You haven't seen a Murad Monday here in a while, have you? I kind of abandoned the idea of a Murad brand focus for a bit, but it seems like some of you actually found the last one helpful - and I do still use their products, so it would make sense to talk about something I use in my daily routine for a change, not just the newest, brightest lipstick I whip out once a month (mmkay, who am I kidding here, we all love the lipstick posts... but anyway).
Let's start with my current pick: Murad Renewing Eye Cream ($75 for 0.5 oz), 'a multiactive, antiaging treatment for the eye area that firms, brightens, and hydrates to minimize the appearance of medium to deep wrinkles and crows feet'. It boasts peptides, retinol, phytoestrogens and iris root extract and it's part of Murad's green Resurgence line, aimed at more mature, dry skintypes. The product comes in a sanitary, controllable pump and has no discernible scent. In terms of texture, this is the richest and creamiest of the Murad eye creams I've tried. It does slightly sit on top of the skin when first applied, but sinks in nicely after a couple minutes. While I don't have medium to deep wrinkles (yet) or very dry skin, I find that the Renewing Eye Cream moisturizes my eye area exceptionally well, combats any dehydrated, winter skin woes and slightly plumps up my fine lines. It also wears well under concealer, so in this frigid weather, I opt for it in the mornings too. My only gripe is, well, the price, but I also suspect that it might cause some clogged pores high on my cheeks, more than I usually have - I'm not completely sure though that it's a definite culprit.
Now, the Instant Radiance Eye Cream is a bit of an oddball: it has a very thick, balmy texture that feels slippery and dry to the touch. It basically resembles a thick make-up primer, and no surprise, it is chock full of silicones. It also boasts a complex stimulating natural collagen production, retinol palmitate and tangerine butter, however a glance at the ingredients list reveals it actually contains shea butter AND tangerine peel oil - I'm quite annoyed at this unfortunate marketing blurb and while citrus essential oils have brightening properties, they can also cause photosensitivity and are potentially irritating, so... I'm not a fan. The Instant Radiance Cream is primarily supposed to minimize dark circles instantly as well as over time but I haven't really observed any such result on my under eyes - although it does help to mattify and smooth out any skin texture you might have, just as a silicone primer would for the rest of your face. It doesn't feel particularly hydrating or moisturizing.
Have you used any of the Murad eye creams? Do you have a favorite eye treatment from the ones you've tried so far? Let me know in the comments!