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Peptides are a wonderful class of ingredients, so I'm not surprised that two budget-friendly brands I love have both released eye treatments featuring peptides. But, which is my favourite, and which is right for you...?

Peptides are fast becoming one of my favourite skincare ingredients; they're just a great all-rounder and offer great benefits whilst being very gentle on the skin. They're hydrating, plump the skin, could boost up collagen production and elasticity in the skin and some peptides even have skin-healing and reparative properties. They offer well-ageing benefits without the irritation some people experience with ingredient like Vitamin C and retinoids. This makes them great for the delicate eye area.

The first formula I tried out of the two we'll discuss today was the Ordinary's Multi-Peptide Eye Serum* | £19.90. As the name suggests, this is a light, water-based formula, not designed to be an eye cream, but simply an active treatment (you can apply your facial moisturiser after it around the eye area if it's not too rich). This is a concentrated, eye-friendly version of their popular Multi-Peptide serum for the face (formerly known as the 'Buffet'). In terms of peptides, it's a cocktail of Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (for fine lines), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 (firming, with an added calming benefit), Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3 (known for it's retinol-like benefits) and Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (aimed at reducing fine lines). Alongside the peptides, we also have niacinamide to help with discolouration and boost skin barrier function (by boosting the skin's production of ceramides) and caffeine, often found in eye treatments because it's a vasoconstrictor, meaning it can reduce the visibility of blood vessels under the thin eye skin, which can have the effect of a less dark-looking eye area.

In terms of my experience with this product; I really liked it. Enough to be 2/3s of the way through my second bottle of the stuff! It's water-light, which makes it perfect for those who want an eye treatment but don't want anything that's going to feel greasy, contribute towards milia or disrupt your makeup. However, if you suffer from a drier eye area, it might not be enough for you on its own. I find it hydrating, plumping and it helps with puffiness and those temporary folds you sometimes get when you're a little tired and your skin is a little dry. I don't find it significantly helps with dark circles, but I won't hold it against this product because I don't think I have the type of dark circles that can be 'helped'. All-in-all, this plumps, hydrates and smooths out my eye area effectively and with one drop per eye, it does offer good value for money.

The second product I'll be discussing today is the Naturium Multi-Peptide Eye Cream* | £18. In terms of peptides, we have Hexapeptide-8 (for well-ageing), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (to reduce irritation and loss of collagen) + Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-1 (which has reparative properties) which are together known as Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-5 (aimed towards boosting collagen production) and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (AKA Argireline, AKA 'botox in a bottle' because it could help prevent the deepening of mobile lines). In terms of added extras, this is a little more well-rounded formula with hyaluronic acid and glycerin to pull hydration into the skin, plus squalane to replenish the skin's oil levels. It comes out as more of a creamy lotion (if you've tried the moisturiser - it's very similar in that it absorbs very readily).

In terms of use, this felt much more like a traditional eye cream that you can apply and know that both the 'treatment' and 'moisture-replenishing' side of things have been taken care of. The light texture really suits my skin both on makeup and no-makeup days; it's not greasy, there's no excess and it doesn't pill up. It's unlikely to be 'too heavy' for most people but creates a more well-rounded experience for me, moisturising, softening, smoothing and hydrating my eye area. As with the Ordinary's formula; there was no real difference in my dark circles, but I didn't expect there to be!

In terms of which one's for you, to summarise: the Ordinary offer a water-light take on a peptide eye treatment; if you want something gentle but effective around the eye area that's not a cream and your dark circles are improved by caffeine then this is the one for you. If you prefer a more well-rounded product that will moisturise and treat at the same time then go for the Naturium. The price-point is comparable, though I'd say I got through the Naturium cream a little faster than the water-based Ordinary serum. My personal preference is the Naturium and that's the one I'd repurchase out of these two for my personal preferences and routine.

Have you tried either of these eye treatments?

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