A Pretty Darn Good Eye Serum!

Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum ($15.99/0.6oz at Ulta) promises a “lighter, tighter, brighter looking appearance” and “youthful luminosity.” While I’m not sure about that “youthful luminosity” claim, this product does feature lovely ingredients such as aloe juice, fatty alcohols, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, Vitamin C, caffeine, and sea buckthorn oil — perfect for dry, stressed skin.

The serum squeezes out of the tube as a cloudy gel-cream, but has a decidedly watery texture as you tap it in. It absorbs quickly and has no discernible residue which might interfere with makeup application (no tackiness, no silicone-y feel). The wet, lightweight, fast-absorbing texture makes it ideal for morning application; when I use it at night, I prefer to layer it under something a little more occlusive (a double layer of my usual night cream, for example). It’s definitely not enough on its own for my very, very dry skin, but I notice that my eyes are decidedly more hydrated when I commit to layering it underneath my regular skincare, versus just using my regular moisturizer.

Top : a small squeeze to show the initial texture. Bottom : blended into skin.

I’ve been using this for about over a month now, and I don’t think it’s erased wrinkles so much as plumped them out; I have one prominent wrinkle underneath each eye and a bunch of fine lines (whatever, it’s fine), but the finer lines disappear when I wear this at least once a day. My undereye skin looks less crepey and dehydrated than usual, and thus more youthful.

VERDICT : GOOD! Ultimately, I REALLY like this stuff. It plumps out fine lines, soothes my ultra-sensitive undereye skin, and doesn’t interfere with makeup application. It’s everything I could possibly want in a non-retinol undereye product, and reasonably priced and packaged to boot (hurrah for an opaque squeeze tube!). Will my love for this product stop me from trying other undereye serums or creams when I’ve finished this one? Probably not, since (1) I am a dilettante when it comes to skincare and (2) I’m itching for something richer for nighttime use and (3) this is a blog, and I like to try and review stuff for it. But if you need a li’l extra something for your undereyes, and don’t want to pull out The Big Guns (retinoids), this is a lovely option for sensitive/dehydrated skin.

(And just as a reminder: if you don’t need a hydrating undereye serum, don’t buy this! Just because it makes my skin happier doesn’t mean your skin — or budget — needs it.)

INGREDIENTS : Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Caffeine (Green Coffee), Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata (Kelp) Extract, Allantoin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil.

Finch’s Skin Type:

Finch’s skin is drier than a British sense of humor. It was dry even before she started her current Accutane regimen, which — oh yeah — is only necessary because her skin has been her sworn enemy for the past fifteen years. Cystic zits, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, large pores — you name it, she’s got it. Her pre-Accutane skin was sensitive, and her Accutane skin is straight-up bratty, but she’s willing to give small amounts of fragrant oils a pass provided the product is otherwise excellent. Because she doesn’t get to use The Fun Stuff (acids, retinoids, etc) until after Accutane, she evaluates skincare products primarily based on their moisturizing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties (brightening and anti-aging a plus!). She lives in a year-round desert, so seasonal changes rarely impact her review. (She might reach for thicker creams and oils in the winter, but it’s otherwise pretty consistent.)