Thursday, April 16, 2009

Heidi's Beauty Bag - Eye Cream - looking for some suggestions...

Ahhh, eye cream. Necessity of our age. I remember when I used to scoff at it... But now I use it religiously. So here's my thing... I hate hate hate the eye creams (and face creams/lotions) that come in tubs. I don't care if you use a disposable spatula to get it out or wash your hands in disinfectant before scooping, it still always feel a little icky to me. Granted, one of my all-time fave moisturizers is Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Skin Relief, but I only use it when my skin is screaming for it, and if I could find something comparable in a bottle, I would ditch it in an instant.

Lately(since Sephora's last 25% off sale), I have been using Kinerase Under Eye Rescue, which is expensive at $78, but it has last 4 months so far. But I'm getting low, and looking for other options. Here are my requirements:

#1 - no tub. seriously.

#2 - not too harsh. I have tried way too many that can burn/sting around the eyes (of course, the losers are serving nicely right now as extra hand treatments, as I posted about before)

#3 - some actual benefits in terms of lines, darkness, etc.

So...what have you got for me? Would love to hear what you do or don't use. Thanks!!

By the way, if you are not a Sephora Beauty Insider (their rewards program), sign up now! They currently have 15% off everything for Beauty Insiders until April 21, so there's still time!!


Emily said...

Thanks for this post! I would love to know what everyone is using for their eye cream.

What I am currently using:

At night I use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex. I love this stuff and keep it on my night stand so that I never forget to put it on. It helps with my dark circles & puffiness. Only draw back is that it is a serum like gel and so it is too heavy for me to use for day.

During the day I like Clinique Moisture Surge Eye Gel. Makes my under eye nice and silky feeling. Also, I like that it deosn't get too oily by the end of the day.

I the past I have used Kiehl's Eye Alert. I have also used Dior's HydraAction Eye Cream with SPF 20. I like the SPF but if it gets in your eyes it burns like crazy.

I have also used the Kinerase and I like it alot but perfer to stay under the $50 dollar price point.

HeidiG said...

Thanks for all the great info, Emily! I am totally with you on trying to keep the price point down - although this has lasted 4 months and Sephora is 15% off right now.

kater said...

I love these posts as I am a product junkie!

Currently for eye cream, I'm using Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Eye Creme. I really like it and it's helped with my dark circles. Not so sure about it's effect on my wrinkles though. Heidi, unfortunately it comes in a pot, so it's a no go for you! Although it's pricey, it lasts an ultra-long time (I've had the same jar since Nov. and it's still going strong) so overall, I think it's a good investment.

As for bargain eye creams, I really liked the cream formulation from Olay that comes in a little pump (I can't remember the exact name). For under $20 it's a steal - it helps with circles, is pretty light so I had no problem using it in the day, and it has little gold flecks in it, so it really brightens.

Currently, I'm really liking the Olay brand. I have been on a never ending search for a face cream that moisturizes but isn't too heavy and have tried everything from Care by Stella McCartney to Boscia to G.M. Collin to Creme de la Mer (granted I only used the last one for a week when I was at my friend's house and she let me borrow hers - ha!). And in all honesty, Olay Total Effects has been the best. I know it sounds like heresy, but I swear it has really made my skin soft and perfectly hydrated. Last time I went in to get my eyebrows done, my esthetician asked what I was doing differently for my skin because it looked great. and it was the Olay Total Effects!

whew sorry for the long post! I can't wait to hear what other people use and love!

Kathy said...

Hi Heidi! I have really been enjoying your blog! I use Philosophy products (from Sephora) and I do like their eye cream (in a tube) Hope in a Tube eye and lip firming cream. Cute dog!

HeidiG said...

kater - thanks for all the great info! I have used the Olay eye serum in the pump before. Interesting to hear how well the Olay Total Effects works for you - congrats on finding your HG moisturizer!!

Kathy - thanks for visiting! I have heard good things about Philosophy.

Anonymous said...

Obagi eye cream!

HeidiG said...

luvallthingsjcrew - I have heard fantastic things about Obagi from a friend. good to have the recommendation, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Heidi--I've used Obagi--the whole system for "healthy skin function" (as they describe it) for 6+ years--my skin has never looked or "functioned" better!

My Mom also likes Olay's X line--eye cream...I think that's what it is called...she's quite picky and knows good beauty products.

Slastena said...

I use Elizabeth Arden Millenium at night and Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Eye SPF 28 Sunscreen
in the am. I also use High Résolution Eye Collaser-5X™ serum both am and pm ( hate the pump- the serum is so expensive and pump just does not work well- not sure if I'll get it again).

HeidiG said...

luvallthingsjcrew - isn't it fantastic when you find a system that really works for you?

Slastena - wow, lady, you take your peepers seriously! I try to avoid the eye creams with sunscreen because I am usually too sensitive - and I am so religious about wearing my sunglasses. I also use the Clinique stick under my eyes when I am out in the sun - it works really well.

Anonymous said...

oops correction on the Olay eye cream--it's actually called "Olay Eye Brightening Cream!" My Mom loves this...and she's a beauty!
(modeled for real back in the day)
Anyhoo...for sensitive skin the Obagi 35 Sunscreen is great too.