Eye serums are one of those products that are essentially “made up”. It feeds on our concerns over thinner under eye skin, puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles etc but in reality, if your moisturiser is nourishing enough, you don’t really need an eye serum.
However, there are some occasions when an eye serum, or any serum, can be a huge improvement to your skincare routine, and that’s when it adds ingredients that your moisturiser and rest of your skincare lacks. At the very least, we all love to use them and if it makes you feel better then that might be enough reason to be worth it.
In this post we will be looking at the Vivo Per Lei Laboratories Collagen Booster Eye Serum which on paper looks like a very good product. But is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out.
The Vivo Per Lei Laboratories Collagen Booster Eye Serum comes in excellent packaging. The outer cardboard box looks expensive, simple and elegant and even closes magnetically. It even has a holder inside that protects and holds the product in place.
The actual eye serum comes in a bottle with a pump. It doesn’t look particularly beautiful but neither ugly, perhaps a little clinical.
However, the fact that the serum comes in a bottle is a huge advantage as this type of packaging will protect the product against bacterial contamination and decomposition of the ingredients from the elements.
A full size 36mL bottle of the Vivo Per Lei Laboratories Collagen Booster Eye Serum retails for £26. Considering its ingredients, the price is great! There are many much more expensive eye serums and creams that don’t contain half the amount of good ingredients that this one does.
Despite its categorisation as a serum, this product is a clear, transparent gel that spreads easily, is absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any residues behind.
This product does not contain fragrance but still has a subtle scent which comes naturally from the ingredients contained. It smells like a gel but it is so subtle you will likely not smell it at all.
This product lasts for 24M, is suitable for all skin types and it’s not tested on animals.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“Diminish the appearance of fine lines and crepiness in your eye area with regular use of the Collagen Booster Eye Serum from Vivo Laboratories. Formulated with Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Soluble Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and Vitamin A, this lush eye cream absorbs easily, diminishing look of premature aging and leaving your skin with a more refreshed and moisturized feel.
HOW TO USE
Apply one pump onto fingertips, massaging around the orbital bone and into the under-eye area. For best results follow with the Collagen Contour Eye Cream”
Practicality of use – user experience
This serum is very easy to use, it spreads easily and is absorbed without leaving any residues behind. The pump is very easy to use and doesn’t require a lot of force.
This serum has made my eyes a little brighter and less puffy however, it also gave me a stingy feeling most of the times I’ve used it. Sometimes it was so bad that I even had to remove it immediately. I’ve used all of these ingredients on my under eye skin before (even at high concentrations) and I’ve never had any issues, so there could be something odd with this formulation.
I don’t have sensitive skin and I don’t often come across products that give me a stingy (or any other) skin feeling, so this is a big red flag.
This cream contains 23 ingredients of which 17 will offer you some skincare benefit (some more than others), 1 potential negatives and 7 irritants.
However, note that the amount of most of these ingredients is not high. For example, many of them are listed after triethanolamine which is a pH adjuster and is usually found in concentrations less than 5%. This means that the rest of the ingredients after it are present in very small amounts too, equal or less to 5%. This might not necessarily be a negative, as you don’t always need large amounts of ingredients to make a difference to the skin (for example just 1% retinol can completely change your skin) but it’s worth keeping in mind.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Water (Aqua)based formulation.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Butylene Glycol– A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
- Polysorbate-20 – Primarily has formulation roles but can also act as a lubricant giving a soothing effect on the skin.
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 – Stimulates collagen production, conditions and helps restore skin. Can reduce wrinkle length and depth as well as skin roughness.
- Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 – Supresses inflammation which in turn allows the skin to heal faster. Increases skin’s production of hyaluronic acid and can stimulate the synthesis of collagen, all leading to anti-ageing properties and functions. It can reduce the appearance of uneven skin tones, reduce skin roughness, fine lines, thin skin and wrinkles. A high-end compound and a definite hero.
- Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – Known in the science community as “the fountain of youth” compound. Can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it is a king moisturiser. Helps wounds heal faster and increases collagen production leading to younger looking skin. For more info and all the scientifically proven claims see “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
- Ginkgo Biloba Extract – Anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory agent.
- Soluble Collagen – A hair and skin conditioner.
- Phospholipids – Skin replenishing molecules. Skin conditioner. Essential for healthy and youthful skin.
- Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Retinyl Palmitate – Similar to retinol (aka Vitamin A) but this form is less irritating. Repairs skin’s elasticity and is linked to collagen production. Anti-ageing. Helps protect from sun damage and can help the skin shed the dead cells and produce new ones. Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant. For more details see “Vitamin A in skin care – is it worth it?”
- Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
- Sodium PCA – Skin conditioner and naturally occurring humectant.
- Allantoin – Skin conditioner.
- Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7– Might cause skin discoloration to some.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this serum have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Soluble Collagen, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Mica, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (CI#77491).
This serum has excellent ingredients however, considering that it always gave my skin a stingy feeling (sometimes even a severe burning feeling) when I am not even the sensitive type, is a red flag.
I often use all of the ingredients contained (in other products) and I’ve never had issues. As a result, I think it is unlikely that my skin is specifically reacting to an ingredient, there is likely something gone wrong in the formulation. This means that sadly, I cannot recommend this serum. What a shame!
I am also overall disappointed with the brand, Vivo, as the previous product I’ve tried from them also ended up being unusable, despite its very good ingredients. If you missed that post check out: Vivo Vitamin C + Amino Acid Night Repair Cream – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
So far to me it seems that this brand knows how to create good ingredient products on paper but something goes wrong in execution.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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