Keats once wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” and that line could certainly apply to most of Erno Laszlo products. Its new Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair is no different.
The classic “pHormula” line started in the 1920s in Hungary with the creation of formula 3-1, the precursor to today’s 3-9, which saved many a celebrity’s (including Hungary’s princess Stephanie) face.
Priced at $175, this new rich and emollient cream comes in the brand’s signature black and white jar, the colors reminiscent of a half-moon cookie or a box of chess pieces. It is a gel formulation, so it’s as light as jelly, and it contains active ingredients. One of the gel’s salient features is that it cools on contact so it helps stimulate micro circulation.
The formulation aims to repair the delicate eye area, hydrate with sweet almond oil, and protect the area using pine extract. With such a hefty price tag, I wanted to see results almost immediately, and I noticed with consistent use that my dark circles were definitely less after a few days. Since I don’t have too many wrinkles, I did not look at this from an anti-aging perspective, although it should be noted that the late legend Marilyn Monroe swore by the brand exclusively.
Compared to many eye creams that I have used that fall into the luxury umbrella (i.e. priced above $50), this cream looks and feels fabulous. It is light, rich, and does the job. Would I say that it pales in comparison to others? It definitely ranks as one of my all-time favorites with respect to its look and feel: marula and tamanu oils also help with the mix to increase its potency. If you look at other eye creams (e.g. Shiseido WrinkleResist 24, which costs $55 or Lancome’s Renergie Lift Multi-Action Eye, priced at $68), there are some aspects that I find interesting to note. All three promise to tighten but the Erno Laszlo’s Phormula also has an anti-inflammatory component, and calms skin irritations (thanks to its artichoke extract). It therefore makes me trust that it will be more suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin (which the label says it does).
So, do I think it’s worth the price tag? Definitely yes.