If only this fragrance-free eye cream weren't packaged in a jar, it would earn our top recommendation for normal to dry skin (especially dry skin). Of course, even if we rated this highly the truth is, most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info to find out why and also to learn why jar packaging is a problem), but if you decide to use one anyway, it should be packaged to keep delicate ingredients stable during use, and this one isn't.
The formula contains vitamin C in the form of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and also has several other antioxidants, including Passiflora edulis oil, which is the plant name for maracuja. Maracuja isn't a miracle for skin and in jar packaging it's benefits will be largely lost shortly after you open this eye cream—this is also true for the vitamin C and other antioxidants this eye cream contains.
The "brighter" part comes from the mineral pigment mica. Mica adds shine to skin and although the effect can be attractive, shine itself isn't skin care. Still, this will brighten the eye area, though we'd argue a good concealer does a lot more, especially if you have dark circles. We wish the amount of mica was reduced to make room for more of the good stuff skin anywhere on the face needs.
- Very emollient, creamy formula nurtures dry skin.
- Antioxidants aplenty, including vitamin C.
- Jar packaging won't keep key ingredients stable during use.
- Contains more mica (for shine) than state-of-the-art ingredients.
The fact that this eye 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).
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.