A Review of Deciem, The Ordinary and Neostrata Eye Products


Hi There!

I recently went to pick up my new glasses and when the assistant handed me a mirror to take a look I nearly dropped the mirror with horror!  WHOA!  I think I preferred looking at myself pre-glasses when I saw myself in soft focus! 🙂

Over recent months I’d began to notice that I was beginning to develop “puffiness” under my eyes and laughter lines were developing in the outer corners (by the look of those lines, I’ve obviously done lots of laughing!)   There was no time to lose.

Since the beginning of the year I have tried 3 products aimed at combating the puffiness under my eyes and fine lines.  One is making a difference, two failed miserably.

I’ve held back from writing this post up until now so that I could give them all a fair go before making any comments on how I found them so read on to find out which products I tried and how I got on with them.  It is quite a long post but bear with me, your eyes will be thankful 🙂


Deciem is the company who own and produce the cult skin care range The Ordinary.  I was wanting to buy the the The Ordinary Eye product and as it was out of stock, I decided to try Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes.

It comes in a small white opaque bottle with a pipette to dispense the odourless, milky white, thin serum. It’s described as a high-strength serum concentrate containing peptides (a type of protein which helps revitalize skin), plant saccharides and active technologies which help rehydrate the fragile eye area, while targeted technologies improve the look of fine lines, laughter lines, puffiness, and dark circles.

This serum is a really nice consistency, is easily applied and soaks in beautifully to the skin, leaving no residue.  I do have sensitive skin and this serum did not irritate my eye area at all.  Unfortunately for me not only did it have no effect on puffiness or lines around my eyes, but it actually made the puffiness slightly more prominent 🙁  So I decided to try something else.

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes – £27.00 for 15ml

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

The Ordinary is owned by Deciem and The Ordinary products have become a cult skin care range.  A brilliant skin care range which produces outstanding skin care products at a budget price.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is a clear, thin solution which comes in a small brown bottle with a pipette dispenser.  It’s thin consistency makes it very easy to apply around the eye area and absorbs very quickly, leaving no stickiness or residue.

The Ordinary describes this as a  “light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.” (So if it doesn’t help my eyes, it might be good for my bottom! 🙂 )

Now I did buy this before and stopped using it after a few days.  I found that it made the skin around my eyes feel slightly sore.  However, after reading good reviews about it, I thought I would try it again.  I read that some people had found that it left a white papery residue around their eyes and some people had suggested applying less of the product.  I bought a new bottle and gave this another try being less generous with the amount I applied.

However, this product really is not for me.  On applying it the first evening, my skin started to feel sore and itchy and by day 3, I had a small red swelling under one eye.  To make sure it was The Ordinary Caffeine Solution that was causing the soreness and red swelling, I stopped using it and any other products around my eyes for a few days until all signs of reaction had disappeared and then tried it again.  Unfortunately, the same thing happened again – almost instant soreness, itching and then the development of a small red swelling.

I do love and use other The Ordinary products but this product, sadly, is definitely not for me.  However, at £5.50, The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG it’s definitely worth a try.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG  – £5.50 for 30ml

And finally…….. Drum Roll Please ……….

NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy

After reading several positive reviews on NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy I ordered it online.  It’s key ingredients are SynerG Formula, Apple Stem Cell Extract, Peptides, NeoGlucosamine, Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E to target sagging, laughter lines, puffiness and discoloration .

This creamy, odourless, white gel  smooths on to the eye area beautifully and is absorbed instantly.  You apply it once a day for the first 2 weeks and then twice daily after.  At £46.00 for 15g it’s not cheap but you only need a very small amount and I can see it lasting for a long time before running out.

I love it.  I have had absolutely no adverse reaction to it whatsoever and after using it for just over 2 weeks now, I am seeing a positive difference around my eye area – especially with eye puffiness which seems to be diminishing.

NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy will definitely be the eye area product I continue using.  I’ll do an update in a few weeks to let you know how I’m getting on.


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NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy – Dermacare Direct – £46.00 for 15g/0.5 oz

NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy – Effortless Skin UK– £46.00





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