Madara Eye Contour Cream is a gentle and hydrating eye cream of a very light texture, great for the sensitive under-eye skin, offering a calm and soothing feeling.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to under eye creams and under eye products in general – it’s either that this is just another marketing ploy of the beauty companies to sell more products we may not need, or the other thought, and that is the skin under eyes is different, mainly due to being far thinner and more sensitive, thus needing an extra care which the usual facial products may not provide.
I tend to agree with both points of views – but I need to offer you my explanation for each. If you’re thinking about the conventional products, which contain many ingredients not suitable for skin, at all, especially not for the very sensitive and thin skin under our eyes, then, if you’re still using conventional beauty brands, I strongly suggest you, at least, skip the under eye creams, as they, truly, are just a marketing ploy; these under eye creams usually contain more or less the same ingredients as the facial creams.
But since you’re reading this, it means you’re well aware of the benefits of the green beauty products, and in this regard, I’ll explain why under eye creams are welcomed by me.
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The skin under our eyes is very sensitive and very thin, thus susceptible to faster aging; it needs protection (especially high quality sunglasses) and quality hydration and nourishment. In order for makeup, from BB creams, to foundations and concealers, to be easily applied and the makeup not creasing, along with us not pulling and tugging this sensitive and thin skin, under eye cream is a welcomed addition to our skin routines.
For the night pampering, I prefer a bit heavier products under my eyes – usually the same products I use for my skin as well – a light serum, followed by either a moisturizing cream or facial oils. During the day, a light and moisturizing under-eye cream is what I usually use; either alone or under a primer and makeup.
Given how my life has been lately, and the all around tiredness and severe lack of sleep, it shows; even though I am getting better and now spend a lot more time taking care of my skin, the skin under my eyes is still in a need of some extra care. Enter the Madara Eye Contour Cream.
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The Madara Eye Contour Cream comes in an airless dispenser pump, thus providing this cream with an extended shelf life and protection of the cream.
The texture is a very thin, at times almost “liquidy” and not at all greasy; even when you’ll pump for the first that tiny amount of the eye cream on the back of your hand or on your fingers, you’ll feel a gentle, light and moisturizing effect of this cream. All it takes is a really small amount of the cream to be applied under each eye; the application is smooth, the cream basically glides on your skin – I suggest you apply this cream by way of gently dabbing the cream under your eyes.
The absorption is fairly quick; the final look of the Madara Eye Contour Cream is slightly dewy, radiant. The cream does not crease, and makeup application, whether BB cream, liquid foundation or mineral foundation is easy.
After using the Madara Eye Contour Cream for over 2 months now, I can report my skin under the eyes is in far better shape than it was before I started using this cream – hydration shows. The effect this cream has on puffy eyes is almost immediate upon first application, given this cream calms and soothes the skin. Given it contains cucumber extract, another salient result of this cream is the feeling of freshness. As far as the dark circles – I don’t have them as pronounced,though they are there, however, reporting as far as the cream having any visible results wih the dark circles – I cannot report any, at least not as of yet.
The scent of the Madara Eye Contour Cream is also very nice; that typical gentle scent of most Madara facial products, though the source of this scent does not appear to be natural. The cream contains many benefitial ingredients for optimal hydration and feeling of calm and freshness for the sensitive and thin skin under the yes, such as cucumber extract, rosa damascena hydrolate, aloe vera. For nourishment, there’s avocado oil, cacao seed butter and Sodium Hyaluronate.
One point of content may be that Madara Eye Contour Cream consists of alcohol as well; alcohol can be irritating and very drying to the skin, so I was a bit surprised to see it in a product used for the under-eye skin. But, after two months of use, I did not experience any irritation.
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So, how about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Aqua, Rosa Damascena (Rosa) Flower Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, Decyl Cocoate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse-chestnut) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Xanthan Gum, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Phytate, Aroma
Avocado oil is an antioxidant. providing nourishment. Cocoa Butter an emollient is high in Vitamin E. It promotes collagen production and is great for dry skin. Aloe Vera Leaf Juice moisturizes, tightens and rejuvenates the skin. Horse – Chestnut Seed Extract has skin-soothing properties and anti-ageing properties. Parsley Extract has antioxidant, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s soothing and promotes circulation. Peppermint Leaf Extract has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties. It is cooling and refreshing. May be skin irritant. Cucumber Fruit Extract has astringent properties. It’s very hydrating, cooling and soothing and works well against skin’s puffiness.
Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) are antioxidants. Sodium hyaluronate lessens oxidization. Betaine is a a potent humectant and anti-irritant
Decyl Cocoate, Cetearyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol are emulsifiers. Most of these emulsifiers are synthetic and patented ingredients. Sodium Phytate, a synthetic ingredient, used as a chelating agent.
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Potentially problematic ingredients?
While there are some ingredients, which are synthetic, the main problematic ingredient, though not in regards to toxicity, is alcohol, as it can be very drying. Given it is listed fairly early on the ingredients list, it means the amount of alcohol is quite substantial.
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My final word?
The Madara Eye Contour Cream is a gentle, hydrating, calming under-eye cream, which gives a rested feeling and appearance to the skin. It nicely controls the puffiness, while not irritating the skin or the eyes. Given it also contains a slight light-reflecting ingredients, the final look is that of a bright and rested one.
The cream comes in a 15ml bottle, safely protected from sunlight and air. It is a bit difficult to see how much I’ve used it so far, but going solely on the feeling, I’d say there’s enough cream left for at least 6 more months.
The price? Eye creams tend to be a bit more pricey, even if they come in smaller quantities – the Madara Eye Contour Cream goes for around €28 – for an under-eye cream of a great quality, which will last you for at least 8 months – I’d say it’s a good deal.
The Madara Eye Contour Cream comes as recommended by me.
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Tell me, do you use under-eye creams or do you just use your usual facial creams, serums instead?
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For more information on Madara, please visit their dedicated brand page.
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