Clinique All About Eyes Rich likes to boast. It claims it can do everything: it moisturises skin, fights wrinkles and makes dark circles go away.
But when I put it to the test, it didn’t exactly live up to the hype. Here’s why:
What’s In Clinique All About Eyes Rich?
Clinique All About Eyes Rich is loaded with shea butter, one of the most moisturising ingredients on this planet.
Shea butter works by creating a protective barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in, where it needs to be to hydrate skin and make it soft.
Studies show that shea butter works better than mineral oil (what derms think of as the gold standard for moisturization). Its effects last for up to 8 hours!
Related: Why Shea Butter Is A Godsend For Dry Skin
Clinique All About Eyes Rich contains its fair share of silicones to minimise fine lines. It works like this: silicones fill in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller to the naked eye.
Of course, the effect is only temporary. When you wash off your skin at night, the silicones end up down the drain and your wrinkles look as deep as before.
Silicones go a step further: they also give slip to a product and allow it to spread smoothly on the skin.
They’re not even as suffocating as you think. It’s true that silicones create a protective barrier on this skin. But this barrier has holes all over the place.
Due to their molecular structure, you’ll find little gaps in between each silicone molecule. That allows them to keep water in the skin and let it perspire at the same time.
Related: Do Silicones Prevent Active Ingredients From Penetrating Skin?
Clinique All About Eyes Rich is loaded to the brim with antioxidants. Here are the highlights:
- Birch Extract: It has powerful antioxidant properties that neutralise free radicals before they give you wrinkles.
- Green Tea: An antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that fights free radicals, prevents sun damage and soothes irritations.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A derivative of Vitamin C that fights free radicals, boosts collagen production and brightens skin.
- Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and hydrates skin.
All together, these antioxidants help you fight free radicals and keep wrinkles at bay.
The catch? Every time they’re exposed to light and air, they lose some of their effectiveness. Guess what? This eye cream comes in a jar.
While you won’t make the antioxidants completely useless as soon as you open it, this packaging can compromise their effectiveness somewhat.
Related: Why I’m Not A Fan Of Jar Packaging
A pale ivory in colour, Clinique All About Eyes Rich has a fairly thick, creamy consistency that isn’t greasy and absorbs quickly.
It’s fragrance-free. That’s good. Fragrance is irritating. You do NOT want it anywhere near your eyes.
How To Use It
Before moisturiser, apply a couple of small dots on your under-eye area. Pat the cream in with your ring finger. Apply any leftover on your eyelids, too.
Performance & Personal Opinion
Clinique All About Eyes Rich keeps good on one promise: it hydrates and soothes skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
I was a bit worried the richer texture would give me milia seeds, but thankfully that didn’t happen. It also didn’t sting, burn nor irritate my eyes.
I also noticed the fine lines around my eyes looked slightly smaller (thanks silicones!), but the effect only lasts for a few hours.
So far so good. So, where does this cream fail?
For starters, it can’t do anything for dark circles. I’ve used this cream for weeks and didn’t see the slightest difference. Both the darkness and the puffiness is still there.
Related: How To Deal With Milia Seeds
Who Is This For?
Dry skin who needs the extra moisture.
Who Is This NOT For?
Honestly? NO ONE needs eye cream.
Related: Why You Do NOT Need An Eye Cream
Clinique All About Eyes Rich comes in a cute salmon jar with a silver lid. It’s practical, but not the most hygienic. Plus, it compromises the effectiveness of the antioxidants. These little molecules degrade in the presence of light and oxygen (guess what happens every time you unscrew the lid?)
Related: Is Jar Packaging A Waste Of Money?
Does Clinique All About Eyes Rich Live Up To Its Claims?
|Moisture-rich eye cream instantly diminishes the look of under eye circles, darkness and fine lines.||It helps with fine lines, but NOT dark circles or darkness.|
|De-puffs, calms the look of skin with botanicals.||Didn’t for me.|
|Strengthens skin’s moisture barrier.||Yes, it has natural butters that can do this.|
Price & Availability
$32.50/£27.50 at Asos, Sephora and Ulta
Do You Need It?
No. No one needs a separate eye cream. But if your under-eye area is drier than the rest of your face, this can help moisturize it.
Dupes & Alternatives
Have you tried Clinique All About Eyes Rich? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Water\Aqua\Eau , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cetearyl Alcohol , Butylene Glycol , Hydrogenated Polyisobutene , Phenyl Trimethicone , Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax , Polybutene , Sucrose , Cetyl Esters , Polymethyl Methacrylate , Isostearyl Neopentanoate , Glycerin , Cetearyl Glucoside , Tocopheryl Acetate , Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract , Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge , Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’S Wort) Extract , Peg-100 Stearate , Coleus Barbatus Extract , Betula Alba (Birch) Extract , Polysilicone-11 , Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate , Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract , Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf , Glyceryl Polymethacrylate , Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure , Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract , Stearic Acid , Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Protéine Du Petit-Lait , Palmitoyl Oligopeptide , Squalane , Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate , Cholesterol , Caffeine , Peg-8 , Phytosphingosine , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer , Aminomethyl Propanol , Dimethicone , Isomerized Linoleic Acid , Linoleic Acid , Sodium Hyaluronate , 1,2 Hexanediol , Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl , Potassium Sulfate , Caprylyl Glycol , Disodium Edta , Sodium Dehydroacetate , Phenoxyethanol , Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499) , Mica , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)