I have been testing a free sample Somme Institute’s eye cream ($72) and I really like the impact it is having. My eyelids and, indeed, the whole eye area is looking firm and hydrated. After only four weeks, I can’t testify to whether it works on crow’s feet, but this is a good cream for correcting crepiness.

This eye cream is a bit of a departure for Somme Institute in a couple of ways. It doesn’t have the Somme signature MDT5 (a vitamin combo) nor the typical pared back ingredients list that is as simple and to the point as the brand’s packaging (eg Somme’s Transport Pads). By my count, there are almost 50 ingredients with everything from oat extract to marine extracts to Matrixyl 3000.

As might expected with Somme, vitamins play there part. Up near the top, is ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate, a stable form of vitamin C that is also in Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty. I often find vitamin C a little drying (and I’m not the only one, as we discovered with Copley’s review of Phyto-C), but here it is more than counteracted by jojoba and mango butter. Plus there is vitamin B3 (niacinamide), B5 (pantothenic acid), E, A and, more unusually, vitamin D (cholecalciferol).

The antioxidant ante is upped by oxidoreductases, enzymes that are catalysts to reduce oxidation, soy peptides and rice bran extract. Carrot is also a welcome addition. A Japanese study has shown that it has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities. Antioxidant carrot contains vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.

Water Aqua, Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Magifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Cetyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root, PEG 100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Squalane, Glycolic Acid, Caffeine, Retinyl Palmitate, Niacinamide Polypeptide, Pantothenic Acid Polypeptide, Cholecalciferol Polypeptide, Tocopherol Polypeptide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Soy Peptide, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract (Algae), Glycine Soja Soybean Seed Extract, Tribehenin, Citrus Aurantifolia Extract (Lime), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract (Orange), Geranium Maculatum Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Oxido Reductases, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5, Trxethanolamine, Ceramide Complex 2, Propylene Glycol, PEG 10 Rapeseed Sterol, Polysorbate 60, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Evernia Furfuracea Treemoss Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Iodopropyl Butylcarbamate