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When Your Eye Cream Just Isn't Enough!
Clarins Eye Mask
Member Name: daniella2202
Clarins Eye Mask
Date: 02/06/12, updated on 02/06/12 (54 review reads)
Advantages: The skin around my eyes felt smooth, hydrated and refreshed like I had just had a a very long sleep
Disadvantages: No particular disadvantages apart from the obvious... it smooths fine lines but not deeper wrinkles
Of course this product can also be bought from shops that stock Clarins such as House of Fraser, Debenhams, Boots and John Lewis as well as Clarins own website and other retailers online.
So I purchased this product the Clarins Skin-Smoothing Eye Mask - a 30ml tube (quite a small tube) at £20.00 and it usually retails at £29.50 so it was quite a nice discount. I knew the other product I needed to buy to replenish one that was running out but the Clarins eye mask I had never tried before and I did not mind trying it at such a good price. The tube is white with the classic red writing from Clarins with a twist cap to it. It came in a white box with the red writing on as well so it is a nice product to give as a gift with its packaging. It suggests that it has 12 months to be used once the product has been opened and the seal has been broken which is plenty of time in my opinion to use it.
----------------What the little tube does...---------------------
The eye mask suggests that it gives the eyes a refreshed, tightened and smooth appearance to prevent the look of fatigue. I am always a very tired person, it does not matter how much sleep I have I always look tired and my eyes always have dark puffy circles. I often find that my eye cream is not enough for me so this sounded like a great pick-me-up for my eyes to use a couple of times a week like I would a face mask.
----------------What the little tube contains...-------------------
The mask contains wild rose and an ingredient called saw paletto (an extract derived from purple berries) which works to de-puff the eye area and to decongest the skin around the eyes, to remove toxins and to tone the skin.
The apricot extract and rosewater works to smooth, quench/hydrate and protect the skin around the area of the eye. My skin around the eyes requires the quenching element more than anything.
It also contains rice starch and chicory which together work to tighten and firm the skin immediately to reduce the look of puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. I would not say that this is enough to work to lessen the look of deeper lines and wrinkles though, mainly just finer lines like dehydration lines as opposed to lines from ageing. A work colleague of mine who also uses this who is in her late 40s says that it lessons the look of newer finer lines she has developed but not her deeper lines around the eyes.
Despite the sound of these lovely ingredients like the rosewater and apricot extracts though the mask does not really have a distinctive smell of rose or anything in particular, it just smells pleasant (lightly fragranced or it might be that the plant extracts collectively produce a light smell) like most of Clarins products. It is quite rich in consistency but it does not feel heavy on the eyes.
It is for all skin types and the instructions suggest that you put a layer of this mask around the eyes, not too thick a layer but enough to make it feel more than your regular eye cream. I apply it with light sweeping or tapping movements like I would my eye cream. I do not rub it into the area around my eye because face masks are supposed to lay on the skin and sink in themselves. And for obvious reasons you should not apply it too close to the actual eye because moisturisers and items like this actually get drawn into the eye area so they can be applied slightly away from the eye. It is supposed to be allowed to sink in for 5 to 10 minutes. Then any excess is removed with a damp cotton pad (not a soaking wet cotton pad).
The eye mask is white in colour and when applied it virtually goes see through - you cannot tell you have it on around the eyes - you don't have white rings! I apply the mask at night time before going to bed.
-------------The results given by the little tube... -------------
I would say that my eyes definitely felt smoother than usual and less dry because my concealer always goes on really nicely the next morning which often my concealer doesn't because my the skin around my eyes is very dry. Additionally my eyes did feel more refreshed as if I had just had a very good sleep. So I think these are very good results from a 5 to 10 minute mask. I have had a facial where a lady spent about 15 minutes on my eyes and I think that this masks feel better than what that did on me.
I have used the mask about 6 times now (twice a week) and the tube does not seem to have gone down a lot so I think that it will last me a very long time. I have even put the mask on my boyfriend around his eyes and he said he liked the feel of it, because he always looks very tired because he works during the day and he does night time shifts.
------------Would I purchase the little tube again...---------------
I would definitely purchase this mask again in the future and I am thinking of purchasing one for my mum for her birthday as well. I do not think any products can be miracle workers but the results were very impressive. I am not sure that I would spend £29.00 on this product but for £20.00 I think it is quite reasonable and if you can purchase it to receive a free gift by purchasing another product like I did then it is good value.
So when your eye cream just isn't enough I recommend Clarins' Skin-Smoothing Eye Mask!
Summary: An eye mask to smooth, hydrate, protect and tighten the skin around the eyes