Tested on animals:Yes
This eye cream from philosophy builds on the brand’s popular “hope in a jar” line of products, and while it does have some positive qualities, ultimately it’s not the miracle treatment philosophy claims (the name is more telling than you can imagine - at least it is if you’re new to reading our reviews)! Nonetheless, even if it was a miracle treatment, we wonder why philosophy continues to sell all of their other allegedly miraculous products.
This fragrance-free cream is lightweight and absorbs quickly into skin without a tacky finish. The moisture it adds definitely makes the eye area feel and appear smoother, and it contains antioxidants. Philosophy claims this is specially designed for the eye, but the ingredients here are those you’ll find in any well-formulated moisturizer, whether it’s labeled as an eye cream or not (see More Info to learn why you might not need an eye cream at all!).
The issue, though, is that most of those good ingredients won’t stay stable or effective for very long because of the jar packaging that gives this product its name (see More Info for why jar packaging is a problem in skincare products). Our hope is that philosophy will forego its jars in the future for packaging that will let its ingredients truly shine—we’d certainly be recommending more of their products if that happened!
Note: The brightening effect this eye cream doesn’t come from its alleged “non-stop skin renewal” action, but rather from the cosmetic pigments it contains. Those include titanium dioxide, tin oxide, and mica, all standard ingredients whose brightening effects aren’t unique to this eye cream and are only a cosmetic effect; they don’t have any skin care benefit.
- Adds lightweight moisture, making skin feel and appear smoother.
- Contains some good moisturizers and antioxidants.
- Jar packaging means its light- and air-sensitive ingredients won’t stay stable for long after it’s opened.
Eye creams: 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 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.
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 and/or serum around your eyes.
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, which cause 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, and www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5).