Physicians Formula Hydrating Eye Cream Review

 Physicians Formula says their Hydrating Eye Cream is a "nutrient rich eye cream" that "provides intense moisture in a lightweight, refreshing gel-cream formula. Diminishes the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness in the eye area". After finishing my beloved Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream, I was looking for a more affordable option. I came across Physicians Formula Hydrating Eye Cream, which had similar claims and it was on sale! This eye cream contains .5oz (14ml) and regularly sells for $20. I was luck enough to score this eye cream at Ulta for half price. Physicians Formula is a cruelty free brand that specializes in skincare for sensitive skin. This eye cream was made in America.

Packaging for this eye cream is both interesting and misleading. This eye cream comes in an opaque white bottle. The Physicians Formula logo, product name, and a few claims are written on the bottle in blue lettering. Topped off the bottle is a silver pump with a slanted applicator. Product pumps out through a small hole in the applicator. While I like the idea behind the applicator, I don't use it - it isn't compatible with my eye shape. What makes the packaging misleading? It isn't full. Physicians Formula chose to package this eye cream in a bottle that could hold double the amount of product that's actually in there. The bottom half of the bottle is actually entirely hollow. That kinda irks me, though it's a common packaging tactic. It definitely wouldn't be hard for a consumer to believe they're getting much more than the standard .5 oz.
Physicians Formula Hydrating Eye Cream is a lightweight, white gel-cream. This eye cream takes a couple of minutes to sink in completely. Initially it feels quite cooling and refreshing, but as it sinks it, Physicians Formula's eye cream starts to burn. This eye cream is also very irritating if it comes in direct contact with the eye. Physicians Formula Hydrating Eye Cream is indeed hydrating - it imparts a great amount of moisture without overloading the skin. Physicians Formula claims that their Hydrating Eye Cream will reduce puffiness and dark circles and give an overall younger appearance to the eye area within four weeks. After roughly seven weeks of use I can confirm that that this eye cream does diminish dark circles to a point, but its no where near as effective as Benefit's eye cream was for me. I haven't noticed ~younger~ looking eyes, or lessened puffiness.
Physicians Formula Hydrating Eye Cream is a very basic eye cream option, it moisturizes and that's just about it. I do like that Physicians Formula doesn't make any outrageous claims for their no-frills eye cream. I personally find the formula irritating to my eyes, so I'm going to discontinue use on my eyes and use the rest on any dry patches that pop up. I'm not a fan of the packaging for a few reasons. I won't be repurchasing Physicians Formula Hydrating Eye Cream, now do I recommend it - its potentially irritating and I'm there are cheaper basic eye creams on the market - Physicians Formula offers one called Luxury Eye Cream for only $6. Really, if you want similar results, you can skip out on a special eye cream and just use your regular facial moisturizer. 

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