As long time readers know, I'm constantly on the lookout for a new eye cream. Between the naturally dark under eye area I inherited from my Italian grandmother, and the insane hours I keep trying to fit as much as possible into a single workday, my eyes always look worn down. And I'm always paranoid that I could be doing more to keep my eyes from aging. So, I jumped at the chance to try out Estée Lauder's new Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex -- the eye-specific follow-up to their wildly popular Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex
Advanced Night Repair Eye
Available at: esteelauder.com
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye uses the same repair technology as the Advanced Night Repair face serum. It is designed to produce a dramatic reduction in the look of the visible signs of eye-area aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skintone. The formula contains hyaluronic acid for moisture and anti-oxidants to help neutralize environmental free radicals.
I've been using the Estée Lauder eye treatment for about a week now, and so far I'm pleased. Although I know I haven't been using it long enough to see the full effect, I have made some initial observations.
Packaging and Instructions
The Advanced Night Repair Eye is packaged in a small jar with a fairly narrow opening and a screw-off lid. I'd be happier with a pump bottle, but I've definitely seen worse as far as eye treatment packaging is concerned. The jar does come with a reusable spatula for dipping the formula out of the jar and applying to the eye area, which is helpful and makes me confident that I'll be able to use all of the product. There's nothing worse that realizing that the last 20% of your favorite product is stranded at the bottom of the packaging due to poor design.
The instructions were clear and available in a number of languages. One surprise was that, although it is called "night repair," the instructions actually call for using the treatment in both the a.m. and p.m. So, I have been using the Advanced Night Repair Eye both at night, in conjunction with my overall night cream, and during the day under my makeup.
Texture and Feel
The formula is a very lightweight gel-like consistency. Initially, I was a little turned off by the fact that it wasn't as heavy as my normal eye cream, but after a couple days I actually started to like the consistency. The lightweight gel sinks in right away, so there's no stickiness on my pillow at night, and it wears very well under my daytime makeup routine. I'm even able to wear it under eye primer without affecting the performance of the eye primer.
As I mentioned, I haven't been using the Advanced Night Repair Eye long enough to weigh in on the long-term effects. But, so far, I've found it pleasant to use and moisturizing. There is no dryness in my eye area and no puffiness. I'll continue to use this product to see how it performs over a longer time period.
Disclosure: A free review sample of this product was provided by Estée Lauder via Glam Media; compensation was provided in exchange for this placement.