Under Eye Recovery Review: An In-Depth Look

By HighYa Research Team
Updated on: May 24, 2019

Under Eye Recovery is a brightening eye cream the company claims can brighten dark circles, alleviate puffiness and smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Specifically, the makers of the product, City Beauty, state that it reduces the appearance of discoloration and skin-aging shadows under the eyes, helps to correct puffiness and wrinkles, and deeply hydrates the skin, adding appreciable smoothness.

The manufacturer mentions that the product is perfect for all age groups and skin types, stating that even those with sensitive skin can use it without fear. They also say that the product is effective for both men and women, stating that the easily-absorbed formula is actually more ideal for men than many products specifically marketed towards them.

According to the product’s website, Under Eye Recovery works in a two-pronged approach: first, it reduces the underlying causes of dark circles in the skin. Secondly, they claim that it works to refract and reflect light, helping to eliminate small shadows caused by skin imperfections, which they claim are major contributors to dark circles.

The product needs to be applied to freshly cleaned skin. After drying, you can gently apply it underneath the eyes up to twice daily. The manufacturer recommends doing so once at night, allowing it to contribute to the body’s natural regenerative processes.

Before moving on, let’s briefly take a look at why we get these dark circles and bags under our eyes in the first place.

What Causes Dark Circles Under Our Eyes?

Dr. Mark D. Gaon, a board certified plastic surgeon at Finesse Plastic Surgery in Southern California tells us that the causes for dark circles and bags under our eyes can vary, including the following:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Exposure to UV radiation
  • High salt diet
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetics

It’s not just limited to age, either; anyone can develop these unsightly circles around their eyes, and Dr. Temitayo Ogunleye, assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Penn Medicine, makes it clear that those with thinner skin due to family lineage can have more pronounced effects:

“Genetics play big role – if it’s genetic, they’re more likely to see dark under eye circles when they get older. It’s not necessarily age-related. If you have other people in your family with dark under eye circles, there’s good likeliness you will have them, too.”

Knowing this, let’s next take a look at the ingredients used in Under Eye Recovery’s formula to determine how effective it may be at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and under-eye circles, whether caused by genetics or other factors.

Under Eye Recovery’s Ingredients

In order to answer this question directly, we’ll need to take a close-up look at the Under Eye Recovery’s ingredients. According to the website, there are seven main, active ingredients:

  • LipoLight® OAP/PVA
  • Haloxyl
  • Chronoline
  • Hyalusphere
  • BeauifEYE
  • RejuvenOX

Pro tip: A full list can be found under the ingredients tab on the Under Eye Recovery page of City Beauty’s website. To learn more about what distinguishes an active ingredient from an inactive one, be sure to read How to Understand Cosmetic Ingredient Lists when you have the time.

The manufacturer states that each of these core compounds listed above play a part in delivering the anti-dark circle results they describe, showing that they also provide anti-wrinkle and blood flow improvements as well. But is there any clinical evidence supporting these claims?

As it turns out, we were able to find relevant clinical studies for all but one of the ingredients listed, RejuvenOX. Let’s break each of them down below:

  • LipoLight® OAP/PVA: This study found that the ingredient was able to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, wrinkles, under-eye circles, uneven skin tones, and enlarged pores.

  • Haloxyl: The results of this trial illustrated that Haloxyl was able to reduce the appearance of visible red and blue colors in under-eye circles by 19 percent.

  • Chronoline: At the conclusion of this study, 93 percent of the 65 women aged 18 to 45 years old agreed that their skin felt smoother as a result of Chronoline application.

  • Hyalusphere: This substance was found to significantly smooth out wrinkles on the skin within one hour.

  • SYN-AKE: In this clinical trial, one participant exhibited up to a 52 percent decrease in visible wrinkles on the forehead area.

  • BeautifEYE: This study illustrated that upon application, users were able to see a 30 percent decrease in blue under-eye colors. They also reported a 61 percent decrease in drooping surface of the upper eyelid.

It’s worth noting that each of these trials was carried out by their respective manufacturers, and one study isn’t usually regarded as enough evidence to make an absolute scientific claim in the wider industry.

Despite these caveats, judging purely based on the results described above, it looks as though most of these ingredients do have precedence to be included in Under Eye Recovery’s formula.

Another important factor that isn’t listed on the website is the exact concentration amounts that these components were found in.

We reached out to customer service, and despite one agent’s diligent searching, we were unable to confirm this information as of this writing. Without it, it can be difficult to evaluate how similar your results may be to the studies listed above.

Potential Under Eye Recovery Side Effects

Based on the information found in the trials above, we did not encounter any specific side effects associated with the proprietary ingredients used in Under Eye Recovery.

However, Truth In Aging indicates there have been rumors that Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-3; a key component in SYN-AKE) may lead to skin sagging with continued use, although they largely chalk this up to “a misunderstanding of the way that Argireline and the other Botox in a jar formulas) work.”

That said, because there’s a large number of ingredients in Eye Recovery’s formula, there’s always the possibility of adverse effects popping up, making it especially important to speak with your dermatologist before using any new skincare product.

The manufacturer states that though the product uses ingredients safe for even the most sensitive skin, it’s always a good idea to perform a small “patch test” on your arm 24 hours prior to starting treatment if you are concerned about any potentially adverse effects.

Under Eye Recovery Pricing and Return Policy

As of this writing, Under Eye Recovery was only available on the City Beauty main website. It is currently sold for $50.00 per 0.5 fluid-ounce bottle. Shipping and handling are free.

As for the return policy, each order has a 60-day satisfaction guarantee attached to it. To initiate a return, you’ll need to reach out to customer service at (800)347-1558 or support@citybeauty.com.

Purchasing a Skin Care Cream Like Under Eye Recovery

It will probably come as no surprise to find out that there are thousands of different options for under-eye creams on the market today, both online and in-stores. During our research, we found a number of products that claimed to provide similar benefits to Under Eye Recovery.

Interestingly, we didn’t encounter another product formulation that used this exact combination of ingredients, nor did we find any that included both LipoLight & Haloxyl.

Despite this, we did see several options on Amazon that featured hundreds, and even thousands, of five-star reviews in certain cases, like with the Baebody Beauty Eye Gel. This product promised extremely similar results to Under Eye Recovery, with many users confirming their results in reviews.

Crucially, though it featured more than 14,000 customer reviews, the Baebody gel was only a fraction of the cost of Under Eye Recovery at just $24.95 as of this writing. The size of the serum itself was larger as well, coming in at 1.7 fluid-ounces as opposed to Recovery’s 0.5 fluid-ounces.

If you’re searching for the right under-eye cream for your needs, consider the following:

  • What’s your budget? Seeing as this is a recurring commitment for most, you’ll need to decide how much you’d like to spend on a semi-regular basis. If you’re looking for a combination of substances with clinical evidence behind them, Under Eye Recovery certainty seems to deliver. That said, based on the numerous customer reviews for similar products, you may also be able to pay considerably less for effective results.

  • Remember that your skin is unique. Because of this, not all products may work the same for all individuals. Ideally, you’ll want to find a solution that features reviews from others with similar skin types.

  • Be wary of unsubstantiated claims. Many companies provide insight into their ingredients and are transparent about their effects (like with City Beauty), but based on our previous experience, certain brands can make claims without any evidence whatsoever to back them up. Slow down and be diligent when looking into a particular product’s claims.

  • Watch out for free trials and autoship programs. Thankfully, City Beauty doesn’t employ these types of pricing structures, but we’ve reviewed several products before who do, and our readers tell us that these programs are often hidden away in the terms and conditions where you don’t find them until the charges start rolling in.

  • Don’t be afraid to try alternatives. Experts we spoke to earlier like Dr. Ogunleye state that the most bang-for-buck option when trying to manage under-eye circles may simply involve investing in some makeup concealer, as the root causes of these blemishes can be difficult to treat.

The Bottom Line: Is Under Eye Recovery Right for You?

Based on everything that we’ve learned about the serum, can you expect Under Eye Recovery to deliver on its main claim of reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes? Let’s recap.

In the ingredients section above, we discovered that six out of the seven main active ingredients used within the product’s formula had clinical studies attributed to them that illustrate their apparent effectiveness at reducing dark circles and wrinkles in the skin around the eyes. We also learned that the manufacturer, City Beauty, has been in business since 2002.

That said, we aren’t told in what concentration amount these ingredients are found in, and customer service was not able to provide this information when we inquired. Without this, it is very difficult to determine whether or not you can expect the same results reported in these studies, without actually trying the product out for yourself first.

When all is said and done, this might be the best way to proceed if you’re looking to give Under Eye Recovery a shot. Thanks to the 60-day, no-questions-asked, return policy, you should be able to try the product out in your home in order to evaluate how well it does for you specifically.

We might also recommend trying out one of the less-expensive alternatives on Amazon, comparing the results from each. By doing so, you’ll be one step closer to finding a sustainable, long-term solution that works well for you in the end.

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  • Addicted!

    • By Sari B.,
    • Queensbury, NY,
    • Aug 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    The first City Beauty product I started out with was City Lips. I’m 52 and the lines around my lips were just starting to bother me. BAM! Lines gone, and my lips looked like they USED to look! (I didn’t realize they were getting thinner until I saw the difference!)

    Then the Sculpting Cream. And my "puppet mouth", which was driving me crazy(!) and my forehead lines started to disappear! So, of course, I wanted the Under Eye Recovery! I bought 4, right off the bat!

    I’m a beauty product addict, and City Beauty is at the top of my list. I’ve never seen such noticeable results so quickly as I have with all of your products. I canceled my subscription to another company’s skincare line last week. I only want YOU.

    I am not rich. Not by a long shot. But my skin is important to me. And I feel 10 years younger. Honestly!

    I’m a hairstylist and makeup artist for bridal parties, and I use City Beauty on my older clients, knowing it will make a noticeable difference THAT DAY. I’m always advertising for you!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Love the product!

    • By Jadine S.,
    • Auburn, WA,
    • Sep 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have only begun to use this product very recently, but so far I am loving it. It is very hydrating to my very dry under eyes. I have had no problem applying make-up over it and have nothing but good things to say about the effects since I have started using it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Eyes look brighter

    • By Lisa G.,
    • Loganville, GA,
    • Sep 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Been using the under eye treatment for about 2 weeks. Eyes appear brighter and not as tired. Dark circles slowing disappearing. Will continue to use for better results. My mom even told me my eyes appeared brighter and she was not aware I was using a new product. All good! Definitely recommend.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Under Eye Recovery

    • By Joanne S.,
    • Clarence Center, NY,
    • Sep 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    This product is amazing! Was tired of looking tired, thought I would give it a try and I am so glad. Dark circles are fading and puffiness is gone. I use it in the morning and before bed. No need for concealer. Love it!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Happy eyes

    • By Diane D.,
    • New Palestine, IN,
    • Sep 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am 58 years old. I am beginning to see signs of aging and my eyes while not terrible are at times puffy and dark. Under Eye Recovery has helped a lot! I love how it has a cooling soothing feel. It definitely helps take down puffiness and brightens the eye area. I have purchased many other creams but nothing compares to this product, even the more expensive ones. I have no plans to try other brands, I’ve found the one that works for me. Thank you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • The best

    • By Janice M.,
    • Michigan,
    • Sep 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am so pleased with City Beauty Under Eye Recovery, it goes on smooth, my under-eye puffiness and darkness have decreased. I can hardly wait to see results as more time passes with daily use. I do plan on buying again and checking into all the other City Beauty products. Truthfully spoken!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Brightening eyes

    • By Robin B.,
    • Florida,
    • Sep 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Tried the Under Eye Recovery eye cream and really like it. I didn't think it would be moisturizing enough but it is. Concealer goes on very nicely over it once it dries. And it does have a subtle brightening effect. I will continue to use. Also love the pump tube. No more messy fingers in a jar of cream.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • This product is great

    • By Christy N.,
    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • May 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I love this product. I’ve been using this for less than two weeks, 12 days to be exact, and I have already noticed a difference. My eyes looks so much younger. I’ve had friends ask me what’s changed/what’s different because they have noticed a difference as well.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Impressed after a couple of uses

    • By Mary B.,
    • Lake Elsinore, CA,
    • Jul 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    My eyes were beginning to look sunken in. Now my eyes look firmer on the bottom.

    Hoping to see an improvement on my upper eyelids. Simple enough to use that I would apply it three times a day. I don’t look so tired.

    It’s made a lot of difference since I had cataract surgery a month ago, which improved my vision and that I no longer needed to wear my glasses.

    I didn’t realize that the bags under my eyes were bad. But now I look a lot better since I have used your product and am more confident without my glasses.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • So far so good

    • By Deborah S.,
    • Maryland,
    • Sep 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I've been using this for about 2 weeks so I don't think I've reached the full potential of using this eye cream. I am hopeful to reach better results. I can say that my eyes look a tad bit brighter, but as for the puffiness, I haven't noticed much difference yet. I've been using faithfully two times a day.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Under Eye Recovery

    • By Barbara S.,
    • Baltimore, MD,
    • Sep 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have been using Under Eye Recovery for almost two weeks now. Over the past few months, I had been developing a small puffy pocket under each eye. That is now completely gone. My under eye area has always been dark, but lately, it had been getting much darker - darker to a point where concealer would not completely cover it anymore. I have now lightened slightly to a point where concealer will cover it, much to my delight.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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