Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate Review & Swatches

Thought I'd take a break from makeup product review and talk about a skincare product today! I'd like to introduce you to my eyes' new BFF: the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate! I have all kinds of good things to tell you about it but don't worry, I'll (try to) keep my review short and on point!

I received a couple of the sample size jars with my recent online Sephora purchases. Each jar comes only half-full and will last a couple of weeks with daily use (twice a day in the a.m. and p.m.). I have been using this product exclusively for the past 10 weeks and I think it's safe to give you a report on whether or not it has made any improvement on the appearance of my eye area.

Key ingredients:

  • A complex blend of black tea, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract to inhibit damaging free radicals and improve skin elasticity.
  • Antioxidant “Noni fruit juice” to retain and increase moisture, improving the appearance of the skin.
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate is rich and creamy. It is considerably thicker than other eye creams I've tried but it feels smooth, silky, and surprisingly light on the skin. It spreads really well and a small dab is all you need to cover the entire eye area. It has a soothing black tea and sweet lemon scent that dissipates quickly upon application. You are supposed to feel the cool sensation on the skin but I did not experience that at all. My eyes feel very awake and refreshed afterwards, though.

Unlike your typical “rich” eye creams, this one doesn't just sit on top of the skin — it absorbs instantly and does not leave any greasy residue behind. I usually wait about a minute before I continue with my makeup just to be on the safe side. And good news, it doesn't interfere with my makeup application at all! You know how some eye creams make your primer or foundation ball up, or a concealer streaky and crease? Not the case with this eye cream at all. #YES

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate (R: absorbed)
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate (R: absorbed)

In the course of 10 weeks, I cannot say that it has made a drastic improvement on existing fine lines and wrinkles. What's more obvious is how it has alleviated dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. When I apply it at night, I wake up with soft and supple skin. During the day, my concealer never creases or fades. My under eye area also appears brighter and firmer. It really does feel like the cream has done a good job at keeping my skin hydrated, protected as well as maintaining its elasticity.

It remains to be seen whether it will be moisturizing enough for the cold winter months. Right now it is the perfect formula for summer and fall. I have been meaning to buy the full size jar but I keep getting those sample packets from Sephora that I've been refilling my sample jar with. I'm not complaining (oh of course not!) considering how expensive the full size is! (I don't understand why eye creams are so expensive? Do you know why?)

Now please share with me your current eye cream (if you use any)! I'm always looking for the next best thing when it comes to skincare products so I look forward to your suggestion. It doesn't have to be anything crazy expensive but what I need to know is whether or not it has made a visible improvement on the condition of your skin! :)


US$85 at SephoraNordstromFresh

฿3,350 at Sephora Thailand

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  1. says: Rachelle

    WOW USD$85? That’s kind of expensive just for an eye cream X_X But then again, the surrounding areas of the eye is rather sensitive so the spending is justified :P

    I’m currently using the Diorsnow eye cream and it works pretty well for me – the metal tip applicator soothes and depuffs my horrid eyebags so I’m probably gonna repurchase! Not a huge fan of skincare that comes in jars xD

    1. says: Jaa

      I had no idea there’s a Diorsnow eye cream! I have been loyal to the face cream (no, I’m not crazy about the open jar, either!) because it feels so light and refreshing! I’ll have to do some research on the eye cream. Thanks for your suggestion, Rachelle! ❤

  2. It’s not exactly budget-proof… but it does sound GOOD! I don’t use any eye cream at all at the moment though. I ran out of my Estee Lauder eye cream and then just started using my Sisley Black Rose Oil on my eye contour as well. It seems to work fine so far.

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh I heard great things about using rose oil on the eye area! Sisley is definitely out of my price range but I’ll look around for a cheaper alternative. :)

  3. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, this sounds good! I’ve heard different theories about eye creams. Some people insist that they’re all gimmicky, since most of them contain the same active ingredients face creams contain. However, I find them necessary, since my face isn’t dry but my undereye area could be! For the moment, I use Darphin Ideal Resource Anti-Dark Circle Eye Illuminator in the morning, and Estee Lauder ANR serum + cream at night. I reckon a little investment is a good idea. Better safe than sorry huh (but that doesn’t mean I’m going to shell out crazy prices for them, either)?

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh I remember your glowing review of the Darphin eye illuminator! I still keep thinking about it, lol. I tried a sample of the EL ANR eye cream and I liked it a lot! Sooo smooth but a liiiiiittle silicone-y!

      1. says: Sunny

        I have repurchased the serum because it works very well for me. I’m still trying to evaluate how the new cream is. I’ll keep you posted!

  4. says: Carolyn

    Hi Jaa! This sounds like something I should try! I have an eye cream by Bobbi Brown but honestly don’t really know if it’s made a difference at all. So, I haven’t used it in quite some time actually. These days, I’m just using my night cream and applying it under the eyes too (I read online that there’s actually no need for a separate eye cream). But, this sounds intriguing!

    1. says: Jaa

      That’s what I heard, too. Honestly, I don’t think anyone knows for sure if a separate eye cream is actually needed. I’m happy using it so I’ll keep using it, lol.

  5. says: Erin

    Dang it, Jaa! I was going to review this tomorrow! I’ve been using the whole line in the am in sample form and I think it’s perfect for pre makeup. I’m still going to do the write up any way :p
    It’s too good not to talk about!

    1. says: Jaa

      You’re right! I’ve been reviewing a lot of Fresh products lately! ^_^ They make good skincare products, though, in my experience!

  6. says: Karina

    I have been using Estee Lauder eye cream and serum for about 3 weeks and They are amazing! My under eye area is smoother and brighter :D

  7. says: Dee

    Interesting. This ones new to me! Reversa UV Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream with SPF 15 thats been my go to for years now and I just bought a backup. I used the shiseido XL formula eye cream in betweenand liked that too but came back to this one. Works so well and has a teeny bit of glycolic acid that helps with flakiness, finelines etc!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks for sharing, Dee! I’ll keep that in mind the next time I’m shopping around! I like that it has SPF, too! :)

  8. You’ve made me want this eye cream, Jaa! I’m almost finished with my pot of One Love Organics Vitamin E Shea Butter Eye Balm. I’ve been using it for over a year. It’s a waterless balm so it’s mega thick and you only need a tiny dot. It definitely gets rid of puffy bags and hydrates the under eye area beautifully. I can use it on my face before makeup in winter without any product fights, lol! It’s $48 and is seriously a dream. I reviewed it back in April 2013! You can see how thick it is in the pictures. The fact that it’s now August 2014 and it’s still going strong is pretty amazing to me!

    1. says: Jaa

      Your photos of the product are super cute, Kristen! It does sound like it would make a great winter eye cream! I cannot believe it has lasted you well more than a year! A TRUE investment for sure!!! Wow!

  9. says: Laura

    What code did you use for this, and is it still active and in stock? I would love to give it a try! I have the black tea mask (free deluxe samples as well!) and I really like how soft it makes my skin feel.

    Jaa, have you ever tried any LUSH products? It’s my other obsession, along with Sephora. Their skincare is fresh and mostly natural, they have everything from body lotion to lipsticks to shampoo and conditioner. I almost exclusively use their products for hair/skin/body and I’m so in love with them, despite how pricey they are. If you have a shop near you I would definitely recommend checking it out!

    1. says: Jaa

      Hey Laura, I think it was a 100-point perk thing! I received it almost 3 months ago so it’s probably out of stock by now. I haven’t tried the black tea mask! Hope it’s still available the next time I place my Sephora order!

      I think I have a few Lush products in the house but I don’t use them very often! I walked into the store once but couldn’t stay long because the scent was quite overwhelming. What are your top 3 products, Laura? Give me suggestion! :)

      1. says: Laura

        Top 3 is tough, but I’ll try my best!

        1. Full of Grace serum: it’s a facial serum in a solid bar, it really helps my dry skin, and I actually use it anywhere on my body that is especially dry.

        2. Mask of Magnaminty: When I break out, I like to use this mask on my face. It has peppermint so it’s a little bit tingly but also very gentle, and it leaves my face soft.

        3. Ocean Salt: A really refreshing scrub for your face & body, after using it I feel soft and smell great.

        It’s hard to only pick 3 products, I love most of Lush’s stuff :p

        1. says: Jaa

          Ahhh thanks so much for your recommendations, Laura!!! I will keep them in mind the next time I’m shopping for Lush products!

          How do you use the Full of Grace serum when it comes in a solid bar? I always imagine serum to come in liquid form but a solid bar…? Do you like, rub it all over your face or..? LOL. I’m clueless!!! ^_^”

          1. says: Laura

            Yes, you can either rub it between your hands to get a bit of the product, or you can rub the bar directly on your face, whichever you prefer! Of all of Lush’s solid products, designed to melt at body temperature, this one melts the easiest. It isn’t the most hygienic thing, but I don’t mind it (personal preference) and I like how the product doesn’t have any wasteful packaging, or any packaging at all :p

  10. says: Liz

    I’ve yet to meet a life-altering sort of eye cream. As long as they’re hydrating and not irritating, doesn’t pill under makeup/sunscreen, I’m good. I’m testing a decent one from VICHY right now but it’s not yet released.

  11. says: Sylirael

    This sounds so good… Although if there’s black tea and lemon in the offing, I feel that there needs to be some biscuit involved somewhere. Crumpet, possibly? Scone? :-D

    I’m using up my mountain of Lancome Genifique eye cream samples, and it’s nice enough, but this one sounds amazing! I definitely couldn’t bring myself to buy the full size of the Genifique eye cream here, LOL! It’s probably $150 a pot.

    1. says: Jaa

      Haha, Syl!

      The Genefique line is crazy expensive! I tried the sample once as well but no, I did not purchase the full size for the very same reason. LOL!

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