Thursday, 24 January 2013

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye: a review

The question of whether or not an eye cream is a neccessary step in one's beauty regimen has caused a long debate in the beauty community for as long as I can remember. Some say it's just jack and that your regular cream works just as well, while others can't live without it - kinda like the "toner" discussion.

My approach to all this: well, it surely can't hurt, and it's about time I started using one (even as a preventative measure), especially since my dry skin, the habitual squinting, and the many years I've spent sitting in front of a pc/laptop/tablet screen aren't exactly a recipe for success.

So, where does the quest begin? Well, it made sense to me to start with one of my current favourite skincare brands, none other than Kiehl's. I had previously tested their Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate, the one with haloxyl, but I didn't like the formula, so I opted for the Midnight Recovery Eye instead.


First things first: the formula is lovely: rich, yet not at all greasy. The cream gets completely absorbed during the night and in the morning I wake up with an undereye area that's moisturised, without any traces of puffiness. I've noticed that my concealer goes on a lot smoother once I've started using this eye cream, though I'm a little apprehensive to use this right before my makeup. Another huge plus is that it doesn't cause me milia (those tiny white bumps around your eyes), which is basically a good rule of thumb to test a consistency (much like the effect that a face product can have on your pores).

As for the claim that it reduces the appearance of fine lines? 
Well, technically, that is correct, but hear me out: my tiny undereye lines are still very much there, it's just that my whole undereye area is smoother and plumper with this cream, so the lines do appear to have slightly faded. In other words, the appearance is reduced, the lines again, not so much.

The ingredients in this eye cream are fairly impressive, making this eye cream one of Kiehl's hits in my opinion: a ton of essential oils and plant extracts. Note the lavender oil in the list, which is also what this cream smells like, fitting for a night-time skincare item.


I'll gladly use this up and I would definitely repurchase, though I do want to try the contenders from a couple other skincare brands first. Of course, by that time, I may be eligible for a retinoid eye cream, which is.. a whole different ball game I'm afraid! :/


Where do you stand in the eye cream debate?
Which one is your number one favourite and which one(s) didn't work for you at all?



8 comments:

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    1. @Όλγα Κόνιαρη: Σ' ευχαριστώ και καλωσόρισες! :) Πρέπει να ρίξω μια ματιά σύντομα και στο δικό σου! :)

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  2. I think I have started using eye cream on a more or less regular basis was when I turned 20 (I have very dry skin).
    Right now I am looking for a good eye cream as I've just finished my Elemis serum , which was amazing.
    I am thinking maybe something from Clarins (surprise!:)) as I haven't tried their eye creames yet.
    I also know that a lot of girls rave about Lierac one, may get that one. x

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    1. @Μarina(Makeup4all): Yeah, I totally regret not starting with the eye creams about a decade sooner, but then again most of my lines appeared after a couple of major stress periods, so, there's that! :(
      Elemis, huh? I was oriented more towards Ren and Clarins myself, once this Kiehl's cream is over.
      I know a lot of people are raving about the Estee Lauder Advance Repair Eye Serum thingie, so perhaps this would be another contender! I tell you, skincare is such a puzzle!!!
      xxx

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  3. This one sounds really interesting!I had try Kiehl's Double Strenght Deep Wrinkle Filler and had the same effects as you I remember... but while the consealer goes on smoother,it's definitely a hit!!

    xxx

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    1. @Blushingloves Irene Greece: Eh, all I know is that I have to get my skincare routine to a point where I'm happy with it within 2013, it's not a resolution, but rather a goal that's long waiting to be fulfilled! Maybe by next December I'll have stopped searching, lol!
      xx

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  4. There's a whole lotta oils in this cream, I like the sound of its ingredients! My LRP Hydraphase eye gel is on its last leg, it's ok in order to keep the under eye area moisturised but that's just that, like you said it plumps up the skin but the fine lines are not really reduced... Thinking about Retinoids, my dear? Let me know how you get on, the Avene Ystheal eye cream is on my wishlist!

    xx

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    1. @Evi: Yeah, I read somewhere that Philosophy makes a good retinoid eye cream.. well, I doubt that I can go on much longer with the basic eye creams, though I really liked the texture of this one.... And the quest continues, clearly...! Xxx

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