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Reviewed by Eva
I was kindly sent the Nutra-Lift Advanced Maximum Eye Repair ($37) to trial for a few months and since I have completely used up the product, I thought it was a good time to review it. The cream has a medium-thick consistency – not super thick, so you don’t have to worry about your under-eye area being smothered and congested – but thick enough to feel protected. It doesn’t have a strong smell and feels nice and soothing upon application. I used it each night before bed and most mornings as well, as it did not react with any subsequent moisturizers or makeup (sometimes products tend to roll up into tiny spaghetti-like strands if they aren’t absorbed fully or have some sort of film, but not with this product).
I’m still quite young (25), so I basically needed an eye cream that would protect the fragile under-eye area and not irritate it. I also have a few thread veins just below my eye area, which I am forever trying to repair. Since the cream is a “repair” cream, I thought this might do the trick. However, based on the ingredients, that was probably wishful thinking because it doesn’t contain ingredients specifically targeted at repairing spider veins (such as horse chestnut, green tea, caffeine, vitamin K or chrysin), which are also often used to combat dark circles (it’s the whole strengthening and constricting the blood vessels thing). Hence, it didn’t make any difference in the appearance of my thread veins.
Still, it has been very effective at keeping my under-eye area moisturized and smooth looking. I only have some fine lines, so I can’t judge its anti-wrinkle potency, but it does contain an assortment of peptides: DMAE (slightly controversial perhaps) and algae extract to combat lines and wrinkles. It also has a few brighteners: mulberry extract, vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) and licorice root extract to help with dark circles due to hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, it contains Eye Bright to reduce puffiness.
Since I finished the Nutra-Lift eye cream, I have been using the Biotherm Skin Ergetic Eyes treatment ($31), which is a lot less moisturizing and doesn’t feel nearly as protective. In short, Nutra-Lift Advanced Maximum Eye Repair is an excellent eye cream that makes the delicate orbital area feel protected, smooth and moisturized throughout the day. And at $37, it doesn’t break the bank, and for that reason I’d purchase it again if it were more readily available on my side of the pond (the UK).
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Aloe Vera* Gel, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L- Carnosine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin-C), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Mulberry (Morus Alba Extract) Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Eye Bright (Euphrasia Officinalis) Extract )Vegetable Glycerin, Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense) Extract Lipidure (Polyquater-nium-61) Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Seed*, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Cococos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract*, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf
* Certified Organic Ingredients