Review | e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream

Some people think they’re a waste of money, some people swear by them: eye creams. I personally prefer to use one because my eyes don’t always react well to my face moisturisers when I apply them near my eyes (makes me wonder what the hell I’m putting on my face, but OK). When my previous eye cream started to run out, I decided to give this one by e.l.f. a try because it’s quite affordable and has good reviews.

-> Unfortunately I lost a bunch of photos I took of new products, including the photos I took of this eye cream, so the pictures in this post are of a used product, sorry!

The e.l.f. eye cream comes in a 14g plastic tub in a fresh mint green colour. Here in the Netherlands it costs €12,12 via Douglas. Affordable, but maybe a bit steep for a (generally) drugstore-priced brand like e.l.f. The eye cream has ingredients like shea butter, glycerin and cucumber extract. It’s supposed to hydrate the eye area and minimise the appearance of dark circles (yeah, right..!). Oh also, the packaging is quite sneaky in my opinion. As you can see in the photos, the tub gives to illusion of you getting a lot of product, because it’s quite big compared to a lot of other eye cream tubs.

The eye cream barely has a scent as far as I can tell, which is a good sign I guess (no artificial fragrances). It has a very light creamy texture that’s easy to spread over the eye area, and doesn’t feel thick or heavy because it absorbs very quickly. At first it wasn’t entirely clear to me if this is the kind of eye cream you can only apply to the undereye and browbone area. That’s what it said on the box, but on e.l.f.’s website it says you can apply it to the eyelids as well. Which is good because my eyelids get dry AF too!

And, does it magically illuminate my undereyes and minimise my dark circles? No, of course not. I don’t get why brands keep making claims like that, because unless an eye cream has some kind of pinky colour to it, there’s no way it’s going to make your dark circles disappear. So obviously I didn’t expect that to happen, but I did hope it’d hydrate my eye area well and work well under makeup. And it does! I don’t have puffiness under my eyes though, so I don’t know how/if it works for that. Luckily my eyes reacted well to it, and bonus: a little goes a looong way!

If you’re willing to spend +€10,00 on your eye cream I’d definitely recommend this one. Like I said, don’t expect your dark circles to vanish! But do expect some good hydration, without heaviness or stickiness, and a nice refreshing feeling. Have you tried this eye cream, or any of e.l.f.’s other skincare products? Any recommendations?


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