Hydropeptide's Complete Eye and Lash Restoration Kit is so brand new that the box on my desk is still in prototype form. This novel combo of eyelash growth product and a cream to combat dark circles is being launched by the people (Azure Cosmeceuticals) who make April Rain's superb day and night creams. Behind April Rain is Dr Vivian Bucay (who, when she isn’t potion-making, volunteers her time at the University of Texas Health Science).

Hydropeptide Lash is a standout amongst eyelash growth products, which are usually based either on a prostaglandin (glaucoma drug) or a cocktail of vitamins with a few plant extracts. This also has plant stem cells and growth factors. It has xylitylglucoside anhydroxylitol xylitol, which might sound like a song from Mary Poppins but is in fact a sugar found in wheat and olives that really helps skin retain moisture and boosts the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid. It also shows improvement of the barrier function increasing ceramide synthesis. I have no idea what that has to do with eyelash growth, but hey, why split hairs.

I am back on firmer ground with inositol, which is a vitamin B complex nutrient that has a direct impact on hair growth. Biotin is also associated with promoting hair growth. There are also a couple of hexapeptides, synthetic peptides that behave like growth hormones.

In a study commissioned by the company over 56 days with 34 woman, 8 out of 10 users of HydroPeptide Lash felt their eyelashes looked fuller in just 4 weeks.  92 percent of women said their eyebrows appeared thicker and lusher, and 96 percent said their brows appeared fuller.  Just as impressive, 94 percent of participants said their eyelashes appeared to increase in length and 96 percent said their lashes appeared more thick, lush, and full. We shall see whether I have similar results as I'll be trying this out over the next four to six weeks and will report back.

Meanwhile, there are some interesting things going on in Hydropeptide's dark eye circle cream. Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf extract is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, according to a Taiwanese study. There are plenty of other peptides, including Matrixyl 3000, plus antioxidant tea and vitamins. So this is going to be a collagen boosting, wrinkle fighter as well as the enemy of dark circles.

As far as the latter go, the key active is hesperidin methyl chalcone. One study documented that it lowers the filtration rate of capillaries, and less blood flowing though capillaries close to the surface of the skin potentially means less dark bluish discoloration under the eyes. It’s also thought to prevent leaking from the veins below the eyes, also preventing the dark blue look from blood leaking below the surface of the skin. Vitamin K and chrysin.

Ingredients in Hydropeptide Lash

Water, butylene glycol, octapeptide-2, glycerin, xylityglocoside anhydroxylitol, inositol, glucosyl hesperidin, myristoyl hexapeptide-16, hexapeptide-17, sodium hyaluronate, folic acid, biotin, xylitol, hydrogenated lecithin, rapeseed sterols, castor seed oil, caprylyl glycol, tetrahydroxypropyl ethylenediamine, acrylates C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, tetrasodium EDTA, cetearyl alcohol, germall 115 (Imidazolidinyl Urea), phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients in Hydropeptide Eye

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Mica, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Dipeptide-2, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Chrysin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucosamine HCL, Ceramide 2, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Pearl Powder, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Ubiquinone, Copper PCA, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja Sterols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Allantoin, PEG-8/SMDI Copolymer, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Esters, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Tropolone, Xanthan Gum, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Polysorbate 60, Steareth-20, Cetearyl Methicone, O-Cymen-5-OL, SD Alcohol 40B, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Tribehenin.