A Brightening Under Eye Hero?
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As the owner of some naturally pretty tired looking under eyes (you win this round genetics!), I’m continually hunting for magical products to stop me looking like I haven’t slept since 1996.
And given my general enthusiasm for Drunk Elephant it was only a matter of time before I tried out the brand’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
The sister product to Drunk Elephant’s Shaba’s Eye Complex, C-Tango is aimed mostly at brightening- thanks to its five forms of vitamin C.
Beyond brightening, though C-Tango promises to hydrate and moisturise, courtesy of skin-nourishing ingredients like glycerin, cucumber extract and avocado oil.
This scentless lotion also contains eight peptides (one of my favourite skincare ingredients) for both an immediate and long-term plumping and firming effect.
Like all Drunk Elephant products this eye cream comes without some of the most common skincare ingredients that can potentially irritate, including alcohol, fragrance and silicones.
The Full List of Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide EOP, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ubiquinone, Superoxide Dismutase, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phytic Acid, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Thioctic Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-20, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin
On the Skin
Out of the bottle this isn’t quite as light as you might expect a depuffing product to be, and instead has a nourishing-feeling, creamy texture.
Happily it still absorbs impressively quickly (on my skin anyway)- much like a serum might- meaning very little downtime before getting to concealer (another must for my panda eyes).
Using this for around six months I’ve noticed both some short and long term benefits- including a simultaneous depuffing of under eyes as well as a plumping effect (thanks peptides) which helps fill my tear troughs slightly.
The result is an overall smoother, firmer under eye area, as well as a hit of moisture that my slightly-on-the-dry-side skin appreciates.
I’m not convinced I’ve seen anything too noticeable in the way of brightening however, with my circles still looking fairly sleep-deprived.
Apart from that, because this is completely unscented (no, not even a hint of orange that the bright packaging somewhat hints at), I can also use this even when my skin is at its most sensitive.
So given my own positive results from C-Tango, would I recommend it?
Since most experts agree a separate eye cream isn’t usually necessary (“skin is skin” after all, as Dr Sam Bunting says), I’m slightly hesitant to buy (or recommend) a separate product this expensive for anyone who didn’t have specific concerns about the tightness or puffiness of their eye area.
Having said that, this is one of the few eye creams effective enough at treating my (sadly) multiple under eye issues that I will happily repurchase- I’m just not certain it’s a necessity for anyone not troubled by dark circles etc.
For a slightly cheaper dupe, this offers similar moisturising benefits to Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Cream Meanwhile it also offers the depuffing of The Inkey List’s excellent (and wonderfully cheap) Brighten-I Eye Cream*
Equally, for anyone who wants to check out C-Tango without committing to a full bottle, the mini or travel size of this (coming in at 5 ml- a third of the full size) is available in Drunk Elephant’s The Littles 4.0, an assortment of 8 travel sized DE goodies (plus a wash bag).
Inlcuding Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser (30 ml), Protini Polypeptide Cream (15 ml), Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 (15 ml), Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (8 ml), C-Firma Day Serum (8 ml), T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum (8 ml), B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum (8 ml), and of course the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, this little kit represents (somewhat randomly) quite a lot better for value than buying any of the products separately, while giving a pretty thorough introduction to the brand’s most popular products.
Great for: People like me whose dark circles are slightly on the vampire side. Sensitive skin types who still want the brightening benefits of vitamin C without irritation.
Not-so-great for: Um, the price, which at £54 for 15 ml is pretty steep- still possibly worth the investment for anyone (like me) whose under eyes look permanently un-slept.
*Denotes PR sample
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