Back when MAC first released its cleansing oil, a lot of people were skeptical about it. How do you wash makeup off with oil? Doesn’t oil make your face all greasy and cause breakouts?
The truth is, cleansing oils have been a staple in the Asian skincare regime for a very long time. They break down and melt away your makeup like no other and most of them contain emulsifiers so when they are in contact with water, they turn into this milky white liquid which can be easily rinsed off.
Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream was one of the very first eye creams I ever purchased and so true to its name! Formulated with Avène Thermal Spring Water (68%), Dextran sulfate, Hyaluronic acid, Pre-tocopheryl (a patented and stable form of vitamin E) and Chamomile to soothe, fight inflammation, reduce puffiness and hydrate, this little gem from France worked perfectly on even super sensitive or irritated skin. For a while I was struggling with eczema on my eyelids, this was the only eye cream that kept my dry flaky skin moisturized without further irritating it.
Other than this though, I don’t think it did anything more than what a basic eye cream would do. I did not see any changes in undereye circles or bags despite continued use. Nonetheless, Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream is a fool-proof product that will keep your eye area moisturized and I always go back to it when my skin starts acting up.
Here are some reviews on the eye creams/gels I have used.
Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream (~$20)
This eye cream is very true to its name. It contains chamomile water, dextran sulfate, Avene thermal spring water, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid and is indeed very soothing and works great for sensitive or irritated skin, especially those who are struggling with eczema. It is also pretty moisturizing but does nothing more than what a basic eye cream should do. I did not see any changes in my undereye circles and bags. Nonetheless, this is almost foolproof and I always go back to it when my eye starts acting up.
Benefit Eyecon ($26)
I have been using this day and night religiously for a little more than a month now. The texture is not too thick nor too watery and it sinks right in. Although it didn’t do much fading my dark circles, it is definitely moisturizing and soothing. My only complaint is the packaging. I hate eye creams that come in a jar (it just feels so insanitary to scoop the product out using your fingers). My roommate tried this the other week but complained that it stung. I never had this problem so I guess get this only if you’re looking for something not heavy-duty or if you don’t have sensitive skin.
Botanics Ultimate Lift Eye Gel ($13.99)
This is a pretty basic eye gel that contains “echinacea extract to help protect collagen to leave skin feeling firmer” and “moisturisers and film formers to prevent moisture loss”. It feels very refreshing and sinks into my skin within seconds. I use this right before I sleep and my eye area always seem a lot smoother and toned the next morning. Since it is a gel, it is not very moisturizing but I will definitely keep this baby around for the warmer months.
Clinique All About Eyes ($27)
This claims to “diminishes the appearance of eye puffs, darkness, fine lines” but to me, it is only an eye gel that feels very cool and refreshing on. It did not do anything to my undereye circles, bags or lines. I also do not think it is moisturizing enough – it might do a good job on teens or those with less dry skin. The packaging is another thing I do not like. The container is bulky and dipping your finger into the jar again and again just feels so unhygienic. Ugh!
DDF Protective Eye Cream SPF 15 ($45)
This claims to reduce puffiness and I think it did an okay job. I love the high SPF but it is not very moisturizing. Plus it came in a glass bottle when I got it (they revamped the packaging) and the cap broke too. I will not repurchase this.
DDF Nourishing Eye Cream ($42)
This feels really thick and very moisturizing. I did not see any fading of undereye circles nor any improvement in puffiness. The price is also pretty steep for a basic eye cream. I say pass on this one and get something else.
Fresh Soy Eye Cream ($38)
This has the worst packaging ever! It comes in a huge tube and you have to sqeeze it like a toothpaste to get the product out. The texture feels grainy and the smell is pretty weird. It also did not do much to my eyes at all. The only good thing about it is the SPF – 8 – but then again, it could have been higher. This is definitely not worth the $38.
*Updates:- This has been discontinued.
H20 Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment
H20 was pretty popular back in Asia back in the late 90s and I bought this back then. It is an eye gel and I used it as an eye mask (I put a thick layer on my eyes and leave it on for 15 minutes then wash it off). It was not very moisturizing and did nothing more than cool my eyes. It might work for teens or those who do not really need an eye cream. A total waste of money for me!
Juvena UIti-max Eye Treatment ($50)
I got this from Sephora and I really liked it. It is very moisturizing and sinks right into my skin. I think my undereye circles faded a little and it definitely helps with puffiness too. My eyes feel so refreshed every time I put this on and it works great even when they get irritated. The price is a little steep but it is definitely worth every penny.
*Updates:- Sadly this has been discontinued.
L’oreal Collagen Filler Eye (£15)
This is similar to L’oreal’s Collagen Filler but designed just for the eyes and is recommended for those from age 30. It contains tiny little micro-pearls like MAC Strobe Cream to diffuse the appearance of undereye circles and bags and collagen biospheres to fill crows feet and expression lines. I only used this for a week so I cannot say much about the anti-wrinkle properties but I do love the texture which is more than divine! Unlike a regular eye cream or gel, this feels like a silicone primer which makes it great underneath makeup. It is also easily absorbed and very gentle on the skin. I am definitely going to get it when I start getting lines around my eyes.
Kenzo Relaxing Whipped Eye Cream ($45)
This contains plant water, white lotus, essential oils and mineral salts along with Actiflow to stimulate circulation and reduce black circles and puffiness, and Dormance/ Narcissus Bulb Extract to slow down cells to preserve energy. The texture is very velvety and sinks in like a dream. My eyes feel instantly refreshed, moisturized and definitely less puffy. I also use this in the AM and never had a problem putting makeup on top. Highly recommended!
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($24)
The one thing that stood out the most about this eye cream is the texture. It is the weirdest I have seen and it is not creamy nor watery. I find it very hard to blend and after numerous failed attempts, I realized that the trick to using this is to rub it with your fingers than pat it on. It is very moisturizing on the eye area but I did not see any changes in my undereye circles.
MAC Fast Response Eye Cream ($27.50)
I *love* using this in the morning! It is a great wake-up call for my eyes and it does help with puffiness. I also like how it dries so fast and preps the eye area for concealer – my concealer just glides on after I put this on. I do not recommend using this at night though because it is not very moisturizing.
Nivea Visage Aqua Sensation Anti-Shadow Eye Cream (£5.99)
The texture of this eye cream is extremely light. It feels like a gel and gets absorbed into my skin instantly. It contains cucumber and ginseng extract to make shadows go away and hydrate skin for up to 24 hours. I have been using this for over a month now and even though I do not see a prominent difference in my undereye circles, my eye area does feels refreshed and hydrated. I would highly recommend this for young skin.
Philosophy Eye Hope ($48)
This contains beta glucan and age-fighting counterparts to “diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”. It has a nice, blendable texture so a little goes a long way. It also gets absorbed into my skin within minutes. I’m not sure if it’s doing anything for my circles but it works great in deflating puffiness – I can actually feel a tightening effect around my eyes! I only wish this was slightly more hydrating for those extra dry days.
Prescriptives Vibrant-C Skin Brightening Eye Cream ($38)
Thanks to the “advanced micro-optic luminizers” that look like the tiny pink pearly particles in MAC Strobe Cream, this works like a charm in brightening and perking up my eye area. The product is also infused with vitamin C to “combat visible dark circles, the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, while improving skin tone and texture.” I have been using this for over a month now and I am happy to say that I did see some good results. There is a slight fading in my undereye circles and my eye area is more toned and even (yay!) I also love the packaging. The pump also makes it so easy to use and super hygienic. This has definitely become one of my HGs!
Shiseido Benefiance Revitalizing Eye Cream ($50)
This eye cream is extremely rich and it would be great for those with dry or mature skin. It did not help much with my undereye circles or puffiness but it is definitely good for those nights when my eyes get really dry.
Sisleya Eye and Lip Contour Cream ($160)
I have heard so much about this line and now that I am in my mid-twenties, I wanted to splurge on a nice eye cream. Initially, the SA recommended the Eye and Lip Contour Complex for young skin but since I wear eye makeup on a daily basis and my eye area is dry, I want something richer to prevent wrinkles and help with puffiness and circles and this seems to fit the bill. The product is formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients like Padina Pavonica algae extract, Matricaria, Licorice, Wheat proteins, and vitamins E, B5 and F. The texture is slightly thicker than other eye creams but it is really easy to spread and gets absorbed easily. It never feels greasy and it works great with my concealer. I have been using for this almost a few months now but it only took one application to see a difference. My eyes are more toned, moisturized, less puffy and I think my undereye circles have faded a little too. This is definitely worth the hefty price tag!
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eyes ($26)
This is a clear gel with tiny blue beads for the eye area. It contains detran-sulfate to help decongest undereye bags, Escin to increase microcirculation and Vichy’s Thermal Spa Water to help hydrate, soothe and reinforce fragile tissues. I did not see any major improvements in my undereye circles but it definitely managed to keep my eye area hydrated and puff-free. I love using it in the morning for an instant pick me up and my concealer goes on really smoothly on top of it too.
Today I would like to write about Kabuki – not the kind of traditional Japanese theatre where heavily made-up men run around screaming in ancient Japanese nor the drink with sake but an awesome tool for makeup, the Kabuki brush.
Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover ($5.99)
This is hands down the best dual-phase eye makeup remover in the market considering how cheap it is. It contains Iceland moss extract to hydrate and calm the skin and oil to remove stubborn eye makeup, including waterproof mascara. It also feels very gentle on the skin and is never too drying or too oily. I highly recommended this for all types of skin.
Chanel Precision Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover ($27.50)
Like Lancome’s Bi-facil, this comes in a dual-phase formula. It contains water cornflower extract and water rose extract to soothe and calm the eye area. It is also fragrance-free and does not leave a oily film like Lancome’s and it never stings. It is pretty effective but a tad expensive for an eye makeup remover so I say get it only if you have the extra money.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (~$3)
People have been using this to remove waterproof mascara and the most stubborn makeup since forever. It is extremely gentle, non-irritating, cheap, widely available and works just as well as your department store makeup removers. I used this last night and my eye makeup came right off after one swipe. If you wear contacts like I do, however, remember to take them out before using it – the oil can mess up your contacts.
L’oreal Gentle Eye Make Up Remover ($6)
Since Lancome is owned by L’oreal, their products usually share a similar, if not, the same formula. I *loved* Bi-facil so I picked this one up, hoping it would be a great knock-off but boy was I wrong! Compared to Lancome’s Bi-facil, this definitely feels drier on my skin. It does remove my eye makeup but for heavier makeup, you would need a few more swipes. It also does not do anything to waterproof mascaras and made my eyes all dry and itchy. I am so staying away from this one!