By Lisa M.
I was selected to test the ZO Skin Health Olluminate Intense Eye Repair ($130). I’m in my late 40s with normal-to-dry skin (dry more in the winter season) that can sometimes be sensitive. My eyes seem to show my age more than anything else on my face. I have some fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness from allergies.
Olluminate Intense Eye Repair is in a tub, but I tend to prefer my eye creams in a pump to keep them fresh as long as possible. You are directed to gently tap it along your orbital bone until absorbed. It is quite thick in texture so it feels nice at night, but I didn’t like applying it in the morning since it tends to take longer to completely sink in. It felt hydrating, though, and I felt some lines and crepiness were reduced on application.
Olluminate Intense Eye Repair contains retinol and peptides (Matrixyl 3000) to strengthen the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin. As we age the skin around our eye area becomes thinner, so no doubt these ingredients are useful. There are also antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage and slow down the aging process. Finally, it contains an active MDI Complex, which according to the company, is a marine glycosaminoglycan that inhibits the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) enzymes that degrade and destroy the skin’s collagen network.
Unfortunately, after four weeks of consistent use, I haven’t really noticed a major difference in regards to my dark circles and crow’s feet. This eye cream also has light reflecting particles in it, but they didn’t conceal or deflect my shadows enough for me. It should also be noted that this eye cream is not for purists, as it contains some synthetic preservatives and addatives. I would think I could find similar effects elsewhere for a lower price and more effective formula.