Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Yes To Carrots: Eye Contour Cream Review


I had been looking for a new eye cream to replace my Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturising Eye Cream (a predecessor of the one currently available in Superdrug) which I had been using for several years. Since I had no access to a Superdrug store in this country, I resorted to trying out several random drugstore brands available here. They failed miserably and that’s when I decided to give the Yes To Carrots Eye Contour Cream a try.


Product
Name: Yes To Carrots – Eye can C Clearly Now Eye Contour Cream
Volume and Price: 50ml / 1.7 fl oz for €12.95

According to Yes To Carrots (excerpts)
Yes To Carrots is a complete family of skin and hair care products that combine the anti-oxidant power of Beta Carotene from orange organic fruits and vegetables, with Dead Sea Minerals.

You never believed your mom when she said carrots were good for your eyes. Our Eye can C Clearly Now moisture rich Eye Contour Cream will have you believing differently. A gentle spring water based Eye Contour Cream with organic carrot juice, organic cucumber juice and 26 Dead Sea Minerals.

Paraben-free.

Green tea contains excellent anti-inflammatory properties, whilst aloe vera gently nourishes the delicate skin around the eyes.

Apply every morning and evening to your eye contour using gentle loving strokes.


Packaging
Comes in a box. The broad jar is made of frosted plastic.


Contents
Very light peach-coloured cream that is moderately thick in consistency. Here’s the list of ingredients without the Latin names:

Water, Cucumber Water, Carrot Juice, Carrot Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Dead Sea Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Peg-40 Stearate, Chamomile Extract, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Green Tea Extract, Silt, Niacinamide, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Pomegranate Peel Extract.

For the ingredients list with Latin names, please check the Yes To Carrots website.

There is an expiry date stated on the jar cover.

My thoughts
Packaging
The jar is basic but the cream being housed in a jar does mean that you would have to dip your finger in it. So, always use with a clean finger.

But the size of the jar! Oh, why is the jar so big?! 50ml is a lot of eye cream to go through. The period after opening symbol says 12M. Will I make it to the bottom before one year is up?!

Scent
I’m having difficulty describing the smell of this cream. It has a pleasant scent, but it’s not quite carrot. All I can say is that when I smell it, I’m strangely reminded of the scent of my Mum’s makeup when I was a child.

Consistency and Application
The cream is quite thick but application is smooth and easy. With a mixture of tapping and stroking motions, I apply it on the delicate skin all around the eyes, paying more attention to the outer corners of my eyes which tend to feel tight after facial cleansing.

The tightness disappears when the cream is eventually absorbed into the skin. The surface of the skin is left with a hint of stickiness which I sometimes use to my advantage – it acts as an eyeshadow base. It can certainly bring out the colour of your eyeshadows, provided that you apply the eye cream evenly on your eyelids. I can’t guarantee that there won’t be eyeshadow creasing later though. Below are swatches of the blue eyeshadow from the Etos All in One Party Colour Kit.

Swatches in three swipes each
L-R: On bare skin, with Yes To Carrots Eye Contour Cream, with an eyeshadow primer

Effectiveness
This is just a moisturising cream, so don’t expect it to be an anti-wrinkle eye cream. I don’t find the cream too rich, a common worry where eye creams are concerned. I’ve been using this cream twice a day without any problems.

During the period between the eye creams of Superdrug and Yes To Carrots, I was having problems with dry flaky skin on one of my top eyelids. I suspect it was from the drying side-effects of using eye makeup removers for waterproof makeup. The other random drugstore eye creams didn’t help one bit. It was this Yes To Carrots eye cream that finally solved the problem. My eyelid hasn’t had that dry flaky skin since.

Conclusion
Never mind the corny line about carrot being good for the eyes and the cheesy ‘Eye can C Clearly Now’ name. Fortunately, I’m only here to review the cream.

For now, this eye cream certainly works for me. It nourishes the skin around my eyes sufficiently. My one grouse is that the volume per jar is too much for an eye cream. Pictured right is the state of the contents three months on.

I’m nevertheless determined to get to the bottom of it!

27 comments:

Carine said...

I'm interested by this brand, but find it a little bit on the expensive side, just for an eye-cream :/

Monica said...

I've been reading quite a few reviews of this line especially the body lotion which I hear is great. Thanks for this review!

Beauty Scribbler said...

Nice review! I've used a few of the products in the Yes To Carrots range. I used to use the night moisturiser, so I know what you mean about the smell! I quite liked the moisturiser - I used two full tubs. I don't think it was quite intensive enough for my dry skin this winter though.

I am still using a tub of the Exfoliating and Soothing Mask, which is pretty good. Although I use it in conjunction with my Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream to get the best effect.

And I have a lipbalm too but it's not moisturising enough for me.

Babybubblz said...

It smells like baby powder to me!!

I tried the night moisturizer and it was too heavy for my dryish cheeks - quite odd, but I woke up with oily cheeks. The eye area def needs a lot of moisturizing so maybe I will try this, thanks for the review!

Linda Phuong Tran said...

this sounds great! what a lovely in-depth review =). XXX

freshelle said...

thanks for the review. this brand has been pretty popular lately and i see it at the drugstore all the time..might go out and pick one up.
thanks!

Naoko said...

Hi! I've been using this cream for almost 7 months, but I bought it with pump (actually, I didn't see the jar), and it has less product than the jar, 30 ml. In spite of it, I have still half of the bottle! I also use the lipbalm and is really good, now is my favourite! Great review!!

Mara said...

I always see this on drugstores and have been deciding if I should give it a go. That's great that they eye cream can be an eye primer/base as well. You can save alot of moolah for that. Thanks for showing us the swatches. :)

tris1978ton said...

This is an impressive review. And I do agree that carrots are good for you. Glad you liked the product!

bowsnhearts said...

