Rodan+Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream Review

Rodan+Fields, Proactiv's younger but more refined sister brand, is launching in Australia next month, and as a result I've been bombarded with messages from the brand's direct marketing representatives! One such representative was kind enough to send along a handful of samples to try, including a very generous little pot of the Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream. Rodan+Fields says their Multi-Function Eye Cream "combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles while special optical diffusers noticeably brighten the eye area. This formula is ideal for maintaining the delicate skin around the eyes". This eye cream contains 15ml (.5 fl oz) and sells for $62USD ($71CAD). Rodan+Fields does not test on animals. 

Both the full and sample size of Rodan+Field's Multi-Function Eye Cream come in a white plastic jar with a screw top lid. Ugh. Jars. Do I even have to say it? Put eye creams in a squeeze tube/pump dispenser, or don't make them at all, damn it. Jar style packaging puts the internal product at risk for contamination, and exposure to air reduces the potency of active ingredients, slowly ruining the product. With a $60+ price tag, you don't want to experience spoilage, do you? I have to admit that the dense consistency of this eye cream does warrant jar packaging, but a slight tweak in formulation to make it pump friendly would be beneficial to Rodan+Fields' buyers.

It's been over a year since I've had a separate eye cream in my skincare routine, so I was excited to dive into Rodan+Fields' Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream, and I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected. Texturally speaking, this eye cream is different! The Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream is thick, almost pasty in texture, but the warmth of your skin causes it to thin out and melt into a light, almost oily feeling consistency. Product spreads easily over the skin, sinking in half way, then sitting atop the skin in a light layer that seeps in slowly over the course of 20-30 minutes. Because this eye cream takes it's time to absorb, I only use it at night (Rodan+Fields direct you to apply it morning and night for best results). Despite being quite thick, the Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream isn't too heavy, so it doesn't overload the under eyes, causing additional puffiness - nor does it cause any tingling or stinging. What does this eye cream do? Well, it certainly relies on the old mica trick. The Multi-Function Eye Cream's pearly white finish reflects light, giving the illusion of a smoother, brighter under eye. A great quick fix with no long term benefits. I've been using my sample jar of Rodan+Fields' Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream nightly for over six weeks now (I told you it was generous!), and I've come to the conclusion that it's only alright. I can't say that I've seen a reduction in my (minimal) fine lines, and my dark circles are definitely still there. To be fair, Rodan+Fields doesn't promise a miracle product - if you read the product description carefully, you'll see that blurring imperfections is really all that this eye cream is meant to do. 

Scanning the ingredients list of Rodan+Fields' Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream, I don't see anything particularly interesting or objectionable. This eye cream has a standard base of water, silicones, emulsifiers and thickeners, with a touch of richly moisturizing macadamia oil, and caffeine to stimulate and tighten the skin. Small amounts of antioxidant abundant ingredients are included in this eye cream, including a yeast extract, ginko, and honey; along with several peptides and brightening tranexamic acid. Unfortunately, all of these intriguing ingredients are present in a very small concentration (>1%), and are at risk of breaking down with repeat exposure to air. A handful of reflective mineral pigments can be spotted throughout this eye cream's ingredient list - they're the real key component here. The Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream is fragrance and paraben free.

Because Rodan+Fields' Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream has a fairly basic formula that doesn't feature any active anti-aging ingredients, I'd say this product is most appropriate for those with slightly dry to combination skin that are looking for a no-frills eye cream. 

Supposedly, Rodan+Fields' Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream is "the #1 Eye Cream in North America" (not sure where that statistic comes from aside from Rodan+Fields' own reps, and I'm not sure how it can be proven), and I'm not sure why? There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream, but nothing about it stands out to me. I feel like this product relies on the same old gimmick so many eye creams do, by temporarily making your under eye look brighter with the clever use of reflective pigments, but it doesn't deliver any long term results. Considering the $62USD price tag, I feel like Rodan+Fields' Redefine Multi-Action Eye Cream is out performed by so many more affordable eye creams like Sibu Beauty's Sea Buckthorn Eye Cream. I may get attacked by a dozen of Rodan+Fields' sales reps for saying it, but I don't recommend this eye cream - it's a lot of money for a product that's on par with drugstore offerings. 

Water, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Glycerin, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Steareth-20, Polyurethane-40, Lecithin, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Honey Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Tetrapeptide-21, Tranexamic Acid, Tetrapeptide-16, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

This product was sent to me by an independent Rodan+Fields consultant. My opinions were not influenced by Rodan+Fields, Rodan+Fields consultants, or any other third parties.

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