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Many moons ago, in December 2012, my then boyfriend Mr. Loca and I packed our bags, rented a camper van and started to travel Australia. A small part of Australia, as we had only three weeks to spend, but what an amazing trip it was!
Looking forward to a hot Australian summer I had brought all my dresses, my sandals and my shorts. What I did not pack, however, were rain boots and rain coat.
After three sunny days in a hostel in Sidney we took the camper to our first stop: The Blue Mountains. We arrived at night, went grocery shopping, spend the evening outside and woke to fog and constant rain. And for the whole two days we stayed there, the sun didn´t come out once.
You see, I can attest to the fact that there is an abundance of water in the Australian Blue Mountains, and if you are wondering why on earth I decided to talk about that today, the answer is simple: Water from the Australian Blue Mountains is used as key ingredient in the MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment *
What Missha claims
This eye treatment adds hydration and nutrition to the delicate eye area so fine lines and dark circles magically disappear. Natural bedrock water from the Australian Blue Mountains boosts skins moisture level and prevents dehydration.
Prize and size
Texture and smell
When I read “Super Aqua Waterful” I was prepared for a runny liquid, but the product has actually more of a jelly consistency that is easy to work with. There is no noticeable scent.
Application and effects
I dot it around my eyes and pat it in. As it is called treatment, not cream (though I figure that is mainly marketing), I tried it both am and pm, on its own and underneath other eye products. It sinks in quickly, but provides a decent amount of hydration, works well under makeup but is also easy to pair with, for example, a retinol eye cream to combat dehydration.
As for effects: It did dimish my fine lines that are caused by dehydration. My dark circles, however, remained unaffected. But they are caused by genetics, lifestyle and circulation, I don´t think there is an eye cream that can really make them go away for good.
- Glycerin: Humectant, draws moisture to the skin
- Butylene Glycol: Humectant, draws moisture to the skin
- Cyclopentasiloxane: Silicone, emollient
- Cetyl Ethylhexanoate: Emollient
- Niacinamide: Vitamin B3, fights free radicals, combats hyper pigmentation, stimulates collagen production and protects skins barrier
- Chondrus Crispus Extract: Rich in vitamins and minerals
- Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract: Source of Glycolic Acid
- Anastatica Hierochuntica (Rose of Jericho) Extract: Humectant, this plant is famous for thriving even with little rain in the desert
- Betula Platyphylla Japonica (Asian White Birch) Juice: Soothing, hydrating
- Opuntia Ficus Indica Extract: Hydrating, firming
- Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract: Improves collagen production, hydrating
- Myrothamnus Flabellifolia (Resurrection Plant) Callus Culture Extract: Humectant, another plant famous for only needing little water
- Rhizophora Mangle (Red Mangrove) Callus Culture Extract: Antixodant
- Salicornia Herbacea Extract: Antioxidant, brightening
- Lactobacillus ferment: Rich in nutrients and antioxidants
- Imperata Cylindrica Root: Emollient
- Adansonia digitata fruit extract (Botanical Baobab): Rich in omega fatty acids
- Adenium Obesum (Desert Rose) Leaf Extract: Emollient, brightening
- Dimethicone: Humectant. Forms protective barrier
- Arginine: Healing, increases cell turnover, stimulates growth factors
- Caprylyl Glycol: Emollient
- Dimethiconol: Emollient
- Adenosine: Part of cell communication, reduces fine lines
- 1,2-Hexanediol: Humectant
- Glyceryl Caprylate: Emollient
- Silica: Mineral, used as thickener
- Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer: Stabilizer
- Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer: Viscosity control
- PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate: Emulsifier
- Sodium Polyacrylate: Thickening, can be irritating
- Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer: Stabilizer, waterproof
- Ethylhexylglycerin: Preservative
- Disodium EDTA: Binding Agent
- Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
- Pentylene Glycol: widely used as a humectant, but has been reported recently as potential trigger for contact dermatitis. Evidence is still low, as there are only case reports published.
In total: A bundle of humectants and emollients, designed to really hydrate and lock the moisture in. Added in for good measure are some extra nutrients and amino acids to work on the anti-ageing front.
But while many exotic plants are featured here, mainly those that live under very dry circumstances and have the means to attract even the tiniest it of moisture, there is no proof that they work better than other humectants from a less fancy source. The biggest difference between this one and other hydrating eye creams is the fact that it does not contain hyaluronic acid.
Does it live up to its claims?
Yes, with one exception.
No cream whatsoever can make dark circles and wrinkles magically disappear. Not even a surgeon can do that.
But is it a really hydrating cream that tackels fine lines and adds nutrition to the delicate eye area.
Would I repurchase?
It is not enough to be my one and only eye cream, I need more heavy duty for that ( the Instytutum eye cream reviewed here being my current holy grail), but for a quick hydrating boost in the mornings that one works a charm. And the packaging is among the best that I have come across in a long time!
Who do I recommend it to?
As only eye cream probaby for people in their 20s and early 30s, as a morning eye cream for people in their 30s and 40s, and for more mature ladys and gents as a treatment underneath other creams for that extra kick of hydration.
On it´s own it will probably work best for normal to oily, but dehydrated skins, if you have dry undereyes only this will not suffice.