The Origins GinZing Eye Cream Gave My Under-Eyes a Noticeable Pick-Me-Up

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Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff on creamy peach background

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What We Like
  • Travel-friendly size

  • Not too heavy or oily

  • Absorbs into skin nicely

  • Soothing, moisturizing feel

What We Don't Like
  • Strong natural scent

  • Slightly sticky, tacky finish

  • Doesn't blend well into darker complexions

The Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is a game-changing product when it comes to brightening and de-puffing, so as long as you don't find the slight camphor-like smell too off-putting, you're sure to enjoy the benefits that come with consistent use. Get ready for a world in which you say “Good morning” and your eyes look like they're on the same page–or in this case, same face.

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Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff on creamy peach background

Origins/Unsplash

We put the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

I’ve been told that my eyes are one of my best features–come through, all of my almond-eyed people–but at times, they still struggle to look their finest. Late nights and early mornings are par for the course for me because of my long work hours, and although I try to get at least six hours of beauty sleep every night, most mornings I initially look like I haven't slept a wink. 

My morning face features eyes that are typically still tired from the hard work they put in the day before—they're always a bit puffy, and my under-eye area is home to persistent dark circles that I’m still hoping will miraculously disappear one day (a girl can always dream, right?). And the older I get, the more I’m starting to notice that the minutest of fine lines are attempting to move in on my face as well. 

I’m always on the hunt for a good eye cream that can help me maintain my Bette Davis eyes, so I was excited to try the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff with vitamin C and niacinamide. I know what you’re thinking, as I thought the exact same thing–that’s a mighty long name—but I was super excited to try this multitasking product that supposedly packs the power to address three of my concerns at once. This would be a game-changer for me, to be sure, if the product truly delivers on its claims.

So did this eye cream deliver on its hefty promises? Read on for my full review of the Origins GinZing Eye Cream.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

Best for: All skin types, especially those with prominent dark circles or a need for a hydration and energy boost.

Uses: A daily eye cream that hydrates, reduces puffiness, and brightens under-eyes to minimize dark circles and tiredness for a refreshed result.

Hero ingredients: Vitamin C, niacinamide, panax ginseng, caffeine

Potential allergens: Essential oils

Byrdie Clean? No; contains PEGs and BHT.

Price: $34

About the Brand: Founded in the early '90s, Origins offers conscious skincare products that do good for customers as well as for the planet. The formulas emphasize natural ingredients, and the brand has a major focus on sustainable practices, including being one of the first companies to create a cosmetics recycling program.

About My Skin: Oily, but balanced with a consistent routine

A little eye puffiness and dark circles aside, I'm tickled to say that I get constant compliments on my skin. That’s because I work at it: Keeping my skin clear and smooth takes some effort, and I don’t play when it comes to my deep-cleansing facials, at-home face masks, nightly serums, and use of other quality products to keep my skin looking tight, bright, and right.

I have oily skin, so I try to use products that are not too heavy and won't clog my pores, while simultaneously offering enough moisturizing benefits to support and protect my skin as it ages. Between my late nights, early mornings, and constant face wiping to keep the high shine in check, my under-eye area goes through a lot and is in constant need of a little extra TLC. The quest to find the perfect eye cream is constant and ongoing for me.

The Feel: Lightweight and deeply nourishing

Remember the look of calamine lotion, that pinkish substance that many of our parents would apply to our mosquito bites to soothe them? Upon opening up the small container that the eye cream comes in (it’s a touch bigger than Carmex lip balm), the hue and moist-looking nature of the product reminds me of the calming calamine of my youth. The feel of this product is light to the touch–its consistency almost lends itself to that of a gel, although upon application to my face, it became clear that the moisturizing benefits typical of a cream-based product are definitely present.