Hmmm I have been thinking of trying to get a decent eye cream for once but they are always so expensive - for the well known brands. Might drop into my local drugstore to have a look. Don't think they will have this brand but maybe some others.

Natalie Nguyen said...

Woohoohoo! You finally did the review! I must agree, the eyecream is moisturizing, but for me it was too rich and creamy that it gave me little bumps around my eye area =\. And YES the size of the jar frustrates me! Why is it so BIG??

The Diva's Polish said...

Thanks for the review. I like your determination to get through the jar. Unfortunately, I don't think I could. I always see new products that I want to try. I am a real cosmetic junki. Want to try and change that this year! <3 xx

Shop N' Chomp said...

Haha...usually one complains about there being too little product but in this case it is the opposite! I can certainly see your side on this though and hope you are able to use it all up in time. :) That is awesome that it was able to solve the issue with your dry flaky skin! Great review :D

The Beautifier said...

Sounds impressive! I also dont like using this cream under my eyes as it makes my eyes puffy in appearence.

I have tried variour eye creams,from high end to drugstore brands, sadly they all failed to deliver any result.
This one looks quite good for the skin, I must try it out! thanks for the detailed review hun xoxo

witoxicity said...

@Carine
Yes, it is a bit on the expensive side for an eye cream. I think they should simply reduce the volume by half and correspondingly reduce the price as well. :)

@Monica
You're welcome! I hope this review will be of some help to you. :)

@Beauty Scribbler
Wow, you sure have been using many products from Yes To Carrots! This is only my first ever Yes To Carrots product.

I was just thinking the other day about getting the lipbalm. I'd better rethink that now that you say it's not so moisturising. Thanks for sharing your experience! :)

@Babybubblz
Oh my, you're quite right about the baby powder smell!

I'm sorry the night moisturiser didn't work out for you. If you're intending to try this eye cream, do a patch test first to see if it's OK on you. :)

@Linda
Thanks so much! :D

@freshelle
You're welcome. Please let us know when you do give this cream a try! :)

@Naoko
Oh, I didn't know it was available in a pump bottle with lesser volume! It's certainly a much better format.

7 months on and you still have half?! Oh gosh, I'm not going to finish it in time, am I? :D

@Mara
You're welcome. Like you, I had been contemplating getting this cream for the longest time. I finally grabbed it when it was on discount last year. :)

@tris1978ton
I agree too that carrots are good for you, if you eat them. Ha ha!

@bowsnhearts
Good luck in your search for a good and reasonably priced eye cream!

@Natalie
Ha ha! Yes, I finally did the review. Not forgotten, just very late, but I figured I would give it more time to prove its worth.

Oops, sorry it didn't work for you. I did worry about that at the beginning, so I started out applying a very thin layer to check for reactions. :)

@The Diva's Polish
You're welcome! I'm quite boring when it comes to facial care. When I find products that work for me, I would stay very loyal to them.....until they discontinue a particular product (which is of course extremely annoying!). :)

@Shop N' Chomp
You're welcome. Ha ha! It's so true, what you said about the volume of products!

I was so relieved that I finally found a cream that solved the problem with the dry skin. I was getting quite desperate at that stage! :D

@The Beautifier
I know, it's certainly difficult to find the perfect eye cream for oneself. Everyone's different and has different needs. You do sometimes have to take your chances with a brand. Sometimes it's a hit and sometimes it's a miss. :)

Yin said...

nice review. I was actually looking at this, I saw a whole lotta yes to carrots in boots the other day.

but 50ml. thats too much. Maybe it should be smaller and less expensive?

Lavender said...

haven't seen this brand in Malaysia. 50 ml is too big for me. usually i buy eye cream in 15ml and took 1 year to finish, maybe not consistent in using...ha..ha..must be diligent like you.

witoxicity said...

@Yin
Thanks for dropping by. Yeah, the volume seems to be the big issue here. You're right. They can better offer lesser volume at a lower price. :)

@Lavender
I think 15ml in one year is an average rate of usage. Diligent or not, I'm quite convinced now that I won't make it. Boo hoo!

Linda Phuong Tran said...

i've given you a blog award =D. X

Shifa said...

the cream looks pretty interesting :)

twinsouls888 said...

Wow thanks for the review girl, it sure contains a lot of product,50 ml yay ^_^. And with the swatches on your hand, I think the eyeshadow looks more pigmented with Yes to Carrots than with the eyeshadow primer ^_^

Nice review girl ^_^

The Beautifier said...

Hey hun, I nominated you for blog awards and tags! check out my latest post xoxo

witoxicity said...

@Linda
Thank you very much for the award! I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. :)

@Shifa
It is something to keep in mind the next time you're looking for a new eye cream. :)

@twinsouls888
50ml sure is a lot of eye cream. You're right about how the colours showed up in the swatches. I don't know if it's because of the fantastic quality of the cream or the poor state of my primer though. Ha ha!

@The Beautifier
Thanks so much for the whole bunch of awards and tags! Wow! You're too kind. :)

vivalalipstick said...

thanks for such an indepth review. I have heard about this product and too be honest the Carrot connection is interesting...I might just give it a go.

Take care
S
xx

witoxicity said...

@vivalalipstick
You're welcome! If you do try this cream, I hope it will be to your liking. Thanks for dropping by. :)

Mapachito said...

I love this brand, but in Spain you can only buy a few items :(. I wish to test Yestoblueberries serum ( it's not selled in my country ) and i used their lipbutter until i discovered mylipstuff.

Regards again :)

Witoxicity said...

@Mapachito
I have yet to try the Yes To Blueberries range - it's not easy to buy them here either. I've tried the Yes To Carrots lipbalms and they are really good. :)