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I have a slightly dark complexion and have always suffered from dark circles under my eyes, whether I am feeling tired or not, unfortunately. I have just accepted over the years that they are hereditary (my mother also suffers from them) and they are just something I have to live with. However, this doesn't stop me from constantly being on the lookout for that 'miracle cream' which will banish them over night and give me that wide awake look I yearn for.
I discovered Anatomicals Regenerating Eye Cream after I had read a few things about the range in a magazine. I didn't know anyone who had tried their products but I w initially quite attracted by their somewhat wacky website (have a look). Their products are quite hard to locate and you won't find them in the shops (I think the only other place I can locate them are at ASOS).
Their eye cream was the very first thing I bought from this range and I just loved their sense of humour. For example, written on the side of their funky box is the slogan, "I scream you scream, we all scream for eye cream". The cardboard box is a bright orange colour and it houses the tube of bright red eye cream (don't worry, the eye cream itself is a pale off-white colour) with a silver screw top lid.
The tube cost me £4.50 and I bought mine direct from the Anatomicals website - there was postage and packaging to pay for, but it wasn't much. I applied the eye cream the very first night it arrived in the post and after I had cleansed, toned and moisturised my face. You only need to use a small pea sized blob and I loved the way it was so easily absorbed into the eye area - there was no pulling or dragging and it felt light, soft and smooth.
Also, what I love about this product is that here is no greasy after feel at all after I have used it. I use it morning and night (as directed) and I found that over a period of approximately six to eight week, my dark circles did indeed appear to be better. It also claims to reduce eye bags but I cannot say whether this had any effect but as far as the dark circles are concerned, it works wonderfully well in my opinion.
There is no smell to this eye cream and as soon as I use it my eyes feel refreshed and I love the cooling sensation it gives me, particularly if I have had a very stressful day at work. I keep mine in the fridge as I find it keeps it fresher for longer and I also love the cold blast it gives as soon as I apply it to my eye area.
That's all I can say about this product really. I would say it compares very favourably with the likes of the more expensive brands such as Estee Lauder and Clarins - in fact, given the choice I would opt for this one above the other two brands I have just mentioned.
For such an inexpensive little eye cream it is certainly well worth giving it a go if you suffer from dark circles. It won't break the bank and I am sure you will love the results.
Review also published on Ciao as dawnieG
-- Reasons for buying --
I always like to keep my skin in top condition. Although I was doing everything for my skin, I was doing nothing for my dark circles, which play a big part when your applying your make up and realising not even the best concealer can cover your dark circles. So I knew I had to find a good product that would help fight my bags!
I decided to go for the Anatomicals Regenerating Eye cream my friend recommended and after reading a lot of positive reviews, I knew it was worth trying it out.
-- The packaging --
The eye cream comes in an amusing bright orange quirky box, with the lettering 'Eye Cream, You Scream, We All Scream For Eye Cream' on the front can't underestimate a good bit of British humour.
The cream itself comes in a raspberry red tube, with a silver screw-able lid, with the lettering on the front 'Regenerating eye cream for value, performance and a cuteness, it's hard to (unlike a 99 cone with a flake) lick our eye cream. Still, you can try, but you might get some odd looks when you ask for strawberry sauce on it as well. We only want you for your body'.
The cream is a white pale colour, which turns invisible as soon as you apply it, there is no odour so no need to worry about other lotions clashing.
-- Applying the eye cream --
The cream is very simple and easy to use. You only need a pea sized amount for each eye. It glides on effortlessly, with no left over residue. It instantly leaves a refreshed feeling, making your eyes look more awake. The texture is extremely smooth and no greasy feeling left behind.
I apply this twice a day after I have cleansed, toned and moisturised in the morning and at night.
-- Pros --
I have to say there is a lot of positives about this product, firstly the price is brilliant for the quality and quantity. Also the packaging is very interesting and caught my eye immediately. I love how easily the cream absorbs into the skin without leaving any residue or a greasy feeling, I found that my make-up went on much more smoothly around my under-eyes instead of going patchy. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I started noticing a difference after the first couple of days. My bags have completely gone and my eyes look refreshed and more awake.
-- Cons --
The only cons I can come up with at the moment are the fact that even though you only need a pea sized amount for each day, I have used quite a lot of it and it has only been a couple of weeks, but for the price its hardly worth complaining about. The second con would have to be that it's only available to buy online, so of course you have to pay extra for the postage and packaging which is a slight pain and some sites charge £3. I haven't been able to find it in any drug stores or supermarkets!
