If you’re a regular here, you know I don’t do eye creams.
But when I heard that Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream contains 5 different forms of Vitamin C, plus a plethora of antioxidants and peptides, the skincare geek in me got curious.
Could this be the eye area we have all been waiting for? You know, an eye cream that actually keeps its promises and does more than just moisturising skin?
I’ve put it to the test to find out:
What’s In Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream?
VITAMIN C TO BRIGHTEN SKIN AND SLOW DOWN PREMATURE AGING
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, boosts collagen, and brightens the complexion. Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream contains not one, not two, but FIVE forms of Vitamin C.
Here’s what makes each one special:
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Ideal for oily skin, it also helps fight acne by reducing sebum oxidation (a main cause of acne and inflammation).
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A water-soluble form that boosts collagen and fights free radicals.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: It penetrates skin deeper than all other forms of Vitamin C.
- Ascorbyl Glucoside: It’s mainly used to reduce discolourations.
- Ascorbyl Palmitate: This one is the dud. There’s no proof it works as well as the others. But hey, 4 out of 5 is still awesome.
L-Ascorbic Acid (the pure form of Vitamin C) is irritating and goes bad quickly. That’s why Drunk Elephant left it out in favour of gentler alternatives that won’t spoil for months.
One more thing: Vitamin C works better when used together with other antioxidants. From Ubiquinone to Superoxide Dismutase, this eye cream is chockfull of them.
Well played, Drunk Elephant.
Related: Types Of Vitamin C In Skincare: Which One Is Better?
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CERAMIDES TO STRENGTHEN THE SKIN’S PROTECTIVE BARRIER
Ceramides are oily waxes (“cera” means wax in Latin) that make up the glue that holds skin cells together (together with fatty acids, cholesterol etc).
Their job is to strengthen and waterproof the skin’s protective barrier, so that moisture stays in (where it needs to be to hydrate skin!) and germs, pollutants, and other germs stay out (no irritations!).
A stronger protective barrier also helps skin better withstand the attacks of harsh weather, pollutants, and anything else that’s trying to harm it.
Talking about harm… You know when your barrier has broken down. All of a sudden, your skin becomes dry. Red. Flaky, even. Adding ceramides to your skincare routine can prevent this from happening in the first place – or nurse skin back to health if it’s already happened.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream has 3 types of ceramides. Plus, cholesterol and Hyaluronic Acid, two more components of your skin’s natural barrier. Together, they make it as strong as it can be.
Related: The Complete Guide To Ceramides In Skincare: What They Are, What They Do, And How To Use Them
HESPERIDIN METHYL CHALCONE TO REDUCE DARK CIRCLES
Found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone “lowers the filtration rate of capillaries”.
What does that mean? In plain English, “less blood flowing though capillaries close to the surface of the skin potentially means that less hemoglobin would be oxygenated to cause the dark bluish discoloration under the eyes.”
Before you get too excited, let me point out that pretty much every study conducted on hesperidin methyl chalcone are related to oral supplements. We don’t know if it is has the same benefits when topically applied to the skin yet.
Related: What Really Works To Treat Dark Circles?
PEPTIDES TO BOOST COLLAGEN AND MORE?
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream boasts 8 different types of peptides:
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1: Part of Matrixyl 3000, it helps stimulate the production of collagen and firm skin.
- Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine: Part of Syntacks, it boosts 3 types of collagen. According to the manufacturer, it increases the production of type IV collagen by 190%.
- Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate: Part of Syntacks, it boosts 3 types of collagen. According to the manufacturer, it increases the production of type IV collagen by 190%.
- Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate: Like Argireline, Syn™-Ake relaxes muscles to reduce wrinkles lines.
- Dipeptide-2: Made up of amino acids valine and tryptophan, it’s very moisturising. Some says it also improves lympathic circulation, reducing puffiness and dark circles. Still, I couldn’t find any studies supporting this second claim.
- Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7: Part of Matrixyl 3000, it helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and soothe sensitive skin.
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38: It increases the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin.
- Acetyl Hexapeptide-8: A.k.a argireline, it blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. This way, the muscles can’t move anymore. If they can’t move, expression likes (like forehead wrinkles and smile lines) look smaller.
Before you get too excited, these claims come mostly from the manufacturers. I’m still waiting for independent studies to show peptides can really do all this.
Still, there are enough goodies (5 forms of Vitamin C, anyone?) in this cream to hydrate skin and slow down aging. If even a couple of these peptides work as claimed, it’s just the icing on the cake.
Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?
It’s on the thicker side, but not heavy. Sinks in immediately, too.
How To Use It
Morning and/or night, in between serum and moisturiser. Pat it on with your ring finger (it’s the gentlest).
Related: The Right Way To Apply Eye Cream
Performance & Personal Opinion
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream has a lovely consistency that melts immediately into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue behind.
Straight after application, my skin feels softer and brighter. My eye area has a lovely glow an the lines around my eyes are plumped up, so they look smaller.
It also makes a great base for makeup. No pilling. No irritation. No milia seed.
What about its anti-aging properties? Vitamin C and antioxidants are preventative, so you won’t see the results straight away. Consistency is key here.
But Vitamin C can brighten skin. If your dark circles are caused by excess sun exposure or hyperpigmentation, this can help lighten them.
For other types of dark circles (mine are caused by my skin becoming thinner after turning 35), this does absolutely nothing.
Related: What Really Works For Dark Circles?
Who Is This For?
If your eye area is drier than the rest of the face and you need a hydrating eye cream with anti-aging properties, this is it.
Who Is This NOT For?
If you can extend your facial routine to your eye area, do that and skip the eye cream.
Related: Do You Really Need An Eye Cream?
A sleek and orange bottle with a pump dispenser. It’s beautiful and practical.
Does Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream Live Up To Its Claims?
|C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream is rich and restorative, featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area.||It can’t firm skin, but everything else is true.|
|C-Tango™ is a dance of potent antioxidants, replenishing ceramides, plant oils and soothing actives, all designed to refresh and restore a radiant appearance.||Yes, it brightens the eye area.|
|Gentle enough for AM and PM use, powerful enough to improve even stubborn signs of damage.||It’s gentle and it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.|
Price & Availability
$64.00/£54.00 at Cult Beauty, Sephora, and SpaceNK
Do You Need It?
If extending your facial routine to your eye area alone doesn’t cut it, this is a good option to consider.
Dupes & Alternatives
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide EOP, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ubiquinone, Superoxide Dismutase, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phytic Acid, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Thioctic Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-20, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin