Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream

Reviewed by Ann on June 15, 2015

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Royal Nectar, maker of the popular face mask, has now formulated a cream for the delicate eye area. It contains their signature bee venom, as well as Manuka honey (mel). It's marketed as soothing, smoothing, age-defying and firming. I am a fan of the Royal Nectar Face Mask ($68), so I was happy to try the Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream ($35).

Truth In Aging reviewer Suzanne also tested this product. Suzanne provides a detailed description of her 40-year-old experience and of the product's ingredients, as well as the venom extraction process. She's covered that quite well, so I'll stick to my 50-year-old experience.

Up until this winter, I would have described my skin as "normal." Occasionally, it might even be a little bit shiny. As I approached the milestone of 50, however, my skin started to dry out. I could never have tolerated sunscreen on top of moisturizer, on top of serums. It would have been too much. Now, not only am I using all that, but I'm also squeezing in Arcona's Desert Mist.

Around and under my eyes was the worst. It was feeling like tissue paper, so thin and brittle. Cross-hatched wrinkles were creeping across my lower lids and mild crow's feet were deepening. If I tried to wear any eye makeup, it would sink in to the lines. I was using Osmotics Blue Copper Prime ($138) over a serum, but it wasn't moisturizing enough.

Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream certainly provides the dose of hydration I was needing. I've been using it twice a day, in the morning and before bed. I like how it sinks in and is not sticky or thick, while continuing to provide moisture all day.

It comes in a half ounce pot, with a tiny spatula for dispensing. The off-white cream is slightly thicker than a lotion, and spreads smoothly. One small scoop per eye is all that is needed. It pats right in, not sitting on top of the skin. Although the ingredient list includes parfum, I don't smell anything. I didn't experience any negative side effects—no irritation of my eyes, no itching or watering. In fact, it was the opposite. It felt, and feels, soothing when applied. But what about the other claims?

I did experience a mild smoothing, firming, all around anti-aging effect. I was pleased with the hydration, but it wasn't strong enough to provide the lifting and smoothing my eyes wanted to see on its own. It worked much better as a boost to the serum I am currently using. Between the two, I am getting results I am very satisfied with. The wrinkles are greatly reduced—and eliminating dryness is a big part of this. My eyes are tighter and younger. I can't feel grooves on the sides of my eyes and the skin is soft. If I went to bed very late the night before, I can mix in some New Zealand neighbor Moana's Instant Lifting Mask ($106) and puffiness is banished.

My hunch is that this cream will take longer than 4 weeks to see maximum results. I certainly have much more left in the jar, so I'll see if the results accumulate. I would recommend this to all ages. For younger people, 20s and 30s, this is a reasonably priced and reasonably formulated eye cream that can be supplemented as your skin changes and requires stronger actives. Its niche is as a base product that can be built upon.

I'm always trying new things, so I can't say Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream will forever be my go-to, but I would definitely buy it again.