Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm is an anti-wrinkle cream that promises to decrease dark circles, puffiness, and smooth eye contours within four weeks of twice-daily application.
I have to admit I was a bit biased about Algenist products in the beginning. I had used a sample of their lifting crème a year prior to this and fell madly in love. So, I expected only the best.
And at first, I was slightly disappointed. I hoped for immediate results, even though I knew the packaging said 4 weeks. Every day I woke up hoping not to need concealer, and every day the expression lines on my eyes seemed more prominent—perhaps because I had barely noticed them before I started using a product that promised to make them less noticeable.
By the third week, I had kind of given up hope. I didn’t notice any major differences, but I kept applying the product for the sake of my job.
And then, I started catching my face in the mirror as I left the house or while I folded laundry. It looked brighter—without makeup. I also noticed that I looked slightly younger, not that 24 is old, but there is something refreshing about looking in a mirror and being reminded of yourself at 17.
But it wasn’t until I lined up my before and after pictures after four weeks that I recognized a real, noticeable difference. I still have laugh lines, but they’re less visible.
There are only a few caveats to this product: One of them being that I didn’t notice much impact on my dark circles. My eyes did look brighter, but there is no way I’m going to start forgoing concealer after only four weeks. The good news is that dark circles are a little easier to fix on the cheap side than wrinkles: More water and good night’s sleep can work wonders on the face.
The second downfall is the price. $65 for 0.5 oz is a little steep. Personally, if I have to choose between getting rid of laugh lines or paying my electricity bill, I’m going to have to stop laughing so much.
That being said, if you’re looking for a way to rid yourself of wrinkles and you don’t mind shelling out the money, I would recommend this product.