After a month of using Reviva Labs’ Firming Eye Serum ($19) I have concluded that it is very good value for money. It didn’t knock my socks off, but then I didn’t really expect it to. My conclusion is that is a useful maintenance product; it won’t transform fine lines and abolish crepiness (as I have found with the much more expensive Your Best Face Correct), but it will do an adequate job of holding the fort until you need to send for the cavalry and the heavy artillery.

I suspected that Reviva’s Firming Eye Serum would be a little drying with its alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C. But I was pleasantly surprised. Towards the end of my four week trial, I found that my under eye area was starting to look but dehydrated and I felt ready to reach for Correct. But until then, it had been fine – possibly due to olive oil being the most dominant ingredient.

My only other quibble is that the cream didn’t absorb terribly well. But then I say, what do you expect for twenty two bucks. Leave it to the posh formulators to research – and charge for – the perfect consistency. Firming Eye Serum does a good enough job.

It has a refreshingly short list of ingredients that includes the cosmetic industry’s new botanical darling, mulberry extract, an antioxidant and skin brightener. In my experience, brightening is what this eye cream is best at. I don’t really have a dark circle issue, but I did notice that the skin around my eyes looked especially clear.

Along with mulberry, the alpha lipoic acid had a hand in this. This “universal antioxidant” helps fight future skin damage and repairs the existing by diminishing fine lines, giving skin a healthy glow, and boosting the levels and efficacy of other antioxidants, such as the vitamin C.

Ingredients in Firming Eye Serum

Demineralized spring water, Olive Oil, Cyclomethicone, Whole Wheat Protein, DMAE Bitartrate, Mulberry Extract, Lime Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.