Photo: Via Saks Fifth Avenue.
Let me be the first to tell you that I am not an eye-cream fanatic. At the age of 31 and with fine lines creeping their away around my gaze, I know I probably should be a fanatic, but I just can't get into it. Sure, I'll slap one on at night if I remember, but half the time I look at the tubs and jars lining my medicine cabinet and just can't be bothered. I already cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize — shouldn't that be enough?
So, let's just say the fact that I am putting pen to paper — or hand to keyboard, if you will — to write an ode to an eye product is kind of a big step for me. (Does this make me an adult now?) It figures that the eye cream I'm about to wax poetically about here is one of those frou-frou, fancy designer ones, but it's just so damn good I can't help myself. Okay, off we go.
As a beauty editor, I have some of the most exclusive designer brands available to me (brag much?), but here's the cruel irony — none of them really work for me. Sure, there's a serum here or a spritz there from a well-known line that I've tried and liked, but for the most part those luxe brands were never friends to my skin. Which is why the news that Dolce & Gabbana was debuting a skin-care line wasn't exactly sending me into fits of rapture.
Then, I got to the launch event and, as one does at these things, I smeared some of this eye gel on the back of my hand. And then, I smeared on some more, because it felt good. Then, I looked at how good one hand looked, and felt bad for the other, so I spread some on my other mitt. By the end of the presentation, I had worked my way up to my elbows with this stuff. And, damn, didn't my elbows look good.
As amazing as it was on my hands, it was even better when I got home and applied it to the area it was actually intended for. Made with vitamin B3, Italian olive oil, and gold silk sericin, this bouncy gel made my gaze look perky and fresh — no easy feat for someone who consistently looks like an extra on The Walking Dead.
The other big perk of this little miracle pot? It sank immediately into my skin, with no greasy residue left behind. Most eye creams leave a slick residue, making it impossible to apply makeup afterwards. I don't care how good an eye cream may be — I still need to put on concealer. My face is not one that was meant for mornings. But, because D&G's little miracle absorbs so thoroughly, I can actually use this in the a.m. without having to sacrifice my makeup routine. And, added bonus, it actually made my concealer go on a whole lot easier. It blended seamlessly and didn't crease midway through the day.
So, yes, I am sitting here before you, an affirmed eye-cream hater, telling you to go out and buy a $72 eye cream. I realize the hypocrisy of this situation, but yet, here I am. The Aurealux Eye Gel was good enough to convert me, and that's saying something. If you also suffer from zombie face in the mornings, I truly can't recommend this product enough. If you don't suffer from zombie face, well, then, la-di-da for you.
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