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I blame it on the tea theme that I immediately think of butter when I look at the fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate. Afternoon tea – scones – butter… Does that make sense? Or is it just that I am quite hungry at the moment and would think about food anyway? I am not sure.
Anyway, the fresh Age-Delay Eye Concentrate is obvioulsy not food, but skincare. An eye cream, to be precise, and one with quite big claims. (More info: Are eye creams just a waste of money?)
Did it live up to that?
If you want to see it in action, I talk more about the fresh Tea products I have tried in this video:
What the fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate claims
A do-it-all power eye cream that reduces the look of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines around the eyes while visibly increasing luminosity.
Facts about the fresh Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
Prize and size
One pot contains 15 g and is available for 68 $ here. While that is pretty expensive, eye creams do usually last me quite some time, so I don’t mind as much if the product delivers.
Texture and smell
I already mentioned in the introduction: The product looks and feels almost like butter in the pot, It is slightly yellow and almost greasy to the touch, which thankfully does not translate to the skin. Once applied to the skin, it feels very rich, but no longer greasy at all.
Like all fresh Black Tea products I have tried this has a sweet, floral scent, but compared to the face cream it is pretty subtle.
How to use the fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
According to the website you are supposed to use it morning and night, which I was initially hesitant about due to the rich texture, but I am happy to report that it works well under makeup despite that. The initial greasiness disappears on the skin and it just feels beautifully rich, but not heavy at all and I actually felt as if it helped my concealer not settle into fine lines as quickly. You can also take it all around your eyes and up the eye lids without it affecting the longevity of your eye shadow.
Sometimes rich creams can give me milia, but that never happened here either, which is why I took it with me to our recent trip to the mountains – with the dry cold air and snow it was great to hav a rich cream around. Here at home I prefer to use it at night during the winter and will probably switch to something lighter once it starts warming up.
Ingredients of the fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
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The eye cream features Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (More info: The benefits of fermented ingredients in skincare) as well as Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, the tea extract you’d expect in a product named Black Tea eye cream, but on top of that also Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Colloidal Oat Meal (More info: The benefits of Colloidal Oat Meal in skincare) and a few lipids like Squalane that explain the initial rich texture.
I am not sure what in this ingredient list will specifically address puffiness and dark circles, but it is very moisturizing and soothing. (More info: What really helps against dark circles under the eyes)
There is also Vitamin E, Biotin or Vitamin H and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, a Vitamin C derivative. (More info: Everything you need to know about Vitamin C in skincare)
There are perfume and Linalool as ingredients that might not agree with some people. (More info: Is fragrance in skincare really that bad for you?)
Does it live up to its claims?
I’d say no.
While it will reduce the appearance of fine lines because it is a (really lovely) moisturizing eye cream, I don’t seee how it will reduce puffiness or dark circles or increase the luminosity.
How does it compare to…
Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
Both are similar in texture, with the fresh version being a little richer and a little more expensive than the Biossance option. While they are also similar in terms of main ingredients with Squalane and Glycerin, Biossance features Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, claiming to increase collagen production, and Astaxanthin, a pigment made from algae that turns the cream slightly orange in color and works as antioxidant.
Don’t get me wrong, I like both creams a lot in texture and how well they work under makeup despite their richness, but neither of them is in my opinion worth the extra money
You can read my full review of the Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream here.
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate to?
I would for reasons mentioned above not repurchase, but will gladly use it up in my routine. Due to the elegant yet rich texture I think it is best suited for dry and/ or more mature eyes. It is definitely not something someone with a tight budget should invest in, but for those that are willing to spend more on a luxury texture.
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