Where to purchase: Boots.com
Made in: Germany
What is it?: An Eye + Face Cream
Brand Description: A Moisturising cream aimed at both the eyes and face – it is meant to improve the look of fine lines and ‘the loss of plumpness’ of the skin, by hydrating it. This is supposedly high in HA but I don’t know the %. This is fragrance free + can be used on all types of lines on the face.
Supposedly Good for: All skin types, particularly dry skins – (aimed at lines + wrinkles)
What I think: I think this is definitely more suited towards dry or mature skins. Sensitive skins as well (as this has no added fragrance).
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Tube packaging with a pump tip + cap. I really like the packaging because it’s secure, I like the pump too. This is easy to travel with.
The Packaging: Very easy to apply as this comes with a cap and A PUMP LID. I love that it’s a pump. About two pumps cover the face. Another pump is needed for the neck.
Directions: Apply as a moisturiser (i.e. face + neck) and dab around the eyes. L’oreal state that you can apply ”on the areas most marked by lines.”
How I use it: I use this in the PM as it’s quite emollient. I think if I wore this in the AM under an SPF, I would find this too thick. As this really doesn’t have a refreshing, watery formula – I found that I would actually do 2 pumps of this and then 1 pump of the Purito Centella Unscented serum, just to add some extra ingredients AND to thin out/make the texture of the cream a bit more watery.
I have also used this as a makeup primer, and I think it does help foundation sit on the skin better.
Note: I do not use this on / close to the eyes. The reason is because I believe this gave me a stye. Very emollient eye creams (usually creams containing Shea butter, or a lot of it) usually do this to me, so I have to use more watery/gel-like creams for the eyes.
Key Ingredients: Caffeine (should also help with dark circles), Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C derivative – brightening) + Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E, antioxidant). Glycerin (conditioning). Sodium Hyaluronate (humectant). Jojoba Esters (Soothing).
(Note: alcohol-free + fragrance & Essential oil-free)
Note: I don’t know how much HA is in here. But I’m not excited by the fact that there is only one type of HA molecule – sodium hyaluronate. It’s not like the Niod MMHC or any of the Hada Labo Products that contain Multiple Hyaluronic acid compounds. So this may sit on top of the skin and do a good job at hydrating the top of the skin, but may not really penetrate and hydrate deep within the skin. But I like the addition of some brightening ingredients.
Full Ingredients: AQUA / WATER • GLYCERIN • DIMETHICONE • SACCHAROMYCES/XYLINUM/BLACK TEA FERMENT • PROPANEDIOL • DIISOPROPYL SEBACATE • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • BETAINE • DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER • POLYGLYCERYL-6 DISTEARATE • HYDROXYPROPYL TETRAHYDROPYRANTRIOL • CETYL ALCOHOL • MYRISTYL MYRISTATE • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE • PROPYLENE GLYCOL • AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/STEARETH-25 METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • JOJOBA ESTERS • SODIUM HYALURONATE • STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE • BEHENYL ALCOHOL • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • PHENOXYETHANOL • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • XANTHAN GUM • POLYGLYCERYL-3 BEESWAX • DIMETHICONOL • CAFFEINE • ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE • CHLORPHENESIN • DISODIUM EDTA • HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SODIUM CITRATE • CITRIC ACID • SECALE CEREALE SEED EXTRACT / RYE SEED EXTRACT • POTASSIUM SORBATE • BIOTIN • DIPEPTIDE DIAMINOBUTYROYL BENZYLAMIDE DIACETATE
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full Ingredient Breakdown HERE
I like peptides because they’re good humectants. Shea butter will mean the viscosity of this product is a little more viscous. Also I like Betaine as it’s both hydrating + Moisturising. Some silicones will mean this product comes on smoothly + makes the skin feel a bit softer (also gives a bit more of a matte finish).
Texture: To me this feels like an anhydrous formula, by that I mean it doesn’t feel watery and hydrating. It feels relatively lightweight (especially as a PM moisturiser) due to the silicone. And it spreads fine, but it’s definitely a cream and not a watery cream. It’s emollient. I can imagine this sort of silicone-like, shea butter texture can help also physically fill in and blur fine lines, so that’s why it could be a good primer.
Immediately I was hit by the smell of this. Firstly I’ll say as a personal preference – I like products that don’t contain fragrance – but wow this smells so strongly of SPF. It doesn’t fully disappear once rubbed in either. In terms of the texture – yes this is a cream, yes it has more of a matte finish but it definitely feels moisturising. It gives the skin a soft feeling / finish.
Do you see that the cream holds its shape? This is one pump which is enough for the eyes. But two pumps would be needed for the face.
It does look like it’s sort of melting on the skin as it spreads. I hope you can see that sort of silicone-like lightweight texture. But yes this definitely doesn’t look watery.
Fragrance?: No added fragrance/EO however when I first tried this, I was hit by the smell. After continued use, I did get more and more used to it.
Good Under Makeup?: Yes, I find this is a good makeup primer, especially with those who have dry skin.
How long have I been using this?: I used this until completion (took 2 months of daily usage).
The Effect?: Moisturised skin. I don’t see a crazy immediate effect of lines looking better, but texturally due to the velvet like texture of the cream, it can fill in the lines slightly which would then make foundation look/sit better.
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What I like:
- I like the packaging
- Doesn’t make my skin feel like it’s suffocating
What I don’t like:
- Although it says that this is an eye cream, I definitely wouldn’t use it around the eyes as it gave me a stye – If you are prone to styes or have pores that are easily clogged, I think this cream may be an issue!
- No hydrating feeling i.e. no water i.e. this is all cream/ceramides with very little watery ingredients. It almost feels like shea butter when applying.
- Not the nicest smell (i.e. the Krave Oat so Simple Water Cream is fragrance free and smells much better than this)
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.2/5 – I appreciate that this is fragrance-free and I really like the tube/pump packaging (very convenient). But this did give me a stye so I have to avoid applying this on/around the eye. Also I do prefer products with some ”watery” ingredients, i.e. this is a straight up ”dry” cream and I do prefer watery / gel creams. I think dry skins would like this over oily skins and especially dehydrated skins. I do also think one needs to get over the smell…
I do think that this cream works better when mixed with a gel/watery cream, so I found mixing either a serum or the Axis-y Duo cream helped make this a more enjoyable texture for my combo skin. And I will say that this layered fine on top of skincare.
Would I purchase?: No just because I prefer a more watery formula BUT I don’t think this is a failed product, I think it is a good moisturising cream.
Dupe?: The Curel Ceramide Intensive Cream is more watery, more lightweight and yet still moisturising while also hydrating the skin. Blog Post HERE
I think the AHC Eye Cream for Face (they keep updating this cream) Could be a good dupe but it is much more expensive.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.