Two Eye Creams Put to the Test: Your Best Face CORRECT Eye Cream & Kosmea Apple of my Eye Cream
I think the whole world knows that I am a feen when it comes to eye creams. Not only do I think they are super important for preventing the signs of ageing (see here), my eyes struggle with dark under eye circles, so I will give almost anything with promise a go. A little while ago, I started using Your Best Face Correct Eye Cream in the evenings, while in the mornings I would use Kosmea’s Apple of my Eye Cream in the mornings. What did I think of them? 🙂
Your Best Face (YBF) is a little US company, who is all about using active and innovative ingredients to get results. I love supporting little brands like this, which can’t rely on big budget marketing efforts, which promise you far fetched results and dubious ingredients. Instead, they focus on ingredients which are proven to work and formulas which are innovative. I decided to try this specific eye cream, because the ingredients chosen are supposed to brighten and firm the under eye area, reduce under eye puffiness and reduce under eye circles which are caused by either pigmentation or blood pooling.
The eye cream does contain many fancy ingredients, like Acetyl tetrapeptide-2, a peptide which stimulates skin regeneration and growth of skin cells (to enforce the skin’s immune defenses). It also contains an ingredient complex called Matrixyl synthe 6, which has been shown to promote the synthesis of 3 fibres in the skin (collagen types 1 & 2, and fibronectin) resulting in an improvement in crows feet and wrinkles (both in volume, appearance and depth). Cupuacu butter, is derived from a tree in the Amazon and not only is it very hydrating, it can penetrate the skin, hydrating your skin for longer. Hydrated skin around the eyes means that you will look more awake and youthful, as the butter gives an almost plumping effect, reaching the deeper levels of your skin, filling out cells.
For me, the biggest draw card was the brightening ingredients, which all work together to help lighten dark circles, flush iron deposits from the skin and strengthen the skin – alpha arbutin, licorice root extract, the powerful isolated antioxidant from tumeric (tetrahydrodiferyloylmethane – lol!), trans resveratrol, quercetin (an antioxidant) and peptide Haloxyl.
The cream itself is housed in a pump, which means the ingredients stay active for longer, hidden away from degenerating light and air. The cream is quite thick and is yellow in tone. It is slightly sticky. I like to use quite a lot of eye cream when I apply it, so because of it’s thickness, I would use it only at night. Unfortunately, because of it’s yellow tone, sometimes even after washing my face in the mornings, my under eye area would have a slight yellow tinge to it. Once, even when wearing makeup, my sister noticed my eye area looking a little yellow from close up, and asked me if I had been punched in the face because to her it looked like a bruise that was healing lol! My under eye area was also nicely hydrated because of this cream, whether or not it became brighter, I can’t tell *sigh. Perhaps if I had been using it day and night, I would have seen a difference more quickly. You do need to be consistent with skin care products to see long-term improvements.
It’s recommended for those 30+ in age or those who have sun damaged skin. I never stick to age guides (and that’s what they are – guides) as I want to prevent damage and help my dark circles ‘disappear’. Would I repurchase the eye cream again? I’m not sure. I may give it a go in future, because the ingredients are great. I would most certainly repurchase it, if the eye cream was reformulated and if it wasn’t yellow in tone (the products biggest down fall in my books). It’s also a little harder to find and order if you live outside the US. I bought my bottle from Futurederm, however I don’t see it currently in their shop and I don’t think YBF sell it directly from their site (which would be the most convenient) but they do list other online retailers. This eye cream retails for $150 USD. They do trial sizes, so if your not sure whether or not it’s worth the price.
reverse osmosis water, cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate, Eyeseryl® (water, acetyl tetrapeptide-5), ceteareth-6 olivate, Haloxyl® (hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), Leucidal® (leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate), licorice root extract, Syn®-Hycan (tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, magnesium chloride, glycerin), Uplevity™(water, acetyl tetrapeptide-2, caprylyl glycol), ethylhexyl palmitate, Syn®-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), Matrixyl® synthe’6™ (glycerin, water, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, palmitoyl tripeptide-38),Tego® Pep 4-17 (tetrapeptide-21, glycerin, butylene glycol, water), dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer (and) silica, ethoxydiglycol, alpha arbutin, Matrixyl™ 3000(glycerin, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-3), Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), olive leaf extract, Relistase™(glycerin, acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), polyquaternium-10, caffeine, cupuacu butter, aspen bark extract, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Homeostatine®(enteromorpha compressa extract, caesalpina gum), sorbitan olivate, trans resveratrol, tetrahydrodiferyloylmethane, Sepilift DPHP (dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline), vitamin e, lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), dimethyl isosorbide, coenzyme Q10, vitamin B5, quercetin dihydrate, alpha bisabolol, alpha lipoic acid (R-lipoic acid), violet leaf absolute, oakmoss absolute
Kosmea is an Australian company, which bases it’s products on rosehip oil and naturally derived ingredients. This eye cream is no different, Rosehip oil is indeed the first ingredient in the list after water. Rosehip oil is full of fatty acids (80%) so it’s very moisturising, but it also contains lycopene, an antioxidant which also may help to protect the skin from the suns damaging rays (this is what gives rosehip oil, it’s amber hue).
The interesting addition in this eye cream, is Swiss apple stem cells. Plant stem cells are becoming more popular and I remember reading in Dr Lancer’s book, Younger, that stem cells can trigger cells to reproduce and communicate more effectively. At first this seems a bit far fetched. I mean, I would assume that biologically, human stem cells are very different to plant stem cells. Studies have shown however, that it’s the environment that dictates how stem cells behave and act (whether it’s human stem cells or plant stem cells). When exposed to the right signalling factors, plant stem cells can signal that skin cells have been damaged and should be killed off before the damage spreads. More research needs to be conducted when it comes to plant stem cells, but they sound promising!
The eye cream also contains white tea, a powerful antioxidant (as a tea lover, I totally approve of this addition!), shea butter and soybean oil.
The eye cream is housed in this interesting, futuristic looking pump lol The cream itself is white and quite light. It’s not sticky at all, so I began using it in the mornings. It sinks in relatively quickly but what I love most about it, is that my concealer sits on top of it perfectly. It doesn’t make my concealer or makeup go patchy and that’s really important to me since I want to minimise my dark circles as much as I can, without hassle. It’s nicely hydrating and I like that it has antioxidant protection in it – making it perfect for day use!
I read online somewhere that a lot of the cream gets stuck to the sides of the bottle, despite the pump, so it is worth cutting it open when no more cream is able to be pumped out. So I did this, when I thought I had used up my bottle, and geez did I have to hack into it to get it open. After all of that – there was NO cream left inside, which means that the pump does an awesome job of protecting the ingredients and cream from degradation and get’s every drop of the cream out, so none is wasted. You can buy this eye cream from Kosmea’s webiste for $44.95 AUD. I have already purchased a second one 🙂
Water (Aqua), Rosa Eglentaria (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Tocopherol(Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Camellia sinesis (white tea) leaf extract*, Beta-Carotene, Xanthan gum, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum**, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Geraniol
*certified organic ingredients
** natural ingredient
I hope you found these reviews helpful! What is your current go to eye cream beauties? Do you use eye cream religiously?
Until next time,
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