February 2020, Fail: Derma-E Vitamin C Eye Cream

The full name of the product is Vitamin C No Dark Circles Perfecting Eye Cream. Just rolls off the tongue, does it not ?

And this is probably the worst eye cream I have ever tried. EVER!

Before I tell you why, let me clarify; I am not that person who thinks my eye cream will sort out my dark circles, de-puff  the area and make my wrinkles disappear.

Those are issues for a cosmetic surgeon, diet, hydration and sleep to sort out, not an eye cream.

My favorite is the Drunk Elephant C Tango Multivitamin eye cream ( it contains 3 types of stable vitamin C)  but I needed to give my wallet a break and started to look for a budget friendly dupe.

I searched for eye creams with vitamin C, because vitamin C is all sorts a good for skin and for anti-aging. I am not going to gush about vitamin C here because this will turn into a thesis instead of a quick review. Just do a search, the internet is your friend.

Anyway the Derma-E eye cream seemed to be a good dupe, or so I thought.

It has vitamin C ( the more stable Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) and I was keen on the turmeric in it as well.  It also contains caffeine to de-puff but that’s not a huge selling point for me.

Personally a cold eye mask or jade roller helps me with the de-puffing on days I haven’t had enough sleep.

Anyway I was excited for this eye cream.

But alas. This is such an awful, awful product I am having a hard time not ranting incoherently.

Where do I begin ?

Packaging:  It comes in a tube. Great, I love tubes.

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check out the mess (L) and the tint (R)

It has a ball shaped dispenser that you pull up to release the lock, and squeeze the tube to dispense the cream out of the mouth of this ball.

Please don’t squeeze, not even a light squeeze, in-fact do not squeeze ATALL. If you do, you will get a huge gob of this super runny liquid enough for your entire face.

The amount dispensed in the picture is me tapping, not squeezing, the ball against the back of my hand.

And may I add this is not a ‘cream’, it’s a thick serum at best. It’s so thin it oozes out the sides of this ball applicator thing.

Now when you see a ball applicator attached to an eye cream, the immediate thought is ‘yaay I can massage with this’.

No you can’t. The cream (?), liquid, is thin and has zero spreadability so the ball applicator is completely useless.

And every time you pull or push this ball, to lock or release, more liquid runs out. Complete nightmare.

I just unscrew this ball and use it like a normal tube. But again do not squeeze, just tap the mouth of the tube on your finger.

Consistency: It is thin like a runny concealer, and it’s dry like an eye primer. You need to ‘tap, tap’ this around your eyes. You can’t swipe or wipe like you do with creams. This lack of emollience makes for a very unpleasant user experience.

I am not sure why they have two kinds of clay in this product, Kaolin and Bentonite, which I am sure contributes to this awful dry, slightly ‘gritty-esque’ (make up words as I go long) texture. What were you thinking Derma-E ?

I have posted the ingredient list below so you can take a look, and also help me solve the mystery as to where the turmeric is ? I have looked and looked and can not find any curcumin in it.

I tried to look for synthetic versions of turmeric and their chemical names , but no luck. If you find it in the ingredients please let me know.

And…..it also has Mica which might be an issue for some because of the ‘child labour in dangerous conditions’ problem.

I don’t like mica, even those that are supposed to be ethically sourced, in my skincare. Mica is added for a ‘glow’. Ok for makeup but not skincare.

My skin needs to glow because the ingredients are good not because of a cosmetic additive.

Tint: I don’t slam companies for light tints especially those that disappear once absorbed by the skin, but this one ? Well it’s so drying that you can’t massage it into the skin anyway! 

I am an NC 40 brown girl which means I get reverse panda eyes with this. The whole white circles around your eyes ? Gorgeous!

Anyway I am going to end here and say this is an awful product please don’t buy it.

Final thoughts on Derma-E: I have tried their vitamin C facial serum, their oil cleanser and the Rosehip facial oil (contains Mica) and haven’t re-purchased any.

On a budget the Vitamin C Concentrated Serum is a good one.  It contains a more stable form of Vitamin C , which I prefer, and comes in pump bottle. However I did not enjoy it because of textural issues (too thin) and moved on to the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. 

The Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil seems to have been discontinued. Good ! Because it couldn’t remove makeup even thought it claims too (link).

Hopefully they will improve the formula so it can actually do it’s job, because I love oil cleansers and I liked this one. And while I liked the light rose fragrance I prefer it comes without.

As for the Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil, I used it up and then switched to The Ordinary’s Argan and Moroccon oils. I just feel Argan and the Moroccon oils work better for my matured skin.  The Derma-E facial one contains coconut oil for those who are sensitive. I am not.

Vitamin C No Dark Circles Perfecting Eye Cream. Ingredients List:

Purified Water, Coco-Caprylate, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cocoglycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Kaolin, Bentonite, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Triheptanoin, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Niacinamide, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Sorbitol, Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Phytate, Alumina, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Caffeine, Silica, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Benzyl Acetate, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavendin) Oil, Citral, Linalool, Decanal, Citrus Aurantium Flower (Orange) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol