Beauty, Skincare

Caudalie Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

I seem to always have dark circles under my eyes. I’m sure part of it is genetic (as an aunt so rudely pointed out once as she traumatized my 16-year-old self), but it’s probably also caused by lack of sleep and not drinking enough water. Anyway, I’m obsessed with religiously applying eye cream, and I’m always trying new ones. Recently, I purchased the Caudalie Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $39.

While I love Caudalie, I’m not loving this product. It’s main ingredient is Vitamin C, which is great for brightening. However, after about a month of using this product, I’ve seen very little difference in my under eye region. My dark circles look about the same, but this also does not seem to smooth the area at all. It’s not even a teeny bit nourishing or moisturizing, so it just doesn’t fill in and saturate the area. Essentially, there seems to be very little difference when I use this vs. when I don’t use this when it comes to makeup application.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty disappointing eye cream. I’ve used much better eye creams that were much cheaper from the drugstore. So, I guess it’s back to my quest to find the holy grail of eye creams.

Do you have a favorite eye cream for moisturizing and combatting dark circles? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks 

I’m obsessed with the skin underneath my eyes. I want to avoid crow’s feet as long as possible, so I’m very diligent about eye cream, sunscreen (also, avoiding the sun), plus not tugging at the skin when removing eye makeup. I’m always excited when I’m sent new eye products, and recently I had the chance to try the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks. You can get 6 pairs of these single-use masks for $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

My first impression of this product is that the size is ridiculous. The pads are way too big for the undereye area, so I had to maneuver them really carefully to get them on the skin underneath my eyes without them getting too close to my actual eye. This was extra difficult since they were so big and bulky.

I was, however, pleased that they really stayed in place. You’re supposed to keep them on for about 10-15 minutes. I left them on for about 20-25, and they never fell off as I did some work around the apartment. Other eye masks I’ve tried were so slimy and weird that I had to recline with my head back the entire time to keep them from falling off, so this was a welcome change.

In terms of results, I was a bit underwhelmed. My undereye area seemed a bit more moisturized afterwards, but that was about it. It contains lavender and aloe to soothe the undereye, but I felt like a lot of eye creams I use depuff better than this. There’s also hyaluronic acid for moisture and anti-aging effects, but that’s something you’d need to track over time, and I’m not sure this would be the best everyday product when there are plenty of great eye creams with hyaluronic acid that would be more affordable for daily use.

Overall, I definitely won’t be purchasing these, but I do think they could be a fun addition for a girls’-night-in spa party since the gold foil looks pretty fancy!

Have you tried an eye mask that wowed you? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb 

I am obsessed with the skin around my eyes. I’ve been using eye cream for over a decade (even though I’m only 26) because prevention is always the best policy. So, I get super excited when I get eye cream samples. Currently, I do not have any signs of wrinkles or fine lines, but I do get dry skin under my eyes as well as dark circles. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb which retails for $48 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I will say that my dark circles have looked better recently, although I think that’s because I’m sleeping more now that grad school is over (yay!!!) Still, the skin around my eyes has been kind of dry, even though my t-zone has been rather oily. This product was amazing at moisturizing that delicate undereye skin. It is so light and dries pretty quickly, but it leaves the undereye looking good and feeling really smooth. I’ve even noticed that when I use this product in the morning before doing my makeup, my undereye concealer seems to apply a lot better.

The texture of this product is kind of gel-like. It’s very cool to the touch, which is refreshing and helps with de-puffing the eye area. Overall, I haven’t found any negatives regarding this product. It only takes a little bit to cover the whole area, so my deluxe-sized sample has lasted for weeks and I still have a lot left to go. I think that, when I run out of this sample and the other eye cream I’ve been using, I’m definitely going to purchase this one.

Do you have an eye cream that you love, or have you tried this product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Caudalie Eye Lifting Balm

I love Caudalie, so I was excited to receive a new product from them to review, but I do feel the need for a disclaimer: I am 26, so I don’t really need an eye lifting balm quite yet (hopefully!) Still, I was happy to test and try to give some thoughts on the Caudalie Eye Lifting Balm which retails from Sephora and similar retailers for $62 for 0.05 oz.

