I'm game for trying any new product and those for the eyes are probably my favorite, but I was especially happy to try out Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream ($80) as it already has Marta's stamp of approval. Of course all products don't work equally for everyone, but the success of a prior tester certainly holds promise.
The addition of retinol (at a 3.8% concentration) to an eye cream may give many pause, but I have used retinol alone in the past and am familiar with the dryness, flaking and sometimes irritation that accompanies it, so it didn't deter me. As it turns out, there is no need for these concerns as I didn't experience any of the harsh effects usually associated with retinol. No dryness, no flaking, no irritation. It was actually quite the opposite. With glycerin and argan oil as the second and third ingredients respectively, I found this cream kept the eye area sufficiently moisturized and hydrated while doing a nice job of smoothing the lower eye area. Quick to absorb, this is a light cream that applies easily without undue rubbing of the delicate eye area, and a very small amount is all that is needed for each eye.
Over a four-week period, Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream performed well by hydrating my eye area and made a noticeable difference by refining and smoothing the under-eye area and helping to keep the fine lines at bay. I would recommend it, but with a caveat for myself. I would not want to make it my only eye product for an observation that Marta noted in her review. Since it is generally accepted that continuous use of retinol tends to thin the skin, I would use this intermittently for refining and smoothing but choose another favorite eye product for my regular daily use.
Ingredients in Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream: Water, Glycerin, Argan Oil, Retinol 3.8%, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Adenosine, Allantoin, Elemental Sulfur, Human Oligopeptide-1 (EGF 2-Nano), Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Nutmeg Kernel Extract, Clove Seed Extract, Eucalyptus Alba Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Arginine, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Sorbitan Sesquiolate, Glyceryl Stearate/PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Self-Emulsifying Glyceryl Monostearate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol