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When I was gifted an option to test drive Sevani Eye Repair Age Defying Eye Crème ($65 in the TIA shop), I excitedly jumped at it. I had, just a week prior, received my first purchase of ReLuma’s Eye Cream ($95), and I was just into my first week using that product by the time the Sevani arrived. Admittedly, I wanted to see what all the excitement was about regarding the ReLuma cream moreso than the tester, since so many TIA’ers were hailing its merits.

Initially, when asked if I would consider testing the Sevani, I was told that it contained retinyl palmitate. Not readily knowing what that was, I looked it up and found that it is a form of vitamin A. It is a combination of retinol (pure vitamin A) and palmitic acid. There is research showing it to be effective as an antioxidant and skin-cell regulator. I also read that it received some negative publicity in 2010, stating that it was linked to skin cancer and tumor growth.However, after a bit more investigation I found that a statement from the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee said that retinyl palmitate "is safe when used as directed". Having read that I really didn’t dig into this further, I simply decided to try out the product.

I have very fine tiny lines under my eyes, so twice a day, on my left eye, I applied the Sevani crème and placed ReLuma Eye Cream on my right eye. Right off the bat I was a bit put off by the way the Sevani crème simply laid on my skin, whereas the ReLuma was like melted butter to my right eye. Sevani’s texture is creamy, but I had to dab moderately to get it to fully absorb into my skin. It would leave a very fine film or residue in areas where I didn’t dab it in well. Also, in the first week of usage I felt that my eye area where the Sevani was applied was drier, and wondered if I should apply a serum or a plumper underneath, but opted instead to simply apply more of the product to see how my eye area would hold up throughout the day, and this seemed to help a bit.

After about the first week of use I really wasn’t excited with it, but eye to eye it seemed to be holding its own against ReLuma, which I was now into my second week using solely on my right eye. In the second week of Sevani, dabbing ever more delicately, the Sevani seemed to still be holding its own against ReLuma and it wasn’t quite as drying as it initially had seemed to be in the first week. I was still adding more of it versus the ReLuma, but the results were comparatively similar in my magnifying mirror.

Now, after a little over three full weeks of using Sevani’s Eye Repair Age Defying Eye Crème, I am radically concluding, for the price and the results, that Sevani is definitely worth trying out. Truthfully, over time, the appearance of my left eye seems to fully surpass my right eye! It may not be for everyone, as it is a bit drying, but adding a serum or plumper to the eye area before applying it will help this out.  For me, the results of ReLuma on my right eye have not been so glowing after 4 full weeks of usage. I understand that some products take more time, but for the money, time isn’t always prudent and affordable for everyone. My feelings on the retinyl palmitate are still primary and I think it needs to be studied more in-depth; however the results I am experiencing cannot be denied and I like what I am seeing from this product. For now, I have temporarily put away my Reluma Eye Moisturizer so that I can finish out the Sevani.  I want to fully weigh-in on this product to see, after I’ve placed the last bit of crème on, just how much both eyes benefit from all the dabbing.

Ingredients: *Aloe vera juice, avocado fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate (olive derived), evening primrose oil, vegetable glycerin, gotu kola extract, green tea extract, olive squalane, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate (all-natural preservative), caffeine, hyaluronic acid (mushroom derived), acetyl hexapeptide-8, retinyl palmitate, licorice root extract, ubiquinone (co-enzyme Q10), rosehip seed oil, xanthan gum, *pomegranate extract, *rose damascene extract, *sacred lotus blossom extract, *neroli blossom extract, *red tea extract & *neem leaf extract. *certified organic