I would normally reserve my opinion on a skincare product like C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream after using for at least six weeks, however with the upcoming Spring Sephora VIB Sale, I feel that it may be helpful to have at least an initial impression from someone who has used this new Drunk Elephant product! I know many people on social media are interested in it, so I think it may be a popular wishlist item for the sale. We all knew about Protini coming weeks in advance, but DE dropped the new C-Tango like the hot product that it is! Haha. A post showed up on my Instagram feed of the product on Sephora’s website so I immediately went to scope it out! I always go the the list of ingredients first on any new product. As soon as I read that list, I clicked to purchase. No joke. It’s that good!
So you may be saying to yourself “she already loved the product before she even tried it?” No. I love the formulation, the ingredients that make up C-Tango are amazing. However, I have been burned before by a fantastic INCI! (inci=International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Ingredients, aka, list of ingredients.) So I approached this product with a healthy amount of skepticism, I really had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know what the texture would be like, if it would be similar to Shaba. Shaba Complex Eye Serum, Drunk Elephant’s other eye product, is more of a light, serum texture that I used a couple of years ago before they updated the packaging. Even though I have combination skin, my under eye area is very dry and I didn’t find Shaba hydrating enough for me. I used up the entire bottle, but I wasn’t wowed enough by it to repurchase.
My initial thought once I learned that the eye cream contained both peptides and Vitamin C, “oh it’s as if C-Firma and Protini had a tiny baby!” Taking the benefits from Protini (the peptides) and the antioxidant protection from C-Firma and combining them together…genius! Now if they could only formulate a Retinol, I’d be happy!
So in my growing impatience of my pending delivery (let’s get real, it was two days) I read more about C-Tango and the benefits Drunk Elephant claims it will do for skin. From the DE website.
- For stronger, firmer looking skin around the eye area.
- Designed to refresh and restore a radiant appearance.
- powerful enough to improve even stubborn signs of damage.
- gentle enough for AM and PM use.
Texture & Application
C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream is a lot like Protini in terms of texture, it feels like a light gel that is creamy. It feels very cool and refreshing upon application, which is very helpful for my perpetually tired under eye area! It is housed in a pump just like their other eye treatment, Shaba. An airless pump is my preferred packaging for most products, especially an eye product. Drunk Elephant states that it can be mixed with Shaba or layered on top of each other to get benefits from both products. Is it necessary to have both? No. I think that C-Tango is a well rounded formulation that will hydrate, protect, and help correct signs of aging for the sensitive under eye area.
While we are talking about application, now is a good time to mention I do apply this on my eyelid. I was asked this specific question on social media and have never pointed this out before. I actually apply all around my eyes. From the tops of my cheekbone all the way up to my brow bone. Think about it, when you smile the lines that show up are at the corners of your eyes (well mine are!) so you want to make sure to treat those areas too! I also apply any leftover product that is on my finger around my lip line. The skin there is similar to that under the eyes and can benefit from the additional product application. Another quick tip: I apply my eye product after water based serums (like acids and hyaluronic acid) but before any moisturizer, heavier cream textured serums, and especially any oils. Most eye treatments are quite pricey and you want to make sure that the product you are applying will penetrate and have the opportunity to be effective!
C-Tango can also be stored in the refrigerator to provide further cooling benefits per Drunk Elephant. I definitely need to test this out!
Putting it to the Test!
Since it has only been a couple of weeks since I have been using C-Tango I haven’t noticed any brightening around my eyes, which is to be expected. Since the Vitamin C included in this formula is actually derivatives and not pure Vitamin C, l-Ascorbic Acid, it takes longer to see beneficial results. I mean it takes longer than two weeks even with pure LAA. However I have noticed some positive developments that I didn’t discover until I conducted my own little experimental beauty test.
So I tend to get bored with most eye creams, like “are they really even doing anything?” (The case with Shaba.) So every once in a while I like to do a one eye challenge. After using day and night for two weeks on both eyes, I stopped applying C-Tango to my left eye for two days. I applied my makeup that first day and didn’t notice any spectacular differences between the two eyes. However, the second day after wearing my makeup for a whopping 14 hours, I did notice a difference. Perhaps a change so small that it can only be recognized when it is highlighted with concealer. My right eye which I had continued applying C-Tango to, looked smoother, plumper and definitely less crepey. And remember, this is at the end of the day. I was so excited by the prospects of this mini beauty experiment I will continue to religiously use C-Tango and look forward to sharing further hopefully positive developments with you!
