Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Battle of the Eye Creams, Part II

Over the past 6 to 9 months, I tested a couple of eye creams, with varied textures and price points. Eye creams are probably one of the most elusive of all beauty and skincare products...women (and men!) are always searching for that holy grail eye cream that will make their puffy bags and undereye circles disappear. While I didn't find my holy grail of eye creams in this test batch, most of the eye treatments I tested were all good, basic treatments.

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with Biospheric Complex

This product is a true cream that comes in a little jar. A slightly cool sensation results after patting it on the eyes, which I personally found really soothing, especially after hours of staring at the computer. The product claims to minimize (not eliminate) undereye circles, wrinkles and puffiness. I can't speak for wrinkles because I don't have any yet but the cream did help puffiness - I think the cooling sensation helps. As for the undereye circles, I generally believe that my dark circles are caused by lack of sleep, stress and allergies, and am not convinced that creams can do anything to reduce circles.

All in all, I thought this was a pretty good eye cream. My only gripes were the non-effect on undereye circles and the fact that I wish the cream was slightly richer in texture, which would be wonderful for the winter. The product retails at $45.

Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment

The next eye treatment I tried was quite different from the Skyn Iceland product. The Boscia eye treatment is more of a thick gel, rather than a true cream, and comes in a pump dispenser. It is slightly sticky but I found it to be more moisturizing than the Skyn product - it leaves a little sheen on the eyes once applied.

Again, the product didn't do much for dark circles but it rates high for its moisturizing properties and as a result, it would be great eye treatment for winter. The product retails for $38.

Ren Active 7 Radiant Eye Maintenance Gel

This eye treatment is not a cream at all but an eye gel. The consistency is slightly thick instead of runny which is a plus. It is not sticky at all and is cool to the touch. Because the Ren treatment is a straight out gel though, it is not as moisturizing as the Skyn Iceland or Boscia products.

This treatment would be perfect for the spring/summer rather than the fall/winter due to the texture and properties. I could see it being really soothing if I stuck the tube in the fridge and then applied. The product retails for $45.

Garner Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

I had high hopes for this eye treatment because I read reviews raving about the roller ball application. However, I just wasn't sold on this product.

The product is used by rolling the roller ball under the eyes, which causes a gel product to be applied. In theory, its a great idea but I didn't like the product for two reasons. First, I found the gel treatment itself was too thin and not moisturizing enough for my undereyes. I found that it did not even depuff my undereyes well which was the main claim behind the roller ball application. Second, I found that the rollerball application did not deposit the treatment evenly under my eyes. It also felt like the rollerball application tugged too much on my skin which is not good for the sensitive skin around the eyes.

The product retails for $12.99.


  1. hi
    I was wondering if u could do a breakdown of katrina's look? I have a pic and her makeup is gorgeous.
    I can send u the pic if u can help me out:)

  2. Hi Anshul! Of course I can do the breakdown...send me the pic at and I'll do the breakdown.


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