SD Test: Does A Drugstore Eye Cream As Well As A $500 Eye Cream Work?
Eye creams are small but mighty. They pack a major punch in any skincare regimen but they often go forgotten. With so many being available in an assortment of price points, have you ever wondered how a drugstore eye cream would measure up to its luxe counterpoint? Sometimes drugstore products get overlooked and can actually hold their own next to department store products but other times, you find out the hard way that you get what you pay for.
Find out below to see how a drug store eye cream compares to a luxe eye cream!
I tried the $567 La Mer Genaissance de la Mer The Eye and Expression Cream and the $25 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Eye.
Both promise to give the under eye a major dose of hydration but which one will actually perform the best?
La Mer’s eye cream comes in a luxe glass component and upon just picking it up (it’s heavy!), you can feel how expensive it is. That is, before you even look at its price tag.
This super rich and luxe formula not only feels amazing on the skin once applied, but the under-eye area instantly looks smoother.
What’s unique about this eye cream is that it comes with a massage tool — it’s in the cap! Just use the tool and apply four dots of product onto the eye area and expression areas of the face, such as your forehead and smile lines, and massage it in.
I have to be honest and say that had I not been given this product, I wouldn’t have gone out to buy it because of the steep price tag. That being said, now that I do have it, it’s become a nightly essential on my vanity.
The La Mer Genaissance de la Mer The Eye and Expression Cream ticks all the boxes for me – it’s absolutely beautiful, it smells lovely but isn’t an overpowering scent, it feels rich when applied, and I woke up the next morning looking slightly more refreshed than I did before using it.
In case an eye cream that’s over $500 is a bit out of your price range, I ventured into my local drugstore to see if I could find a more affordable eye cream option.
Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel Cream Eye leaves a little more to be desired if you’re directly comparing the packaging. However, as a skincare and beauty fanatic, I know that you can’t judge a product by its package, so I decided to dig right in and see what I was working with.
The first thing I noticed was how cooling the product felt when applied.
While some folks prefer a mega rich eye cream formula, I actually enjoy lighter options, especially for warmer weather. Because this eye cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid, it doesn’t have to be so super thick.
Another thing that I noticed was how quick the cream absorbed into my skin. Seriously — within just a few minutes, I touched my under-eye area and all traces of the product had practically vanished. I have mixed feelings about this because at night, I like my eye creams to settle right in so they don’t transfer to my pillow cases but in the morning, I like them to act somewhat as a primer so my makeup will last longer.
While I liked how this product felt upon application, I can’t say for certain that I noticed a difference the next morning.
These are both really great products but if I had to award a winner, I would probably hand it to La Mer. There’s a reason why Cher’s obsessed with the brand, right? Not only is the cream meant for the eye area, but it’s also for expression areas of the face and it felt like the product was doing more while the Neutrogena product sort of, well, went away.
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