[Note: I've never attempted writing such an in-depth review about a product, but thought I'd try something new. Readers: Let me know what you think!]
I’ve been feeling a bit worse for wear lately (late night organization for an extended trip – that’s another story), so I’ve been getting some pretty severe dark eye circles. Luckily, a friend passed on this Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate to me, saying it could help.
Anyway, like any gift-receiver, I was grateful. But I also a bit skeptical; a quick search online shows no raving reviews.
The Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate is under Kiehl’s ‘Dermatologist Solutions’ line, which they claim are a “collection of powerful, targeted treatments that address skin conditions such as premature aging, irritation and sensitivity”. These are big claims, but not uncommon in skin care products.
Key Ingredients in Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate
The key ingredients in Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate are Bitter Orange, Haloyxl and Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid). Much has been written about Vitamin C and its proven effects to lighten and even skin tone, so we won’t get into that.
Haloyxl though, is Kiehl’s patented ingredient that helps “strengthen under-eye capillaries”. I’ve never heard of this ingredient before so I give it benefit of the doubt. However, it’s important to note that the only real ingredient that’s been medically proven to improve dark eye circles is Vitamin K, which this product glaringly lacks.
The Bitter Orange on the other hand, is mostly used to treat fungal skin infection (source), with no mention of “stimulating cutaneous tone” as the product description claims – at least, none the internet could find.
Thoughts on Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate
So far, I’ve used Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate for 14 days and it hasn’t showed much effect – my dark circles are lighter, but they persist. Did I mention I’m already more than halfway through the 15ml tube?
What people will appreciate about the concentrate though is its rich texture, it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. The 10% Vitamin C is also practical as a day time moisturizer given that Vitamin C is proven to boost the effectiveness of sunscreens. That said, at $68, it’s an expensive option.
Verdict: As someone who like Kiehl’s, I’m a tad disappointed about the concentrate’s ‘line reducing and eye brightening’ claims, but it is definitely a good choice for those who can afford it as a day moisturizer. You can buy Kiehl’s Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate here.
[PS. As I mentioned, this is my first attempt at long form review - let me know what you think. Do you want to see more, or less of these posts? Should I only share products I recommend? Or other ideas?]