At this point in my life, I’m more concerned with dark circles and dryness under my eyes instead of wrinkles, but I still love an eye cream. I’ve been using eye cream since I was 16 because prevention is definitely important. This Caudalie product was awesome. It was a thin enough consistency that it dried quickly and didn’t leave me looking oily under the eye. I could tell that it really moisturized well though. It left my undereye area feeling really smooth too.

Overall, I really liked this eye cream. I can’t verify it’s lifting claims and I don’t know how it would help wrinkles, but I am hopefully that it would work pretty well because my undereye was noticeably smoother after use. I think this is another great product from Caudalie.

Do you use an eye cream every day? Be sure to let me know about your favorite one in the comments section!

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream

I tend to have naturally dark circles under my eyes, so I’m on this eternal quest to find products that will minimize or conceal them. I’ve used under eye cream every night since I was 16 and under eye concealer for almost as long. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream from Sephora, and I think I’ll definitely be purchasing the full size when my Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream runs out.

The IT Cosmetics under eye cream is $48 for half an ounce, which is an average price for an under eye cream. Half an ounce seems like a tiny amount, but you need so little under eye cream every day that it will probably last you 6-8 months if not longer.

I’ve found that this cream dries very quickly and definitely does what it says it’s supposed to do. My under eye area is brightened but the finish is very matte, unlike the Origins eye cream which leaves a sparkly residue that is very noticeable (but does mask the darkness). I think that I prefer this matte, invisible finish. My under eyes don’t tend to be puffy and I don’t have any wrinkles yet, but I do like how moisturized and smooth my under eye area feels after using this cream, so I could definitely see this targeting those two problems as well.

Overall, I’m very impressed by this product and this brand as a whole. Their inexpensive contour palette is also amazing! I definitely think this is a brand to watch for. They’re not super well-known right now, but these are great, high-quality products.

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Origins GinZing Eye Cream 

I have been using eye cream since I was 16 in the hopes that I’ll be able to someday completely eliminate the dark circles under my eyes. In all honesty, they aren’t terrible, but it has been an insecurity of mine ever since an unpleasant relative made a big deal about how terrible the dark circles looked. As she tends to be overly critical of every aspect of every person she meets, I know I shouldn’t have taken her words to heart, but I did let it grow into quite the insecurity.

I’m very excited to have a new favorite eye cream! Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is absolutely the best I’ve tried so far and I use it every morning and evening during my skincare routines. It is the standard half-ounce bottle (and it will go a long way like all eye creams) and is $30. This makes it one of the cheaper eye creams at Sephora, which is a nice plus.

The biggest ingredient in this product is caffeine, and it definitely seems to help the skin under the eye to feel tighter and look better overall. I don’t tend to have issues with puffiness, but this one is great for dark circles. However, this is in part because the product is slightly tinted and shimmery. It helps to create the illusion of brightness under the eyes. Still, it instantly makes my eyes look better, so I love it. The illusion is not enough that I can forego undereye concealer during the day, but it is a nice start. No eye cream will ever really fix dark undereye circles permanently. All of them are temporary fixes, and this one works really well for me.

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Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

I have always been obsessed with the dark circles under my eyes. I am always looking for a panacea that will make them disappear, but I don’t think that actually exists. So, instead I’ll try to reduce them so that I can at least cover them easily with concealer. Recently, I got a deluxe sample of the new Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream.

As far as eye creams go, this one is really affordable. It’s only $26.50 for half an ounce. I’ve been using my little sample for weeks and it’s just now starting to run out.

I think that this is a good beginner eye cream. It adds a nice amount of moisture to my skin, but I think more mature skin would probably require something a bit heavier. This is definitely not going to do anything if you have wrinkles around your eyes, but I did notice that my skin felt a little smoother under my area. I also saw that my dark circles were faded a bit. Caffeine is an ingredient in this product, and I think it does a nice job at “pep”ping up the eye area and making my eyes look more awake.

So, I think that if you’re in your twenties and you want to get started with an eye cream, this is a great, affordable choice. However, if you’re in your thirties and beyond, it may not give you the results that you want. I’m in my mid-twenties and I use something much thicker in the evening, but I do like this in the morning before I put on my undereye concealer.