What is it? An eye cream.
What does/should it do? Caffeine can reduce puffiness caused by water retention.
I am a person whose under-eye circles will never go away (never, because I’m not interested in tweakments). I’m genetically blessed with a depressed hollowness in my orbital socket, which means the shadows can only be tackled with fillers. Creams aren’t going to cut it, no matter how high-tech and expensive they are. That’s fine, that’s what my face does, and what concealer is for.
But I’m still approaching forty on too much coffee and too little sleep, and my eyes will tell you all about it. I can reduce my baggage, literally and figuratively, with a caffeine eye product, and I love The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream for this.
It is very upsetting that ingesting caffeine is not providing the same effect as topical caffeine, but I’m still trying. For science.
This one came into my life after I gave up on The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution. It did the job of depuffing me, but my already-dry under-eye area just got drier. Fewer bags, but more fine lines, and I was not here for that. Delivered as a cream, not a serum, I figured that as a competitor at a similar price point, I may as well give The Inkey List a go. It does exactly what I want it to do.
It doesn’t dry out my under eye any further than it already is. Under makeup, it makes me look like I had enough sleep and didn’t spend all morning crying before I went to work – extenuating circumstances, but I suspect a true test of the power of caffeine. I did have to hunt for a waterproof mascara that hadn’t dried up, though.
Although The Inkey List is very focused on single-ingredient products that you can layer as you want, in this cream they’ve added Matrixyl 3000 – a peptide to help increase collagen production. The peptides will only help if you use the product every day (as The Inkey List suggests, I hasten to add), but I only use the cream on the days I’m wearing makeup which, in the age of Covid19, is not as much as I’d like. If I’m going to do my face, I’m going to make sure my eyes aren’t betraying the facade.
At just under $20 in Australian money, this has lasted me well over a year (the period-after-opening is only six months, but it’s still doing the job and doesn’t smell or look weird, yet). The only problem with this eye cream is finding it in stock. After Caroline Hirons included it in one of her Spring Kits, it sold out instantly, and keeps on selling. And she’s right (of course). It’s a high-quality product at what I think is a comparatively affordable price, if what you need is a de-puffing, antioxidant eye cream. Your budget will vary, obviously.