Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream - review

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I received these two Bobbi Brown samples as a GWP with an order ages ago, and while there wasn't enough product in the face cream to write a full review, this little eye cream has been going for over a month now so I've had plenty of time to give it a good test run.

While I do like it and it's certainly not the most expensive eye cream on the market, I still think you can do better for the price and it's not something I would go out and buy, even though I've enjoyed my sample and my eyes have been happy enough with it too. More on all that below.


Bobbi Brown claims/product details:
  • A quick-absorbing eye cream with moisturisers that melt onto the skin
  • This cult-favourite cream leaves the eye area soft, smooth and refreshed for up to 24 hours
  • Formulated with Bobbi’s signature Enriched Mineral Water Blend to hydrate, balance and revive skin
  • Aloe vera and witch hazel extract comfort the skin, while jojoba seed, avocado oil and squalane condition
  • Ideal for anyone looking for a lightweight, soothing eye cream to wear on its own or layered under concealer for a flawless finish
  • To use: apply with fingers, patting gently around eye area; make sure cream is fully absorbed before applying concealer
  • RRP $76 AUD for 15ml


Verdict

This is a nice eye cream and if it cost half as much, I'd be recommending it as a good buy - but at $76 a pop, I've used better eye creams that do more for my eye area in this price bracket and below it, and I wouldn't rush out and purchase this one.

It's a white cream that feels thick and rich when applied, and it does absorb and hydrate the eye area beautifully. It doesn't have a strong scent so you should be ok with it if you don't like fragranced products.

While I prefer heavier creams because my skin is dry and I need the moisture, I think that people who prefer lighter creams would still like this because it doesn't feel too rich or slick on the skin and it doesn't hang around after application.

I started out using this twice-daily, but because it's a richer cream I opted to save it for night use and apply something lighter during the day. I've kept an eye out (ha) for any benefits to my eye area over the month or so that I've used it, and while I can't see that it's done anything magical, it also hasn't made my eye area worse for wear either.

If you read this blog, you may know that I get a big fat wrinkle over one of my eyes if I'm using a 'lesser' cream - which has turned out to be a good filter when it comes to picking my eye products! - and that wrinkle hasn't appeared since I started using this. What this means is that it's hydrating the eye area well enough and long enough between applications to keep the wrinkle at bay, so I do think that it delivers a good amount of moisture that doesn't immediately vanish from the skin.

Having said this, I've used creams that cost a fraction of the price (eg ones from Mario Badescu and Earth Science that cost less than $25 each) and I've experienced the same benefits to my skin as I have from using this product - eg hydration and temporary plumping of the eye area - and I don't feel that this product adds anything extra.

So while this is a nice cream that generally meets its claims, it's not a stand-out for me and it's not one I would buy.

Do let me know if you've tried any Bobbi Brown skincare and whether you recommend anything from the range.


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