Posted by Damien

Finding a decent eye cream is not an easy task.  As someone with chronic dark circles, I have tried many eye treatments over the years in an effort to minimize them.  So, I was excited to try Billy Jealousy's Wipeout eye cream because I had read many positive reviews online attesting to its ability to, well, wipe out under-eye circles.

When I received my tester, I was surprised to see the formula had changed significantly from the original. At least this was my assumption, since the ingredients and packaging of the product are very different from the version sold at various online stores like Sephora. My guess is that Billy Jealousy reformulated, and these stores have not updated their listings yet. There is a marked difference between the two formulas. Gone were most of the original actives--lactic acid, licorice extract, and various essential oils. All had been mysteriously removed.

In their place, small amounts of vitamin C (in the form of tetrahexadecyl ascorbate--a stable, oil soluble version of the vitamin) and crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract have been added.  Crithmum maritimum extract is a somewhat mysterious skincare ingredient--not much information is available on it, but it seems to be a source of antioxidants.

There does not seem to be anything else in Wipeout that could contribute to the long-term improvement of dark circles (like peptides or Hesperidin methyl chalcone, which are found in other eye formulas).  It does however, contain the optical brightener LipoLight OAP/PVA (Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate and Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer), a nylon particle formulation that will, at least temporarily, improve eye appearance. And the new formula has done away with parabens. Unfortunately, the rest of the product consists only of moisturizing fillers.

In spite of all that, I actually enjoyed using Wipeout.  It gives my under eye area smoother and more rested look (granted, this is a subtle change).  It also makes the skin under my eye feel a bit firmer, which I appreciated.  However, after trying it for well over a month, I have noticed no improvement in the quality of my under-eye skin - the effect of the cream seems to be purely cosmetic.


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Ingredients (New formula):

Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (and) Crithmum Maritimum Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Caprylyl Gylcerol, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-2, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroxyacetone, Tetradecyl Ascorbate

Old formula ingredients:

Purified Water, Lactic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethanolamine, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Steareth2, Diazolidinyl Urea, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben