estee lauder advanced night repair eye concentrate matrix review

I have a soft spot for Estee Lauder skincare. It’s one of the few high-end brands that actually bothers to put antioxidants in their skincare products.

But their marketing claims drive me insane. They claim Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix “FORTIFIES with cushioning support all around eyes” and other gibberish talk like that.

What does that even mean? What does this thing actually do? Let’s find out:

What’s In Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix?


The base of this eye cream is made up of silicones. It’s not as bad as you think. Silicones do a lot of good things in skincare:

  • Enhance texture: They allow the cream to glide on smoothly, without tugging or pulling.
  • Fill in fine lines and wrinkles: It’s a trick to make them look temporarily smaller.
  • Softens skin: It makes it feel silky soft to the touch.

They don’t even suffocate skin: silicones have a particular molecular structure made up of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule. They create a barrier that keeps moisture in but still allows skin to perspire.

Related: Are Silicones Really Bad For Skin?


Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most hydrating ingredients found in skincare.

It’s a moisture magnet that draws water from the environment and binds it into your skin. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!

Extra moisture = plumper, softer and brighter skin.

P.S. Hyaluronic Acid isn’t the only moisture magnet here. Glycerin does the same thing, but on a smaller scale.

Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type

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Most eye creams/serums lack in antioxidants. Not this one.

You’ll find plenty here, from chamomile to mulberry to algae. They all help you fight free radicals, the nasty molecules that destroy collagen, elastin, cellular DNA and anything else they find on their path. Cue fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.

Antioxidants neutralise free radicals before they can wreak their damage, helping you keep your skin looking younger for longer.

That’s not all. Some antioxidants, like chamomile, also have anti-inflammatory properties that soothe redness and inflammation, another main cause of premature aging.

Related: The Complete Guide To Chamomile In Skincare


Lightweight, yet it takes around 10 minutes to fully sink into your skin.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

Morning and night, after serums but before moisturiser.

Estee Lauder wants you to use the attached massaging applicator, gently rolling it under each eye three times, then moving up and around the crow’s feet area and over the eyelids. Finish by patting with ring finger until absorbed.

But you’ll waste a lot of product this way. Just use your ring finger as normal.

P.S. This technique is the 360º cushioning support Estee Lauder boasts about… Nothing special here. *sighs*

Performance & Personal Opinion

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix has a silky texture that glides smoothly onto the eye area, without tugging or pulling.

Immediately, it does a good job at hydrating skin. The extra moisture makes my skin softer to the touch and plumps up my crow’s feet, so they look that little bit smaller to the naked eye.

The whole eye area also looks brighter and more awake, like I’ve had a good night’s sleep. The effects last for hours…

But do you need an eye cream to achieve all this? Not really…

There’s nothing here that specifically targets the concerns of the eye area. You could use your facial moisturiser (as long as it’s free of irritants!) all over and get the same results.

You only need an eye cream when your under-eye area is drier than the rest of your face and could benefit from the extra burst of moisture. Mine isn’t, so after my mini-size runs out, I won’t be repurchasing.

Plus, I hate the packaging. It’s sleek and pretty, but that applicator is so unpractical! It deposits product all over the place (not just where it needs to be!). This is too pricey to waste like that…

Related: Do You Really Need An Eye Cream?

estee lauder advanced night repair eye concentrate matrix

Who Is This For?

If your eye area is drier than the rest of your skin and you need the extra moisture, this is for you.

Who Is This NOT For?

If your eye area isn’t drier than the rest of your face, you don’t need this.


A translucent glass bottle with a bulb-tip applicator to massage your eye area with. It’s a gimmick that does a poor job at distributing the product on your skin. A dropper applicator would be more practical and hygienic.

Does Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Live Up To Its Claims?

This ultra-nourishing, skin strengthening formula with our innovative 360° Matrix Technology provides a 360° cushion of plumping support to give eyes a fresh, “wide-open” look.A flourishing way to say it moisturises and plumps skin to make it look fresh and awake. It does.
HYDRATES for a full 24 hours with a 2X concentrated infusion of Hyaluronic Acid.It’s true it’s very hydrating and it does contain Hyaluronic Acid, but it’s not more hydrating than other creams with Hyaluronic Acid out there.
Consumer testing results:
– 99% said their eye area felt hydrated
– 90% said their eye area felt refreshed and energised
These results sound amazing, but look at the keyword “felt”. EL simply asked women if they thought the product works, but it didn’t test its effectiveness with any scientific method.

Price & Availability

$70.00/£49.00 at Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, Nordstrom, Sephora, and Ulta

Do You Need An Eye Cream?

No, no one needs an eye cream. But if you’re in the market for one, this is a great option to consider.


Dupes & Alternatives


Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isopropyl Isostearate, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Sucrose, Trehalose, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Silybum Marianum (Lady’S Thistle) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Algae Extract, Sorbitol, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyaspartate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytosphingosine, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Rna, Hydrolyzed Algin, Tripeptide-32, Polysilicone-11, Isododecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Polyethylene, Propylene Carbonate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Lecithin, Disodium Edta, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) <ILN43496>