It takes a bit of manipulation to work the product into the under-eye area, which speaks to the rich formula. There’s also a pleasantly surprising cooling sensation after application, which I attribute to the ginseng and vitamin C. I didn’t necessarily feel a “tightening” of the under-eye area, but I will say that I believe the coffee beans and niacinamide, both known for their anti-inflammatory properties, worked their collective wonders to make my eyes feel happier. And more importantly, I think they looked happier, as in a bit brighter, after about two weeks of using the product.

The Ingredients: Brightening and energizing agents

The Origins GinZing Eye Cream is named after its hero ingredient panax ginseng, which works together with caffeine to boost the under-eye area's natural energy, restoring radiance and helping you to look less tired. Vitamin C plays a major role in the formula as well, as its brightening properties help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Topping off the powerhouse group, niacinamide both brightens and energizes to make the result that much more impressive.

The Results: Hydrated, energized under-eyes with minimal dark circles

Byrdie writer Samantha Hunter before and after applying the Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Samantha Hunter/Design by Tiana Crispino

After two weeks of applying the Origins GinZing Eye Cream every morning after cleansing and applying my moisturizer, I started to notice that my under-eye area appeared a bit less “tired” than usual, as well as noticeably brighter. I didn’t have to apply as much concealer to get the amount of dark circle coverage I like, which was a very good sign. The skin under my eyes welcomed the hydrating benefits of consistent use as well, and I appreciated the moisturizing and smoothing boost. A little bit of this product goes a long way, so you don’t have to apply too much or too often to reap its benefits. A few times, I double-dipped and applied some product in the evening right before bed, just because I’m extra like that, and I like to keep a good thing going.

The Value: A worthwhile multitasker

Origins boasts that its products dramatically improve the look and feel of your skin. I definitely think the GinZing Eye Cream can give you noticeable and distinct results with continued use, which makes it a good buy at $34. Eye creams can be expensive, so this is a pretty great deal for an organic, all-natural product that brightens, hydrates, and de-puffs. It's like having three separate products rolled into one, and since a little goes a long way, you get even more bang for your buck.

Similar Products: You've got options

Rose Inc Eye Revival Brightening Eye Cream: Made from non-comedogenic ingredients with sustainability in mind, this innovative eye cream ($54) has the scientific expertise of Rose Inc's founding partner, Amyris, to make it stand out from the pack. It contains niacinamide like the Origins eye cream, and it boasts visible results in as little as 28 days. This hydration-boosting cream offers a pearlescent finish that also works to brighten dark circles. 

SK-II Skinpower Eye Cream: This eye cream ($139) costs considerably more than the Origins or Rose Inc products, but in addition to dark circles and puffiness, it addresses fine lines and wrinkles, so the extra bang may very well be worth a few more bucks. Users rave about the texture and easy absorption of this product, and the ingredients are pretty stellar as well–anti-inflammatory calla lily extract, hydrating and UV-protecting quercetin extract, clarifying peony extract, and the brand's signature, fermentation-produced Pitera to improve the skin’s overall condition. This product actually won a 2019 Byrdie skincare award—pretty impressive, if we do say so.

Final Verdict

I love that Origins' GinZing Eye Cream addresses three distinct concerns when it comes to treating overworked, strained eyes. If vanity or counter space is hard to come by, you’ll appreciate having all this benefit in one 0.5-oz. container. You don’t get a heaping amount of product for your $34, but this eye cream's consistency is so light and smooth that a little goes a long way. Although I was initially excited to try the warm shade (my thinking was that the pigment would blend well with my melanated skin and provide more coverage for my dark circles), I found that I had to work it in well to eliminate any chalky, pale pigment. Still, this eye cream has some impressive benefits and is worth a try if you're looking for a solid multitasker.

Specs

  • Product Name GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
  • Product Brand Origins
  • Price $37.00
  • Weight 0.5 oz.
  • Full Ingredient List Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Silica, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Caffeine, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gelidiella Acerosa Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Molasses Extract/Saccharum Officinarum/Extrait De Mélasse, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Linoleic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methyl Trimethicone, Trehalose, Tribehenin, Inulin, Sorbitol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Myristyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters, Carbomer, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163)].

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