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“This is one even Cyrille Laurent likes!” was the immediate reaction when I showed you the NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate in my latest haul. (More info: First beauty haul of 2022)
Now I do watch Cyrille Laurent occasionally, equally for the content and for the cute French accent, but I hadn’t picked up any strong opinions on this product so far. Looking through his videos though it gets recommended a lot in his anti-aging eye care videos, so it is safe to say I had high hopes.
But do Cyrille and I agree on this one?
What NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate claims
A hyper-concentrated bio-serum for the eye contour, FECC combines 28 clinical technologies to target many signs of under-eye and above-eye aging in one treatment—borrowing from advanced biotechnology, polyphenol technology, next-generation cyclic peptide technologies, marine science and modern drone delivery mechanics. This single treatment is able to target visible aging (both upper eyelids and lower eyelids) including the looks of dynamic lines, static lines, fine superficial under-eye lines (those not targeted by SNARE-target injections), loss of elasticity (especially upper-eyelids), dark circles, puffiness and textural unevenness with positive visible results starting within 3 days and improving into 8 weeks with continued use.
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Facts about NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate
Prize and size
One dark glass dropper bottle contains 15 ml and is available for 68 $ on the website here. It has a pH of 4-5 and is vegan.
Texture and smell
The formula is surprisingly oily and has a dark yellow, almost amber color. I did not notice any scent and never experienced any irritation, but due to the oily texture I don’t take it really close to my eyes either, as I think it spreads quite a bit on its own.
How to use the NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate
The website tells you to use them both morning and night, but I admit due to the slightly oily texture I am not a fan in the mornings. It doesn’t really cause any issues with my makeup, no mascara breaking down or similar, but I feel as if my eye makeup doesn’t look fresh as long as it usually does otherwise. You really don’t need much, I take two drops and pat them in around the eyes with my ring finger.
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Ingredients of NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate
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The first thing you will notice is that these are a lot of ingredients, the second thing probably that a lot of them are either peptides or plant extracts. (More info: What do peptides in skincare really do?)
It really reads like the who-is-who of peptides claiming botox-like effects or to reduce puffiness and, mentioned separately mainly because I like the name, the peptide complex “Renaissance” made from Decapeptide-22 and Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14 and apparently increasing the skins ability to renew, regenerate, redensify and rebuild, at least according to the manufacturer.
There is also Glycerin as humectant, Niacinamide (More info: Everything you need to know about Niacinamide) and Superoxide Dismutase, an antioxidant some of you might know from The Ordinary EUK 134 Serum (full review here). That serum has a similar slightly oily texture, just as a side note.
The Glycolic and Lactic Acid are way down the ingredient list and probably won’t have a noticeable exfoliating effect.
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Does it live up to its claims?
To be honest, the claims are quite over the top and reach a level that I can’t comment on. I mean, drone-delivery technology? I guess they mean something like encapsulation or carrier molecules to get things in a place where they are supposed to work, but come on!
I did not notice drastic changes around my eyes, neither after 3 days not after eight weeks, but to be fair I have been using retinol eye creams for years now, so other than my age that obviously shows around my eyes, I don’t think I really have issues that need improvement.
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate to?
As I said above, I wasn’t wowed by the results. Yes, the skin is maybe a tad firmer, a tad brighter, I might look more well rested, but not in a way that will make me run out and repurchase.
It is a beautiful eye product though, and if you have the budget and your eyes are your main area of concern, it might well be worth the investment.
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