Our Rating: 0 stars

by Amber

Stemulation is a skincare line that claims regeneration and results. I was super excited to try the Elevate Eye Cream ($75 in the shop) because my eyes are the Achilles’ heel of my face. I struggle with fine lines, massive puffiness, and dark veins under my eyes, which contribute to my dark circles. In all fairness, I needed a miracle in a tube.

I immediately began using Elevate when it arrived and found the packaging to be slightly boring, but the product itself to have a nice glide during application. The consistency is somewhere between a gel and a light cream. There is no noticeable fragrance, which I love.

The ingredients list is impressive until you reach the last one. Elevate is preserved with quaternium-15. A quick search will inform you that this chemical kills bacteria by releasing formaldehyde and is rated a 7 out of 10 by the Environmental Working Group. While using this product, my eyes became very irritated but I stupidly ignored it because I thought it was the new concealer that I loved. Upon stopping the use of Elevate, the irritation (runny and stinging eyes) went away.

After twice-daily consistent use for two months there was no noticeable long-term difference in my fine lines, puffiness, or dark circles. There are products that I use from which I can achieve a temporary “tightening” around my eyes. With Elevate, I did not see a temporary or long-term difference.

Due to the lack of effect and irritation, I have to reject this product.

Also read Ann’s take on Stemulation Elevate Eye Cream.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Beta Glucan, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Oxido Reductases, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Human Stem Cell Cultured Media, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark (Maritime Pine) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Na Carbomer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Quaternium-15