Kylie Skin’s Eye Cream is simply named but turns out to be one of the brand’s most advanced products because it gets nearly everything right about what it takes to make a good– though not quite great– eye cream.
The first positive of this eye cream is its packaging, which ensures that its beneficial ingredients are protected from breaking down in the presence of light and air. The opaque pink squeeze tube has a soft, angled applicator for easy application. This has a creamy, slightly thick texture that’s still lightweight enough to smooth under and around eyes, though it’s also fine to dab it on as well.
This fragrance-free eye cream absorbs quickly, setting to a non-sticky finish that works well both over and under other skin care products. It's initially a light yellow color, but sheers out when applied, plus it has a slight brightening effect thanks to the inclusion of the mineral pigments.
Turning to the rest of the ingredients, this features classic hydrators front and center, among them jojoba oil, shea butter, and glycerin. There’s also a decent amount of skin-brightening vitamin C (in two forms: tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid) along with antioxidants green tea and pomegranate, plus soothing probiotic ferments. All of these combined help hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as claimed.
The massage action of the applicator can also help with some puffiness, provided your puffiness is the result of fluid retention and not some other cause (and if you’re around Kylie’s age, chances are good your puffiness will be lessened by this product).
The only drawback is that the beneficial ingredients would be more impressive if they were higher amounts. Many of them, like vitamin E and kiwi, come towards the end of the list, after the preservatives, meaning you’re not getting as much of them as the claims imply. This also contains caffeine, which, while an antioxidant, can have a constricting effect on skin; however, in all likelihood the amount is too low to be problematic.
That aside, this is a good option (though check out More Info below to see why you might not need an eye cream), and one that almost lives up to its hype. Fans of eye cream should also peruse our list of the best eye treatments for those that surpass what Kylie offers.
- Creamy texture absorbs quickly and works well with other skin care products.
- Contains tried-and-true moisturizing ingredients.
- Has two forms of skin-brightening vitamin C.
- Includes non-fragrant antioxidant plant extracts.
- Packaged to protect its beneficial ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Doesn’t include as great an amount of its beneficial ingredients as its claims imply.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There’s much you can do to address signs of aging around your eyes, but it’s not mandatory to use a product that claims to be special for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and skin-brightening agents, and skin-soothing ingredients will also work well in the eye area. Those ingredients don’t have to come in a product labeled eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most of the products designated as exclusively for the eye area are not really necessary because they contain nothing special for the eye area, they come in packaging that will not maintain the effectiveness of their key ingredients, and/or they are poorly formulated.
Just because a product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment does not mean it’s good for the eye area, or for any part of the face; in fact, many can make matters worse.
It’s staggering how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don’t contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem because it leaves skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse! Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine. If you opt to apply an eye cream without sunscreen during the day, be sure to apply a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater over it.
Any product you use in the eye area must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You might prefer to use a product specially labeled as an eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes. Experiment to see what combination of products gives you the best results.
Our revitalizing eye cream is the ultimate recipe for your eyes. This unique formula contains a blend of caffeine, green tea, Vitamin E and pomegranate extracts that help brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.
Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.
To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).
Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.
The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.
Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.
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