Thursday, 4 April 2013

Avon Solutions Sensitive Botanicals Vitalising Eye Cream SPF 15 (review)

Finding a more natural eye cream with sunscreen can be more of a challenge than an equivalent face cream, so I was pleased to find Avon's Sensitive Botanicals range (the successor to the semi-natural Liiv Botanicals collection) offered its eye cream with SPF 15 and 'revitalising' plant extracts, of which there are quite a few, and skin plumping omega oils. Like the matching Rejuvenating Facial Cleanser, Soothing Gel Mask, Repairing Serum and Gentle Day Moisturiser SPF 20, there's still work to be done on the natural front, but for Avon this range can be considered progress. Baby steps, and all that!

Avon Sensitive Botanicals Eye Cream
If you've read my reviews on some of the other products in the range you might be wondering why I bothered with the eye cream at all when I found both the serum and day cream lacking... and that's being polite. Well, the thing is I bought the whole range at once, they were on offer afterall, the deal seemed too good to miss! I've had some success with products at the cheaper end of the market, so I had no concerns about buying a skincare range which averages under £10 a product.
I wish I hadn't been so rash, though. This eye cream also disappoints, and my criticism of the Sensitive Botanicals range is more serious this time around. This eye cream caused me to suffer from quite shocking irritation. Normally I don't react to anything, but when this cream seeped into my eyes – as eye treatments can sometimes do – I got a horrible burning sensation and my eyes started streaming and turning red. The first time it happened I blamed a combination of contact lenses and dirt in the eyes, but it happened again and again. After the fourth time of using the cream I gave up and threw it away. Clearly I'm too stubborn for my own good!

As a way of comparison, the Korres eye cream I switched too has caused no problems whatsoever.

I don't know which of the (many) ingredients in Avon Solutions' eye cream caused me such problems; maybe it's a combination of ingredients – I really don't seem to get on with any of Avon's skincare lines. I'm hesitant to recommend this to anybody, but for those who are still interested it contains fennel to boost collagen production, portulaca extract to strengthen the skin's natural barrier, crape myrtle extract for increased skin turnover, green tea to calm and soothe and flaxseed to soften and smooth the skin. All Avon claims, of course, I couldn't use the product long enough to verify anything.

Please look at alternative eye creams before considering buying this one as you can get good value, better quality and less irritating products if you look around. All other eye creams I've tried also have a nicer texture, this one isn't very smooth. I appreciate that shopping at Avon is handy, especially if you have a seller that comes directly to your house, but sometimes it's worth putting the effort in to find something better.

It's cheap to buy...
… feels it, unpleasant texture
SPF 15 is good for eye cream
No information on quality of SPF rating

Painful reaction: eyes were burning and watering


Brand: Avon

Size: 15 ml
Price: £7.00 (£46.67/100 ml)

Manufactured: Poland

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Silica, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Steareth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycine Soja Sterols, Squalene, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Xanthan Gun, Aluminium Hydroxide, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Tetresodium EDTA, Glycine Soja Oil, Choleth-24, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ceteth-24, Phosphoric Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pyrus Malus Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Extract, Rose Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Lagerstroemia Indica Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Extract

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