So we go from the cheap to the expensive it seems lol! Today I wanted to review a Tatcha eye cream for you; the Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream. Eye creams can be a little ‘controversial’ if you will. Some Beauties are fans of them, some are not. If you don’t find they do much for you and you don’t have a lot of concerns when it comes to the under eye area, feel free to use your face care products under your eyes also. Or – use a simple eye cream that is ‘budget friendly’. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. I don’t think it’s bad at all to start getting into the habit of using an eye cream from a young age (I am a skincare junkie after all!).
I find I need that additional care and boost around the eyes. Especially hydration 💧 Eye creams tend to be formulated to add as much moisture into the skin around the eyes as possible, because skin then becomes ‘reinforced’ and can protect itself from damage better (i.e. environmental damage – you want your skin’s repair mechanisms to be working on high!). The skin around my eyes is very, very thin. We don’t have oil glands around the eyes, so this is why it’s an area prone to dryness & dehydration resulting in fine lines, damage and showing our ‘age’. Not that there’s anything wrong with looking your age btw – we are alive and we should be proud of making it this far! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🎉🎊
So what I look for in an eye cream is a LOT of hydration in order to make the under eye area look plump, youthful and awake. While I may not be 40 or 60 (I’m in my early 30s) I prefer richer textures in eye creams. So they pack a punch essentially 👊 This is where Tatcha’s Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream comes in… my favourite eye cream to date has been Bobbi Brown’s Extra Rich Eye Repair Cream. I don’t look for miracles when it comes to eye creams, but I do expect serious hydration as mentioned, as well as soothing ingredients and antioxidants. So let’s see how Tatcha’s Revitalizing Eye Cream compares!
AGELESS REVITALIZING EYE CREAM
This powerful, antioxidant-rich cream harnesses the anti-ageing power of peony and honeysuckle, plus Tatcha’s HADASEI-3™ complex, to deliver serious results. This harmonious blend acts to boost microcirculation, banish tiredness, brighten dark circles, diminish puffiness and visibly soften fine lines. Rich in texture, this hardworking cream melts into skin to instantly replenishes moisture and give the appearance of softer, smoother skin.
Why It Works
- Peony and honeysuckle extracts help improve the appearance of elasticity and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
- Okinawa red algae and hyaluronic acid provide intense, lasting moisture.
- Hadasei-3™, a trio of anti-aging superfoods, helps to restore the look of youthful radiance.
Using a clean ring finger, gently smooth and pat around the eye contour until full absorbed. Suitable for use in the morning and evening.
Non-comedogenic. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Ophthalmologist tested.
Made without mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulphate detergents, parabens, PEGS, PPGs, urea, DEA, TEA and phthalates.
The first thing you will notice when using this eye cream, is it’s thick, balm-like texture. It’s very similar to Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream in that respect. Because the eye cream is so ‘dense’ a little product goes a long, long way. One pot of this eye cream should last you a loooong time ⏰ I think because of it’s texture, this cream had to come in a pot. It’s creamy yet spreads easily (I ‘tap tap’ it into the skin under and around my eyes).
I probably do have a habit of applying too much eye cream, but I can’t help it – I’d rather apply too much than not enough. If you apply too much of the Tatcha Revitalizing Eye Cream, the cream will sit on top of your skin and leave a little bit of a white cast (it’s very subtle though). It does absorb of course and the skin around your eyes will look hydrated, but a little of the cream will sit on the surface of your skin if you apply too much. I don’t find that this interferes with my eye makeup for example (concealer) so I don’t mind at all. How do you apply the eye cream? I swirl my finger on the surface of the eye cream to pick up product with just the tip of my (clean) fingers. It’s creamy enough to allow you to do this. If you use a spatula or even your nail to lift some of the eye cream out of the pot, you will certainly use WAY too much product (even too much for me lol!). So using the tip of your finger is best. Tap the eye cream into your skin never ever ‘rub’ pr use ‘sweeping’ motions.
*Tip* If puffiness is a problem for you, a trick I learnt from a beauty therapist is to ‘roll’ your finger inwards to apply eye cream in one spot, lifting the finger and rolling it inwards as you move close to the inner corner of the eye. What this does is spread the lymphatic fluids more evenly under the skin and ‘kick starts’ the process of drainage.
