Reviewed by Grace
I was more than excited when I learned that I was the lucky reader to review this eye-cream, which promises to reduce dark circles. Since I was a teenager and first realized I had non-erasable dark circles under my eyes I have been searching for the perfect remedy, all while concealing my panda eyes with makeup. I am now in my mid-thirties and two years ago, fine lines started creeping up on me which presented a challenge: I could no longer apply concealer as deliberately as I liked – as this one particularly annoying fine line under my left eye would actually be accentuated by residual makeup at the end of the day. And, to have more fun, a small pouch of fat began to form under my right eye. So you can imagine the dilemma I have to deal with – should I attack the circles, or the fine lines, or the annoying bag under my right eye? The answer – all of the above!
With some trial and error, I’ve found my current favorite – MD Skincare Lift and Lighten eye cream - it does a good job in reducing and controlling fine lines, as well as mitigating my bags – I would say however that it does not do much on dark circles despite its claim. Also, sometimes the cream would crumble into fine threads after I apply foundation on top of it, making it difficult to get rid of the threads while not messing up my foundation (or concealer – remember I still need to cover those circles). Therefore, in addition to its effectiveness in lightening dark circles, I would pay attention to a few indicators - a) whether the annoying line under my left eye will form a line from residual makeup, b) whether this cream will leave residue on my eyes after I apply make up over, and – last but not least, whether I would observe any noticeable results in lightening my dark circles.
The full-size bottle arrived in shrink wrap with no box. You would not find the ingredients listed at the back of the bottle, but they are printed on a small sticker at the bottom. When I made my first attempt to pump the cream out, I found it difficult to do so – it appeared (and remains so) that the pump is somewhat “stuck” in a way that you’d have to press it down hard. And once you do, the silky cream flows out in much greater amount than you really need for one application. In fact, although it’s been a month since I started to use this product, I have yet mastered the skill in how much force I need to apply every time in order to get the right amount out. On average, I’d end up having more than I need in about 7 out of 10 times. I have to wonder if this is a design flaw, or a brilliant tactic to get us consume much more and much faster than necessary. Well, I wouldn’t know.
As mentioned, the Hydropeptide Eye Anti-wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate has a silky texture. It is silkier than YBF Correct but thicker than MD Lift and Lighten. I had considered applying this cream on my left eye and continue to use my “control cream” (MD Lift and Lighten) on my right eye. In the end though I concluded that the issues on my eyes are different enough such as a control really won’t matter. So, to date, I have been using the cream for a month, applying it twice a day on both eyes. I can report that my dark circles seem to have been lightened. The improvement was incremental and not significant to the point of making them disappear; nevertheless it was apparent enough for me to tell the difference. (I had thought about reverting back to my control cream for a couple weeks to see if the circles would return but then, why would I do that?) As to the annoying fine line – my indicator of how well this cream acts as an anti-aging product, I would say that it didn’t become more noticeable with or without makeup on. So, based on the results I’ve seen thus far, Hydropeptide Eye Anti-wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate is at least doing the same job as MD skincare cream has been doing on my eyes. I also found that I didn’t have to deal with the crumbing issue as much – in fact, only rarely. The only thing that I haven’t seen this product do much on was reducing the bag under my right eye.&! nbsp; But I guess it wasn’t the primary value proposition of this product so I guess I’m fine with that.
To summarize, the Hydropeptide Eye Anti-wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate appears to be doing a fairly good job in reducing dark circles. Would I consider my Holy Grail found then? Probably not. As discussed, the pump design is poorly done and I’m sure the bottle won’t last for as long as it should be, and again it wasn’t doing much on my bags. That said, the product is effective, albeit subtle, in reducing dark circles and controlling fine lines. So I will consider buying another bottle once I’ve gone down my list of other exciting eye creams to try on and if, by that time, I still have not found my Holy Grail.
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Ingredients in Hydropeptide Eye
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Mica, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Dipeptide-2, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Chrysin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucosamine HCL, Ceramide 2, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Pearl Powder, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Ubiquinone, Copper PCA, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja Sterols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Allantoin, PEG-8/SMDI Copolymer, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Esters, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Tropolone, Xanthan Gum, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Polysorbate 60, Steareth-20, Cetearyl Methicone, O-Cymen-5-OL, SD Alcohol 40B, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Tribehenin.