Apivita Queen Bee Eye Cream- reader reviewed and rejected
Thank you for including me in the sample testing of Apivita Queen Bee Anti-Wrinkle and Restoring Eye Cream ($61 for 15ml). First, a little about my skin – I’m 60 years old, fair skinned with under-eye puffiness, crepiness, dryness, minor crow’s feet and significant loss of elasticity and tone. This has been my target area for improvement over the past several years, and I have tried a huge number of high-end eye serums and creams to improve the quality and beauty of the skin underneath my eyes. I just want to cry when I look at the condition of my eyes.
Before beginning the Apivita trial, I had not previously found a product that worked effectively to make the improvements I desired. All my high-end products had some version of the latest and greatest combinations of peptides, acids, antioxidants, moisturizing agents, Chirally Correct molecules, great micro-delivery systems, etc. And they were expensive. But – I saw no results, and worse – I experienced extreme irritation and inflammation with a few products. I really wanted to believe there’s a product out there that would work for me and be compatible with what my skin needs. I’ve been envious of those TIA members that have found their “Holy Grail” eye products…
So, given this, I began to think it was time to change my eye treatment approach and try products that have more “natural” ingredients. The Apivita Queen Bee Anti-Wrinkle and Restoring Eye Cream ingredients were interesting and when the opportunity came to test, I was excited and hopeful. I tested the Apivita eye cream on my left eye only, applying the cream all around the orbital bone twice per day. My testing period was 4 weeks.
The positives: The Apivita product has a nice honey scent, is a lightweight pale beige creamy lotion packaged in an elegant dark brown glass pump container. The pump worked flawlessly for me, dispensing the exact amount of product needed for my eye. Not only did I love the smell of the cream, I also liked the ease with which it applied. It seemed to absorb into my skin within a short time, although there was some residual stickiness. I experienced no irritation from or sensitivities to any of the ingredients.
The cons: Once absorbed, there was not enough residual hydration from the product to provide good aesthetic results. My left (test) eye looked dry and more crepey than the other eye on which I was using a different product. The Apivita product did not work well with any of my under-eye concealer products – I tried them all – cream, stick, and Touché-Éclat-type concealers. None of the concealers would go on smoothly – there were tiny globs of concealer dotting the skin, perhaps because of the tackiness left on the skin after the Apivita absorbed.
The final outcome was no improvement to elasticity, tone, wrinkles, texture or puffiness. I really wanted Apivita to produce some improvement in at least one area, but it didn’t happen for me. I think my 60-year-old skin needs something more powerful to treat it and something more emollient to make it look better while I’m treating it. I just have not found the right combination yet. My hope and my search continue.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water)**, Aqua (Water), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Glycerin, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Laureth-9, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Royal Jelly, Algae Extract, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Mel (Honey)* Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)
** Camelia Sinensis* Leaf Aqueous Infusion = Green tea water
* Certified organic cultivation