StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment
0.5 fl. oz. for $75
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

So close! This eye cream from StriVectin came close to earning our top rating, but was downgraded due to the fragrance it contains (and the fragrance lingers, which is never a good sign when the product in question is for skin). Fragrance is a source of irritation, so fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go. But let's say you want some fragrance in your skin care; although that's not the best idea, if you're going to keep fragrance away from one area of the face, it should be your eyes—so fragranced eye creams just don't make sense.

Scent issues aside, there's no denying that this is a powerhouse anti-aging formula. It contains a form of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide, emollients to hydrate and plump skin around the eyes, retinol, peptides, repairing ingredients, and plant-based antioxidants. None of the ingredients are unique for wrinkles around the eye, and in fact the overall formula could just as easily work as a facial moisturizer, but no question the anti-aging ingredients will work to reduce signs of aging around the eyes—but that pesky fragrance isn't a welcome addition.

This eye cream also contains mineral pigments for a cosmetic brightening effect and a touch of radiance. Nice, but definitely more a makeup effect than genuine skin care benefit.

In terms of this eye cream with retinol not causing retinol-related side effects like peeling or sensitivity, that's debatable. Some people will find their skin is sensitive to retinol in any amount, despite any special delivery systems or the addition of anti-irritants to reduce the potential side effects. Simply put, there's no guarantee this is the retinol product to use if your skin cannot ordinarily tolerate this anti-aging superstar ingredient.

  • Rich texture moisturizes dry skin around the eyes.
  • Loaded with proven anti-aging ingredients, including retinol.
  • Can improve wrinkles anywhere on the face.
  • Contains fragrance that lingers, which poses a risk of irritation for an eye-area product.

Our multitasking eye cream fights the major signs of aging in the eye area including fine dehydration lines and crow’s feet wrinkles, uneven texture and firmness. Combining StriVectin’s patented, scientifically proven NIA-114 molecule, this breakthrough Retinol cream harnesses the potency of Retinol, the gold standard in anti-aging, without the Retinol side effects – including skin irritation, peeling, redness and sensitivity.


Aqua (Water, Eau), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Myristyl Nicotinate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sucrose Polysoyate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Dipeptide-2, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Lecithin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Tribehenin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Steareth-20, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polyglycerin-3, Parfum (Fragrance), Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Lactic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, BHT, BHA

Brand Overview

StriVectin At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and a couple of worthwhile moisturizers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; The original (and now the "improved" StriVectin-SD product (and every other product sold under this brand name) is absolutely not better than Botox; some of the products contain irritant peppermint oil; the Deep Wrinkle serum is terrible.

We had previously written about the original StriVectin-SD, when a reader asked about its ability to repair stretch marks. That was StriVectin's initial claim to fame, though the fame was all self-promoted, as there is not a single independent, peer-reviewed study to prove that StriVectin is an effective option for repairing stretch marks. The studies that do exist about StriVectin's benefits for stretch marks were paid for by Klein-Becker, the company that distributes StriVectin (and is associated with Bremenn Research Labs, which has a growing history of trouble with the FDA and various watchdog advertising organizations).

According to the company's ads, they were surprised to find that not only was StriVectin-SD getting rid of women's stretch marks, but also that somehow their facial wrinkles were going away, too. This discovery lead to the astounding "antiwrinkle breakthrough of the decade." What followed were the now-famous magazine ads that posed the question of whether StriVectin was "Better Than Botox?" Not surprisingly, this ad captured the attention of millions of people concerned with mitigating signs of aging "without painful injections".

Regrettably, no supportive research needs to be available to sell this kind of hyperbole. All it takes is to promise women that a product will get rid of their wrinkles and they will buy it in droves, no matter how many other product lines, infomercials, advertisements, or cosmetics salespeople pledge the exact same thing. StriVectin isn't and was never "better than Botox"!

Of course, now the original, lauded StriVectin-SD product has been replaced by what the company describes as a "super-charged comprehensive skin repair cream for stretch marks, wrinkles, and aging skin". It seems there's no aging skin concern this product cannot address, but as it turns out, the updated formula presents the same drawbacks as the original, although it is arguably a better formulation (just not for stretch marks).

As for the rest of the StriVectin line, it contains proportionately more misses than hits. It isn't the anti-wrinkle answer and in fact some of their products contain the type of irritating ingredients that hurt your skin's ability to look and function in a younger manner.

For more information about StriVectin, call 1-800-430-0227 or visit www.strivectin.com.

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This product has lessened my crows feet and puffiness as well as improved the texture of the eyelid in 5 months of use. It is $$$

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I have stopped using this product because I noticed some drooping beginning above one eye. Although I cannot say with certainty that it is because of the StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment, I rather be "safe than sorry". The distinctive fragrance, and all that can be detrimental from fragrance in skin care products,particularly around the eye area, makes me want to steer clear from this product.

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Actually Works!!!

Wow, this eye cream actually is giving my ENTIRE eye area an obvious "beauty makeover"---I'm almost stunned at the results! Not only has my under-eye area noticeably brightened, but even the uneven skin tone above my eyes looks better. Like Paula, I agree that dark circles cannot totally fade without makeup---but this eye treatment sure does a fantastic job at making them look significantly better (the same can be said about the wrinkles). Cons---scent (as Paula said) and pricey.

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