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Best Anti Aging Eye Cream - ReLuma Anti Aging Eye Cream versus Nutra-Lift Maximum Eye Repair

August 30, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 9 Comments

Best Anti Aging Eye Cream - Reviewed by Shanon

Nine out of 10 middle and older-aged women prefer the look of their eyes wrinkle, crepey, and bag-free. Are you one of the 9....? Actually I just made that up, but my guess is probably not far off. I like to think of myself as a young 41 even if my mirror tells me otherwise. I was one of the lucky people who was chosen to test ReLuma Eye Cream ($95), which has been praised highly on the TIA website. I decided to try a side-by-side comparison with Nutra-Lift Maximum Eye Repair ($35 in the TIA store), another highly praised eye cream on TIA. I applied 1 x day. My results are mixed and neither is the best anti aging cream, but both did show benefits.

Neither ReLuma nor Nutra-Lift anti aging eye cream was quite the wrinkle fighters I had hoped for. I can't say I noticed a real difference in my wrinkles, but I also haven't spent tons of time with either and I can't speak to the possibilities of the prevention of wrinkles this early in the game.

Both delivered when it came to the crepey look of my skin on the lids and under the eye. They seemed to firm up the skin. One of my other issues is that when I smile I get smile wrinkles around my eyes, and even after I stop they don't go away completely for a while. My smile lines around my eyes were still very apparent, however they didn't stick around long after I stopped smiling. When I stopped smiling they stopped wrinkling. I attribute this to the firming action of the eye creams.

They differed on texture and absorption. ReLuma is the consistency of a gel, only more emollient. I found it to absorb quickly and I used more of it. Even while using more it never irritated my eyes. Nutra-Lift is a true eye cream and feels very rich. I found myself trying to pump as little as I possibly could. If I had too much around my eyes they would become irritated. Nutra-Lift took some time to absorb. I could see myself using ReLuma in the spring and summer when there's more humidity and I need something that absorbs before I start sweating. Nutra-Lift would be good in the winter and fall when the air is drier and so is my skin; then the rich cream would feel like a relief on my dry skin.

My surprise came in the form of my upper eyelid appearing to be noticeably lifted (not to the extent that an actual eye lift would give) on the eye that I was applying ReLuma. I'm not sure an eye cream is capable of that, except I don't know what else to attribute it to. I will apply the Reluma on the other eye for the next 8 weeks and update as to any difference.

Under my eyes my skin is sunken except I don't have dark circles. Neither eye cream helped my sunken under eye issue. And truthfully I didn't expect it to. Only injections would fill that area in.

These eye creams are pricey, yet I find eye creams last forever because you’re using it on such a small area with very small amounts. For me the price doesn't seem to hurt as much when it lasts close to a year.

I'm still waiting for the über eye cream that does it all, however, in the meantime I'm happy to report that ReLuma will be my go-to eye cream with Nutra-Lift helping out in the cold, dry months. I've also invested in Jackie O style sunglasses with the best lenses to combat squinting and sun damage to that delicate skin. My husband says I look like a raccoon with those sunglasses and I say, "Honey, raccoons are very haute couture."

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Ingredients in ReLuma: Human adipose derived stem cell conditioned media, DI water, acetyl hexapeptide-8, hydroxyl acrylate/sodium, acryloy dimethyl taurate copolymer, jojoba oil, glycerin, Eyeseryl (acetyl tetrapeptide-5), pentapeptide-18/caprylyl glycol, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Eyeliss (Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone/steareth-20/dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, polysorbate-20) Haloxyl (steareth-20 N-hydroxysucchimide/chrysin/palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), shea butter, DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate, squalane (olive oil), niacinamide, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone, grape fruit extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, Roxisomes (lecithin, arabidopsis thalana extract, green tea extract, sodium hyaluronate, co-enzyme Q10, alpha arbutin, licorice extract, DL panthenol

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift: Deionized Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Glyceryl Stearate, Vegetable Derived PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hyaluronic Acid,C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin-C), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Plant Derived PPG/SMDI Copolymer, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Seed Butter, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Cococos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf

  • May 9, 2012

    by Charlotte

    I am 46 and would like to know what you think of the Obagi Elastiderm eye treatment cream. It is the no.1 bestseller in the top 10 anti aging eye creams and serums this month at

  • November 27, 2011

    by Frenchie

    I have spent sooo much money on facial products i cant believe it. but finally i found the lady soma renewal serum and i dont need anything else for every day use. my skin has started to heal and get rid of the lines and sagging. this is a must to try. it takes a few weeks to see the difference but there is a big differce in my skin and i am over 65.

    i use the lady soma serum twice a day on clean skin before makeup.

  • August 31, 2011

    by Darrell

    Hi Ruth -- please email me at and I'd like to help you out with your YBF pump trouble.

    Thank you,

  • August 31, 2011

    by ruth

    I'm having trouble with my second airless pump and am hoping for some advice. My Reluma face serum was the first problem and I had to resort to getting the last third by unscrewing the top and q-tipping it out, and now my YBF Correct is not pumping out anything (and there is still some left) Any advice please?!

  • August 31, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Dennis, I am sorry because I thought I'd answered this - absolutely OK to refrigerate it. And BTW that's just for the samples as they are not airless pumps. The full sizes would be OK in your bathroom cabinet.

  • August 31, 2011

    by Dennis

    BTW, I have been keeping it in the fridge anyway.

  • August 31, 2011

    by Dennis

    Richard, as someone cynical of eye creams, I just want to say that ReLuma is worth it. It even got rid of a stye I have had under my eye for a few years. Marta sent me a sample that has lasted well over a month, so a full size should last for some time.

    Marta, I asked this question in the actual ReLuma eye cream post: Will storing it in the refrigerator help it stay? the sample you sent says to discard after a month, but it's going to last twice that long. Thanks!

  • August 31, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Richard, I don't think any anti-aging product lasts for all that long after using up the bottle. The effects will to some extent be cumulative, but you don't stop aging so there has to be continuity of treatment. What I do find is that after the first bottle you can supplement with a less expensive cream for maintenance a few times a week.

  • August 31, 2011

    by Richard

    I was wondering if the ReLume Eye Cream results last or are they just when being used? I have some under eye sagging/eye bags and I was considering this eye cream.

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