Eye cream is one of those products I am not entirely convinced is necessary. I realize that the skin of the orbital region is thinner and more fragile than that of the rest of the face, and is also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. But I have used a lot of eye creams over the years, some inexpensive, and some eye-wateringly pricy and chock-full of impossible sounding ingredients sourced from exotic regions of the world I wasn’t previously aware existed, and yet, none had ever wowed me with their performance.
When Tata Harper first entered my radar, I was intrigued by the ethos of the brand, and particularly drawn to the luxe glass packaging. There were several products I wanted to test out, but the reviews seemed a little too glowing to be true, so I repeatedly passed on the opportunity. That is, until I became aware of the existence of the Illuminating Eye Creme. Initially I thought that it simply contained brightening ingredients, something to counteract the dark circles so many people suffer from. I was not immediately aware that it actually contained mica, which provided a subtle shimmer and in turn allowed it to function simultaneously as a highlighter.
You see, I love shimmer. Absolutely love it. When someone describes a product as “too glittery”, or even “fit for an exotic dancer”, I am in. That’s how I ended up with a bottle of the Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion (which I do love, by the way). A couple of days after I purchased my current automobile, my brother hopped in for a ride, and remarked that he had had his vehicle for over five years, and it was glitter-free. I had had my car for a mere 48 hours, and already, the door panels, steering wheel, shifter, and cup holders were sparkling. I can’t help it! I am addicted and I do not want help.
Several reviews I read on the Illuminating Eye Creme noted that it was too illuminating. TOO ILLUMINATING? Add to cart! What’s better is that it is also multitasking, in that it can be used around the eye area for brightness, but also on the high points of the face, to offer a subtle highlight. With my propensity for multitaskers and my undying love of sparkling products, I had a gut feeling that this was going to be a winner product for me. I was right.
From Tata Harper’s website:
“Complete age-defying eye treatment with a soft-focus luminescence using real diamond dust for a highlighting effect. Instantly illuminates the look of the eye area. Minimizes the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles. Reduces appearance of puffiness, dark shadows and fatigue.
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 61% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.Natural Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert Standard.
Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Aqua/Water, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/leaf/stem Water*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Mica, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl alcohol, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oleosomes*, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Titanium Dioxide (CI. 77891), Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) ethyl ester, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Beta vulgaris/Beet Root Extract/Extrait de racine de betterave, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pheonix Dactylifera (Date) Seed Extract, Polygonum fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract, Diamond Powder, Cetearyl glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerotium gum, Narcissus tazetta (Daffodil) Bulb Extract*, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Extract, Cetyl Palmitate, Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea Ferment Filtrate, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Aroma**, Sodium Phytate, Superoxide Dismutase*, Soybean Peroxidase*, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77891), Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool *Ingredients from Organic farming / Ingrédients issus de l’agriculture biologique **Clinical grade essential oils blend”
Only the tiniest dot of product is needed to completely cover the under eye area, and enough product is generally left over to also swipe down the nose and over the cupid’s bow. I find that it is a bit too rich to be used on the lid itself, as it makes my eyeshadow crease, regardless of how much product I use, so I instead focus the application on the under eye and upper cheek bones. I disagree that it is too illuminating, as some have said– I find that on my very fair skin, it provides enough luminosity to make a difference, but remains completely natural and fresh looking.
In terms of its performance as a hydrator, I will say that it certainly does provide a good dose of moisture, but if it weren’t for the luminosity, I wouldn’t consider it a necessity, especially for the price. But since such a small amount does so much in terms of an overall glow, I am satisfied, and will repurchase when my current bottle runs out, albeit for a discounted price during the Sephora VIB sale.
In sum: if you are looking for a hydrating eye cream/highlighter with a pearly-white luster, give the Illuminating Eye Creme by Tata Harper a whirl. Several e-commerce sites, including the brand’s webpage, Sephora.com, and Nordstrom.com, also carry kits with trial/travel-sized products, which are an excellent way to introduce yourself to higher end brands without dropping too much cash for something you aren’t certain will work for you.
What are some of your favorite natural illuminating products? I’d love to discover some new favorites from fellow glow lovers!