I had never heard of CBD (short for “Cannabidiol”) until it was legalized in my state. Everyone was talking about it and suddenly CBD shops started popping up all over the place. I was very interested in CBD oil because it’s supposed to be effective in treating a lot of things like anxiety and pain (I had back pain while working at my former job) for many people. I used it for a while and didn’t notice any benefits, unfortunately.
It’s now very common to see CBD used in a variety of things like pet products, body care, and one of my favorite things, skincare! Even though I didn’t notice any benefits from my CBD oil tincture, I became very curious about the benefits of CBD in skincare products. The known skin benefits of CBD are that it’s anti-inflammatory, soothing, reduces excess oil production, and it’s an antioxidant (you can read more about CBD in skincare in my Hemp-Derived Ingredients in Cruelty-Free Beauty Products blog post). E.l.f. released CBD and Hemp Seed Oil collections earlier this year and I knew I had to try something from each. From the CBD collection, I opted to try the 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. I frequently don’t get enough sleep, so I bought this hoping that it would help to revive my tired under-eyes.
Eye cream is a controversial skincare product. Many argue that it isn’t a necessary step because facial moisturizers can be applied to the under-eye area along with the rest of the face. I agree that eye creams aren’t absolutely necessary, but I do enjoy them and they’re often gentler than moisturizers for the rest of the face. I usually use them as a first step in that area; I apply eye cream, let it sink in, and then apply moisturizer to that area as well. The under-eye area can look very crepey if it’s not sufficiently hydrated, and this method works well for me.
Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com
A 50 MG full spectrum CBD eye cream that helps revive and plump the under-eye area. Helps reduce the appearance of aging. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid known to soothe and plump as well as peptide complex known to help brighten under eyes. It’s a total reawakening.
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Other product details
- Price: $15.00
- Net weight: 0.5 oz.
- Made in USA
- Contains full spectrum CBD (contains all of the naturally-occurring compounds that are found in the hemp plant)
- Contains less than 0.3% THC (certificates of analysis available at ElfCosmetics.com/CBD-lab-certificates)
- Formulated without drying alcohol, fragrance, silicones, dyes, SLS, mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and gluten
- Ships to USA and Canada only (the CBD collection is not available for sale in Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, or South Dakota)
- Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com
- Overall rating: 9.4/10
- Ease of application: 10/10
- Hydration: 9/10
- Team player: 10/10
- Ingredients: 10/10
- Price: 8/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Ease of application
My favorite type of packaging for eye cream is an opaque squeeze tube with a small opening to make it easy to control how much product is dispensed. That is exactly the kind of packaging e.l.f. chose for this CBD eye cream. This makes me very happy!
Opaque, well-contained packaging is important because it doesn’t allow light or very much air to reach the product. This protects beneficial active ingredients, like CBD, that may not be stable once exposed to light or air.
In addition to the squeeze tube making it easy to get the correct amount of product (you only need a very small amount for each eye), it is also very easy to apply. This eye cream has a lightweight gel texture that absorbs quickly. It takes me barely any time at all to smooth this eye cream around my entire eye area and since it soaks in so quickly, I don’t have to wait before applying moisturizer on top.
This eye cream feels very soothing and hydrating on my skin. I’ve used a couple of other eye creams with similar gel textures in the past, and this one is more hydrating than the others. It provides a good amount of hydration for daytime, especially if you plan to wear makeup over it. As I mentioned in the intro, I also like to apply my moisturizer over eye cream for added hydration.
I’m very pleased with the level of hydration this eye cream provides, but I do think it’s better for daytime use. I use it AM and PM currently but I would prefer a little more hydration at night. I took one point away from this category for that reason, but honestly it isn’t that big of a deal to me. I’ll soon start using another eye cream at night and I don’t mind having separate AM and PM eye creams.
The delicate skin around my eyes isn’t particularly dry (I have a combination skin type) so I don’t need as much hydration in that area as some people would. If you have dry skin, this eye cream may not be a good choice for you.
Eye cream is the next to last step in my skincare routine, before moisturizer. I apply toner, sometimes my Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant, serum, then eye cream. This eye cream applies very easily on top of those other products. Because of its lightweight texture, it wears just as well over multiple other products as it does on its own. Moisturizer applies well over this eye cream as well. I never experience any sort of pilling or difficulty blending in any of my skincare products when used in conjunction with this eye cream.
