Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream with PSP is praised by reviewers for its ability to lighten dark circles and reduce puffiness, although it can't completely eradicate them. It contains intriguing yet controversial ingredients that appear to be promising according to manufacturer-funded studies, but experts say more research is needed to determine long-term safety. Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (*Est. $40 for 0.33 oz.) is reviewed more often and is a better option, say skin care professionals.
Intriguing ingredients, but more studies needed. Neocutis Lumiere impresses editors at InStyle magazine and users alike with its effectiveness. Editors say, "It's the closest you can get to auto-fixing puffiness and dark circles." Users at Amazon.com mostly agree. Although the eye cream doesn't completely eradicate dark circles and puffiness, they say, it does make a visible difference. Many see improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, as well, but most results fade with discontinued use and others see no improvement at all.
Neocutis boasts three power ingredients: hyaluronic acid to prevent moisture loss; human growth factor (HGF) to promote new collagen growth; and caffeine, which may tighten and restrict blood vessels to alleviate puffiness. In her Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, skin care expert Paula Begoun says, "The research into HGFs is without question intriguing, but much remains unknown at this time, especially in terms of long-term risk or stability when they are used in cosmetics and applied to skin."
The existing research isn't enough to evaluate HGF's topical use on healthy skin for long periods, she adds. HGF helps to stimulate collagen and skin cell production, but there's concern that too much of the ingredient could produce cancer cells and/or scarring. Begoun says that if cosmeceutical companies continue to use HGF in their skin care products, it effectively creates guinea pigs out of consumers.
Silky texture. Reviewers say Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream feels silky on the skin and absorbs well. The formula is fragrance-free.
Review Credibility: Very Good In her Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, Begoun discusses human growth factor -- a key ingredient in Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream with PSP-- in great detail. She quotes researchers who say that much more study is needed to determine the long-term safety of these ingredients, especially when used topically on healthy skin.
Review: Human Growth Factor, Paula Begoun, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good InStyle magazine editors interview experts and test hundreds of products in every beauty category from cleansers and moisturizers to shampoos and conditioners. Neocutis Lumiere is chosen for the fourth consecutive year for its high concentration of ingredients that help reduce puffiness and dark circles. However, editors don't explain why it's chosen over others.
Review: Best Beauty Buys - Skin - Anti-Aging, Editors of InStyle, May 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 110 reviewers at Amazon.com give Neocutis Lumiere 3.9 out of 5 stars, with more than 65 users rating the formula a perfect 5 stars. Several say the eye cream produces visible results in the form of lightened dark circles, reduced eye puffiness and less visible fine lines. However, most say the results fade when use is discontinued. Some notice no changes at all.
Review: Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream with PSP, Anti-Aging, 0.5 Ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013