Review: Antipodes Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream 🥝🥑🍇
It’s not often that we see or that I buy limited edition skincare products (and thank goodness!!! Skin needs consistency right?! 😛) but because I love Antipodes Skincare (especially their cleansers!!!) when I saw they had released a limited edition version of their popular Kiwi Seed Eye Cream, I reallllly wanted to try it. The addition of 23k gold flakes into the eye cream just sounds so luxurious and delicious somehow. I haven’t tried the original formula of this eye cream but the two ingredient lists are very. very similar. So let’s check it out! 🤗
A luxurious, illuminating eye cream with 23K gold flakes to impart a warm glow and bring calm to stressed skin. Vitamin C from New Zealand superfruit, kiwifruit helps moisturise and soften fine lines.
Elements of Beauty: Kiwi seed oil * Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi * 23K Gold Flakes
With reverence, smooth into the area around your eyes using clean fingertips. Apply at sunrise and sunset.
Certified vegan by the UK Vegetarian Society, a globally respected organisation for the assessment of vegan status.
Recyclable glass jar. 100% biodegradable cardboard from sustainable forests.
Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi is clinically shown† to help improve skin appearance.
† Independent study by New Zealand Extracts: Eight-week independent clinical studies involving 10 women (2012). Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum, with Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi which is clinically shown† to help improve skin appearance: Clinically shown to improve skin cell membrane integrity by decreasing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) by 16%, improve skin elasticity by 16%, decrease skin redness by 7% (erythema), and lighten skin by 3.5% (melanin content)
Eye creams are tricky things by nature. You’re either someone who swears by them, or… don’t 😅 I definitely swear by them because my under eye area is problematic – it’s very dry, I have dark circles and not a lot of far under there, so it’ll be prone to creasing 😭😭😭 I use eye creams because I need all the help I can get and I understand that the skin there is very thin. Eye creams however, are gentle by nature and so it’s sometimes hard to see them working or making a ‘real’ difference. I totally get why some beauties don’t both with them and instead use regular moisturisers in their place. Besides using actives around your eye area (which I believe you CAN do, to really make an impact!) I choose eye creams which are seriously hydrating and nourishing, much more so than my daily moisturiser or night cream. My go-to eye creams are Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair (which I have loved for a loooong time, especially under makeup, check out the full review here) and Ziaja Pro Krem-Maska do Skóry Wokół Oczu z Ceramidami 1, 3 & 6, for night time. Ziaja is a Polish brand and this eye cream is deceviengly ‘simple’ in it’s ingredients but effective! It contains ceramides 1, 3 & 6, plus vitamins C & E and hyaluronic acid as well as other goodies. It’s incredibly rich but light at the same time (I mentioned it in a blog post on Polish products that I love). So new eye creams have a lot to live up to 😉
Firstly, you get a LOT of cream in this little pot! Generally eye creams contain 15ml of product – this one contains 30ml! I like the glass pot, it’s cute while being environmentally friendly! Sure, a squeeze tube may have been more hygienic and kept the ingredients fresher for longer, but we can’t have it all lol… The glass is very sturdy – it also makes the product ‘feel’ more fancy than your regular drugstore skincare. The eye cream itself has a golden hue and has the texture of a light face cream. It’s certainly not a balm and it’s not greasy at all. The golden hue is I’m sure to remind you that the product contain gold flakes, however, the golden colour is actually thanks to the addition of ‘gold pearl mica’ (a naturally occurring and shiny mineral 🌟) so if you look very closely, you can see little teeny tiny pieces of shimmer (both in the cream and once applied on the skin). As an effect, the cream illuminates the under eye area effectively (even if it’s a little trick 😉).
There are 23K gold flakes in the cream, so every now and then you will get one of these on your skin after application. These flakes are bigger than the shimmer and much more noticeable, but this doesn’t bother me. If someone notices the gold flake on your skin, well it’s GOLD so you look fancy LOL The gold flakes are at the very end of the ingredient list, so there really isn’t that much in there. Gold is said to be soothing and that’s probably the number one quality I would assign to this eye cream. It is seriously soothing and cooling. I don’t know how much of this effect is thanks to the gold, but hey, it’s lovely nonetheless! And gold is said to be good for the skin, so it doesn’t hurt to be fancy in this way 😜
The Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream ‘melts’ into the skin and absorbs very quickly. It has a lot of nourishing oils and butters in it’s formula such as; avocado pear oil, sunflower seed oil, carrot seed oil, borage seed oil and kiwifruit seed oil. Other great ingredients include glycerin, vitamin E and Vinanza Grape Seed Extract, which is Antipodes ‘not so secret’ but wonderful antioxidant, which has been studied and shown to improve skin function, elasticity, hydration and brighten. However, Vinanza Grape Seed Extract is the second last ingredient in the eye cream…. (gold is last) which I’m kinda disappointed about. Because the eye area is so prone to damage, it needs all the help it can get. I would have expected it to be in the top 5 (or first) ingredient list.
Is the eye cream hydrating thanks to all the oils it contains? Yes! It is. I don’t think it’s quite as hydrating as say, the Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream, but the texture is very different as is the ingredient list. I think the oils whilst moisturising the skin, act more as a protective barrier for the skin and hence after a few hours, it’s not noticeable anymore. Fine lines aren’t ‘plumped’. It’s not a hard hitting anti-ageing formula. BUT in saying that, I would describe its main benefits as soothing the skin ✅ hydrating the skin without any greasy residue ✅ and brightening the eye area ✅ I think younger Beauties will enjoy this eye cream. And you know what, I think it’s fun!
This Limited Edition Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream retails for $76 AUD via the Antipodes website (they ship internationally and you can pay in a few different currencies). The ‘regular’ Kiwi Seed Eye Cream retails for $65 AUD, so there is a noticeable difference between the two versions. I usually buy my Antipodes products from Priceline, especially when they are on sale for 20% off, however Priceline didn’t have the Limited Edition Eye Cream, so I picked it up from Chemist Warehouse for $51.65 AUD (what a bargain! AND they offer free shipping with this eye cream as a special deal 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾). Just a note though, the ingredient list for the Limited Edition Kiwi Seed Eye Cream is incorrect on the Chemist Warehouse website. And just for comparison, the regular Kiwi Seed Eye Cream retails for $43.99 at Chemist Warehouse.
Would I purchase this eye cream again if I could? Probably not. But I’m happy to have tried it and to finish it up. Antipodes for me is still one of the best ‘green Beauty’ brands out there. Their products and packaging are created with careful consideration and generally have wonderful antioxidants and formulas. To read up on some other Antipodes skincare products that I LOVE, check out these reviews;
So that’s it Beauties! Let me know if you would try this eye cream and what you look for in an eye cream???
Catch ya next time!
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