You know I'm a sucker for cute packaging, so when I received this Earth Day special rendition of the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, I kinda squee'd a bit inside. Puffins are one of the cutest birds in my opinion. Normally I'm not a fan of birds as I find them kinda creepy, but puffins are short and kinda puffy so they are among my list of creepy bird exceptions, alongside ducks, starlings and blue-footed boobys. The Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is not just about looking cute though; it's also about deep hydration. This powerful eye cream contains avocado oil, shea butter and beta carotene to provide long-lasting hydration that penetrates deep down to attack fine lines, improve skin suppleness and provide moisture. From past experiences, I've always had amazing results with Kiehl's deep moisturizing products, so I had high hopes for this cream - plus I've never used anything starring avocado as it's feature ingredient!
The primary ingredients in this cream are:
- Shea butter - a natural moisturizing wonder ingredient that helps your skin retain moisture, repair itself, soothes inflammation, fights signs of aging and can even act as UV ray absorber!
- Butylene glycol - gives products a slippery texture
- Tridecyl stearate - an emollient that gives products a thick texture
- Isodecyl salicylate - aka salicylic acid. Helps exfoliate skin, but in this case likely is used for its abilities to help improve skin's condition and acting as a mechanism to help other beneficial ingredients absorb better
Sadly, the star ingredient, avocado oil, is about midway through the ingredients list, meaning there isn't major amounts of it in here and that likely the shea butter is the workhorse of this cream. Similarly, I'm not sure where beta carotene, an antioxidant, falls in here as it's also nowhere near the top of the list.
Price & Packaging
The Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment comes in two sizes, 15 ml for $35 and 28 ml for $57. If you're into breaking down to the dollars per ounce, the 28 ml is cheaper by around $0.20 or so per ml. The regular packaging for this eye cream is plain, with Kiehl's typical straight-forward clinical look and a screw top jar.
The Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment is supposed to be super concentrated and to be transfer-free, meaning it won't migrate into your eyes and cause irritation. I'm not sure why that has to be called out as I have rarely, if ever, experienced this problem with any eye cream.
The cream itself is a light white green color, similar to buttercups and the texture is quite unlike any other eye cream I've ever used. While most eye creams are silky, thick and rich feeling, this one is thick, rich, but not silky at all. I find it really hard to describe the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment and the only word that comes to mind is hydrophobic. If your fingers are damp at all, this cream slides right off and you won't be able to scoop it out. When applied to skin, it seems to adhere to it without feeling sticky somehow, and is very difficult to spread around without unduly tugging your skin.
To use this cream, I had to take a generous amount and then pat it in furiously all along my under eye area. This method seemed to work well and the result was that my under eye area felt moistened and supple. The immediate effects were that my fine lines were plumped up and erased. I've primarily been using this at night and in the morning my eye area still looks plump and no fine lines have appeared. I've worn the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment a couple times through the day however and it didn't fare quite so well. By the end of the day, I had some faint lines reappearing under my eyes, but nothing too severe.
Ditch - while I liked the moistening effects of this cream, I found the texture to be too odd for me to likely purchase it in future.