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Can Collyre Bleu Eye Drops make your eyes blue

Darkeyes dwells on drops…I read that Collyre Bleu Eye Drops are used on models and celebrities to make the whites of the eyes whiter and that it also makes blue eyes bluer and gives a little sparkle to the eyes. I don’t think it is available in the US, and I couldn’t find the ingredients list for this product. I’m interested in buying this product but is it safe? Are there any negative long-term effects from using this product?

The Beauty Brains respond:

As you might infer from the spelling of “bleu,” Collyre Bleu Eye Drops come from France. According to their website, French women have been using these drops for years “to enhance the intensity of their eye color and their beauty.” In the rest of the world “make-up artists have kept this little beauty secret to themselves.” Well, apparently they weren’t very good at keeping secrets, because anyone can buy it now on the Internet.

The Wow effect

From what we can tell, it looks like the French company that owns the product is GSP (Groupe Services Pharmactifs Inc.) but the US distributor is a company called Verseo. According to Verseo’s website: “Blue Eye Drops increase the intensity of blue eyes and the whiteness of the cornea of all eye colors for instant WOW! effect.”

The site goes on to say that regardless of your eye color, Collyre Bleu Eye drops will…

  • Make your eyes look clear and bright.
  • Increase the appearance of alertness and awakeness.
  • Enhance your eyes intensity for photos.
  • Eliminate the appearance of redness due to any factors including tiredness, allergies and more.
  • Eliminate yellow-ness in your sclera (white part of your eye) for bright white eyes.

The Red, White, and Bleu

The product makes two key claims: it makes eyes whiter and increases the intensity of eye color. Let’s look at whitening. First of all, we find it odd that the makers of the product claim that it affects the “whiteness of the cornea.” This wording implies that the cornea is the white part of your eye when in fact it’s not – it’s the covering of the iris and the lens. And the cornea is clear, it doesn’t have any color. (The iris is the colored part of the eye. The white part is called the sclera, just in case you’re keeping score. They did get it right in the final bullet we quoted above.) The fact that Verseo doesn’t seem to have a good grasp of eye anatomy doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence in their ability to deliver a product that really works.

Eye whitening products, like Visine work by reducing the appearance of blood vessels in the eye. Visine contains tetrahydrozaline hydrochloride, a drug that constricts the blood vessels in the eye to reduce redness. Collyre drops don’t appear to contain any such drug actives. Here are the ingredients:

Aqua, Boric Acid, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Borate, C142051

Based on reviewing Pubmed and various ophthalmologic sources, the only one of these ingredients that has any documented use in eye care is Boric acid. It’s used to irrigate the eye, to buffer pH buffer, and to preserve the product. While it could have some soothing effect, we could find no specific information that indicates it will whiten the sclera. Likewise, the botanical extracts used in the formula have no referenced functionality in eye care. The only other ingredient that could theoretically have a whitening effect is the last one, the blue dye (C142051). Blue/violet colors can cancel out yellow shades because they are opposite colors. A substrate can be whitened by counteracting yellow with a little blue. This is similar in principle to how fabric brighteners work. So, in theory, Collyre could be making the whites appear whiter by counteracting yellow. But that’s just our guess.
Don’t it make your brown eyes bleu

We can find no mention of any mechanism by which the intensity of the iris color can be increased via eye drops. So, we’re assuming that if the whitening effect described above really works, what’s happening is that these drops increase the appearance of the iris color by increasing the contrast between the white part of the eye. In other words, the iris color appears brighter and deeper against a nicely whitened background than it does compared to a dingy, yellow sclera. It seems that this kind of claim could easily be backed up with some research, but there’s no reference to any kind of studies on any of the websites we looked at.

Long term safety?

Finally, Darkeyes asked about the safety of this product for long-term use. We have no idea. On one hand, Boric acid is used in many other eye drop products on the market. On the other hand, according to Dr. Steven Pray of the School of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, boric acid exposure in the eye should be limited because of potential toxicity.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

This may be a perfectly wonderful product, but unless Verseo can present some kind of data to substantiate that these drops are safe and effective, we’d stick with a proven eye-whitening drug like Visine.

Has anyone in the Beauty Brains community tried these drops? Leave a comment and share your experience. And let us know if you’ve seen any technical references to how and why this product really works.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Marg Giorgio August 27, 2014, 10:40 am

    Hello,

    I love these eyedrops. I used to purchase them in Toronto, Ontario years ago but can no longer be found here. They are the only ones that work for me and not irratate my eyes.

    Why are they not sold here? HELP!!!

    • Beatrice September 13, 2014, 3:52 pm

      Available on Amazon

  • Lira September 23, 2014, 2:42 pm

    The blue component in this product is methylene blue. It is used primarily as aquarium tank cleaner and as a blue pigment dye. However, don’t let this scare you! Methylene blue has been safely used for decades internally and at varying doses (all dramatically higher than the concentration in these drops) for many different ailments, including malaria, cancer, as a nootropic, and under the proposed product name “Rember” for treating Alzheimer’s. When using it it in this product, you will notice that the whites of your eyes have a slight blue tint. Albeit temporary, the effect is quite nice and there should be no known health concerns for using a product with methylene blue.

    As for the other ingredients, they are well known and should be very safe. Both boric acid and sodium borate are primarily the same thing, sodium borate being the salt of boric acid. Ideally, there should be boric acid in our soil and hence in our produce. Unfortunately, most of our farming soil is lacking in this element and we have become deficient of this mineral in our bodies as a society. Though it is toxic and deadly in high doses, it is currently used as a dietary supplement in low concentrations to help mobilize calcium from our joints (and other places it doesn’t belong and is causing health concerns) and back into our system to be placed where it belongs, in our skeletal system.

    Similarly Chamomilla Recutita Extract and Anthemis Nobilis Extract are both from the plant Chamomile and should have topical soothing effect. Malva Sylvestris Extract is from the Mallow flower, which was used to make the original marshmallows. Sodium Chloride is your basic table salt (minus the added iodine) and is always added to eye drops so that the drops don’t sting, because our tears are naturally salty.

    Overall, this product should be safe to use, even if its makers haven’t crossed their T’s!

  • Angie October 17, 2014, 8:31 am

    I love these eye drops but cannot buy them in S Africa – will certainly order through amazon.
    If you wear soft contac lenses they absorb the colour and make your eye colour navy blue. It looks stunning.

  • jenny October 18, 2014, 11:31 am

    The Collyre Bleu eyedrops of Biocodex, France have the following composition: Tetraméthylthionine, Nitrate of naphazoline (vase-constrictor) Methylene blue (antiseptic action). It’s advised to use the drops not longer than 7 days without doctors’ prescription. Contraindicated to people with Glaucoma ! THIS IS A MEDICINE !

  • TKF October 19, 2014, 5:09 pm

    I was using a different blue eye drop for about a year then moved to this stronger version a year later. So I’ve been using blue drops for over 2 years. I loved them but one day I noticed a grey ring around my iris. Went to opthomolgist and they told me the blue was changing the pigment. Now I look like I’m wearing contacts all the time. It’s so ugly. They said it should go away if I stop using them.

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