August 15, 2018

Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream for Basic Days

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2 stars out of 5

Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream ($8) is a new eye cream formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to seal in moisture and and help to keep eyes hydrated for 24 hours. Taking into consideration Cetaphil’s stellar repetition it was absolutely a no brainer for me to purchase this without thought.

I have drier eyes with some fine lines as well as puffiness. I rely on eye cream mostly to hydrate the area so my finer lines look less obvious. I have spent a lot of money on eye creams both budget friendly and higher-end ones from brands like La Mer and in all my testing I have yet to find one that really treats dark circles, finer lines, dark circles, and puffiness. I have learned that a good hydrating eye cream is the key to eyes looking great. Hydration really helps plump up the eye area so finer lines are less prominent. And a good concealer is your best to looking younger, more wide away, and flawless without the benefits of hiding flaws such as dark circles or even puffiness.

At this point I don’t really expect a miracle from my eye cream and I’m ok with that!

I don’t think there are any miracles to be had with Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream either but it does contain some fairly good ingredients and should work great for basic days you need some lightweight moisture.

Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream arrives in a 0.5 oz squeeze tube which will ensure the ingredients stay stable. It contains a host of fantastic ingredients such as several different oils like green tea and grape oils. It also contains Niacinamide which is great to brighten the eye area and of course, everyone’s favorite ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate aka Hyaluronic Acid to plump, hydrate, and help the delicate skin under your eyes to retain moisture.

With so much good here you might wonder why I’m calling an eye cream for basic days. Let me clarify that! At one time in my life I refused to leave the house with my face on. As in eyeshadow, blush, etc…! I just feel more put together and polished when I have all my makeup on. But nowadays, as I get older, I’ve embraced the simple life especially on non-work days or weekends. Sometimes the basic are plenty to get me through the day. SPF, eye cream, a little concealer under my eyes, curl my lashes, a dot of cheek stain, and I’m golden. I also look WAY younger without all the makeup.

Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream is great for those days. I’m not sure why they call it a gel as I find the texture is a lightweight cream that absorbs easily and has a light, subtle fresh scent. Fragrance in your eye cream is a big no since it can be irritating to eyes but I experienced no issues thankfully and it didn’t burn nor sting. I think it’s a lovely little eye cream and by little I mean basic. This isn’t for super dry eyes nor eyes that have a host of aging issues. I wouldn’t say it kept the skin under my eyes super hydrated nor did it diminish the appearance of my dark circles, puffiness, or finer lines. This surprised me considering the strong ingredient list.

In the end, it was just a really light, quick absorbing eye cream that wore nicely under subtle concealer but won’t exactly aid when applying pigmented or drier concealers such as say Tarte Shape Tape. This is an eye cream that might be great for younger eyes or for those who don’t really wear eye cream. It’s just simple without a lot of bells and whistles. I personally require a lot more hydration from my eye cream but on days I’m doing really light with my makeup this does the trick just fine.

All in all, for me Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream isn’t a great pick for me. I need something considerably more hydrating for my aging eyes but it might be well liked or loved by those with oily lids/eyes due to the lighter texture.

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Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream is a new eye cream that recently launched at drugstore which will set you back around $8-$9 for 0.5 oz. The tube packaging is great as it’ll keep the ingreidents stable and germ-free. The formula is a lightweight cream that absorbs very easily and has a light fresh scent that might be an issue for sensitive eyes. In my experience, this wasn’t hydrating enough for me even though it has some really good moisturizing ingredients. I require a lot more moisture for my drier eyes and will reserve this for basic days that I’m not wearing a lot of makeup!

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Dihydroxyisopropyl Capryloylcaprylamide, Niacinamide, Polysorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Bisabolol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Serine, Phytosterols, Alanine, Glycine, Trideceth-6, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Myristoyl/Palmitoyl Oxostearamide/Arachamide MEA, Biotinoyl Hexapeptide-2 Amide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Fragrance


  • Great for oily skin due to the lightweight texture.
  • Good for basic days that you don’t require a ton of moisture.
  • Good pick for younger eyes that don’t require a lot of moisture.
  • Affordable.


  • Not ideal for aging eyes.
  • Not a great pick for drier eyes who demand a lot of moisture.
  • Not perfect for anyone fighting dark circles or puffiness.


Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream is a pretty basic eye cream and if that’s all your eyes need you’re good to go. I’d say it would be a nice pick for anyone with oily or younger eyes that want a lightweight eye cream.

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  • Charlotte

    This seems like a good choice for me – I need a simple, not-too-moisturizing (oily lids and prone to milia) eye cream for day. I can’t apply my go-to day moisturizer (Cerave AM) around my eyes as I find the SPF really irritating. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

    The eye cream that really works for me in regards to dark circles, fine lines and puffiness is RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. I am incredibly pale and was resigned to my dark circles, but this cream was a game changer – I actually look like I got some sleep, for once! It definitely dries my eyes out though, hence a need for a good day cream to follow up with.

    • Isabella Muse

      I never tried the ROC one for the reason you mentioned, dryness, but I’ve heard really great things about it. I was just worried about it drying me out further due to the retinol so never attempted it!

  • Jen

    I was disappointed with this as well. Not enough hydration for these dry undereyes.

    • Isabella Muse

      me either. I’ll prob use it up for lighter days but no repurchase in my future!

  • Susan

    I don’t know if you have ever tried the brand Makeup Artist’s Choice (they only sell from their website). They have been around a long time and get a lot of love on Their eye cream that comes in a rollerball really works for me on days I have puffy eyes and it doesn’t interfere with eye makeup. Their anti-aging eye cream is very moisturizing without causing milia. I have tried a lot of eye creams and they either don’t do anything for puffiness or they are pore clogging. These two work (for me) and are reasonably priced. Not Cetaphil priced but not La Mer either.

  • Sara

    I’m very sensitive & allergic to everything. I’ve been using the Cetaphil products for years with no issues. I’ve used Roc eye products &
    Never had issues but decided to try the Cetaphil eye cream. Immed burning, watering, dark circles & within 24 hrs total dryness, swelling & irritation. Threw it away. Very disappointed.