Eye cream. Otherwise known as “hope in a jar.” 🙂 It’s been on my mind lately because every time I look in the mirror I wonder if I’ve always looked this tired? Because, duuuude! — I can’t remember the last time I saw my reflection and thought, “Wow, I look like I slept well.”
Hence the current eye cream obsession.
Looking for a new eye cream
I’d been using Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate since last fall, but I recently ran out. It was doing a pretty good job…but it wasn’t rocking my world. And that’s what I want! I want something that’s going to totally rock my world.
Story of our lives, right?
If I try and fail, I figure I can always go back to Clarins…
(BTW, if there’s one you swear by, hook a cat lady up! The very dry skin around my eyes preemptively thanks you.)
To help me on this search, I also asked on Instagram, and here were the suggestions I saw the most:
OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème ($38)
This one looks promising, and I like the price! It has vitamin C, which I’ve had great results with in eye creams before.
I’m not sure about the jar, though… I’ve read that vitamin C-containing products are most effective when they come in packages that seal out air and light.
ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix ($69)
A few people cited this one, including my friend Jessica, who swears by it, so I’m keen to try it, like, now. She says it layers well under concealer and hits plenty of the anti-aging bells and whistles (which I want!!!).
KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29)
Lots of dry-skinned ladies love this one and call it their “go to.” Looks worth a try, and the price is right, but I wish it contained more stuff for fine lines, though.
I’m leaning toward the Banana Bright one…but I wanna hear what you like before I commit.
To use fillers, or not to use fillers — that is the question
Sometimes I wonder if eye cream is just a waste of time and money. Not gonna lie, I’ve been thinking about fillers. They’re supposed to really help with dark circles, although I recognize that my evidence for this is anecdotal…from YouTube videos.
Right now I don’t use any fillers, mostly because I have this weird internal struggle happening where part of me is like, “You know, you’ve made it this far in life. Let your face be the map of your journey. You don’t need to cave to society’s pressures to look young. EFF THOSE antiquated, unattainable ideals, and rage against the machine.” Etc., etc.
I also think about what kind of message it sends to Connor.
Plus, my biggest fear (other than the needles…) is that I won’t recognize myself in the mirror. Would I still look like me? Could I still make the same goofy expressions I make when I tell stories about Tabs waking me up in the middle of the night by kneading my hair or jumping off my stomach? Or will my face be frozen into an emotionless, immobile mask?
I just don’t know, but I’m curious. I wonder if it would save time and money in the end…
As of right now, though, I’m not quite curious enough. Maybe in a year or two… I’m leaving the door open.
Try this if your concealer routinely disappears
While we’re on the subject of that area under our eyes, here’s something that occurred to me the other day: If you find that your concealer (and/or whatever makeup you wear on your lids, for that matter) pulls a disappearing act by the end of the day, try trading your eye cream for something else, because some eye creams work better under makeup than others.
This got me yesterday. I tried Nyakio Red Ginseng Line Smoothing Eye and Lip Cream for the first time (it’s rich and hydrating). Then I put eye makeup on top… Bloop, bloop, bloop. Within a few hours, everything was like a downhill ski run! Sliding, sliding, sliding down!
This never happens to me when I use Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate…
Aaand that’s it for today’s rambling thoughts. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,