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Reviewed by Kitri

My eyelids are the achilles heel of my 50-something face. They puff and droop at the slightest excuse--excessive starch or salt, sleep deprivation, or just because they feel like it. Basically, they remind me of my teenagers--intractable despite my persistent efforts at "guidance."

I am a sucker for eye treatments that say "lifting" or "firming," and own at least five or six--all to no avail. Even the YBF Correct did nothing for me (although I'm on my third bottle of YBF Defend--good stuff). So when I received a sample of YBF Refresh ($80 in the shop) I was pleased to try it--because I know YBF is good--but not particularly hopeful.

It so happened that I had just received my order of Reluma's Skin-Illuminating Serum a few days earlier, so I decided to apply Refresh to my left eyelid and Reluma to my right. I know it's an unfair comparison but I wanted to see the difference, if any. The difference took several days to show up, but it did show up. I began looking more awake and wide-eyed in both eyes. My good-eyes days began to outnumber the bad. I was pleasantly surprised.

Refresh is consistent with its name: it feels refreshing and makes my eyes look more refreshed. The Refresh eyelid is still less open than the Reluma eyelid, but that could be due to the fact that my left eyelid has a narrower crease than my right, which causes the lid to droop more. My eyes are naturally asymmetrical. I will reverse the products now and see if it makes any difference.

I should add that Refresh is not heavy enough for my under-eye area, which is chronically dry. I dab on coconut oil whenever I'm in the kitchen, and apply clear lip balm (Carlson's Vitamin E or Avalon's Vitamin C) when I'm out. I know it's unconventional, but it's compact and moisturizing. So I only applied Refresh to my lids.

I think I'll add Refresh to my next order of Defend.


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