The short scoop: we compared four of the top-selling eye creams to our Ultramarine Night Cream. They all have the same plumping active ingredients and deliver exactly the same benefit: the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. None of them beat Ultramarine Night Cream's lab-proven results (on humans), a 45% decrease in wrinkle length and density with regular use. None, including ours, do anything for dark circles or puffiness (even though some of them claim to) because no product can--see below for details.
The only difference is in the price:
- Eyevive $59.95 for 0.5 oz ($119.90 per ounce)
- Dr. Hauschka's Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream $52 for 0.4 oz ($130 per ounce)
- Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Re-Creation Eye Balm/Night Serum $400 for 0.5 oz ($800 per ounce)
- Perricone Eye Therapy $95 for 0.5 oz ($180 per ounce)
- Nancy Boy Ultramarine Night Cream $55 for 2 ounces ($27.50 per ounce)
Eye creams, serums, gels, etc. are the most profitable products in any skincare line. That's because each manufacturer simply takes its moisturizers, puts them in very, very small packages and charges very, very high prices for them. They also run misleading ads (click here
). Even the New York Times, no stranger to promoting all manner of cosmetics because the paper derives so much advertising income from them, cast a jaundiced eye at the claims made by top brands. For the story, click here
Brands get away with it because the eye area presents three key problems that make us look older than we'd like: dark circles, puffiness and fine lines and wrinkles. People will pay almost anything ($800 an ounce, literally the price of precious metal) to get rid of them. But dark circles and puffiness cannot be addressed with cosmetic (or "cosmeceutical") products. "Cosmeceutical" products are just cosmetics that come from any brand that wants to call them that, including dermatologists like Dr. Perricone or Dr. Hauschka. If they were really pharmaceuticals, and were thus different in any way from cosmetics, then the consumer would need a prescription.
Dark circles can be genetic but for most of us are a function of aging: the fatty deposits under our eyes thin, forming hollows. Light is absorbed by these hollows, creating the appearance of darkness. Obviously, no cosmetic or "cosmeceutical" product is going to do anything about this physiological change. Bleaching products are available but are dangerous and toxic. The appearance of dark circles can be exacerbated by lack of sleep, improper diet, not ingesting enough water, over-partying, etc. The best remedy for this problem is a good concealer that matches your skin tone. Men shouldn't be afraid of using one if the circles really bug you.
Puffiness (or bags) can be caused by a range of things including allergies, capillary damage and inflammation but it all results in the pooling of excess fluids under the skin. Cosmetics and "cosmeceuticals" will not help drain excess fluids from your tissues; that's impossible. Because this pooling, bagginess or puffiness is especially exacerbated by lack of sleep and over-indulgence, taking care of yourself is the best remedy. Natural old-school remedies like tea bags or cucumbers have been known to work too but probably the time spent lying down is just as important as what you've placed on your eyes.
The only under-eye problem that can be addressed with an over-the-counter product is fine lines and wrinkles. And the only thing you can do to those (outside of botox or surgery) is to plump them so that light isn't attracted to the crevasse (the wrinkle) but instead bounces off the plumped up skin. Our night cream has been clinically proven, with real live people, to do just that. What's more, you get all the anti-wrinkle benefits of the world's top eye creams at a price that allows you use the product to reduce wrinkles on your entire face.
Use around eyes to address fine lines and wrinkles. You don't need to slather it on; a little goes a long way. You must, however, have the product on your skin 8 hours per day (or night) out of every 24-hour period and must use it consistently in order to reap the benefits, which are cumulative. Maximal benefits will be seen after 28 days of consistent use and will be maintained upon regular use.
Common Sense Precaution
When using around the eyes, use extra caution so that you don't get the product in your eye. If you do, flush the eye with plenty of water. If redness and/or irritation persists, seek medical attention.
purified water, squalane, hybrid safflower seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, stearyl alcohol, glycerin, butylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, carbomer, polysorbate 20, Ahnfeltia concinna extract, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, phenoxyethanol, sodium hyaluronate, Vitamin E, titanium dioxide, potassium sorbate, ethylhexyl glycerin, disodium EDTA, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, macrocystis pyrifera extract, retinyl palmitate, PEG-35 castor oil, guaiazulene, sodium acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer.
People who like it
said it worked as well as or better than any other eye product they had ever tried, at any cost, at diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, that it "feels incredibly soft and luxurious on," that they "had to get used to the idea that something cheap could work as well as something I was paying $200 for."
People who didn't like it
are still looking for a product that could work on dark circles and puffiness.