Reviewed by Elena

At the end of July, I was happy to receive a sample of Elite Serum ($89.95) from TIA. I am 31 years old with rather normal skin, with a tendency to dry in colder months and a bit sensitive in spring/summer. I have some expression lines on the forehead and nasolabial folds.

I was very much intrigued by the product’s appearance and packaging (it looks like a syringe) and thrilled by the ingredients list, which includes seaweed extract in the very first position, followed by purified water and hyaluronic acid. It also contains numerous peptides, among which are Acetyl hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl oligopeptide, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide-2, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5. Can you imagine that?! Moreover, Elite Serum contains chrysin and Hesperidin methyl chalcone. Having read all this, I was sure this would be the bomb.

Instructions on the syringe say: Apply twice per day to clean dry skin, gently massage serum under and around the eyes until it is absorbed. For best results use morning and night.

To be honest I was not ready to use it in the morning for the lack of SPF (I am very diligent about everyday use of sunscreen). The gel is transparent, maybe a bit yellowish in the syringe itself yet having no color when applied. It absorbs very quickly, I’d even say too quickly, leaving the desire to put some other cream over it. I felt I needed some more hydration. I was afraid of the drying effect, so I used a different cream with SPF in the morning.

After a couple of weeks of seeing no difference in the appearance of the skin around the eyes, I decided to try applying the serum on the whole face – and there it worked! The skin was so smooth and fresh-looking the next morning, with no irritation or any other problems. Since then, I applied the serum every evening around eyes and either on the whole face or on the zones with expression lines. Even with increased use of the serum, the 14 ml lasted more than a month!

In general, it’s a pretty nice serum that might work better for those with more problems around the eyes and probably under some other moisturizing cream to prevent further drying of sensitive skin. I could say I’m satisfied. Although, to tell you the truth, after reading the ingredients my expectations were higher and I waited to experience something more.

Would I buy it? Hardly. Yet as a gimmick I enjoyed it. Thank you, dear TIA.

[Editor’s note: Also read Marta’s review of the Elite Serum.]

Ingredients: Chondrus Crispus, (Seaweed) Extract, Purified Water, (Aqua) Hyaluronic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycerin, Steareth-20, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palimtoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin