Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel
Versed’s Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel is a good option to enliven the eye area, with a formula that puts some muscle behind the brand’s claims.
Starting things off on the right foot, this fragrance-free gel is packaged in an opaque squeeze tube outfitted with a needle-nose applicator. This packaging protects the beneficial ingredients within from light and air exposure, ensuring they’ll remain effective longer.
As described, the texture is that of a lightweight, cooling gel (though thankfully no traditional cooling skin irritants, such as menthol, are included). The gel applies smoothly, drying down quickly to a non-sticky finish that works well both under other skin care products and makeup.
Turning to the claims: Versed says this can brighten under eyes, and it has the goods to do so. This contains antioxidant ginseng, which research shows can help fade an uneven skin tone and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. There’s also skin-brightening vitamin C and niacinamide, both of which help diminish the appearance of dark circles caused by sun damage.
What of the coffee seed extract that Versed says can aid in flushing out fluid under eyes that causes darkness? While it can’t work in quite that way, it does still have value in this formula because it’s a rich source of antioxidants that can help improve the look of skin. One note: while coffee won’t help with flushing out fluid (if it did, imagine the price of stock in Starbucks!), Versed’s advice to apply this with gentle tapping motions can, since light massage under eyes can alleviate temporary fluid retention.
The only reason this doesn’t reach our top rating is that we’d like to see a greater range of antioxidants and barrier repairing ingredients to boost its effectiveness. Still, it’s a strong addition to Versed’s growing lineup, and one that’s worth checking out.
- Lightweight gel texture works well under other skin care products and makeup.
- Contains skin-brightening ginseng, vitamin C, and niacinamide.
- Includes antioxidant-rich coffee seed extract.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
This lightweight gel cools on contact, giving your eyes a refreshing sensation. It also leaves a slight tightening effect on under-eyes and lids, which makes it work well pre-makeup and play nicely with oily eyelids. Most important, it takes on dark circles. Vitamin C, ginseng root extract, and niacinamide brighten while coffee seed extract supports circulation and helps flush out the fluid that can get caught in the under-eyes, contributing to dark circles. Neat, right? Use your ring finger (it delivers the lightest pressure of all your fingers) to tap, tap, tap it out from inner corners to temples when applying to help facilitate that drainage. And don’t forget to hit your upper lids too.
Versed Skincare is the creation of Katherine Power, former West Coast fashion editor of Elle magazine and co-founder of the LA-based fashion company Clique Brands. Versed is positioned as the sister brand of the company’s Who What Wear clothing line sold at Target, and so Versed is sold there as well as other retailers.
Versed’s philosophy is straightforward: offer affordable, effective skin care products that are both vegan and, in the brand’s words, clean. “Clean” is an ambiguous phrase in the beauty industry that lacks a standard, regulated definition (it varies from company to company), but in this instance it means that there are no so-called “toxic” and “questionable” ingredients in Versed’s products.
While some of these ingredients – such as formaldehyde and artificial fragrance – are certainly best avoided, others are labeled as bad based on outdated research, poorly designed or inconclusive studies, or simply anecdotal evidence, and not on the conditions (or concentrations) in which these ingredients are actually used in real-world skin care applications.
That aside, Versed has an attractive aesthetic that goes along with this clean philosophy: pastel-colored packaging with plain type that explains what each product’s purpose is and calls out key ingredients in each. For the most part, Versed products are packaged to protect their light- and air-sensitive ingredients; however, there are a few instances of clear and jar packaging, which compromise the benefits of some ingredients, particularly antioxidants.
The formulas from Versed are a mixed bag. Some contain a host of beneficial ingredients while totally avoiding irritants, others are good but basic, and some others include fragrant plant extracts and oils that pose a risk of sensitizing skin (and we should be clear – fragrance, both synthetic and natural, can irritate skin). It really is a situation where the products are best judged on a case-by-case basis, as the hit-or-miss nature of the line requires more scrutiny than simply choosing based on product claims and skin type.
Despite the extra effort needed, Versed does have some good products to offer, and the convenience of being available both online and in a major retailer like Target, will have a lot of appeal to a good number of people. You can learn more about Versed at https://versedskin.com/.
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