[By Natasha Collins]

With the looming holiday season upon us, late night martinis and 4 hour snoozes are inevitable sins for many. To fight the lack of sleep as well as dehydrated skin from alcohol-fuelled parties, I jumped at the chance to test drive 5 cult eye creams available on the market today. Are they as fantastic as their product packaging promises or are they merely empty promises in a jar?

Skinceuticals Eye Balm  USD$80

Touted to be a synergistic combination of highly effective, yet gentle phytochemicals to rehabilitate mature, aging skin around the delicate eye area, this eye balm certainly has a creamy, rich feel.  It is a godsend for dehydrated and dry skin types though it can be a little rich for humid climates or those with oily skins. I tried it in the morning and found it a little too heavy under makeup but when used before bed, it helped plump up my skin and replenish moisture loss quite effectively.

Rating: 7/10

Dr. Sebagh Eye Primer Lift           US$85

I had heard so much about Dr Sebagh that I was totally looking forward to testing out his eye primer lift. The Eye Primer Lift is a light eye contour gel that is touted to immediately tighten and lift eye area skin. On application, the eye gel was fast absorbing and left my skin feeling quite soft and smooth. It was great under makeup as it did not leave a greasy after feel. I used it religiously for about 10 days but didn’t notice any visible improvements to my dark eye circles or fine lines. Sadly, while this product is good as a pick-me-up for my tired eyes, it doesn’t seem to do anything for me in term of long term eye benefits.

Rating: 6/10


Eye Lift Synergy USD$95

This is a set of two products that each addresses the visible signs of aging in the eye area. I loved the idea that Dr Perricone’s products are formulated without parabens.  I like to think I am applying “wholesome” ingredients onto my skin every night. I loved the light texture of the vitamin c serum, and the high potency eye serum glides on smoothly without being too greasy. It could be a little stinging on the eyes if you are not careful so be sure to keep the product away from the eyes. I thought I could see visible improvements in the fine lines around my undereye area after a few days of use but the idea of using two products instead of one, while refreshing at first became rather tedious after a week.

Rating: 8/10

Sloane Inc. Oxygen Eye serum   USD$68

Described as “an energy drink for your eyes”, I was excited to try this eye gel, hoping that this would be the answer to my tired peepers and dark eye rings. At the first try, I thought the texture of the eye gel was rather light, in fact it felt kind of watery to me so I was sceptical about its efficacy. However, I was pleasantly surprised to note that the skin did feel suppler and hydrated even after just one application. After 2 weeks of religious use, I can definitely see a visible improvement in my undereye circles. While my dark eye rings were not completely gone (I’ve resigned myself to the fact they can never be erased), the shadows were impressively lightened and my fine lines were somewhat reduced.

Rating: 9/10

Kate Sommerville Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream  USD$125

At USD$125 a pop, this is the most expensive cult brand of the lot, so I had a lot of high hopes for this product, touted as “a high-performance eye cream”. The texture of the eye cream was creamy and smooth, and it does not sting my eyes upon application, which is especially important as I wear contact lenses at times. The eye cream was well absorbed and the fragrance was not overpowering. After ten days of nightly use, I thought my eye skin felt softer and smoother. While the product held up reasonably well to scrutiny, the effects just do not justify the price so it’s unlikely to be something I would continue on my own budget.

Rating: 8.5/10

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11 thoughts on “EYE CANDY”

  1. Great moisturizer, but is a little difficult to use. The product tends to cling to the jar – not your fingertips, which requires “scooping” and using too much. Prefer the eye cream in pump bottle.

  2. I have been using Skinceuticals Eye Balm for 2 years now and i love it. It is expensive, I know, but well worth the price. I have tried other products that are less expensive and more expensive and touted to be “Amazing”, but I am telling you, this is the only one I have found that truly does diminish lines around my eyes and truly make crows feet virtually disappear.

  3. The product arrived matching the description. Easier and cheaper than going to the store with fast delivery as well. I have no complaints and would highly recommend to others looking for this or similar products.

  4. I have tried many many eye products and this one has done the best job.
    Mostly the skin under my eye and the eye lid have needed the most attention and this product is great. I have noticed this skin is noticeably less wrinkled.
    My only criticism is the pump bottle is not the best delivery method. When the pump works, it squirts out 3 times too much product, and it stops working once you have about 1/4 of the bottle left.

  5. I’ve been purchasing from skinstore for years. The effect of this product “PErricone MD Eye Lift Synergy Kit” is amazing! I have dark circles around my eyes for as long as I can remember, maybe back when I was in middle school. After using this kit for two weeks, the dark circles started to fade. Now, I’m on this product for about 3 months. The skin around my eyes is much brighter and even toned. I feel obligated to tell this to customers who are interested in this product. It’s really worth a try.

  6. I love Kate Somerville but this eye cream is way over priced for doing nothing. I didn’t see any results that were any different that the cheap back up cream I have in my desk at work. I switched to La Prairie and am having much better results.

  7. Although this Kate Sommerville eye cream is expensive, I am repurchasing my 2nd one. I have had no irritation. sensitivity or milia. I’ve been using this twice a day, laying over MyChelle’s serum for puffy eyes and dark circles. My dark; blueish , inherited dark circles have faded tremendously, requiring a touch of concealer. If you can’t afford this, there are less expensive brands that would probably work just as well. The sanitary pump is wonderful—I hate putting my fingers into a jar!

  8. I think that the Kate Sommerville Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream isn’t for everyone to use. Some of my friend used it and told me that it stings, and then irritates on the eye, and cost a lot of money and has no Effect. But some say it’s great for them.

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