Ever on the lookout for an effective eye cream, my curiosity was piqued by TNS Illuminating Eye Cream’s ingredients, namely the growth factors and peptides.  Recalling several products recently reviewed on TIA containing Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media and how it appears to be the new “black” in skincare, I decided this may be an eye cream worth trying.

According to the SkinMedica website, the TNS Illuminating Eye Cream growth factors and peptides work synergistically to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, the appearance of dark circles and help to improve firmness and resiliency.  Recommended usage is twice daily to skin adjacent to and beneath the eye (avoid upper eyelid).  It is priced at $85/.5oz on their website, but after searching around, I found it on Amazon for $43 (which was my deciding factor in purchasing it).

This is a lightweight eye cream that takes very little product to apply and absorbs in a couple of minutes without any tackiness or residue.  I have to add that I was a bit dismayed this is specified as only for application under the eye area.  In my mind, a good eye cream that truly improves firmness and resiliency for the lower eye area should do the same for the upper eye area.

Luckily, I don’t have issues with dark circles, but I do want a product that address fine lines and improves firmness and resiliency.  Following directions I applied morning and evening for the past eight weeks.  I didn’t notice any change the first week, but by the second week the under eye area was actually looking more dry than hydrated.  A bit worried, I did persevere hoping that the growth factors would kick in and I would see improvement.  The weeks have rolled by and with the container now empty, I can’t say that I see any improvement in fine lines, firmness/resiliency and especially hydration.  Since this did nothing for me I will have to add it to Junko’s list of non-performing eye creams in “Martaspedia”.

Ingredients: Water, Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Polyacrylate 13, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Isoceteth-20, Steareth-20, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Aminomethyl Propanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Ethylparaben, Disodium EDTA