Name: All About Eyes Rich
From Clinique’s website:
Moisture-rich eye cream diminishes the look of undereye circles, shadows, fine lines-instantly and over time. De-puffs, calms with botanicals. Helps boost natural collagen production. Strengthens skin’s moisture barrier against common irritants.
What I liked:
– temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines
– doesn’t sting nor irritate eyes
– no milia seeds
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t diminish dark circles nor de-puffs under-eye bags
– the packaging
– the price
Clinique All About Eyes Rich is pale ivory in color and has got a fairly thick, creamy consistency that isn’t greasy and absorbs quickly. It hydrates and soothes skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
I also noticed that the fine lines around my eyes were slightly reduced, thanks to the silicones present in the formula (like Phenyl Trimethicone and Dimethicone) which fill them in but the effects are only temporary.
All about eyes rich also promises to diminish the look of under-eye circles but that wasn’t true in my case. I have horrible, dark circles and can see no difference at all after using this cream. It didn’t de-puff my under eye bags either.
But I was relieved that it didn’t give me any milia seeds, which is always a concern for me whenever I try a new eye cream. It also didn’t sting, burn nor irritate my eyes.
The cream contains Shea Butter, which softens, moisturizes and helps skin retain elasticity and Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, a synthetic oil used as a substitute for mineral oil because it is an effective emollient and moisturizer that also prevents water loss.
The cream is also loaded with potent antioxidants: Vitamins E (Tocopheryl Acetate) and C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbic Acid, although they aren’t present in big concentrations), Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract), Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Yeast (a group of fungi that is a source of beta-glucan, an antioxidant), Linoleic Acid (an unsaturated fatty acid), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf (but can cause irritations) and Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract (derived from the barley plants, is proved to be a good antioxidant when ingested, but there is no research showing topical application is effective).
But although the cream contains a mix of effective antioxidants, their properties are compromised by the jar packaging. Antioxidants, in fact, oxidise and lose all of their benefits when exposed to light and air. So, even though the small jar would last for months which seems to be worth the high price, the cream won’t probably retain its benefits for too long.
Overall, Clinique All About Eyes Rich is a nice moisturizer that hydrates skin leaving it smooth and soft. It makes fine lines look smaller temporarily and has good antioxidants properties. However, the jar packaging compromises the antioxidants in the formula, which become ineffective after a while. In addition, it doesn’t diminish dark circles.