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Not as Pretty as a Venetian Eye Mask... But it does the Job!!
Clarins Eye Mask
Member Name: sparkle1004
Clarins Eye Mask
Advantages: Awakens the whole eye area while reducing puffiness and dark circles
Disadvantages: It stings if it gets in your eyes
I have far too many late nights than I would wish to have. Whether this is due to a night out with the girls or being unable to finish all my jobs in time, the results are invariably the same. When I look in the mirror in the morning, I am greeted with bags large enough to hold my shopping, puffy skin around my eyes and dark circles that make me look like a racoon. After expressing these concerns to a consultant at a Clarins counter, she recommended the Skin Smoothing Eye Mask and although I winced at the price, I bought the product and hoped for the best.
What does the product do?
The product claims to be your own little superhero sent to rescue you the morning after the night before. It claims that it will get to work in less than ten minutes, banishing puffy eyes and dark circles, leaving you looking wide eyed and bushy tailed.
How does the product work?
Rice Starch is included in order to firm and tighten the skin around the eyes leaving them looking toned and more youthful. It is also a very absorbent substance which draws out the excess water from beneath the skin that was causing the terrible morning puffiness. Chicory is included for the same purpose and it also helps to heal and nourish the skin, as well as improving its texture.
Wild Rose is included because of its ability to protect and soothe the eye area. It helps the skin to maintain its elasticity which means that new wrinkles won't form and it encourages the turnover of healthy new skin cells which means your skin will be healthy and glowing. As it is an antioxidant, it prevents the skin from being damaged and aging prematurely when it is exposed to the sun or pollutants. Rose Water is also included in order to tone the skin and as it kills bacteria, it will leave your skin in a better condition.
Apricot extract is present in order to help the skin to maintain its elasticity and to enable it to remain supple. It softens the skin and nourishes it with vitamins and fatty acids which keeps it strong and healthy. It revitalises the skin and as it is an anti-inflammatory, it reduces puffiness. Saw Palmetto also banishes puffiness of the skin making you look as fresh as a daisy once again.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be applied to dry, clean skin. I dispense a little amount from the tube and pat the solution gently on the skin around my eyes and onto the eyelid, taking care not to get any actually in my eye. You leave the product there for around 10 minutes and I take this opportunity to close my eyes for another cat nap in bed. Once the time is up, you sweep away what is left of the product with a damp ball of cotton wool and admire your newly awakened eye area in the mirror. It can used as often as needed.
Packaging and Price
The packaging is fairly plain and the product comes contains within a white tube with some writing on it. As is the general pattern with Clarins, this product doesn't come cheap and it will set you back around £25 in order to purchase a tiny 30ml of the eye mask. Obviously you will only be using the mask on such a small surface area that, although you only get 30ml, it will still be long lasting. The product can be bought from most large department stores such as Debenhams and also from a variety of online websites.
The product has a gel like consistency that is also quite creamy and it glides onto the skin without pulling or dragging the area. The gel is not heavy or greasy on the skin so it doesn't make you feel sticky or unclean as some oilier facial products can do. It feels cool when I first apply the product to my skin and it is does perform a soothing action on that horrible burning sensation that you get when you haven't had enough sleep.
When the mask is on the eye area, it does start to heat up slightly and there is a tiny bit of stinging. I can also feel a tightening sensation which I assume is the product toning the skin and it is not uncomfortable. Although you are well aware that you have the product on your skin, the sensations make me feel like the ingredients are really getting to work so it would never prevent me from using the product. The product is free from artificial fragrances and it is also suitable for use on those who wear contacts, but I would never risk using this product while I was actually wearing my lenses.
The product takes a bit of effort to remove once the time is up, although part of the mask does actually get absorbed by the skin. You need to make sure your cotton ball is only damp and not wet because if any of the product drips into your eyes, it really hurts a lot so the mask needs to be removed with care. The consultant who advised me to purchase this product suggested that the product can also be worn as an overnight EYE mask but I wouldn't fancy forgetting this one was on and rubbing my eyes, owch!
As for the after effects of the product, the results are pretty pleasing. Once the redness from all the rubbing off of the mask has subsided, I really do look more awake. The skin around the eye is much tighter and looks toned. The puffiness has been greatly reduced although is not completely gone and due to this the bags under my eyes are much less noticeable. The shadows and dark circles are also less noticeable although it's not quite enough to enable me to leave my Touch Eclat where it is.
The effects are quite long lasting and I still look more awake by the evening time, than I normally would after a busy day, but each morning that I don't use the product, my eyes are back to normal so you do need to use the product continuously. As for its anti aging effects, well luckily I don't have any wrinkles or fine lines around the eye area yet but it certainly tightens the skin so if I did have any then I think this product would probably manage to straighten them out. Like I said before, this wouldn't be a permanent solution.
All in all, this product lives up to most of its promises. It isn't life changing but it does make a big difference to the way I look in the mornings and therefore, to the way I feel. It greatly helps to reduce puffy eyes and bags, while also reducing the appearance of dark shadows. It also tightens and softens the skin without drying it out and leaves the whole area looking healthier and in a better condition. The only draw back with this product (other than the price) is that it hurts so very much if it goes in your eyes which is a bit of a problem for a product that has been designed to be used right next to them.
Summary: An eye mask to awaken the eye area in the mornings