My latest spectacular bit of luck resulted in my winning a La Prairie Cellular Eye Contour Cream from Elle Magazine’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaways. La Prairie is one of those luxury skincare brands that I have always wanted to try but which are just completely out of my budget. My old favourite, Clarins, is quite pricey but La Prairie is a whole other price range. So one can expect to get some bang for one’s buck if a pot of eye cream costs upwards of R1000, surely.
I have a little confession to make. I have up till now not been using an eye cream. I just haven’t bothered to buy one, as it seemed a bit like a waste of money. However, my 20’s are now firmly behind me and I am starting to get a few fine lines around my eyes. I am as blind as a bat but too vain to wear my glasses, which means I am constantly squinting and now I am paying the price for it. I would like to leave the Botox for the very, very distant future, so now is the time to work on prevention and invest in a good eye product. I decided to photo document the results week by week.
I didn’t find the texture of the cream particularly luxurious. It didn’t melt into my skin or feel any different to…dare I say it…aqueous cream. But it is very moisturising, and I suppose that is what it is designed to do. As you can see from the Week One picture, I have some fine lines going on, especially under my eye.
This eye cream actually got some quite bad reviews on makeup alley, so it obviously isn’t everybody’s miracle cure. La Prairie is owned by Beiersdorf, who by all accounts do not test on animals. That was one worry of mine. Not that I would have chucked it away or anything, but I would never have bought it myself or recommended it. The ingredients in this eye cream are definitely not the all-natural sort, but I can overlook that if I get good results.
It was really difficult to get the pictures consistent over four weeks. The lighting changed and I couldn’t get the clarity I wanted. I did see an improvement in the appearance of lines over time. This was probably mainly due to the fact that my eye area was suddenly being moisturised properly. La Prairie’s website says this product “smooths and brightens the skin” but doesn’t make any claims about serious wrinkle-busting. The Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream addresses wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and loss of elasticity. I think if you’re trying to reverse the ageing process you might need to shell out $370 and try that instead.
What have I learned? You don’t need a super-expensive eye cream to make improvements to your eye area, especially if you are in your 30s. If you can afford it, then go ahead, but there are lots of other options out there which will hydrate and aid in the prevention of wrinkles. You could try the Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate, which I am quite keen on. I like to keep my skincare products in the same family.
If you’re trying to get rid of existing wrinkles, particularly noticeable ones, then you might need to spend a bit more but I wouldn’t recommend this eye cream for that purpose. My next big purchase, which I am very excited about, is going to be Heaven’s Bee Venom Eyes by Deborah Mitchell, a completely organic range from the UK which contains bee venom. I will be doing a review of it as soon as I receive it and have tested it out!