Some eye creams can be problematic underneath makeup. This one works very well with every color corrector, concealer, and foundation I’ve used with it. This eye cream creates a nice base for makeup application.
If you’ve had a hard time finding an eye cream that works well with other skincare and/or makeup, I would encourage you to try this one. E.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream is an excellent team player! 🙂
If you’re already interested in this product based on the other categories I’ve reviewed, just wait…these ingredients will knock your socks off! I was resistant to trying e.l.f. skincare for a long time because I didn’t think the ingredients would be very good. If this product’s ingredients are a good representation of all e.l.f. skincare collections, then I was very wrong! Keep reading to find out what all the fuss is about!
Water,Glycerin,Cannabidiol,Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5,Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7,Dipeptide-2,Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil,Panthenol Dunaliella Salina Extract,Allantoin,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,Sodium Hyaluronate,Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone,Steareth-20,Sodium Polyacrylate,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Sodium Hydroxide,Phenoxyethanol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Citric Acid,Sodium Benzoate,Potassium Sorbate,Pantolactone,Tetrasodium EDTA
First, a very brief summary. There are 24 ingredients in this eye cream, which is fairly average for skincare products. Of those 24 ingredients, 14 of them provide direct benefit to the skin. I know it’s a lot, but I’m going to list each of the 14 standout ingredients and their skin benefits below so you can understand why I’m so impressed!
- Natural moisturizer
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Calms skin
- Reduces excess oil production to balance combination/oily skin
- Powerful antioxidant
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5
- Protects and boosts collagen
- Improves skin texture
- Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
- Reduces inflammation
- Slows degradation of collagen
- May reduce under-eye bags by increasing lymphatic circulation
- Hemp seed oil
- Contains omega fatty acids, phospholipids, plant sterols, amino acids, and vitamin E
- Strengthens skin barrier
- Panthenol (vitamin B5)
- Dunaliella Salina Extract
- Rich in beta-carotene (protects against UVA damage)
- Potent antioxidant benefits
- Source of vitamin B12
- Soothes and conditions skin
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
- Sodium Hyaluronate
- Humectant (this is the sodium form of hyaluronic acid)
- Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone
- Citric acid
- AHA (very mild in this low concentration)
It’s wonderful that hemp seed oil was also used in this CBD eye cream, because the Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary states that it enhances the benefits of CBD. I really appreciate that e.l.f. thoughtfully formulated this eye cream with so many beneficial ingredients!
The other ten ingredients are “neutral” ingredients that support the formula, such as emulsifiers, thickeners, and preservatives. I am very pleased to see that there are no “bad” ingredients in this formula! I’m especially glad that e.l.f. chose not to include any fragrance, since it is a bad idea to use fragrance around the delicate eye area.
I was very surprised when I first saw that this eye cream is $15.00. That’s because I’m used to buying e.l.f. makeup, not their skincare. Looking through all their skincare products, there are actually quite a few products over $10.00.
Do I wish this eye cream was a little less expensive? Yes, but I’m very frugal. Do I think $15.00 is an unreasonable price for this product? No, definitely not.
It’s very common for products containing CBD to cost more than comparable products formulated without CBD. Full spectrum CBD is an expensive ingredient. They included a lot of other high-quality ingredients in this product as well. I think it’s also important to consider the additional R&D that went into creating this product since e.l.f. just added its CBD collection this year.
Other products in the e.l.f. CBD Collection
There are five products in the e.l.f. CBD Collection. If you’re interested in this eye cream, you may enjoy these products as well!
- 100 mg CBD Facial Oil $18.00
- 5 mg CBD Lip Oil $13.00
- 50 mg CBD Moisturizer $15.00
- 50 mg CBD Body Cream $18.00
If you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. I’ve been enjoying this product for weeks, but I’m even happier to have it now that I’ve reviewed its ingredients. I think this is the best eye cream I’ve ever used!
I feel that this eye cream would work well for just about anyone, possibly with the exception of people that have dry under-eyes and want a more occlusive eye cream. If you’ve been considering trying CBD skincare, this would be a great product to start with. It’s reasonably priced and contains so many amazing ingredients!
Have you ever tried skincare products made with CBD? Please share your thoughts with me below!