16 Jun 2009

Test: Garnier UltraLift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream

I've decided to test out some of these anti-wrinkle creams that promise the world, and lure in mature customers that are noticing the appearance of fine or even deep-set wrinkling of the skin. I've also started to notice some fine lines appearing on my face, especially around my eye area. I'm going to test a few of these creams and see if they actually live up to their promise. Now, I'm a pretty big skeptic on these anti-wrinkle creams in general as I believe using a daily SPF will do much more in the long run to prevent wrinkles, rather than slapping on some overpriced creams, and that these companies generally prey on women's insecurities about natural aging to sell their products. However, in the name of superficiality I've decided to give it the benefit of the doubt, and will be conducting an experiment in the realm of anti-wrinkle creams.

Here is a before picture of my eye, without makeup and digital retouching of any sort.

First up in this experiment is the Garnier UltraLift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream, this is the 15ml tube.

Here is what the company professes about the UltraLift product range according to their website:

The Garnier UltraLift* range has been specially designed for skin that is showing signs of aging, suffers loss of skin elasticity and firmness. With seven products to use together the range includes UltraLift* Intensive, Day Cream, Day Cream with SPF 15, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Firming Mask and the UltraLift* Reinforced Lifting Program-designed to reduce the appearance of even deep wrinkles. They make the skin feel firmer and look smoother.

However, they also have this rather ominous disclaimer:

UltraLift has been developed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin feel firmer; it has not been proven to lift or firm the skin.

Hm, well that sounds less than promising! The Garnier website states that the UltraLift line contains glycolic acid, Hyaluaronic Acid, skin relaxing ginger, wheat proteins and cherry extract. They go on to write, "At Garnier UltraLift we use a sophisticated extraction method known as 'Supercritical CO2' to extract Pure Ginger extract" and "this process was developed to preserve the essential elements of fragile plants." This eye cream professes to be "an anti-wrinkle solution especially for the delicate zone of the eye contour, specially designed to smooth the skin around the delicate eye area, leaving skin feeling firmer and reducing the appearance of even deep wrinkles."

Well, pseudo-science mumbo-jumbo aside, it all sounds promising so let's see if this actually works! I'll report back in about a week or so with an updated picture of my eye to see if there was any noticeable change.

In the comments, please let me know if you have tried any anti-wrinkle creams, especially for the face, and actually noticed good results.


  1. I use an anti-ageing skin care regimen with Artistry Time Defiance at night (cleanser, toner, night creme) as a preventative measure. I know they work from what I've seen in others but what matters is how they work and how long they take. The best are those that promote cell renewal/regeneration. These products work best in conjunction (with other anti-wrinkle products) so you might not see an effect in a week. I'd say give it a fortnight or a month. You have to be very faithful though...

  2. Mariella5:29 pm

    My all time favourite is the Widmer eye gel, I started using it when I was 27 and noticed some fine lines appearing. I am almost 32 now and still use it with pretty good results since I don't really have real wrinkles yet.

  3. I do not see any lines around your eyes, and I'm not trying to be nice or polite, I really don't see anything. I'm 27 and not using any anti-wrinkle creams yet, because it just seems to early for me. I always thought that it's best to start using them when you reach 30, since the skin has a tendency to adapt, and then you have to buy more and more concentrated creams.

  4. Ivana:
    Well, thanks! Hehe. Well I do notice some fine lines on my lower lid, I notice it especially during makeup application and the overall area is not as tight anymore. And seeing how I'm going to turn 30 in less than a year (yikes!), I think my age is a typical age that many women start buying these products. :)

  5. I use the mega-afordable anti-wrinkle cream from Aldi, for face and under eyes. It works great and costs less than 3 Euro (4 USD). It actually received the highest score in a product comparison done by "Stiftung Warentest" magazine here in Germany. More info in German here:


  6. scrappymamas6:57 pm

    I use the Garnier Ultralift Moisture Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF and there Night Time cream as well. I have been using them for quite sometime now and I think it works pretty decent I have noticed a nice lift. And there a magnificent moisturizers. :) Though I am extra curious to see what the outcome of the eye cream your testing will be. Because I have been using Clinique's Intensive Repair Eyecream for a while now and I don't think it does much at all.

  7. all these anti-wrinkle products are not FDA approved (in the US). they are not drugs, hence they do not have to PROVE that it actually works. I work for regulatory affairs at a pharmaceutical company and this topic is brought up often during presentations, convos and such.

    saying this, ive used clinique's 3step for six years and im very happy with it, as another user said, i use it for preventive measures. i also use SPF everyday and stay out of the sun as much as possible - esp. during the summer, my skin is very sensitive to the point i get heat bumps/lesions AND i'm tan. =/

    ps - hello to all ;)

  8. Your under eye area looks really great for almost 30! I'm one to notice these things when I look at super-HQ photos of celebrities, and girls in their early 20's are worse off than you. :)

    Also, take care to be lighthanded with anything creamy around the eye, you don't want to end up with milia. I don't have many lines, but there are tiny little bumps right were dark shadows like to hang out, almost like really fine chicken skin. Thanks to Clinique's All About Eyes.

