Reviewed by Kira

Ahhh, those pesky little lines around my eyes…what have I done to deserve these? Actually, quite a lot. Of course, I am absolutely guilty of being in my 37th year, and it has been a joyous ride so far: I smiled a lot and cried a little. I read heaps of amazing books through my teenage years with no more than the discreet light of a small candle to help me see – a trick that saved me the hassle of being yelled at by cruel grandparents for reading till sunrise. I’ve spent years squinting at the all-mighty sun on various vacations, while diligently working on that “healthy” reddish glow (burn!) that absolutely transformed my otherwise unpleasantly greyish complexion, and made my blue eyes stand out.  And the list goes on…

The eye creams and serums I have tried so far vary in a degree of usefulness.  Retin-A and copper peptides were probably the strongest, and brought on some “uglies” together with some visible improvements.  And since I do believe that such a potent approach used without interruption can cause some unwanted thinning of the delicate eye area, my search for an adjunct and less invasive remedy continues.

Mineral Fusion is a solid company that does a great job at making a line of mineral-based cosmetics and body care, that is free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS and phthalates. I actually purchased their mineral foundations and blushes few times in the health food stores in my area, but never thought of Mineral Fusion as a skin care company. Thanks to TIA, I got a chance was glad to try the company’s Revitalizing Eye Treatment.

As I scanned the ingredient list, I thought Mineral Fusion did a great job at combining a very light blend of the common moisturizing agents like vegetable glycerin, aloe, hyaluronic acid, along with potent botanicals like pycnogenol, olive leaf, lavender, ginkgo biloba, cucumber, calendula, and chamomile.  Also used in the formula are three nurturing oils – flax, rosehip and borage. But what really caught my attention was the “mineral-peptide blend” right in the beginning of the ingredient list: magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, and oligopeptide. And while all the other ingredients sounded great, I was glad that the stronger and more newly-researched substances that I was already familiar with from my previous experience with quality skin care products were also featured in the formula.

I couldn’t find a lot of relevant skin care-related info on magnesium aspartate, which is likely used as a delivery aid, and zinc gluconate – mostly a healing and anti-inflammatory agent, but copper gluconate – also called copper peptide – certainly has a lot of research to back it up, and has been widely discussed on skin care forums.  As I mentioned in the beginning, I have previously used it myself – albeit in a higher concentration – and can testify that it can add a punch to any skin care routine. In studies, it has proven to help remove damaged collagen, accelerate new collagen production and aid in overall skin regeneration.  So yes to copper!

Next in the blend is palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, which is an ingredient in the famous Matrixyl formula. Manufacturers of products containing Matrixyl claim that it is at least as effective against wrinkles as retinol, without the common effect of skin irritation. It works by stimulating the deeper matrix of the skin to increase the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.

And, finally, palmitoyl oligopeptide, another member of the peptide family, in addition to stimulating the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic, is also noted to provide a mild protection against UV rays.

Having used Mineral Fusion Revitalizing Eye Treatment for almost seven weeks, most mornings and at night, I was able to maintain a smoother and brighter complexion previously achieved by using some potent formulations, and had no problem using it at night all over my eye area without the risk of waking up with the swollen “pillow-eyes” in the morning.  Overall, I think it’s a great product for younger skin and has good potential to prevent future damage. And it comes at the right price – one oz is $20.49 at iHerb. But, as I am approaching 40, I think I need a bit more help in terms of a more targeted approach, and a higher concentration of effective ingredients.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Mineral-Peptide Blend (Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Cetearyl Alcohol, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Olive squalane, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Soy Lecithin, Rosemary Officinalis  (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Calendula Of_cinalis Flower Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin.