Eliminates the need for multiple products
Cooling applicator soothes eye area
Broad-spectrum 35 SPF
Limited shade range
Not for dry skin
Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35
Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 is a multipurpose product that can effectively eliminate other products you might be using. It has broad-spectrum SPF 35 to protect against sun damage, ingredients including plant extracts and peptides to treat the appearance of issues like dark circles and puffiness, a cooling applicator tip, and it’s even tinted to hide evidence of dark circles or redness.
With a resume like that, the expectations surrounding the 3-in-1 product are high—but so is the price tag. Is it worth the cost? I added Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 to my makeup routine to find out.
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Dark circles, puffiness, sun protection
Potential Allergens: None
Active Ingredients: SPF
Byrdie Clean?: Yes
About the Brand: Colorscience creates products for skin that protect and heal, and it offers a wide range of SPF, makeup, and skincare products with that philosophy in mind.
About My Skin: Dark circles and dry skin
My eye area has always been a problem for me, mostly due to dark circles and dry skin that doesn’t ever seem to go away. It turns out the only thing that helps the genetic discoloration is concealer, but my dry under-eye skin means finding a product that doesn’t exaggerate the dryness is an issue.
Typically, I use my regular SPF, moisturizer, and foundation/concealer rather than products specifically made for the eye area. But I added in the Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 for an extra boost of protection and coverage after I used my recent favorite SPF/moisturizer combo, the First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Face Cream with SPF 30 (another multi-use product!).
The Feel: Thick and a little sticky
The metal applicator can be used to spread the product around the eye area, and the cooling effect not only feels nice but can help with puffiness. After tapping the product onto my skin, I like to use my fingers to really blend in the product.
I noticed some lid creasing after a couple of hours of wear, and it built up slightly in the creasing underneath my eyes. But other than that, it had long-staying power and lasted all day.
The formula is thick and takes some effort to blend into the skin—it’s definitely not my favorite as far as texture and feel. For comparison, it reminds me of using a thick mineral sunscreen (which makes sense because it’s formulated with mineral sunscreen!).
The Results: Results may vary
For me and my dry eye area, the Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 didn’t exactly give me the results I wanted. It can be hard for me to find products that don’t make my under eyes look dry, so it wasn’t exactly a surprise to me that this one didn’t work for me.
I tried out the color medium, and even though my skin is in the light to medium range, I felt the color was still too light (I think the next color darker, tan, might be too dark for me). Because of the limited shade range—just Fair, Medium, Tan, and Dark—it might be hard for many to find the color that works for them.
I noticed some lid creasing after a couple of hours of wear, and it built up slightly in the creasing underneath my eyes. But other than that, it had long-staying power and lasted all day. The texture makes it work great as a primer since the slight stickiness of the product really grips onto eyeshadow.
The formula has broad-spectrum SPF 35 protection—a must to prevent premature aging around the eyes. The sun protection is thanks to titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both of which are physical sunscreens (meaning they block the skin from absorbing the sun’s rays, as opposed to chemical sunscreens, which work by absorbing the sun’s rays and transforming them into non-damaging heat).
While I haven’t used it long enough to see long-term results, over time the formula tightens skin and smooths out lines and wrinkles because of a range of ingredients—peptides, plant extracts, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins.
The Value: Overpriced
Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SP5 35 costs $74, and Colorscience says it should last around 2 months with twice a day use.
It can be easy to dismiss the high price by considering it’s an SPF, concealer, and skincare product all in one, but there are several other products that also include beneficial ingredients on top of sun protection and coverage that are priced much more affordably. Perhaps if the product had worked better for me, I would find the cost worth it (and depending on if it works for you, you may!), but right now I think it’s overpriced.
Similar Products: Other SPF and concealer combos
Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50: It only comes in one color, a universal tint, so the coverage isn’t as full. But the Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 ($30) is half the price of Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 while packing slightly more product (and a higher SPF!).
Supergoop Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40: The tinted color boosts radiance rather than coverage, so you might need more coverage than what the Supergoop Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40 ($36) offers. And while it contains ingredients that are good for the skin, this product doesn’t replace other eye creams or serums. Still, the $36 cream is a good choice for protection and coverage.
For the right person, the Colorscience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 could be an amazing product—the coverage, SPF, and skin-loving ingredients in its all-in-one formula can save you time, money, and make you look like your best self in the process. But if you have dry under eyes like me, or if one of the colors doesn’t work with your skin tone, you’ll want to pass it up.
- Product Name Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35
- Product Brand Colorescience
- UPC 813419024044
- Price $74
- Weight 0.23 oz.
- Ingredients Aqua/Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Panthenol, Mica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Sea Water, Sorbitol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Betaine, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Sucrose, Darutoside, Pantolactone, Tocopherol, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)