Reviva has turned out to be one of those reliable, reasonably priced brands that deliver department store and even spa experiences for the thrifty, but demanding (that would be us). Not only have we reviewed and recommended a clutch of Reviva’s products, but many of them are still in use in my bathroom. Take the Collagen Eye Pads.

This kit, which costs $38, comes with a 2oz bottle of Skin Energizing Gel that is applied around the eye area before positioning pre-soaked pads. The gel has ahnfeltia concinna extract, which has peptides that are thought to trigger a signal to the epidermal and dermal cells that a substantial breakdown of collagen has occurred. Just the thing before adding some replacement collagen. Enter the pads, which are applied over the gel, under the eye and up to the crow’s feet area. In addition to collagen, there is Myoxinol in the pads. Brilliant to perk you up before a night out and a must for the morning after the night before.

I still can’t get over the price of Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C and DMAE Cream ($23). Just think, this cream has all three of Dr Perricone’s favorite ingredients at a fraction of the price. To top it off, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin c ester, and DMAE appear higher on the ingredients list in Reviva than they do in the greater part of Perricone.

If you are into makeup primers, Reviva’s ($27) does the job to perfection (won’t flake, won’t feel like spackle) and delivers antiaging ingredients. It makes skin look younger and feel softer while being both lightweight and emollient. It contains squalane a fast-absorbing, non-irritating moisturizer that has skin-damage-preventing properties. Also coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxident proven to produce long-term benefits in the texture and appearance of skin. The other ingredients are olive oil, Vitamins A and D, and two silicones.

Peptides & More  is a simple formula has the power peptide Matrixyl (palmitoyl pentapeptide 3) way up high on the list of ingredients. Matrixyl stimulates collagen production and skin repair. It gets a helping hand from marine-sourced peptides and vitamins E and C. Coconut endosperm powder has the plant hormone, kinetin, vitamins, amino acids, sugars and minerals. Even the preservative is a new and safe one (made from herbs).

A newish cream from Reviva is TGF-Beta 1 ($35). The key ingredient is palmitoyl tripeptide 3 (it used to be called pt 5), otherwise known as Syn-coll. It is a small peptide with a unique sequence to mimic the human body’s own mechanism to produce collagen via TGF-β, tissue growth factor. The claims for Syn-Coll are eye-brow raising, to say the least. Collagen production is increased by 119% and the manufacturer says it will actually remove wrinkles. It is claimed that a 2.5% concentration of Syn-Coll outperforms the darling of the peptides, Matrixyl, at 10%.