StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate

StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate Ages ago, (April, was it?) StriVectin challenged me to test out their miracle anti-wrinkle cream and give an honest review, and I agreed. I then made a nice video of my face, close-up, and promised that in six weeks I would report back with my findings. If you want to read that original ‘challenge’ post then you can do so here: StriVectin Challenge Post with Super-Duper Video Demonstration 

You may be looking at the date on the first post and thinking,

hang on a little second here. I may not be the Rain Man when it comes to dates, but stick my head in the blender if that wasn’t written more than six weeks ago!”

 Or something along those lines. You’d be right, of course – it’s been months! Do you know why? It’s my typical reason for not getting around to posting about something for ages, and it’s because I love it so much! I use it at least once a day and I have two tubes on the go – one permanently in the top drawer of my desk and one next to the bed. Two of my nearest and dearest have been out and bought it and they love it too – it’s most definitely one of my top eye treatments.

I started off testing the StriVectin-SD, which many of you will remember for the huge publicity drive when it was first released. Something along the lines of ‘better than Botox’ or similar, if I remember correctly. Because I wanted to test the cream around the eye area, though, StriVectin advised that I switch to the dedicated eye cream, as the other contains Peppermint Oil. (You can probably guess why you don’t want that near your eyes, although I must say that I used it twice daily for two weeks on my eye area without a problem.) I had already been using the eye cream on and off (if you type it into the search box you’ll see it pop up in videos posted nearly a year ago) but I had never used it ‘religiously’ and the challenge gave me the opportunity to test something out extensively.

I can’t fault StriVectin’s eye concentrate. The texture is lovely – amazing on dry, crepey skin (I have been told) and equally lovely on normal skin. Not too rich, but heavy enough to really tackle dryness. The ingredients list is pretty impressive – loads of great moisturisers and a few anti-oxidants thrown in for good measure, it’s just a really comprehensive cream without any unnecessary frills and fragrances. (Though I do love a fragrance in pretty much everything, which is naughty.)

Results: I most definitely notice a visible difference around the eye area when I stop using the cream. It just looks…older. I’m by no means saying that StriVectin can rid you of your lines – you’d need the real Botox for that! (eek) – but this cream does smooth out the skin, keeping it hydrated and bright.

Analogy alert: imagine you have a silk shirt. It’s getting old – there are a few tears and stains on it, but you still have to wear it everyday. If you wear it creased and unwashed, it’ll look terrible – if you can iron out a few creases and freshen it up a bit, it’ll look more presentable. StriVectin is basically the equivalent of an expert dry-cleaner – you’re still wearing the same shirt, but it looks a hell of a lot better. (You can shoot me for that analogy, if you like. It’s my most nonsensical yet.)

I’m now on StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate #2, and almost out of that one. It’s one of those products that make you semi-panic when you start to run out! It costs £49, but you get 30ml, so twice the amount that’s in a standard eye cream. So, for the sake of comparison, it’s about £25 – not at all bad, in my opinion. You can find it at Space NK.

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  1. September 12, 2011 / 4:10 pm

    I’ve used two tubes of the Eye Concentrate and although I found it okay, I had to stop because I like to apply me creams really close to the lower lashline and the Strivectin one made my eyes sting a little and water up. But a nice cream all in all.

    • admin
      September 12, 2011 / 4:46 pm

      I’m not sure that there’s any benefit to applying so close to the lash-line, I have always been told to leave a gap to avoid product going into the eye! x

  2. Style Souk
    September 12, 2011 / 5:11 pm

    I’ve had a lifetime’s worth of tears and rubbing unkindly at my eyes with tissues, and – since turning 30 – have begun to notice the toll of all this drama on my eyes.

    I have the beginnings of faint lines which, thankfully, haven’t yet joined the dots to form wrinkles.

    All the same, it would be interesting to see if StriVectin helps.

    Sarah x

  3. Christina
    September 12, 2011 / 5:13 pm

    Sometimes costco sells two-pack combos for a really good price !! I’ve seen both the eye cream and the regular cream.

    • admin
      September 12, 2011 / 5:25 pm

      @Christina NOOOOO! How have I missed that? I live in Costco virtually! x

  4. flick
    September 12, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Looks great, would you recommend the face cream as well?

