Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment

Lately, I’ve been interested in eye creams because I’m looking into preventative measures for anti-aging. However, as I’ve previously mentioned, I’m picky about eye creams because I dislike greasy or heavy formulas that interfere with eye makeup during the day time. I’m currently trying out the Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, and so far, I really like it as a night time product.

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This eye cream is “an intense, maracuja fruit- and vitamin C-infused, multitasking eye-treatment that visibly hydrates, firms, and brightens the delicate eye-area.” This “skintuitive™ eye treatment” is slightly heavy, so a little goes a long way. It’s creamy and “contains rice bran, mango, and coconut, which are naturally rich in antioxidants and help fight signs of aging and free radical damage.” I like this eye cream for night time since it’s so moisturizing and doesn’t absorb until your skin is matte. It’s very rich, so I find that applying it during the day time makes my eye makeup a mess — and, almost always, my mascara will be smudgey.

In addition, “oat sugars instantly smooth and visibly tighten skin. The opthalmologist-tested nutrient-rich formula also delivers the ultimate in hydration for smooth, youthful-looking eyes.” Tarte markets Maracuja oil as a key ingredient in their makeup and skincare products as an oil that is “rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) known to replenish, rebuild, and brighten skin.”

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There’s no doubt that this eye treatment is hydrating, and when my eye area is feeling dry — especially during the dry, winter months — it feels really good. “Along with a high dose of pure vitamin C that gives the appearance of brighter skin, a powerful antiaging elixir promotes active skin recovery, rejuvenation, and maximum hydration that quenches dry skin.” I can’t say that the Vitamin C and Maracuja oil has made my eye area any brighter; and, I don’t see drastic results in plumping of the skin or anything like that. However, it does smooth the eye area and it feels replenished due to optimal hydration.

I’m going to continue to use this eye cream since what I’m looking for is a preventative measure that hydrates. I think there’s other options that could be better, but eye creams are circumstantial since it really depends on the user and their preferences.

Retails for $38.00 USD.

Clarins Eye Contour Gel

Normally, I reserve using eye creams at night because I find that creamy eye creams mess with makeup application. I also have found that they’re not good for any kind of eye makeup and everything will begin to slip, slide, and smudge. However, with the changing season, my eye area has been uncharacteristically dry and I’ve never had this problem before. In the past, using whatever moisturizer I had left on my hands on my eyelids was good enough. I decided that finding a gel formula was important since I needed the eye cream to absorb right away, so I found the Clarins Eye Contour Gel and I feel that I made the right decision.

This eye cream is described as a “cooling eye gel to minimize puffiness and dark circles.” The “lightweight gel minimizes puffiness and dark circles, preparing skin for eye makeup application and long-lasting wear.” As you can tell by the product description, it addresses my concerns making it the perfect daytime eye cream. This eye contour gel is “made with certified organic plant extracts,” and claims that the “Ginkgo Biloba [in it will] minimizes dark circles while the “caffeine decongests undereye puffs.” Also included in the formula are cornflower and chamomile extracts which “relaxes, refreshes, and soothes the eye area.” Not only does this product hydrate and soothe, but it can also be worn in conjunction with makeup since it’s not oily and creamy. This “pure and refreshing gel is the way to go if you’re just starting to see puffiness and dark circles.”

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While I don’t have any dark circle concerns, my eyes are puffy in the mornings. If I’m extra tired or a little sleep-deprived, the puffiness gets worse which tends to give me a swollen look. This gel is cooling when you apply it to the skin and absorbs right away. I pat it into my skin all over the eye area — including the lids and the under eye area. The cooling sensation lingers so it provides a soothing and relaxing feel. Since it absorbs instantly, I can move onto other areas of my morning routine without having to wait for the product to sink in. Also, I’m happy to report that applying this in the mornings hasn’t affected my eye makeup application and has also provided me the hydration I’ve been looking for.

I recommend this product to those who have oily/combination to normal skins; and, to those who are looking for a lightweight, gel eye cream that isn’t oily and messy. I have sensitive eyes and wear contacts during the day, and this product has been perfectly fine for me. However, if you have serious lines, eye bags, and really dry skin, this may not be the right product for you. I’d say that for me this an age-appropriate eye cream. If you’re looking for something creamier or heavier, Clarins also has the Eye Contour Balm, which may be a better texture for you.

Contains 0.7 oz.
Retails for $35.00 USD.
Made in France.

Dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested. Fragrance-free.

Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20 PA++

After reading some reviews for the Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Crème, I opted for the Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20 PA++.

Marketed as “a lightweight, tinted formula that delivers natural-looking coverage,” this product is geared towards concealing dark circles and illuminating the eye area. The “skin tone is perfectly even and protected against UV damage with SPF 20,” and the BB eye cream “includes UV Tri-dimensional shield technology, delivering the highest UVA and UVB protection while protecting skin from adverse effects of increases in temperature and fluctuations in humidity.”

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For me, it’s kind of confusing looking at this product as a “BB cream” when it’s really an eye product. Essentially, this is a tinted eye cream that delivers results like a BB cream (for the face). A little bit of product goes a long, log way; there’s no need to swipe this product under your eyes — just two dabs will do. This is also recommended to be used all over the eye area — including your eyelids as well. I’ve used it both ways, and I find that using all over makes a big difference in faking the bright-eyed, well-rested look.

In terms of skincare benefits, I’d say the product is hydrating so it functions like a regular eye cream in that respect. The added sun protection makes it ideal for day time use, and the peachy tone counteracts dark under circles. As for the “Icelandic Glacial Water,” I can’t say that it’s really done anything; but, the idea is nice. :)

I recommend this product for its moisturizing and brightening abilities. It’s like a two-in-one for your eyes so that’s good news. I wouldn’t say that this product is absolutely necessary, but it’s a great pick-me-up and I like the effect it gives.

Made in France.
6 mL / 0.20 fl. oz.
Retails for $49.00 USD.