-- Price and Availability --
I bought the eye cream on the Asos website for £4.70. Like I said before it isn't widely available in supermarkets or drug stores and only available online which is rather inconvenient.
-- Conclusion --
Overall I absolutely love this product, it achieves great results in such a small amount of time. My eyes look more awake and its kept my bags away. I do highly recommend you try this product, I had ridiculously dark circles under my eyes but now they have very much improved and my eyes look so much more defined. I think its definitely worth a try as the price is excellent, even though it will cost a little bit extra with the postage if you decide you like it, you can buy in bulk like I have decided to do, to save some money.
With the £20 Amazon voucher I won in the recently Dooyoo competiton (I'm a skint student... it literally made my week!), I decided to treat myself with a couple of new skincare products. I was pretty desperate for a new eye cream, as I want to try and protect the skin around my eyes for as long as possible, particularly as I have very delicate fair skin.
I came across the brand "Anatomicals" and my designer eye was instantly drawn to their wonderfully wacky packing, they really don't hold back in the colour stakes! Further research (since joining Dooyoo I always look for a review on products before buying them now!), I found that the feedback on their ranges was very positive, and so decided to purchase a couple of items from them, one of which being the "Eye cream, you scream, we all scream for regenerating eye cream".
When it arrived, I was delighted with the packaging all over again. This isn't some bland everyday eye cream you can buy from most stores... this really is something else. With it's bright orange box, and raspberry red tube it looks good enough to eat! (I wouldn't advise that though).
The front of the packaging reads...
"Regenerating eye cream for value, performance and a cuteness, it's hard to (unlike a 99 cone with a flake) lick our eye cream. Still, you can try, but you might get some odd looks when you ask for strawberry sauce on it as well. We only want you for your body".
I have tried many creams and lotions in my time, and because I've been through so many (usually rubbish ones), I always test the product on my hand first to ensure it's suitable enough for placing around the eye area, which as we know is extremely delicate compared to the rest of our skin. After squeezing a dab of the product out onto my hand, I was amazed that it instantly felt cooling and sunk into my skin within seconds, without it feeling sticky or simply just sitting on my skins surface. The product itself is a pale white colour which soon turns invisible as soon as you dab it into the skin, it is also odourless.
So, onto testing it on the skin around my eyes. The box suggests to use morning and night, and I decided to test the product at night after I had removed all my make-up and cleansed my skin. I may only be twenty, however I do have a couple of fine lines under my eye that I am a little self conscious about. After applying the product around my eye area and particularly underneath my eye, I was amazed that it does improve the appearance of the lines and leaves the area feeling refreshed. I'm not sure if that's really a good thing or not and whether it's just a temporary thing, but so far I can't complain.
Given that this is an eye cream which does NOT make claims about appearance of fine lines, how many years it will take off you, nor does it have any Photoshopped advertisements showing the "effects" the product will give... I can't really fault it. After using it several times now, I can say this is definitely on a par with the Body Shop vitamin C eye cream which I adore, (only at £9 for 10ml, it's just too expensive to keep buying for myself.)
So how much is "Eye cream, you scream, we all scream for regenerating eye cream"? Well luckily for me it was free with my voucher, however it generally retails for around £4-£5. It is available on the Anatomicals website (which itself is as wacky as the products it sells, and features a feature-length movie before you can enter the site). Other retailers such as ASOS also stock it on their website.
The only downsides for me, is that there isn't an awful lot of product information, for example does it contain any vitamins or an SPF? The only details are the ingredients on the back, and the fact it's a "regenerating" eye cream, other than that there is no other information, which I would really like to see be added to the website at least.
I also think due to it's intensity and the way it sinks into the skin, it is best to used this if you are not intending to apply foundation or concealer over it, which is why I feel it's best suited to after a face mask or for night time use. I find that if I do attempt to put make-up over where I have used the cream, then it interferes with the product and the foundation ends up not looking very smooth, so again use this as a treat for your skin, rather than as a base.
Overall, I am very impressed with this eye cream, and the Anatomicals range in particular. As much as there are brands such as Estee Lauder, Clarins etc which do an amazing range of skin care, as consumers we don't always have the money for these luxuries, which is where this eye cream works a treat for me, both in value for money and performance. It is perhaps not suitable for those who prefer anti-wrinkle eye creams (there is an anti-wrinkle alternative called "No Bags Allowed!"), as I would say this is definitely for younger skin. Having said that, it rejuvenates my eye area, sinks in nicely and doesn't leave the area sticky or rock-hard like previous eye creams I have tried. If you want a fun, low cost eye cream to brighten your eye area, try this cream!