The eye cream leaves the skin around your eyes with a matte finish, and this is good because it doesn’t bring attention to this area. It won’t catch the attention of passers-by 😉 Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair cream on the other hand, if applied generously, applies clear but leaves the area very shiny. What else I love about Tatcha’s eye cream is that if I apply my face serum under and around my eyes (I use my morning vitamin C serum around the eyes, as well as a retinol serum at night) and then apply the Rivitalizing Eye Cream on top, the products gel together wonderfully. Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair Cream had the habit of not liking water based serums underneath, and sometimes the eye cream wouldn’t ‘stick’ or apply evenly around the eye area (I’d have to wait until the serum was fully absorbed before applying the eye cream on top).
So what about the effects of this eye cream? Many reviews on Tatcha’s website claim that the eye cream reduces ‘eye bags’ (puffiness? and maybe tightens skin?). I don’t have eye bags and I luckily don’t experience eye puffiness too often, so I can’t attest to this. I do have dark under eye circles though and very fine lines however. My fine lines are certainly plumped up after using the Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream and I do look less tired as a result. Tatcha says that microcirculation of the eye area occurs due to Peony, Yokuinin (a Japanese extract/herb that I can’t find much information on, but it seems to be used a lot in traditional Japanese medicine and is said to boost collagen and skin elasticity as well as brighten) and Nindou Extracts. I can attest to this! My under eye circles do look a little less intense after using this eye cream.
I love that the eye cream contains powerful antioxidants in the form of green tea, rice bran extract and red algae (Tatcha’s Hadasei-3). Three key ingredients in this eye cream come from Uji green tea, Okinawa Mozuku algae and Akita rice;
- Uji Green Tea: Prized throughout Japan as the purest, finest source of Green Tea, this powerful antioxidant-rich botanical from Kyoto is known to detoxify and help prevent signs of premature aging. Green tea contains something called polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). While EGCG comprises only 50% of “green tea extract” found in skin care and cosmeceuticals there is still enough EGCG to demonstrate anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties in most skin care and cosmeceuticals (Mukhtar).
- Okinawa Mozuku Algae: This sea treasure from Japan’s tropical islands is rich in polysaccharides, essential for skin water retention and renewal. Okinawa Mozuku Alage is a form of rare red algae. ed algae extract contains peptides, antioxidants, and fatty acids. These components make it capable of neutralizing free-radicals.
- Akita Rice: This rice is known as the finest rice in Japan for its superior taste and quality. It is also a nourishing moisturizer, rich in essential proteins and vitamins A, B2, B12 and E.
I love most of all, the hydration that this eye cream provides. It’s long lasting really makes a difference to the way the eye area looks. For some Beauties this might not be enough to pay for this eye cream (it is very expensive). If you are under 30, you probably won’t need this eye cream unless you are already experiencing lots of fine lines including expression lines around the eyes. Because the skin around the eyes is prone to movement, this will naturally cause lines and skin to ‘move’. I can’t say how it will help very mature skin because I’m not there yet, but I have found it works in my case and helps to protect skin from damage.
The ultimate question is… do I like this eye cream more than Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair Cream? You know what, I’d say they are on the same level… they each have the own benefits and negatives, but the negatives are very minor. Bobbi’s Eye Cream is much more friendly for your wallet, so I will probably look to alternate between the two eye creams in order to save a few pennies. I do think Tatcha’s eye cream is more soothing and contains more proven antioxidants to protect and help skin to repair itself. So it is fancier in that regard, even if you can’t see an immediate difference the way the eye creams work.
The eye cream is housed in a heavy glass pot that looks and feels fancy! The cap is a weighty plastic (probably for practical purposes). For 15ml of eye cream you pay currently $216 AUD at Mecca Cosmetica or $135 USD via Tatcha’s website. I am certainly crying over the fact that the Australian dollar has plummeted in comparison to the US dollar because of the global Covid-19 crisis (thanks for nothing Corona!) 😭😭😭 We can’t do anything about that at the moment I suppose. It’s a wonderful eye cream in my eyes (pun intended ha!) if you can get your hands on it and if you can afford it.
Would you try this eye cream Beauties? Are you a devoted fan of eye creams? Let me know in the comments below!
Catch ya next time,