At 25 years old, I am fortunate enough to not yet suffer from the common eye area afflictions (crow’s feet, drooping etc.) that can occur as one ages. I do, however, have red hair, and the painfully pale, almost translucent skin that goes with it. The kind of skin that makes hiding imperfections near impossible. As a result, I have spent my life struggling to disguise the prominent dark circles beneath my eyes. I look permanently exhausted. I have also just changed jobs (and states), so my recent bout of stress-induced insomnia has not helped matters! All things considered, an “anti-fatigue” eye cream – the Chella Eye Cream Anti-Fatigue Formula – sounded  good to me and, at $75 a pop, I was expecting (and excited) to see some results!

Although not the biggest bottle in the world, a little bit of this cream goes a long way (I still have plenty left at the end of my 30-day, twice-daily trial). It’s a white cream of medium consistency that goes on easily and absorbs quickly. As instructed, I applied it to the under-eye area with my fingers morning and night, and the non-greasy formula made my skin feel soft and smooth instantly – a feeling that lasted throughout the day. Unfortunately, my compliments of this product end there.

After 30 days, I am sorry to say that Chella has had absolutely no effect whatsoever on my dark circles. Absolutely zip, nada. Aside from under-eye skin that is arguably softer, my dark circles remain just as Panda-like as they were a month ago. I am extremely disappointed. If this is what Chella does (or rather, what Chella does not do) to my 25-year-old skin, I can only image how useless it would be in later life.

Curious to see what goes into the supposed “Anti-Fatigue Formula,” I studied the label. I’m attributing the soft and smooth feeling to Glyceryl Stearate. Derived from palm kernel, vegetable or soy oil, this ingredient acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, forming a barrier to prevent moisture loss and acting as a protector against free-radical damage.  It also contains Pfaffia Paniculata root extract, or Brazilian ginseng, which has been shown to prevent new blood vessels and act as an anti-inflammatory. This, you would think, would prove beneficial for dark under-eye circles. While I can vouch that this cream didn’t improve my Panda eyes, I guess I can at least say that it did prevent them from getting any worse.

In conclusion, I am genuinely sorry to reject this product. I willed it to give me the changes I craved, but I expect a lot more than a little extra moisture for the $75 price tag.

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ptycopetalum Olacoids Bark/Stem (Marapuama) Extract, Pfaffia Paniculata Root Extract, Lilium Candidum (Lily) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline,Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate, Glycosaminoglycans, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Peg-150 Distearate, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Poydecene, Trideceth-10, Ethoxydiglycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Silica, Glycine, Alanine, Camillia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Seed (Pomegranate) Extract