“Great,” I grumbled to myself as I twisted open the lid to SkinCeuticals’ new A.G.E. Eye Complex ($85 at skinceuticals.com.) The thick, creamy balm mocked me from its little jar. It promised a host of positive benefits for my dark circles and nascent crows’ feet, but things were not looking so good for my mascara. What, may I ask, is the point of having beauteous under-eyes if they only end up smeared raccoon circles? But, being a brave and true tester, I patted the white eye cream on, applied my favorite mascara, and went about my way.
One hot, sweaty, NYC subway ride later, I arrived at work and immediately closeted myself in the bathroom and prepared to do major damage control. But lo! My eye makeup hadn’t moved a smidge – my under eye skin was soft and pliant, but with no make-up smudges in sight. Like the Lierac Diopti-Lisse Eye Gel treatment previously reviewed, this cream diffuses light to minimize the appearance of dark circles. If you’re after serious hydration, thought, the A.G.E. Eye Complex delivers it with blueberry extract and Proxylane to lessen darkness and increase elasticity over time. optical diffusers improve radiance and minimize the appearance of dark circles and capillaries. The product claims: Within four to twelve weeks, a complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides strengthens blood vessel walls, improves lymphatic drainage, and eliminates hemoglobin’s colored end-products to dramatically improve dark circles and puffiness. Well, we can’t wait.
And, as I may have mentioned before, the heavy cream sinks into skin and doesn’t interfere with any cosmetics on top. Functional and fashionable – it shouldn’t be so rare, but it is.