    I'm looking forward to see further reviews and results of your experiment!

  9. I have not tried anti-wrinkle creams, but your natural lashes are so curly and beautiful! I admit, I am a bit jealous. :(

  10. I think I have used most products out there. Unfortunately most irritate my eye and I have to discontinue use. Garnier is one of the worst for effecting my eye, Unsure really why except I find the fragrance a little much in their products. I know that many brands to give results but after working for many of the larger brands I can tell you part of the magic is that some of the active ingredients actually irritate the skin around the eye causing to to slightly swell and therefore creating the look of less wrinkles. That is not to say that all brands do this as I know that isn't the case. Rot several brands though it is what creates immediate results, then ultra hydration continues to increase there results over time. This hydration is what many women in our age category (28-35) have problems with as our skin isn't really dry yet so it can cause those white bumps to appear which comes from your body not being able to absorb all that moisture.

    I use coconut oil on my eye's at night and I found that made a big difference for me without ant side effects. Not great for the daytime however as makeup doesn't sit well at all over it.

  11. Anonymous12:19 am

    i think that you can find better anti-wrinkle products in pharmacy. ;-)

  12. I'm 24 and I don't really have any noticeable wrinkle yet, but my magnified mirror tells me they started to appear at an early stage. So far, last 6 months, I used 2 different products: Nivea Visage Q-10 eye cream and Neutrogena eye cream 12h. But they didn't present any visible result in such fine wrinkles, which I considered to be an easy case, so I discontinued both. Currently I'm using dry almond oil, it's a good eye makeup remover cleanser, and it nourishes the eye area as well. And I must confess I'm quite happy, the texture of my skin improved, I feel it's firmer. :D

  13. Aliya6:22 am

    Hi Julia! I'm addicted to your tutorials and I find that yours is the easiest to follow, informative and you don't have this sorta self-absorbed and cocky disposition (like I noticed with some on YT).

    Anyway, as for the eye cream, I have to agree with NancyPower. I've used Garnier before and it irritated the hell outta my eyes!!! Which now has made me very fearful to try out any eye cream.

    It'll be nice if you could do reviews on natural/organic/vegan skin products OR maybe make-up. Just a suggestion ;)

    Many thanks!

  14. Hey Julia,

    I've tried the green Garnier Eye Cream (Garnier Nahrologie Regenerierende Augenpflege) and to be honest, it didn't do much for me at all.
    I'm using MAC's Fast Response Eye Cream and I really think it's doing a great job. First of all it feels amazing, sinks in very quickly, so you don't have to wait to apply concealer or makeup and my fine lines are much less noticable! It is a bit pricey (32 € in Germany) but I picked it up in a duty free shop in Heathrow and spend only half of the german retail price. And you can also get it on allcosmeticwholsale.com for around 10 $.If you order from there again, I'd say: GIVE IT A TRY! I love it.

  15. I'm excited to see the results! I've used M Lab anti-aging cream and that stuff is like liquid platinum. It's too expensive for me though!

  16. Aliya6:08 pm

    To Kind-a Gorgeous, where can I get dry almond oil? I would like to give it a try! :)

  17. Cool idea, I´m excited to see what you think about that cream. But I would give it more than one week before you decide if it works or not. Most skincare products will take at least 2-4 weeks to show an effect, that is if they are effective at all.

  18. I am a huge, devout fan of Elizabeth Arden's Prevage. I'm not sure what works the best about it but it's like a miracle in a bottle. No other product will ever touch my skin to fight the signs of aging ever again, well, maybe Botox and Retin-A every now and then ;) . Prevage is a little costly, around $100 US per bottle, but well worth it. No one has ever correctly guessed my age since I was 16 - they're usually about 6 or 7 years off. In my line of work I can't afford to age, at least not yet! ;)

  19. I love the Dr. Brandt one. I think it's called RP3 or something around that. I've only gotten samples of it because it's so pricey.

    BUT I have seen a difference when using them.
    I think because it acts as a filler of some sorts. But I like the bit of thickness the cream has as opposed to lighter stuff. I dunno, hard to described. But if I had disposable cash to spend, I'd get that. They carry 2 different eye creams but I believe one is specifically for wrinkles.

    I also use Skyn but hasn't done much but keep it moisturized.
    Right now I just use a bit of Nivea cream and gently pat there and it's done well for not being an eye cream. I can tell the difference when my eye is and isn't moisturized. The wrinkles deepen more.

  20. hmm, my comment will not be about the anti-wrinkle creams but it is ur lashes! very long and tats ur real lashes right? geezz, how i wish i have those lashes!hehe

  21. I can tell you now, don't bother with L'oreal's wrinkle products. They don't work. I bought the L'Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair SPF Day Lotion and the L'Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Night Cream, Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer and used them for 2 months with absolutely no change in my appearance. Nada, nothing. A big waste of $35 plus shipping. I don't think any of these products really work but I'll be looking forward to your comments.