    • admin
      September 13, 2011 / 12:12 am

      @Flick I think it has similar things in it, but I really haven’t tried it properly! As my lines are all in the eye area… xx

  5. Laura
    September 12, 2011 / 11:42 pm

    I need a magic eye-cream that prevents lines, but I doubt such a thing exists! But this does seem like it would keep the eye area healthy. My local TK Maxx had some packs of StriVectin products lately, I think it was the firming creams. No sign of the eye cream unfortunately.

  6. @admin
    September 14, 2011 / 11:37 am

    Hi Ruth
    What sort of age would you recommend StriVectin eye concentrate for? Would you say it would moisturise and help prevent future lines for a younger skin?

    • admin
      September 14, 2011 / 2:09 pm

      I would say you could start using this from early twenties – there’s nothing better than prevention! xx

  7. Claire
    September 14, 2011 / 11:56 pm

    Definitely! Thanks Ruth. Just to be sure, do you use this instead of an eye cream or as well as? Just I’ve seen a different strivectin eye cream as apposed to eye concentrate?

    • admin
      September 15, 2011 / 10:42 am

      @Claire nope, it’s an all-in-one! xxx

  8. Claire
    September 15, 2011 / 4:31 pm

    Thanks Ruth. And would you sya it beats the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream?

    • admin
      September 16, 2011 / 7:21 pm

      @Claire it just about does, yes! Although Premier Cru has a very gorgeous golden sheen that is super-flattering… ARGH! I just love too many things! x

  9. Claire
    September 17, 2011 / 11:02 pm

    Haha tell me about it. I liked premiere cru for firming upper eyelid (only noticed it did this after it ran out and noticed a difference) but maybe I’ll try strivectin. Thanks for your help Ruth :) x

  10. Alice Valentin
    September 21, 2011 / 7:55 pm

    Have been using strivectin for the past 2 weeks non stop, thanks to your adice. twice a day, the face cream and the eye one. It is the first time a cream makes such a difference on little lines around my eyes and in general the overall appearance is so much more plumped, healthy glowing. Im going to turn 37 and it really works on me. So great recommendation thanks so much! One last thing, the new Sisley mask rose noir is UNBELIEVABLE very expensive but if you have that you don’t need anything else mask wise. Love your blog, love from paris.alice

    • admin
      September 22, 2011 / 11:54 am

      @Alice god, I love the rose mask too – I’m just writing up my review. I always feel terrible when something is so very expensive yet so very amazing!! xx

  11. Michelle
    May 25, 2012 / 10:50 am

    Hi Ruth, I love your blog! Amazing skincare and makeup advice! Would you recommend the StriVectin to a 21 year old or would the anti-aging properties effect the eye area differently?

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 11:12 am

      @Michelle you’re probably OK with just a basic eye cream for now, but saying that, I started young with all of my products and it hasn’t done me any harm! There’s nothing at all that could adversely affect you, anyway! x

  12. June 26, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    I have a product of this brand for stretch marks and wrinkles. I’m going to start using it and see how it goes. :)

  13. sarajane
    June 26, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    Hi Ruth

    Which is your preference – this or the Dermalogica multi vitamin power firm for eyes? I’ve heard you say great things about this too, any main differences?

    • Ruth
      June 26, 2012 / 9:45 pm

      @Sarajane hmmm. Dermalogica is fragranced, if I remember rightly – I can’t find the bloody tube! It’s a silkier, lighter texture, I have a feeling it must have a shedload of silicones in it to make it that silky, but I’d have to check before opening my big mouth! It’s a very nice makeup base! xx

  14. wineanddineme
    July 1, 2012 / 6:34 pm

    I love this eye cream too. I’m in my 30s and on my second tube. Strawberry-net has it on offer at the moment for £27! :D

  15. Chrisina Covarrubias
    July 4, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    Hey Ruth! I have a quick question, I recently purchases this bit the tub mine came in is short and fat with a black label but the ones I’ve seen you use is in a purple packaging! Is there a difference? I’ve read that there are different formulations, but I’d thought I’d ask!


    • Ruth
      July 4, 2012 / 5:43 pm

      Should be quite a long tube with a purple label! x

  16. Christina
    July 5, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    ah man! I’ll see if I can find a small tube online and compare them!

    Thank you!

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