Tuesday, October 27, 2009
What it is: DHC‘s Concentrated Eye Cream, which is technically suitable for all skintypes, not just ageing skin. Prevention is the best offence when it comes to skincare, right?
The texture: This is actually quite thick, and reminds me of what would happen if you left a dollop of body lotion on the counter for a day. Kind of lumpy, like the lovechild of oatmeal and lotion. However, once it comes into contact with the warmth of your skin, it “melts” and takes on much thinner properties. (It’s still quite thick at that point, though.) You basically have two choices with this one: tap it into the skin and apply a rather heavy layer, or end up tugging your eye area a touch to thin it out.
Other physical stuff: This has a slightly herbal-medicinal scent that really turned me off it, but the scent isn’t too strong and dissipates quickly. It feels incredibly heavy when applied, even though a little goes a very long way, but sinks in after five to ten minutes and I forget about it completely. And for the important stuff: on a scale from “one” to “super-moisturising,” I’d put this at a nine! It definitely has a respectable amount of moisture to give.
Ingredients: (holy crap this is a long list)
water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, stearic acid, hydrogenated palm oil, squalane, glycerin, pentylene glycol, polysorbate 60, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, cetyl alcohol, sorbitan stearate, alcohol, phenoxyethanol, potassium hydroxide, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, carbomer, magnesium aluminum silicate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, tocopherol, biosaccharide gum-1, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) seed extract, sodium hyaluronate, sasa veitchii leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, royal jelly extract, citric acid
The verdict? This is a pretty darn good eye cream, but what bugs me is that there is no SPF — and that’s absolutely vital for your sensitive, thin-skinned undereye area! I would compare this to Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich, which is $28.50 for 0.5oz, slightly pricier per ounce than the DHC’s $31.50 for 0.7oz.
Consider it if you’ll be buying high-end, as it’s of that calibre (in my opinion) but slightly cheaper. However, if you were planning on sticking to a drugstore / low-end eye cream, don’t break the bank for this.