Saturday 31 May 2014

Faithful Four: Eye Heroes

Best eye creams

Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream

Promise: “Natural ingredients in their active state encourage the skin to self heal, ultimately firming and rehydrating the delicate area around the eyes. Promotes collagen production while brightening skin, eliminating dark circles and reducing under-eye puffiness”
Price: £90.00 / $120 15ml
Purchase: Space NK / Barneys

The Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream is the perfect all-rounder as it hydrates, soothes, de-puffs, primes and reduces the appearance of fine lines. So, although it may come with a massive price tag, it does come with massive benefits.

This nourishing eye cream contains Environment Protective Complex, Aescin and Ascorbyl Glucoside, which work together to lighten dark circles, improve microcirculation, reduce puffiness and defend against environmental damage. The cream has a thin, milky texture that seems to moisturise and hydrate the eye area the second it's applied. It absorbs quickly, leaving skin with a firm, silicone-feeling surface that primes the eye area for makeup application. This luxury eye cream hydrates and primes the eye area so well that, since using it, my concealer has been applying more smoothly and has a crease-free finish - a big bonus in my beauty book!

The Nourish Eye Cream also provides a cooling effect when applied, which not only feels incredibly soothing but is great for de-puffing those pesky puffy eyes!

Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream Review

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum

Promise: “Keeping your eyes looking youthful requires intensive, proven care. This luxurious, corrective and potent anti-aging eye serum uses targeted eye care technology to help counteract the appearance of visible aging signs all around the delicate eye area in just one use”
Price: £95.00 / $130.00 15ml
Purchase: House of Fraser /

This eye serum is a real anti-ageing hero. It combines idebenone - the most powerful anti-ageing antioxidant, with a blend of arazine and thiotaine. Idebenone shields skin from environmental damage, helps to support the skin’s natural repair process and restores a more youthful appearance. Arazine soothes skin and helps to reduce signs of ageing caused by inflammation, while thiotaine protects skin from environmental damage. All of these ingredients work together to create some pretty impressive results. 30 minutes after first applying the Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum, I noticed a few of my fine lines were less obvious. However, it was only after using this product for over a month that I realised just how good it was. Now, it didn't permanently delete all of the lines around my eyes - I mean that would be impossible - however many fine lines disappeared and deeper creases were less apparent. The serum also contains tiny, light reflecting shimmer particles that helped to conceal my dark circles - an added bonus!

In case you're wondering, the PREVAGE® Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum has a lightweight, lotion-like texture that is packaged in a long, narrow tube. It also has a handy pump that dispenses the perfect amount of product in just one press!

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum Review

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On

Promise: “Fortifying and soothing serum for dehydrated & sensitive skin. With mineral-rich Vichy Thermal Water, Hyaluronic Acid and Aquabioryl™. 24Hr hydration, skin feels more comfortable and protected”
Price: £14.00 / $29.00 15ml
Purchase: Boots / ULTA

The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On is best for gals on a budget and, although it is the cheapest on the list, it is my favourite to apply. It has a fine gel texture that feels weightless on the skin - almost like a water-based serum for the eyes. It comes equipped with a roll-on ball applicator which makes application super easy and mess-free. The ball is metal and feels cold every time it touches the skin. This not only feels amazing but helps to reduce any puffiness around the eyes!

The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On does an amazing job at deeply hydrating the eye area - thanks to it's hero ingredient, sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid and it can deeply penetrate the skin and hold onto water - 1,000 times its weight in water to be exact! So you won't be surprised to hear that this is my go-to product when my eyes feel really dry and dehydrated.

Like all Vichy products, this hydrating hero is paraben free and it safe for use on sensitive skin.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll-On Review

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream

Promise: “This double-action gel-cream reduces dark circles and smoothes the area around the eyes and lips. Its "Polyphenol + Vitamin C" anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle formula is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 and fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts. Instant tightening, smoothing and moisturizing”
Price: £26.00 / $49.00 15ml
Purchase: / Sephora

The Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream is part of Caudalie’s Polyphenol Range, an antioxidant-packed collection that provides 100% protection against free-radicals. This level of protection is essential for the eye area, as this part of the face is often the first to show signs of damage and premature ageing.

This fragrance-free and paraben-free eye cream is very light in texture but feels beautifully rich when applied. What makes it so different from the other eye products featured, aside from the 100% protection against free radicals it provides, is that it has dual-purpose. This product is also designed for use on the lips, so it helps to treat those pesky fine lines that form around the mouth with age.

The Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream is also amazing because of the packaging it comes in. It features a very narrow nozzle which ensures that only a tiny amount of product is dispensed when the tube is squeezed. This is great as so many people apply too much eye cream and waste too much product.

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream Review
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