I Tried Filorga’s Best-Selling Eye Cream, Which Contains the Same Ingredients Found in a Mesotherapy Injection

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Filorga, a France-based brand founded by physician Michel Tordjam, has long been committed to creating scientifically proven and clinically tested skin solutions, resulting in innovations that have earned the stamp of approval from skin-care experts and beauty enthusiasts alike. One such example is Filorga’s best-selling Time-Filler 5-XP Eye Cream ($55). Infused in the formula are, most notably, the brand’s signature New Cellular Encapsulated Factors (NCEF) complex, which features active components found in a mesotherapy injection1, as well as the same potent anti-aging heroes in its sister product, the Filorga Time-Filler 5-XP Cream.

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As a testament to its efficacious combination of ingredients, the Time-Filler Eye Cream claims instant results—and in a clinical trial conducted by the brand, it was found that the majority of participants saw a reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in just one week. As with most beauty products that claim instant results, I met this eye cream’s promise with both curiosity and skepticism. So, I put it to the test to find out whether it could live up to its claims. Ahead, my full review of the product.

Time-Filler 5-XP Eye Cream
Filorga, Time-Filler 5-XP Eye Cream — $57.60

Best for: Normal, dry, or combination skin

Fragrance-free: No

Size: 0.5 fl. oz.


  • Lightweight and fast-absorbing
  • Provides instant and long-lasting hydration
  • Helps to soften and smoothen skin
  • Works well underneath makeup
  • Also conditions and nourishes lashes


  • Contains fragrance
  • Pricey

My skin

I admittedly haven’t always paid close attention to my under-eye area. However, now that I’m in my thirties, I’ve wised up to the idea of eye creams—and though I’ve come to embrace, rather than dread, the swift passage of time, the inevitable changes of age have become all the more apparent. Among them: the appearance of my eyes, which have a certain weariness about them, even after clocking in eight hours of shut-eye, and bear hallmarks of years squinting at my phone and computer screen.

And, as it turns out, your thirties are prime time to consider incorporating eye cream into a skin-care routine. As board-certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, FACMS, FAAD, previously told Well+Good: “By age 30, ceramide production drops by 46 percent, and we are losing about one perfect of our collagen every year,” adding, “many have accumulated enough sun or environmental damage to trigger visible signs of aging, and how you treat your skin—either by furthering damage or preventing it—sets the stage for how you age.” Which is all to say, there’s no time like the present for this 30-something-year-old to consider eye cream—and the Filorga 5-XP Eye Cream couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

The formula

In formulating this eye cream, Filorga sought out to create a product that tackles the five different types of wrinkles in one fell swoop. As mentioned, it contains the NCEF complex. According to the brand, the NCEF complex has the same ingredients found in a mesotherapy injection2, which delivers a dose of hyaluronic acid—a hydrating ingredient dermatologists frequently recommend for under-eye wrinkles—and a mélange of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and coenzymes to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Per the brand, the ingredients are encapsulated in liposomes, which help to push the product into your skin’s layers without needles or pain.

In addition, the eye cream contains orchid stem cells3 and extract of sea fennel4, a natural retinol alternative, for added anti-aging benefits. It also contains peptides, an ingredient that has been proven to be fairly effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles. For example, in one 2019 study conducted on 22 women over the age of 40, participants saw significant improvements in skin wrinkles after just two weeks5 of topically applying peptides. The formula is rounded out by Persian silk tree bark extract, which is purported to help minimize the look of dark circles and puffiness.

The eye cream’s primary purpose is to tackle and prevent signs of aging, it also offers another incentive to apply it to the skin surrounding your eyes. It contains a combination of provitamin B5 and matrikine peptide, which work to condition and nourish dry, brittle, or damaged lashes.

My first impressions of the Filorga Time-Filler 5-XP Eye Cream

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Upon spreading the Time-Filler Eye Cream underneath my eyes, I was immediately struck by the texture. It doesn’t have the thick consistency of many moisturizing eye creams; it was lightweight with the consistency of pudding, which was pleasant to apply around my eyes. The cream absorbed quickly into my skin and it was easy to spread, even when applying more than a pea-sized amount.

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The cream instantly left the skin around my eyes looking more hydrated, and its subtle cooling sensation was a surprising but welcome bonus. It also doesn’t interfere with makeup—it rather helps create a smooth base for makeup to glide on seamlessly. If anything, it has a subtle perfume-like scent, which might be a tradeoff for some people with sensitive skin (or noses). However, the fragrance isn’t unpleasant in the slightest, and once I worked the product into my skin, I could no longer smell it.

My experience using the Filorga Time-Filler 5-XP Eye Cream

As recommended by Filorga, I used the eye cream twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, as the last step of my skin-care routine. I followed this same routine for one week, and throughout this trial period, I didn’t experience any irritation, which is a win for my oftentimes temperamental, combination skin. After the week-long trial period, the skin surrounding my eyes was more hydrated and smoother to the touch—and it managed to offset some effects of late nights, particularly puffiness.

Final verdict: Is the Filorga Time-Filler 5-XP Eye Cream worth it?

Time will only tell whether the 5-XP Eye Cream can soften the creases under my eyes, but it’s proven to be a worthy consideration in my skin-care routine. Not only did it make my eyes look smoother, plumper, and softer, but it also helped address extra puffiness. It fit seamlessly into my everyday routine, too—and, dare I say, even improved it. After just one week of using this product, my makeup went on much smoother under my eyes, resulting in a more seamless appearance, whereas it looked creasy and cakey in the past.

Overall, I think Filorga’s 5-XP Eye Cream is a solid moisturizing eye cream, thanks to its lightweight, fast-absorbing, yet deeply hydrating formula. With continuous use, I’m convinced I will see more visible results.

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  1. Prikhnenko, Sergey. “Polycomponent mesotherapy formulations for the treatment of skin aging and improvement of skin quality.” Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology vol. 8 151-7. 7 Apr. 2015, doi:10.2147/CCID.S76721
  2. El-Domyati, Moetaz et al. “Efficacy of mesotherapy in facial rejuvenation: a histological and immunohistochemical evaluation.” International journal of dermatology vol. 51,8 (2012): 913-9. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2011.05184.x
  3. Trehan, Sonia et al. “Plant stem cells in cosmetics: current trends and future directions.” Future science OA vol. 3,4 FSO226. 12 Jul. 2017, doi:10.4155/fsoa-2017-0026
  4. Generalić Mekinić, Ivana et al. “Sea fennel (Crithmum maritimum L.): phytochemical profile, antioxidative, cholinesterase inhibitory and vasodilatory activity.” Journal of food science and technology vol. 53,7 (2016): 3104-3112. doi:10.1007/s13197-016-2283-z
  5. Jeong, Sekyoo et al. “Anti-Wrinkle Benefits of Peptides Complex Stimulating Skin Basement Membrane Proteins Expression.” International journal of molecular sciences vol. 21,1 73. 20 Dec. 2019, doi:10.3390/ijms21010073

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