  22. Hi Julia,
    I am a youtube-subcriber and I love your videos. I am a little bit wrinkle-obsessed and every day I think that I have another on below my eyes. I had the anti-wrinkle-cream from garnier, but I didn't like it at all. every morning i woke up with my lids sticking and the wrinkles continued there. now i'm using from lancome rénergie morpholift and it's a wonderful eye-cream, but a expensive one. the good think, is that you don't need much of it. ;-) xoxoxo from munich, germany.

  23. Anastacia`7:38 pm

    I've been using Garnier's eye roller for about months. Though I'm nearly 32, I've stayed out of the sun religiously and I don't have any wrinkles of fine lines yet. I chose this product for puffiness and dark circles. Normally, I use high end cosmetics, but none of those seemed to do anything for me on these two issues. I tried Garnier on a whim because it was on sale. I'm pleased to say it is so far the only item of its kind that showed me any results at all. No, it isn't drastic change, but it is noticeable whereas the others weren't. You know that doesn't mean it works for everyone though... I hope you see some improvements. It would be nice not to have to pay a lot to get results.

  24. Well, i'm 26 and i have way more fine lines than you... I use Special eye contour balm by Clarins... And i don't see any change... I use this trying to believe that if i dont use anything, maybe my undereyes would be worse... But i wont ever know..

  25. Anonymous12:08 pm

    I use Musk Rose Oil, and honestly I think natural products are the only thing that actually make a difference.Musk rose oil is great, although you can only use it as a night treatment because it takes forever to absorb,but you can really tell the difference the morning after, your eye area is deeply moisturized and smoother.You can put it in your eyelashes too,no problem if it gets in your eyes,and it is so versatile. I use it on my lips.It is a powerful skin regenerator (not sure if that makes sense in English,I'm Spanish), doctors recommend it here after surgery or serious wounds to treat the scars and reduce its appearance.Also during pregnancy to avoid getting strech marks.If you have normal/dry skin it is great as an all over face night serum, I have rather oily skin so I only put it on fine lines.Anyway, I love love love musk rose oil, it is inexpensive (around 9-10€,for a 100% concentrated natural oil and a drop is enough for your eyes!) and free from artificial stuff or plastic based substances that just fool you by leaving a film over your skin to make you think it made any difference.During the day I use an aloe vera based regular eye cream, with SPF.


  26. Anonymous10:03 pm

    I am trying to head off the wrinkles. I have started using AVON's liiv botanicals Vitalizing Eye Cream with SPF 15. It's light, it doesn't burn/sting and there is no strong scent. So far so good.

  27. my mom had dermatitis from Garnier.... I would never ever put anything from Garnier on my face :|

  28. Anonymous2:02 am

    Hi Julia! I use for myself Precilift and Freshlift from Vivescence, which is...a Swiss line! ;) I'm working for the Canadian supplier, the laboratory is in Switzerland.

  29. Anonymous11:50 pm

    I m almost 28, always used only a sort of "preventing" eye-creams (or anti-dark-circle). Origin's Eye Doctor (aka Eye Relief) seamed to reduce a bit my mimic wrincles even though this product is not specializsed for that. You are gonna like Origins products in general ))

  30. Anonymous10:09 pm

    I'm 32, and the only telling thing about my age are the serious wrinkles on my brow. I decided to try the Made from Earth "Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum" as it wasn't too expensive (look at other products - ouch!) and thought even a small improvement would be worth the price.

    I have to say, I'm shocked.

    After about two weeks, I saw noticeable changes, and it's now been about 6 weeks, and the improvement has been tremendous. The wrinkles on my forehead are almost gone. I'll definitely be purchasing more.

    Since it is organic and chemical free (hypoallergetic) you can wear it around the eyes. It has become my favorite wrinkle cream ( and I have tried all of them) because you can actually feel it firming your face right away after you apply it. It is absorbed amazingly and works great. Highly recommended for people trying to tighten sagging skin and wrinkles around the eyes and brow.

    you can find them at www.madefromearth.com

  31. Anonymous7:42 pm

    hi hope it works

  32. Anonymous6:31 pm

    I've tried almost everything listed on this page, too, for under eyes, and I was surprised to recently use olive oil, which actually helped a bit with the "bags" under my eyes, immediately. I've been doing eye exercises too, so hopefully that's helping as well. But to my delight/surprise, the olive oil seemed to do some nice things too, kind of re-plump up the "bag" area, and smooth out some wrinkles (I'm 44). I'd like to take a look at the madefromearth product too, I enjoy using natural or, well okay it's actually fine if ANY thing were to work, but a smidge better if it's natural. ;)

  33. Jeanneinabottle9:30 pm

    I agree with you, I would try anything if it really worked. I recently ordered Dermatage and was very disappointed!! I think I will try the made from earth product too. IF ANYONE FINDS SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR UNDER THE EYE WRINKLES PLEASE SHARE! LOL

  34. Anonymous11:42 am

    Where's the follow-up?