I must admit, I don’t take very good care of my eye area. It’s the most delicate skin on your face, deserving the type of careful handling that is usually reserved only for babies and fine china. Yet I still constantly manhandle the area, rubbing it vigorously when I have an itch or scrubbing furiously at stubborn makeup at the end of the night. But despite all that, I can still feel confident that I’m at least doing one good thing for it…okay, maybe two things, and both those “things” just happen to be a part of Pure+Simple’s Super-Vitalizing Eye Kit. This set, new for Holiday 2012 (I know, I know–but it’s still winter, isn’t it?!! :P), contains 2 items meant to brighten and hydrate the eye area: the Collagen Elastin Eye+Lip Concentrate and the Eye Brightening Cream.
The Collagen Elastic Eye+Lip Concentrate is silky serum rich in anti-aging ingredients. It contains 5% elastin and 20% collagen to firm and hydrate the eye and lip area. Enclosed in a frosted glass rollerball, the serum is completely clear and has a thin, fluid texture. It looks like water and feels like water (but with a slightly silkier feel), so you can imagine that it’s incredibly light and refreshing. But don’t be fooled–though it bears a remarkable resemblance to the stuff that comes out of your tap, this serum packs a mean punch. It’s very hydrating and I feel like my eye area looks just a touch tighter and more refreshed after I’ve used this. I think this would be great on it’s own as a cooling, de-puffing treatment during the summer or layered under the Eye Brightening Cream during the winter (of course you could use it either way, any time of the year, too).
The Eye Brightening Cream is housed in a sturdy white ceramic jar and is meant to combat puffiness and dark circles. It contains a plethora of good-for-your-skin ingredients, like Apricot Kernel Oil (high in antioxidants and fatty acids), Borage Seed Oil (a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid and superior at hydrating chronically dry skin), Shea Butter (which has healing properties due to several fatty acids and plant sterols), and a peptide complex that “helps to improve elasticity, firmness, and lymphatic circulation.”
The cream has a medium-thick consistency but after warming it between your fingers (which you should always do with eye creams), it melts down into a thinner consistency. Despite being so rich, it absorbs surprisingly quickly and doesn’t leave behind any greasy residue. After a month of regular use, I have yet to see any milia (which I am very prone to) form around my eye area, either.
*I apologize for the picture quality! Since the sun has been MIA, I’ve been working with my makeshift lightbox and the results speak for themselves :/
Let me give you a little background on the current state of my eye area: I don’t have wrinkles (yet), but a few fine lines are starting to creep in. I also have hereditary dark circles (especially prominent under my left eye, for some reason), and tend to get dry patches around my inner eye area . I tested both these products for a month, using just the Collagen Elastin Eye+Lip Concentrate in the morning and both at night.
The rollerball works just fine, but I prefer to roll the Collagen Elastin Eye+Lip Concentrate onto my (clean) ring finger then gently pat around my eye area. I give that about 5 minutes to sink in then I apply the Eye Brightening Cream. I use a small spatula to scoop a small amount (it’s very concentrated, so you only need a little bit!) onto my ring finger, rub it between my 2 ring fingers until it warms up a bit and the consistency is more fluid, and then I pat around the eye area.
The most marked difference I saw at the end of that time was how smooth and hydrated my eye area was. As I said, I get horrible little dry patches around my inner eye area that nothing seems to be able to get rid of–super annoying! But these products really made them disappear. My skin feels so plump and moist! I did not see a reduction in the darkness under my eyes, but mine are hereditary so unfortunately, I don’t believe any eye cream could brighten those babies.
This is really a great set and would make a perfect gift to either someone you love or for yourself. Why not?! I think you deserve it I have been so, so pleased with everything I’ve tried from Pure+Simple–it’s really a great line. They pride themselves on their natural and organic ingredients and always strive to put out the best products possible. Some people hear the world “natural” and automatically assume that the line won’t be effective (which I was guilty of prior to trying Pure+Simple), but I swear, their products are super effective and downright incredible. My skin just looks and feels good after using their products, and I feel good for making a healthier choice for my skin. Win, win, win.
Pros: eye serum has a silky texture and a lovely light, watery consistency; eye cream is rich and creamy but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy; both absorb quickly; both have no discernible scent; great ingredients; packaging protects the ingredients; rollerball works well and is easy to roll back and forth without tugging; both are intensely hydrating; skin is moisturized and smooth; doesn’t cause milia
Cons: jar packaging is a bit unsanitary but using a spatula will do the trick!
»»Pricing: $59 CAD/10 ml. rollerball and 15 ml. eye cream
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for incredibly effective and natural skincare!
»»Overall Rating: A+
Continuing with the celebration for my 1-year “blogaversary”, I have teamed up with Pure+Simple and will be giving away one Super-Hydrating Intensive Kit. The kit includes 2 products: the Collagen Elastin Plus serum (50 ml.) and the Cellular Repair Face Cream (50 ml.). The serum is packed with collagen and elastin like the Collagen Elastin Eye+Lip Concentrate that I reviewed above, but is further supplemented by honey, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid (which are heavy-hitters in the anti-aging world!). The Cellular Repair Face Cream is an antioxidant-dream. It’s full of pomegranate extract, strawberry, date, green tea, and red wine. Wow, right?! You need these products!
This anti-aging duo is valued at $128.90 CAD but retails for $95 CAD. I can’t say enough good things about this brand–they continue to blow me away with their amazingly effective products. I just know you will fall in love with them as much as I have!
For more details on the kit, click here.
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