Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum - review

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I've been meaning to post on this eye serum for ages because I've had it for so long now that I could review it with my eyes closed (ha, not really ; )), but I've been too busy sneaking in reviews of other products before I finish them so this one has fallen to the wayside.

But I'm not far off finishing it and I've been using it for over six months now so today is the day! 


Dermalogica claims/product details:

  • This powerful treatment fluid contains an advanced peptide known to encourage collagen-producing activities to help smooth fine lines and target the signs of ageing around the delicate eye area
  • A fortifying blend of brown and red algae and golden chamomile helps minimise puffiness
  • Oat kernel extract helps soothe fragile skin
  • Cross-linked hyaluronic acid optimises hydration while our exclusive UltraCalming™ Complex helps minimise sensitivity
  • Age-fighting peptides help stimulate collagen and firm skin
  • Vitamin c stimulates collagen synthesis, helps fight pigmentation and acts as an antioxidant
  • To use: after cleansing, gently smooth around the eye area, working from the outer corner inward; layer underneath an eye cream for added benefits
  • RRP $79.50 for 15ml, but do shop around (I paid about $60 for mine)


Ten points to Dermalogica here for the packaging of this eye serum.

Given that it's a runny product, the directed nozzle is exactly what this kind of product needs: you're not going to squeeze out too much accidentally and it also allows you to really control how much you want to use per application.

Plus it's compact and there's no wasted plastic/packaging. Indeed, I would like to see more eye products packaged like this.


Verdict

As you may know if you read this blog, I've sampled this product before in a couple of my sachet posts - and I loved it so much that I went ahead and bought the full size.

Funnily enough, though, I don't love it as much now as I did when I used those two sachets. I'm not sure why that is, but it's probably got a lot to do with how well this product has performed for me over time.

It's a thin serum that manages to feel lightweight and rich at the same time. It's a little oily in texture (and it smells slightly of oil), but it's not heavy or greasy and it sits well under makeup.

What I like about the product is that you only need the tiniest amount per application, so it has lasted me six months of once-daily use and it's still going to last me another month or so - meaning it's a good investment and I think it's great value on a price-per-use basis.

I also love that it's hydrating enough to keep my dry eyes comfortable - whether or not I use an eye cream over the top - and that's a huge plus for me because the single most important aspect of an eye product for me is that it keeps my dry eyes feeling hydrated throughout the day and also overnight.

Having said this, I've decided that it's not the perfect eye product for me. Reason being, it hasn't met the majority of the product claims for me personally - and it certainly would have by now if it were going to!

On those claims: no it hasn't helped smooth fine lines or target signs of ageing; no it hasn't minimised puffiness; yes I do think it's soothing and hydrating; no I haven't seen any evidence that it's helped stimulate collagen production or fight pigmentation; and no it hasn't firmed my skin. 

Also, now that it's winter and my skin is drier, I do need to place a richer eye cream over this at night because it doesn't have enough punch on its own (although it did in the warmer months), and I personally only want to apply one eye product because I have so many steps in my skincare routine already that having to apply an eye serum and an eye cream every day is a bit much for me.

Overall I think this is a decent product and I think it's good value considering how long it has lasted me, but at the end of the day, all it's really done is hydrate my eyes and I don't need to drop a wad of cash on it for that reason alone because I've found cheaper eye products that do the same thing.

Worth trying, but not one I would buy again.


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