced for what you get.
Jar Packaging: The fact that this product is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All 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. Jars also present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you're introducing bacteria that causes further breakdown of key ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: Most eye creams 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 cream 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 cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
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 cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.