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Sevani Eye Repair Age Defying Eye Creme - reviewed and recommended


Retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant and skin-cell regulator


May not be hydrating enough for dry skin
December 14, 2011 Reviewed by Darlene 7 Comments
Visible results as a reasonable price

When I was gifted an option to test drive Sevani Eye Repair Age Defying Eye Crème ($65), 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

  • December 15, 2011

    by Sheryl

    Thanks Ginney and JustD! Very kind of you to respond. Very pleased to know the Eye Repair is now part of your daily regimen and that you are both impressed with the performance. We always strive to create the highest performing skin care products possible. Many Blessings and Happy Holidays to everyone here!

  • December 15, 2011

    by Joyce

    Well written and seems like a honest comparison. I'd like to know how it compares next to YBF Correct.

  • December 14, 2011

    by JustD

    Thanks Sheryl for the feedback and update. It's genuinely appreciated.

    Having used the Sevani and Reluma eye creams simultaneously over time, no doubt, that we all will/may have varying degrees of reactions to how a product may or may not perform for us.

    I experienced dryness, initially as I said, but once I added more product my eye areas felt more hydrated, as of now that hasn't changed much. I still have to dab and pat it in, being a woman of color the creme is apparent on my skin until it is fully absorbed. Regardless, the product, in my opinion, and for my genetic composition, performs extremely well and I'm now using it in my daily beauty regimen because it's working for me. I hope others who venture to try it have a positive experience with it as well.

  • December 14, 2011

    by Ginney Harris

    I found this review of Sevani's Eye Repair Age Defying Eye Cream really interesting - as are the responses about the Vitamin A issue. I've been using this cream for about 2 months now and its made a HUGE difference in my dark circles, saggy baggy under eye are and the fine lines around my eyes. I have to say that for me, I didn't notice a drying effect and instead feel as though the area around my eye is much more hydrated and smooth than with any other eye cream I've used before.

    Gotta say I just love that the founder responded to your concerns too - not many would take the time to do that!


  • December 14, 2011

    by Sheryl

    I appreciate your concern. Please report any additional findings you may come across on this ingredient so we can compare notes. It is in a multitude of skin care formulations and has been for many many years, as well as Retin A and many food products as mentioned.

    The % we utilize is enough for efficacy but not enough to yield sensitivity that many retinoids can cause, this is why we opted for this ingredient and this level.

    We would hope others are as meticulous as us with all ingredients, as there are far worse toxins in many formulations including many preservatives. We prefer our natural ingredients and chemical free preservative system for this reason as keeping our clients safe is always priority.

    Thank you!

  • December 14, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Sheryl, thank you for being so responsive. Personally, I am a little concerned about RP, but not yet enough to ask you to consider to change the formula. I agree that we should keep an eye on it and continue to research. Thanks so much.

  • December 14, 2011

    by Sheryl

    What a pleasant surprise to have learned of this review, thank you!

    A client just contacted us having observed the review and was concerned about the Vitamin A. I just wanted to inform Marta that this was something I personally reviewed and considered extensively to determine the safety of the ingredient.

    Much of the controversy surrounding Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A - also found in soy milk, juices and food products) resulted from the use of ingredients of this type in "sunscreens" and a report by the EWG last year.  The combination of this ingredient appeared to be counter productive in protecting the skin from sun damage when utilized in a sun protectant formula and was said to increase possibility of cancer as it may minimize the spf factors and increase photo-sensitivity. We were deeply concerned about that report and quickly investigated.

    After much research we determined that the ingredient was safe and that the benefits of Retinyl Palmitate for regenerative qualities, wrinkles and more were very very positive. We also observed when we combined it with anti-inflammatory botanicals such as gotu kola, evening primrose and bulgarian rose that the synergy of these ingredients yielded more dramatic results yet.

    We would/will gladly remove Retinyl Palmitate from the formula if there were any concerns of safety, as we are meticulous in our ingredient selection and formulation and at such risk and easily remove an ingredient vs put a consumer at risk. As an Aesthetician of over 20 years myself, clients safety have always been my priority, hence the development of Sevani non toxic all-natural formulations. Vit. A is a high powered antioxidant known for its regenerative properties, and combined with CoQ10 and Green Tea in this formula, this trio of antioxidants is a unique combination developed to combat free radical damage and accelerated aging. Yet, we are confident if we removed the retinyl palmitate, we would still have an incredible formulation. :)

    In regards to the texture, we have not observed it requiring much tapping or as being drying given it's extreme popularity and hydrating ingredients.  It is likely just an adjustment period as the skin acclimates to some ingredients that are quite unique.
    The Avocado oil is loaded with gorgeous powerhouse vitamins itself for anti-aging and is hydrating but not greasy. Additionally, the wax free formula has a unique texture, but we would not utilize one of the emulsifying waxes that can contribute to aging and clogged pores, so we source ours from olives.

    Please know that my research is ongoing and we are fast to make a change if a concern.  The ingredient will absolutely be removed if we determine the need, so far we have not.

    Thank you again and Happy Holidays!

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