Monday, 2 May 2016

Five New (ish) Eye Creams I'm Enjoying

Some eye goodness that's made its way into my inbox recently - and a quick head's up on whether it may be for you or not.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux
Brand new extension to the Hydra Beauty range. Lovely light texture, superbly hydrating without being sticky, and finally a fragrance free addition to those of you wanting to use this Hydra range but have problems with scented products.
Best for: dehydrated eyes, the quickest 'fix'
Any downside?: No
£44.00 for 15ml available from*

goop Perfecting Eye Cream
Much talked-about new line from Gwyneth and her goop brand and one of my favourites texture-wise. It's a really lovely cream, but I haven't used up the entire pot so therefore can't say what the benefits are long-term, although if noticeable lines and wrinkles (esp 40+) are your main concern I'd reach for the chemical, not the plant. I will use this all up though, the texture is beautiful.
Best for: organic obsessives and people who used the word 'toxic' when talking about skincare
Any downside?: $90 for an organic product in jar packaging? That tells you it may well be organic but it will need to be loaded with good preservatives to keep it intact. I'd have put it in a pump myself, but I'm not Gwynnie.
$90.00 for 15ml available in the US only from

Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm
Another new addition to the Goat Milk range, this is more of a cooling balm than a traditional eye 'cream'. It's a gel-like balm stick that feels cool in the packaging.
Best for: puffy, tired eyes. Travellers, people in warm climates or stuffy offices and hayfever people. Easiest for application.
Any downside?: Contains a synthetically derived menthol so not great if you're really sensitised in the eye area.
$38.00 for 8.5g exclusively to*

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream
More newness. This time from First Aid Beauty, who are quietly taking over the middle market with good, affordable products that play a big game. This is the lightest texture after Chanel, and more of an all-rounder if you are worried about lines specifically.
Best for: lines, wrinkles, morning puffiness
Any downside?: Not that I can see
$36.00 for 15ml from*

Merumaya Intensely Youthful Eye Cream
Although not new, probably the most 'anti-ageing' of the five. Lots of active ingredients designed to target all the traditional eye concerns.
Best for: someone wanting an affordable, all-rounder eye cream
Any downside?: Smells of the echium oil, but that dissipates quickly.
£26.50 for 15ml from 


  1. Thank you for mentioning the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel yeux as I keep seeing it on your Instagram and already love the Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, I was wondering if it is worth the high price!

  2. Have you tested eye creams from Origins? They have 4 or 5 I think?

  3. Thank you for another great post Caroline! Just started trying sunday riley good genes and luna this week 💗💗 been using aha toners for awhile but the difference in texture is already amazing!

  4. Menthol in an eye cream? That sounds like a recipe for disaster - is it really not fumey at all?

  5. Adding the Merumaya to the very long list of things to check out! The other four don't really appeal to me, thank god.

  6. Caroline, what would you say are the best of the 'science' eye creams (as opposed to plant/middling creams)? I want to spend my money as effectively as possible here, so would rather invest in one cutting-edge eye product than keep trying less expensive, less effective ones.

    Thanks for the heads up on these!

  7. I have been looking for a new eye cream so this is excellent timing!!
    xoxo Mollie

  8. I love Tarte's and Clinique's, but the Kate Somerville one is the most tempting at the moment xx

  9. I'd bought Dr Gross eye cream on your recommendation but I found my eyes reacted and were puffy in the morning. I'm just after some anti aging so maybe I'll try the Merumaya.

  10. Oh Gwyneth and her Goop. I'd have hoped for a pump at that price! Eeep! The new FAB one is on my list. They are rolling out some cracking products, aren't they?

  11. Is it the echium oil that smells fishy? I've tried Merumaya before but couldn't stand the smell!

  12. Is it the echium oil that smells fishy? I've tried Merumaya before but couldn't stand the smell!

  13. Caroline I would love your advice on what serum to buy. I'm 30, starting to see some signs of aging and that's really what I would like to combat. I would love to buy Zelens youth concentrate serum but can't afford it. Could you recommend s cheaper one that is as effective for anti aging? Could you also recommend a good eye cream? Again, I would love to buy Zelens but it's too expensive for me at the moment. Thanks so much!

  14. I have acne prone skin and get puffy eyes, but all the eye creams I have tried clog the pores on the top of my cheeks/under the eye. Any eye creams recommendations?

  15. I am using the Merumaya eye cream too Caroline and I really like it. I'll be buying a second bottle for sure.

  16. I have been in hospital for the past 6 months so have been in very dry air and my skin just isn't like it was i need some advice. My skin is smooth but my nose feels as though it has a lot of pores, my makeup looks cakey on my skin and just looks odd. I dont get spots and would say its normal not dry not oily even in my t-zone. i was wondering what i need for everyday skin care including before makeup, removal and night thanks xxx

  17. Well. I have a couple of fine lines, sensitive/dry/dehydrated skin (including sensitivity to fragrance), have allergy and sinus problems (which results in under eye bags), also milia. I know how to make myself sound REALLY appealing :)

    I tried a sh*tload of eye creams (truly loads - Avene, Vichy, Caudalie, Soap & Glory, Sanctuary, Superfacialist, dr. Irena Iris, Clarins. A ton of Korean ones too Sulwhasoo, Mizon, Purebess... the list goes on, can't even remember them all). I basically gave up and started patting actives and serums on my under eye area and hoped for the best.

    And then I got Deciem SubQ eye when I was in the UK the last time. Considering my allergy is in full swing at the moment and I'm getting nowhere near enough sleep, the results are amazing. The fine lines are almost invisible, almost no puffiness and the under eye area is hydrated again. I looked at the ingredients list, don't have a clue what most of the stuff in there is, but don't know and don't care as long as it keep working :)

  18. I've been attracted to first aid beauty for months now. A simple eye cream from them is enough for my budget. xD

  19. I am in serious need of help. I have had medical botox for migraine which means that I can't lift my eyebrows. Because of this, the skin on my eyelids is already getting saggy. I really need something that will counteract that. Any advice?