I have tried a similar product less than a year ago, the Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream. They are similar in the fact they both contain stabilized Vitamin C and purport to brighten and firm the under eye area. While I was initially very excited about that formulation and its ingredients, it was just too irritating for my apparently very sensitive skin under my eyes. It made my skin very red and almost felt like a sunburn the next day. I was skeptical about using C-Tango because I was afraid it would cause the same irritation because the formulas are similar, although not the same. I am happy to report I have been able to use C-Tango twice a day ever since it arrived on my doorstep on March 14th with absolutely no irritation. It actually is a very gentle product even though it is packed with Actives!
The selling point for me were the ingredients in this formulation. To be completely honest, I wasn’t even looking to add an eye cream to my routine at this point. I mean I do use an eye treatment most of the time during my skincare routines, but do I feel like I need them? No. My feelings are the same for a dedicated neck cream. I mean, most of my skincare products that I use on my face I also apply to my neck and around my eyes. So what makes an eye treatment so special? Well for this particular product, it is the ingredients.
I will admit, besides the unique blend of peptides and Vitamin C, the biggest ingredient selling point for me is the inclusion of Superoxide Dismutase. I was introduced to this ingredient by one of my favorite brands, NIOD. Their treatment mist, SDSM (Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist) has done amazing things for my skin that I thought was not possible for a face mist. You can read more about my experience with this mist here. Ever since reading the promising research behind this ingredient I have been searching for products that contain it! Superoxide Dismutase is an antioxidant that is already present within our bodies. SOD protects cells from free radical damage, which is a contributing factor to aging skin. Free radicals can be caused from normal metabolic functions, but also from environmental factors such as pollution, smoking, or fried foods. By adding SOD to C-Tango it adds an extra layer of protection from free radicals for that sensitive skin under your eyes!
Drunk Elephant touts including five different forms of Vitamin C to “brighten uneven tone, firm, and offers unparalleled defense against damaging uv rays, pollution, and other free radicals.” These are actually five different Vitamin C derivatives, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP,) tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (THD,) Ascorbyl Glucoside, and Ascorbyl Palmitate. The pure form of Vitamin C, l-Ascorbic Acid is a notoriously difficult ingredient to formulate for skin because it oxidizes quickly when in contact with air, water and sunlight. So it has to packaged correctly and at a specific pH for it to remain effective. Formulating a LAA serum is a fine line between effectiveness and irritation, if the pH is too low it can cause irritation. A good LAA serum is generally expensive and has to be used quickly because it has well known stability issues. Drunk Elephant skips all of that headache by combining a blend of five Vitamin C derivatives that are stable, therefore not carrying all the burden an LAA serum does. Any Vitamin C derivative has to be broken down by the skin and converted to LAA for it to be used. Therefore it does take longer to see results from derivatives, but also lessens the chance of irritation. However, there is research that states most forms of Vitamin C (even derivatives, at certain concentrations) can improve uneven skin tone.
While it does contain peptides and very similar base ingredients as the Protini Polypeptide Cream, C-Tango does not contain the same peptide blend. There are only two identical peptides in both formulas. C-Tango’s key ingredient in my opinion is the Vitamin C blend, while Protini’s is peptide focused. So just to be clear, I believe C-Tango contains less peptides than Protini does, so it would be beneficial to apply Protini after applying C-Tango to reap the benefits of both! This is not in anyway a dig on C-Tango’s formulation, it has a lot going for it! You can read my review of Protini here.
Ceramides, phospholipids, plant oils, green tea extract, cholesterol, cucumber and strawberry extracts, superoxide dismutase, CoQ10, sodium Hyaluronate, aloe vera and vitamin E are only a few standout ingredients that make this product beneficial for the sensitive skin under the eyes. All of the ingredients in this formula will help to hydrate and calm skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles, help correct uneven skin tone, strengthen and protect the outer barrier, and make skin feel softer and smoother over time. Overall very impressed with the blend Drunk Elephant has formulated and cannot wait to see the longer term effects of using C-Tango!
Full Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide EOP, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ubiquinone, Superoxide Dismutase, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phytic Acid, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Thioctic Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-20, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin
I will definitely keep updating this post as my relationship with C-Tango either strengthens or we breakup! Seriously though, I do frequently update old posts when I have noticed new results or found new concerns, so you can see where I’m at with a product I have previously reviewed. I have updated my Protini review several times since initially publishing. I want y’all to have the best information when making a decision to purchase products, especially at this price point!
I am hopeful that with my C-Tango initial results, combined with the stellar ingredient list that when I update this post next I will be concealer free! Haha. Well a girl can dream, right? You can always come by and chat with me on Instagram, take a sneak peak at what products I am testing at the moment, I would love to have you! Comment and let me know if you have come from the blog, I would love to get to know my blog readers better! 😉
Oh, and don’t forget to check out my new post about the Sephora Spring VIB Sale!