Tested on animals:No
Start Over Active Eye Cream has a thin lotion texture, so its name is misleading, but its ingredients still enable it to moisturize fairly well, as it has a fairly moist finish. However, it's no more "active" than lots of other eye creams or similarly formulated facial moisturizers.
The fragrance-free formula is packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use, which is a rarity in the eye cream category, not to mention that the size of this eye cream is double what most companies typically provide.
Of course, the claims stretch the bounds of what's possible (cannot eliminate dark circles or puffy eyes, nor can it lift skin), but to Sunday Riley's credit, it does contain several proven antioxidants, soothing plant extracts, emollients, and skin-repairing ingredients. These great ingredients aren't special for the eye area (see More Info to find out why you might not need to bother with an eye cream), but since they benefit skin anywhere on the face, it's nice to see them included here.
Although pricey, this ends up being one of the better products from Sunday Riley, though you can certainly consider any of the less expensive options on our list of Best Eye Moisturizers.
Note: Please see the brand summary for Sunday Riley for a discussion of this product's NV-5 Ageless Complex (in short, it is neither complex nor ageless).
- Lightweight yet moisture-rich.
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Contains a very good mix of non-fragrant plant oils plus other antioxidants.
- Good source of skin-repairing fatty acids (although, sadly, these ingredients cannot fade dark circles).
- Unlikely to reduce puffy eyes and cannot eliminate dark circles as claimed (though you may see slight improvement).
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.