A Great Eye Cream You Might Not Buy On Your Own: Avon's Ultimate Contouring Eye System

I'm finally kicking off my eye cream review series, hopefully I'll be posting at least one eye cream a week for quite a while!

I decided to start with one of my favorites that you might not decide to try out without hearing about it. Why not? Because it's from Avon. I know that a lot of us think of little old ladies selling Avon to supplement their income, but the company is truly not like that at all. I know quite a few people in their 20's and 30's that sell the line (especially after the launch of Mark), I have seen a few mall kiosk (and wish there were more), and you can even order products on-line now!

Truly, I love this Avon Eye System. Who can argue with getting not one but two different eye creams in one very reasonably priced package?

There truly are two different but related products within this package. The bottom cream is meant to be applied day and night, the top elixir (which I think is more like a balm) is applied over the cream at night. The cream is very silky and applies very well, it sinks in after a minute or so and is perfect for applying my concealer over! When the elixir is applied the area is much more greasy and takes about 10 minutes or so to sink in. But, you're going to bed so who cares?

I did definitely notice that the product resulted in plumping/firming of my undereye area. I have no wrinkles and only very mild discoloration (from blood vessels), so I can't comment on the effects on wrinkles and undereye circles. But, I could definitely see a difference between days I used the product and days that I forgot.

Mea Culpa: I have spent hours already going typing the ingredients out and looking them up, and I am quite frankly exhausted by it. I've identified many of them already in the cream portion, the elixir is very similar. Both contain a lot of botanical ingredients, anti-oxidants and peptides, making them great anti-aging preventative (rather than treatment) products. Both have a lot of moisturizing ingredients, which helps with plumping up the outer layers of the skin and producing immediate effects that you can see. As well, note that there are a few coffee derivatives- I think this is likely for the caffeine effects, which acts as a diuretic. Getting rid of excess fluid helps with any puffiness and helps to firm up the appearance of the skin (in a way that does not counteract the plumping from hydration, the two actions only help each other).

Cream Ingredients:
Glycerin: Humectant
Butylene Glycol: Humectant and Stabilizer
Cetearyl Alcohol: Thickening agent and emulsifier
Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate: film forming agent and solvent, thickener
Butyrosperimum Parkii (Shea Butter): emollient
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene: skin-conditioning agent and emollient
Petrolatum: occlusive and emollient
Dilauryl Thiodipropionate: stabilizer
Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil: Beefsteak plant (really), coloring agent
Polymethyl Methacrylate: a plastic often used as microbeads that may absorb oil
Phytol: an oil that when combined with Perilla oil (also present here) that helps to improve the appearance of skin through smoothing
Thiodipropionic Acid: antioxidant
Eclipta Prostrata Extract: "false daisy", provides antioxidant and antibacterial properties
Humulus Japonicus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract: a Japanese hop, has antibacterial properties
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-10: peptide
Heptapeptide-6: peptide
Palmitoyl Lysyl Aminovaleroyl Lysine
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract
Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract
Coffea Aribica (Coffee) Seed Oil
Punica Granatum Fruit Juice
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: peptide
Crataegus Monogina Fruit Extract
Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract
Superoxide Dismutase: Anti-oxidant
Ceramide 2: Emollient
Saccharomycose Lysate Extract
Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract
Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract
Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract
Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate: yeast fermented, no known studies look at the different ferments though some think they work as anti-oxidants
PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol: emollient
Cetyl Hydoxyethylcellulose
Lactoferrin: antibacterial
Phopholipids: emollient
Glyceryl Polymethacrylate: lubricant
Behenyl Alcohol: thickening agent
PEG-60 Almond Glycerides: "mildness additive"
Ceteareth-20: emulsifier
Cetearyl Glucoside: emulsifier
Ozokerite: thickening agent
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant
Polysorbate 60: very mild surfactant, emulsifier
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate: emollient
Polysorbate 20: very mild surfactant, emulsifier
Tribehenin: skin conditioner
Propylene Glycol: emollient
Ethoxydiglycol: solvent
Squalane: Occlusive
Carbomer: Thickening Agent
Potassium Hydroxide: pH Adjustor
Disodium EDTA: Chelating agent and chelator
Methylparaben: Preservative
Porpylparaben: Preservative
Imidazolidinyl Urea: Preservative

Elixir Ingredients:
Isononyl Isononanoate, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, HDI/ Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Retinoxytrimethylsilane, Phytol, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Humulus Japonicus Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-10, Heptapeptide-6, Palmitoyl Lysyl Aminovaleroyl Lysine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Tocopherol, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT, Iron Oxides. Cream ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neopentyl Glycol, Diheptanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Petrolatum, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phytol, Thiodipropinic Acid, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Humulus Japonicus Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-10, Heptapeptide-6, Palmitoyl Lysyl aminovaleroyl lysine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Crataegus Monogina Fruit Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Ceramide 2, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactoferrin, Phospholipids, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG 60 Almond Glycerides, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ozokerite, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Tribehenin, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Squalane, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea

Avon's Ultimate Contouring Eye System


  1. I have been curious about this product for quite some time! It definitely sounds like it could give my Kiehl's eye cream a run for its money.

  2. Great review, Christine! And you're right, I wouldn't have thought to try this without you mentioning it :)

    Happy Thursday!

  3. I did buy this eyecream a few months back and it's not bad, I just can't seem to get in the habbit of putting eyecream on everynight.

  4. It is really cool. I really like it also. AVON has come a long way!

  5. Wonderful to see such a good review - i am a rep for avon (and i am certainly not an "old lady") I am in my 30's and rate avon products 100 % not because i sell the products but because i use them as well. The avon eye creams are notorious - if any product of avon is famous it is most definitly the eye creams. I can also rate the "clinical" eye-lift cream - it is a duo cream, which has a lovely thick cream for under eye area which helps with dark circles, crows feet, puffiness etc. and it has a glorious eye gel for the eye lids and brow bone area which tightens, refreshes and lifts the upper eye. It is one of the no. 1 selling eye creams of avon.

  6. Rita from New JerseyDecember 29, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    What a wonderful website. I happen to seek some information regarding Avon's "Ultimate Conturing Eye System". I thought it was just another gimmick supporting a cream on the bottom and elixir on the top. I consider myself and pride myself on my shopping skills; that's why I was looking into this Avon product. When I travel to Florida, I absolutely must stop and see "Bea/Tis and That" at the Daytona Flea Market. She is so knowledgeable and helpful in helping me find the perfect Avon product. (BTW, I love their ANEW cleanser in the tube)
    I agree with you mentioning that Avon has somewhat of an old-lady reputation. Maybe they just need better marketing. "Ding-Dong, Avon calling!" Nope, that doesn't work for me either. Today's woman is better educated and working longer hours coming home to a family, her real job. Times have changed. If I hadn't stumbled into Bea at the Flea Mkt., I probably would not have bought Avon. I have to admit, it probably had been about 30 years since I purchased Avon. I am in my 50's and finally need to concentrate on me now.
    Thanks, Christine, I will be checking your great networking website from time-to-time. Ladies, we are lucky that someone is unselfishly willing to share their secrets with us.


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