L'Oreal Eye Defense is a cheap (under $15) eye cream available at any drugstore, and it promises to ease the signs of puffiness, fine lines, and under-eye circles. I decided to put it to the test, slathering it on my under-eye luggage during one of my busiest times of the year.
Does It Work?
L'Oreal Eye Defense came through with flying colors. Not only did it reduce my eye bags more than some of my other favorite, far more expensive brands, but it did a number on my fine lines, as well. In general, I felt that I looked very fresh-faced while using this product, and was impressed with how quickly it absorbed into my skin.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
Eye Defense isn't greasy at all. Within seconds of applying it, I saw no trace of the cream on my skin, and makeup went right on with no trouble at all.
It's supposedly fragrance-free, but I could smell a very light scent. However, the scent was very light and innocuous, and didn't clash with any of my other 9000 products, and the feel was light and pleasant. I did see some online reviews from users who said that the product stung their eyes or skin, but I didn't have any issues. Given that this is far from an all-natural product, however, I'd say that it might not be the best choice for someone with chemical sensitivities or makeup allergies. (See below for ingredients.)
The good: caffeine, which shrinks tissue, and hyaluronic acid, which plumps skin. The (possibly) bad: parabens galore. As a reminder, the FDA still says parabens are safe, but some people are concerned by the possibility that they might mimic estrogen.
Bang for Your Buck:
Price: $15 and under.
Is It Worth It?
Without a doubt. L'Oreal Eye Defense is cheap, effective, easy to find online or at the drugstore, and works just as well as a much more expensive product. What more can you ask for?