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I’m in my mid-40s, and I've been using the Innarah Eye Treatment Crème Ultra-Hydrating Eye Crème ($150) for just over a month now. Initially, I had just hoped for hydration. But after reading the lengthy product ingredients label, I hoped for a bit more. I’ve got oily skin, but my eye area tends to be quite dry and crepey.
I admit that the retail price of this product did take me aback at first. But after perusing the ingredients and seeing so many natural extracts, which I’ve always been a big fan of, I thought (hoped, really) this product would be worth its price tag. Providing it worked well in comparison to other eye creams I’ve used in the past, I would actually be willing to spend a bit more on a high quality product that provides real, visible results.
Using this eye treatment cream was actually very pleasant, as it’s completely free of fragrance, colors and other such unnecessary junk. I experienced zero irritation of any type from day one. I always love that. It has a light, almost gel-like texture which feels very refreshing when applied, especially if it has been stored in the fridge. It’s a very nice morning wake-me-up. It’s easily applied using a very light tapping motion and absorbs quickly. I did find it a bit thin for use beneath my under-eye concealer, but at least it didn’t ball up when I applied my makeup over it, like I’ve found with some other products.
I did have a few concerns, however. Although I do love my natural ingredients, one in particular in Innarah’s very long list of plant extracts did concern me: elk antler velvet. However, after doing a bit of research on how it’s harvested — humanely — my concerns were alleviated. That being said, this still might be an ethical issue for vegans or vegetarians.
Another concern I had was the product packaging. The cream itself comes in a heavyweight, black glass jar with a plastic twist-on cap, preventing light from entering it when it’s not being used. The dark glass jar was a good idea, but it would’ve been far better had this cream been packaged in an airless pump, especially at this price point. My last concern was the seeming absence of a preservative or two…..how can a product have so many natural extracts with no preservatives?** I very well may be wrong, but if this is a preservative-free product I’d have concerns about using it around my eye area for an extended period of time.
During my month of usage, I experienced no dry or flakey skin around my eyes. Unfortunately, my eye makeup didn’t look very good over top — it was kind of dry, with my fine lines noticeable. I didn’t realize quite how noticeable until my husband took some high-def photos of me. My entire under eye area looked quite dehydrated, which was my largest surprise and disappointment with this product. The packaging itself doesn’t make any highfalutin claims other than the cream being “ultra hydrating” and suitable for day or night use, which was nice to see for a change. Most companies I’ve come across tend to make some pretty lofty statements, usually ending in disappointment. However, I decided to further investigate the company’s claims in regards to this product on their website. Innarah boasts that this cream instantly minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, strengthens the skin's connective tissue around the eye area, firms skin and reduces dark circles and puffiness.
I honestly didn’t experience the majority of these benefits after an entire month of use. The cream did moisturize, and my eyes weren’t puffy when waking up, although it did its best on makeup-free days, but it didn’t do anything special in comparison to other products I’ve used. Granted, I don’t have very dark circles or persistent puffiness throughout the day, so I can’t speak much about that, but I didn’t find the results to be quite as spectacular as Innarah builds them up to be. Perhaps it takes more time to see results from this particular product. But for this price point, I expected a great deal more.
Overall, I would’ve been happy to experience even a little more hydration around my eye area and to be able to use it under makeup. I’ll definitely continue using the product night and day until I’ve run out (except under my makeup), which will be at least three more months, and hopefully, I will see some positive results in the future. If I do, I’ll definitely update my review. In the meantime, I can’t see myself being very excited about purchasing this specific eye treatment cream. That being said, I would love to try more Innarah products in the future as I’m quite interested in the ingredients they use.
**Editor's Note: According to Innarah, the preservative in this eye creme is acacia seed oil