Tested on animals:Yes
Olay's Total Effects CC Eye Brightening Cream has a formula very similar to the brand's other eye creams, which means you're getting a blend of ingredients like antioxidants, niacinamide, and emollients. The main difference is that this version includes a higher amount of mineral pigments (such as mica) to provide a "brightening" effect to the eye area, but that's strictly a cosmetic enhancement, not a skin-care benefit.
This cream does feel moisturizing and soothing under the eyes, and works well under makeup. While it does provide a small amount of brightening, those who purchase this thinking they're going to get any amount of cosmetic color correction (as implied on the packaging and by the flesh-toned color of this cream) will be disappointed, as this blends right into skin, leaving dark circles uncovered and still noticeable.
There's also an issue with Olay's claim that this cream provides gentle exfoliation. We checked the ingredient list up and down, and there is nothing in here that can do that. When you add that to the fact that some of the beneficial ingredients will be rendered ineffective due to jar packaging (see More Info for details), what you're getting is just a below-average eye cream.
Besides, not everyone needs an eye cream (Surprised? Find out why in the More Info section), but if you opt to use one, Olay has better options, as do many other brands—and you can brighten with a separate concealer or highlighter product that really works.
- Contains a good blend of beneficial ingredients, such as niacinamide and antioxidants.
- Feels moisturizing and soothing under eyes.
- Works well under makeup.
- Does not cosmetically correct dark circles, despite claims that it provides color correction.
- Does not provide exfoliation as claimed.
- Jar packaging means many of the good ingredients are rendered ineffective after you open the container.
Why Jar Packaging is a Problem: The fact that this cream is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and 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 are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial 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; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Why Not Everyone Needs 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 the key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled 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 an eye cream.
You would be shocked at 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.