Friday, December 17, 2010

Tip for the Day: All About Eyes

One of the most difficult product to review (in my opinion) are eye products!  The effects, both positive and negative, can sometimes be seen at a prolong period of time!

"Do eye products really work?"

The answer, is variable, depending on who you talk to.  Some may use the most expensive creams in the market and still cannot see any effects at all while others can purchase the cheapest eye cream in the market and the product could work for them!  

If you ask for my opinion, after years of eye products usage, it does work!  I can vouch on that with photos at the latter part of this post!  I cannot type down the products that work for me and assure everyone that it's the best in the market, we have different genetics and we are different, all I can do at the moment is to list down the top 5 products I've tried from the most inexpensive to the most expensive that works!  Bear in mind that the products mentioned here are only the ones I've used!  There are far more eye cream brands out there that I haven't used!  Research and read a lot...

1. Garnier Light Brightening Eye Roll (approx Php199.00/$4.00)

This is the most inexpensive eye product that works!  I've heard feedbacks from readers who told me that this product did nothing for them, but I got a chunk of readers who told me it worked for them.  In my own experience, this works for me especially on the first month, I can see the bags under the eye area decreased a bit but the reason why I stopped using this and gave it to my mom-in-law instead is because I am not seeing any results after the 2nd month!  My eyes probably got used to the product.  My mom-in-law on the other hand, finished 3 tubes of these and she loves this, she told me it works even better than her expensive eye creams!

If you are not allergic to anything with caffeine and you are on a very tight budget, you can give this a try, this is the best packaged eye product!  Quick tip: do not over "roll"!  It may cause stress around the eye area and cause more wrinkles or skin sagging!

2. GoodSkin Labs Eyliplex-2 (Php2,600/approx $56.50)

The most innovative packaging that separates day and night regimen!  The reason for this is that the day cream comes in lighter formulation and the night cream is more potent in texture.  I found myself using this more often because I don't want the day cream to finish faster than the other or vice versa that's why this gave me the push to use both day and night eye cream regularly!

The Eyliplex-2 works really well on dark circles base on my experience, puffiness did disappear but the  more obvious part would be the lightening up on the under eye area!  This is actually one of my favorite eye cream in which I recommend to a lot to my readers and friends!  Since I have the blessing of testing so many eye creams, I actually gave this up when my sister gave me a call and ask for good eye creams!  I did not think twice of letting this go immediately and so far, she told me she's liking this!

3. Tri-Aktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler (Php2,600/approx $56.50)

For anyone with issues on wrinkles or obvious lines around the eye area, this is what I would recommend.  I have used this on both mature clients and myself!  You can click the name of the product to go to my review on the said product.  The lines are immediately blurred out, but the real effect of line reducing takes a bit longer time approximately 1 month to 2 months!  

This product is quite tricky to apply, it can form dried up "glue texture" and may make it quite difficult to apply makeup!  The huge trick I can share is to warm the product on your hand first, then quickly pat it on the area where lines are visible, leave it for a couple of minutes before you proceed to your next skincare or makeup routine!  If you get through the tricky part, this is a very good product a lot of beauty bloggers love!

4. Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream (sorry I don't have the price for this)

When I had the worst case of eye allergies a couple of years ago, I was scared to use anything near my eyes for almost a year, the first eye product I've used and trusted was the one from Clinique and it was a sample size of Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream in which I got from purchasing the 3-Step System.  

What I like about this eye cream is the fact that it's easy to apply on the eye area, it gets absorbed easily as well and even if I apply this on both the lids and the under eye area, I don't have any allergies or irritations. 

The thing about this eye cream though is because it is too intensive, there is a certain amount needed to be applied on each eye, applying too much will give me puffy eyes when I wake up in the morning.

How about the effect?  The immediate effect cannot be seen, what I noticed though is the skin around my eye area is moisturized and not as dry as before!  The lines around my eye area did not deepen but it wasn't obviously gone!  

5. La Mer Intense Eye Cream (Php6,000/approx $133.00)

I know, this is very pricey!  But trust me, I tried my best NOT to love this product because I am not into expensive products!  I have to surrender though, this product --- WORKS!  I have tried 2 sample sizes of the old version called La Mer The Eye Concentrate, it works in the moisturizing department but the consistency of the old version is quite runny!  The new La Mer The Eye Balm Intense is creamier in consistency and the effect is seen as soon as one week!

The puffiness on my eye area decreased a lot and even if I sleep only 3-4 hours at times, it wasn't shown when I woke up!  Even Mr. AMW noticed the puffiness around my eye area lessened drastically and take note, I am only using a sample size of this!  The sample size lasts me 3 weeks now and I still have enough!  Imagine how long the full size will take you!

I recommend this for people who have problems with puffiness and has the budget! 

A photo of my eye from early this year until recent
Last photo (R) was taken within the week

Whatever eye creams you choose, do not choose just because someone says so, or just because it works for other people.  Purchase eye creams base on your budget, base on trying out testers, base on research and always check on the ingredients to make sure you are not allergic to it!  If eye cream brands do not have testers available, the least you can do is ask from a friend who purchased a certain eye product you wanted to try and maybe, pay a small amount for a sample?  Give it a test.  I suggest taking photos as the difference cannot be seen at once but if you have a photo, you will feel better!  I do take a look at my photos every now and then and it gives me a nice push to consistently use my eye creams because it does work!  It takes months or even years, but the result is obvious...again, pictures do not lie!   (You can click photo above to enlarge, photoshop was used only to crop, watermark and brighten up photos)

Do you believe in the power of eye products?
What's your favorite eye product to date?
Have you seen a huge difference after consistently using your favorite eye cream?
Tell AMW your thoughts!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. I've been dreaming about La Mer for a long time. *drool*

  2. hey sis your effort of using eyecream has paid off! i love using the one with roller :D rolling rolling rolling, feels good!(even though i m not sure if it really works)

  3. I can totally see the difference! It really pays to be patient when it comes to skincare products noh?

  4. wow nikki, i can really seedifference! =) I wanna try Garnier!

  5. Now you made me lust for the LA MER cream... ;)


  6. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  7. OOH! I must try one of these products, glad to hear the Garnier one worked out, I had the older one and I didn't notice a difference but it did feel nice on my skin so I might have to try their new version and give it a 2nd chance!

  8. skysenshi, same with you, I've dreamt about it for too long and dreams do come true! hehehe

    Xin, I know, I'm glad I took photos, If you can only see my photos 3 years ago and until this present, my undereye puffiness and circles reduced so much! So happy !

    Hannah, oo noh!

  9. Pammy, agree! I am glad I consistenly use them eventhough I don't see much difference, now looking back at photos! it works talaga!

    Khymm, give it a try, its inexpensive naman!

    Lei, hahahha, well not everyone would agree but I'm glad it worked for me!

  10. Anonymous, thanks for visiting!

    Vanessa, I think Garnier have different version in other countries? I've read and heard so many Raves and Rants about this product, so it's mixed reactions! I hope it'll work for you!

  11. thank you for this post! i'm glad to know that la mer works!

  12. a lot of my friends love the garnier. it's so popular on youtube as well.
    the one eye cream that did work for me is the one by the body shop wise woman. ang mahal lang, hay. LMAO

  13. I definitely believe eye creams/serums work. The skin around our eyes is so much thinner than the skin on the rest of our face and body. Thus, it requires special care. Something too rich can cause millia seeds while something that isn't moisturizing enough could be a total waste of cash.

    It's a 'plus' to refer to reviews done by other consumers but aside from the fact that some reviews are commercially driven, there is no perfect product that works for everyone. Even dark circles around the eyes can have several causes so suitable solutions/products vary from case to case, too.

  14. Crystal, it does work, so sad nga kasi it works so well, pano na ang budget? LOL

    Marge, ohhhh I haven't tried the Body Shop one, glad it works! :)

    EcoBeauty, agree with your Millia Seeds info, also agree with testing products on your own and not just purchase base on other people's opnion! I am a strong believer on that! :)

  15. Replies
    1. we all drool for La Mer :) I love their new eye cream!!!


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