Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Product Review: Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes
Ok, everyone. This is not your typical drugstore product that I usually review. This is a higher-end product with a higher-end price tag to match. I got this a couple of weeks ago from Ulta when they were having a big sale (I got a huge sampler bag and a Vichy face wash for free with purchase!). I typically don't spend that kind of money on just one product, but I thought I would give it a shot because it was such a good deal.
Just to let you all know, I've tried just about every eye treatment out there. I've been using eye cream religiously since I was 21 (I really, really fear the wrinkles), so I've got a good idea of what makes a good eye cream. For me. My favorite eye treatments are Olay's Age Defying Revitalizing Eye Gel in the morning, and Olay's Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream at night. I've always had good results with Olay, they're a very good brand for the price. The eye gel always de-puffs my eyes in the morning, and the night cream is very moisturizing. As I creep into my 30's more though, I'm discovering I need a little extra help with the fine lines. Help in the way of retinol...
Previously, I'd been using Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream. It's so-so. While it didn't do anything bad to me, I didn't really notice much of a difference. Enter this Vichy cream. Holy mackerel! I noticed a difference after a couple of days worth of use, which highly unusual for an anti-aging cream. It usually takes about 2 weeks for me to notice a difference. I got up one morning and stared in the mirror, puzzled, for a little while. What was different? Something looked gooood! That's when I realized it was my eyes. No dark circles. The under-eye area was super-smooth. Little, tiny blue veins diminished. I was baffled. What have I been doing all this time?? Why was I wasting my time (and money) with other products?
It's been about 3 weeks of using the product, and the results are not a fluke. I love that makeup looks so much better under my eyes, not caked in the fine lines. The cream doesn't appear to exacerbate breakouts, and I haven't had to deal with any redness caused by the product. Deeply moisturizing without being greasy. I've found the holy grail.
At $42 per 0.51 ounces, this ain't cheap. At all. However, the tiniest amount is moisturizing enough for both eyes. This little bottle should last months. And, as the hubby pointed out, it is cheaper than Botox :)
I highly, highly recommend.