Tint & Tighten is a cosmetics product used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and under-eye puffiness. The brand claims their product is “unlike anything you’ve tried before,” and that it “delivers instantly more youthful looking skin.”
But does Tint & Tighten contain ingredients shown in research studies to have these effects, or are these just marketing claims? Does the product contain any questionable additive ingredients? What retailer sells Tint & Tighten for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of the product?
In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Tint & Tighten based on medical studies to give our take on whether the cream is likely to be effective for anti-aging or if it’s a waste of money.
We’ll provide a cost comparison featuring which retailer sells the product for the best price, and highlight real, unsponsored user reviews of Tint & Tighten.
The ingredients in Tint & Tighten are shown above.
There are several research-backed ingredients in this formulation.
Glycerin naturally hydrates the skin and improves skin barrier function according to a 1999 clinical trial.
Soluble collagen was shown in a clinical trial published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.
Sodium hyaluronate is one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients in our opinion, and is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as we documented in our review of another cosmetic product containing this ingredient called Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops.
Acetyl hexapeptide-8 was described as having an “anti-wrinkle mechanism of action” in a 2015 clinical trial.
Titanium dioxide was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science to be effective at blocking UV rays, suggesting that Tint & Tighten may have a sunscreen effect.
Iron oxides are the safest natural colorants in our opinion, and they also have a UV-protective effect.
There is only one ingredient in this formulation that we consider questionable from a health perspective.
Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative was shown in a 2020 clinical trial to be toxic to human cells. This was an in vitro (test tube) trial, which is a weaker standard of evidence than a trial with human participants, but it’s still worth noting in our opinion.
Overall, we consider Tint & Tighten likely to be effective for reduction of the appearance of wrinkles, for moisturizing the skin and potentially as a sunscreen depending on the concentration of the iron oxides and titanium dioxide.
This is one of the better-formulated anti-aging cosmetic products that we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, although we don’t currently recommend it due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol.
But how do real users rate and describe the effects of Tint & Tighten? We’ll review in the next section.
Real, Unsponsored Tint & Tighten User Reviews
A YouTube creator named “Chatterbox Mama” had a negative review of Tint & Tighten:
A YouTube creator named Chris Gibson has a more positive review:
Where to Buy Tint & Tighten for the Best Price
Tint & Tighten is sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown for a single order at the time of publishing this article:
Amazon: $59.80 (link to official Amazon listing)
Brand website: $49.85 (free shipping – link)
CVS: $44.95 (almost 50% less applicators, link)
At the time of publishing this article, the brand’s website provides the best value because it has the cheapest price per-application (the product is sold with a variety of application tubes).
Are Eye Creams a Waste of Money?
A YouTube creator and popular skincare influencer named Hyram shared his opinion on whether eye creams are a waste of money in a video with over 260,000 views:
Real Customers Review Tint & Tighten
Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.
Tint & Tighten has been reviewed 82 times on Amazon with an average review rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Lou” who gives the product a 5-star rating and claims it was effective:
“This product really can reduce under eye puffiness. However, I purchased the medium tint when I should have gotten the light. I have dark circles under my eyes. The lighter tint would have covered them better. The medium enhances the dark circles.”
The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “SE S” who gives the product a 1-star rating and dislikes the texture:
“Applied product as per instructions. Was clumpy and dried flaky and in a very light shade, but didn't provide any coverage. Saw no visible difference in tightening wrinkles around eyes. Would not buy again.”
Our Clean Skincare Picks
There are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.
Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top serum pick. It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging. Topical vitamin C is also clinically shown to improve skin hydration and reduce wrinkles.
Interested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.
HydraGlow is our top moisturizer pick. It features bakuchiol as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 clinical trial as "clinically proven to have anti-aging effects." In the linked trial, topical bakuchiol reduced wrinkles, improved skin elasticity and firmness, and reduced skin damage from UV rays.
Interested consumers can check out HydraGlow at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.
The only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is Bulletproof Collagen Powder.
Oral collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration. The only ingredient in Bulletproof collagen is collagen peptides sourced from grass-fed animals.
Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.
None of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.
Pros and Cons of Tint & Tighten
Here are the pros and cons of Tint & Tighten in our opinion:
- Many research-backed active ingredients
- Should reduce wrinkles
- Should improve skin quality
- May provide protection from UV rays
- Relatively affordable given the quality
- Doesn’t appear clinically tested
- Mediocre Amazon reviews
- Contains phenoxyethanol
- Eye creams may be overpriced per-serving