This eye cream is formulated to nourish and repair while protecting the delicate eye area with its photostable anti-oxidant rich formula. It plumps up fine lines and also deflates puffy eyes like nothing that I have ever seen before. In fact, people who have puffy eyes (water retention in the periorbital area) will be surprised to find that this eye cream will cause their eyes to water for the first few minutes after application while it acts as a localized diuretic and purges the unwanted trapped fluid.
Sunday Riley states that this eye cream is:
Formulated with key ingredients which repair, protect, and nourish the delicate eye area while helping you appear more rested and alert. Immediately plumps up fine lines, and rapidly de-puffs the periorbital area. Provides anti-wrinkle, anti-oxidant, anti-aging,and anti-pollution protection. Instantly cooling and lifting.
Provides Photostable Antioxidants for Day Use, while helping to Renew, Strengthen, and Regenerate the periorbital tissues overnight.
Thick and rich eye creams quite often produce unwanted Milia under my eyes, and this eye cream is light enough that it absorbs quickly and therefore never causes Milia. After use the skin under my eyes is moistened, but not greasy in the slightest. While I don't often have puffy eyes, I do often have dark circles (a genetic misfortune), but the Licorice in Starting Over has definitely reduced their appearance. I also have noticed that it has softened my fine lines which is a definite perk!
I really love this eye cream and will continue using it, but I don't think that people who expect and prefer a heavyweight rich eye cream will be satisfied with this formula not because this formula doesn't deliver, but because they are looking for a more "traditional" consistency and assume that is the only way to address the needs of the delicate under eye area. I do not have dry skin under my eyes- so I cannot truthfully report how this eye cream would work for those who do, but I do think that most people would be surprised to learn that a lightweight eye cream can often be as, if not more, effective than their heavyweight counterparts.
-Vitamin C Ester (Collagen Synthesis, Photostable Anti-oxidant)
-Pomegranate Seed Oil (Collagen Synthesis, Ancient Anti-oxidant)
-Rosehip Seed Oil (A natural source of Trans-Retinoic Acid, Anti-Wrinkle)
-Astaxanthin (Wrinkle Reduction, Powerful Antioxidant, Moisturizes)
-Lutein (in Conjunction with Astaxanthin, helps Prevent + Repair DNA Damage)
-Alpha Lipoic Acid (Anti-Oxidant)
-Licorice (Skin Brightening, Decreases Dark Circles, Anti-inflammatory)
-Algae (Rich in Nutrients for the Skin, Cellular Renewal, Anti-Pollution)
-Yeast Extract (Induces Collagen and Elastin Production, Accelerates Healthy Skin Growth)
-NV-5 AGELESS COMPLEX (5 Native American Botanicals which Rejuvenate Damaged Skin, -Pro-Actively Fight Aging, Anti-Pollution, Detoxifying)
Ingredients (click to enlarge):
Overall assessment: A+ product. However, if you are not keen on lighter eye cream formulations I would suggest getting a sample and trying it first to see if it works for you. Also most eye creams weigh in at .50 oz., and this is 1 oz. instead- which makes it far more economical than most luxury eye creams.
1 oz. $85.00 Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale's, Beauty.com & Barneys New York. (Affiliate links)