After I had such good luck with Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, which I wrote about here, I had been really curious to try some of the 10 other eye creams and serums that the brand offers. Where to start? I have to admit that part of the reason I was drawn to the Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Eye Cream was the pretty frosted aqua jar, but it also seemed like a good next step because it’s meant to generally smooth, firm, and brighten the eye area for a youthful appearance.
I’m broadly drawn to the eye creams, as opposed to the serums, because the area around my eyes can get quite tight and dry and I figure that creams sound more hydrating. Though, that’s totally an assumption and I haven’t actually tried any of the eye serums from Kiehl’s. I really, really enjoyed the avocado eye cream ($29) and thought, yeah, let’s try another cream and maybe one with some anti-aging ingredients in it.
That led me to the Rosa Arctica ($46), which has an interesting balm consistency but is (presumably) less intense than the Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream with copper PCA and calcium PCA ($43), which is formulated to target wrinkles and sagging skin. And we were coming into the winter months so I thought maybe it’d also serve to help protect the driest and most delicate skin on my face.
I do like the balm texture of it. It feels a bit thick and firm in the jar but with the warmth of your finger spreads into a much thinner layer on skin. It feels nourishing but not overly rich, and I can actually apply a fairly generous amount around my eye area and not have any problems putting makeup on top, which is really great.
However, I don’t find it more hydrating than the avocado eye cream, and I don’t think I’m really benefitting from the additional anti-aging ingredients in this one. The highlighted ingredients of Rosa Arctica include, well, rosa arctica (Haberlea rhodopensis), white birch extract, and squalene. I have never heard of rosa arctica before, but the other two featured ingredients don’t actually sound that special to me, at least for an eye cream that’s, like, 40% more expensive than a cheaper one I already like.
That’s not to say this is a bad cream, because it isn’t. I think it has an elegant texture and my eye area has looked quite nice since I’ve been using it. But for the price increase compared to the avocado eye cream, I’m seeing diminishing returns in my results. And I will also say that I think the avocado eye cream is more hydrating and perhaps just a better fit for my individual needs. I’m 30 and my primary concerns are tightness and dryness, but not necessarily fine lines or darkened spots. So my ability to benefit from a cream like Rosa Arctica may just be limited.
Personally I think the avocado eye cream is a lovely fit for me, and at under $30 it is an unusually good value in the realm of eye creams. Rosa Arctica is also quite nice but I’d recommend it to those who would prefer to brighten and treat fine lines around their eyes but maybe don’t have such parched skin. It’s still a very good product and one that I would recommend over similarly priced options from other brands (Clarins, for example, has been more hit-and-miss for me). And I still look forward to trying other eye treatments from Kiehl’s in the future. The Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum ($48) was the one recommended to me in my initial consultation at Kiehl’s but I have yet to try it.
Do you have a favorite eye product from Kiehl’s? Or, a favorite from another brand? I’d love to hear about your experiences.