A Brightening Under Eye Hero?
As the owner of some naturally pretty tired looking under eyes (you win this round genetics!), I’m continually hunting for magical products to stop me looking like I haven’t slept since 1996.?
And given my general enthusiasm for Drunk Elephant it was really only a matter of time before I tried out the brand’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream (£54 for 15 ml, Cult Beauty).?
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
?The sister product to Drunk Elephant’s Shaba’s Eye Complex (£50 for 15 ml, Cult Beauty), C-Tango is aimed mostly at brightening- thanks to its five forms of vitamin C.
Beyond brightening, though C-Tango promises to hydrate and moisturise, courtesy of cucumber extract and avocado oil.?
This scentless lotion also contains eight peptides (one of my favourite skincare ingredients) for an immediate plumping and firming effect.?
Like all Drunk Elephant products this eye cream comes without some of the most common skincare fillers that can potentially irritate skin, including alcohol, fragrance and silicones.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.
On the Skin
Out of the bottle this isn’t quite as light as you might expect a depuffing product to be- and instead has a nourishing-feeling, creamy texture.
Happily it still absorbs in a couple of minutes (on my skin anyway)- much like a serum might- meaning very little downtime before getting to concealer (another must for my panda eyes).
Using this for around six months I’ve noticed both some short and long term benefits- including a simultaneous depuffing of under eyes as well as a plumping effect (thanks peptides) which helps fill my tear troughs slightly.?
?The result is an overall smoother, firmer under eye area, as well as a hit of moisture my currently dry skin appreciates.?
I’m not convinced I’ve seen much in the way of brightening, however, with my circles looking pretty much as un-slept as usual.
Apart from that, because this is completely unscented (no, not even a hint of orange), I can also use this even when my skin is at its most sensitive.
Since most experts agree a separate eye cream isn’t usually necessary (“skin is skin” after all, as Dr Sam Bunting says), I’m hesitant to buy (or recommend) a separate product this expensive.
Having said that, this may be one of the few eye creams effective enough at treating my (sadly) multiple under eye issues that I would repurchase.
For slightly cheaper alternatives, this offers similar moisturising benefits to Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Cream (£39 for 15 ml, Kiehl’s). Meanwhile it also offers the depuffing of The Inkey List’s excellent (and wonderfully cheap) Brighten-I Eye Cream* (£8.99 for 15 ml, Cult Beauty).
Great for: People like me whose under eye circles are slightly on the vampire side. Sensitive skin types who still want the brightening benefits of vitamin C without irritation.
Not-so-great for: Um, the price, which at £54 for 15ml is pretty steep.
*Denotes PR sample
The full list of ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide EOP, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ubiquinone, Superoxide Dismutase, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phytic Acid, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Thioctic Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-20, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin