Editor Tested: NEUTROGENA Rapid Repair Dark Circle Eye Cream and Hydro Boost Gel Creams

Lesley Mirza
Written by Lesley Mirza


This year is flying by, and I am exhausted!

I hate to whine, but with being the editor of this fab digital mag, and keeping tabs on several social media accounts, and all of the travelling I’ve been doing (yes, it is fun, but it’s still work!), I’m feeling a tad drained. And it has taken a toll of my skin: dark under-eye circles and tired, dehydrated skin—not too attractive!

I was very curious when NEUTROGENA® kindly sent to me three of their newer skincare launches: NEUTROGENA® HYDRO BOOST Gel Cream; NEUTROGENA® HYDRO BOOST Gel Cream SPF 15; and NEUTROGENA® Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream—all promising me to see a positive difference in my skin in one week. Could they really work? How could I not give them a go?

NEUTROGENA® Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream

Dark circles seem to be the bain of my existence – just call me Ms. Raccoon. And so far, very few concealers help to disguise the bluey-purple hue found under my eyes.

And did you know that if you enter ‘dark under eye circles’ into, 3,800,000 results appear? It seems that there are many people in the world who are also trying to figure out how to reduce the look of their dark circles.

In just one week, NEUTROGENA® Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream states that it will instantly wake-up fatigued eyes and start to reduce the look of dark under eye circles. How? It’s formulated with NEUTROGENA®’s exclusive nourishing ‘Accelerated Brightening Complex’ that micro-stimulates the skin with moisture, diffusing the look of dark circles while light reflecting minerals brighten eyes. Sounds great, right?

I have been using this product as my only eye cream for a few weeks and have definitely seen a noticeable improvement in my ‘racoons.’ I found the applicator brush easy to use and the product absorbed nicely into the skin, ready for me to apply my fave concealer. I also appreciate that this eye product is Ophthalmologist-tested as I can react to some eye specific beauty items.


Not drinking enough water, the constant jet-setting, and long work hours have caused my skin to look quite dull and tired, and definitely dehydrated. I desperately needed a mega-boost of moisture, and I found it in these two gel creams.

Both fast-absorbing, oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas—including hyaluronic acid (naturally found in skin), glycerine and olive extract—instantly hydrate the skin and keep it looking visibly smooth, supple and healthy-looking throughout the day, day after day, without feeling heavy or greasy. The day gel cream has an added benefit of broad-spectrum SPF 15—excellent!

During the day I applied HYDRO BOOST Gel Cream SPF 15 and at night I applied HYDRO BOOST Gel Cream. My parched combination skin absorbed each of these products super-fast, and within hours, my skin looked healthier, plumper, and felt softer (always a bonus!). And my skin, honestly, didn’t feel greasy or have an obvious shine to it.

It’s the hyaluronic acid that makes all the difference: It acts like a sponge for dry skin cells, absorbing up to 1000 times its weight in water and progressively releases water back into skin when it needs it the most—you’re basically giving your skin a giant glass of refreshing water, and it will love you for it!

I am truly thrilled with the results. And now I want you to try them for yourself. We have teamed up with NEUTROGENA® on a new product testing program, which is coming soon. Keep your eye on for details!

About the author

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza is the editor-in-chief for and travels the world tasting, sipping, and spa-ing.

In addition to heading up, Lesley has penned pieces for several publications, including Vancouver Magazine, Western Living,, (Tourism Vancouver's blog), and

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