=== Introduction: ===
Boots is a large supplier of different cosmetic ranges, for example, Soap & Glory, Maybelline, etc. But in recent years, their own brand products are becoming popular, because of their quality and affordability. This is a short review of their Soothing cucumber eye gel.
=== Packaging: ===
The packing of this is very bland in my opinion. The gel, which is only 15ml, comes in a light green transparent tube with a dark green screw off lid.
=== Smell: ===
The product is a cucumber eye gel, so it has very little smell to it. There is a light smell of cucumber to it, and it smells fresh.
=== Application: ===
This product is good to use morning and evening. To apply, you just put a small amount on your finger, then dab onto the bottom of the eye, this helps to reduce the appearance of bags, and has a cooling feeling and soothing effect. It leaves the eyes looking bright and the skin feeling soft.
=== Price and Availability: ===
As this is a Boots own brand product, it is only available in Boots.
A 15ml tube is currently £1.50, but there is currently a deal for 3 for £3 on selected Boots own brand products.
=== Overall Opinion: ===
Being a late sleeper and an early riser(for work), I tend to have puffy eyes, so I bought this to see whether or not it would make a difference. I would say that it does, it definitely soothes the puffiness and makes me look a little more awake. The most annoying this is that you should apply it morning and night for full results, personally, I would only apply it in the morning as I don''''t feel like I need any more than that. Anyway, I like this product, I''''ve had mine for about 3months and have used less than half... a little goes a long way with this stuff!
I bought this eye gel after reading a recommendation from a dooyoo reviewer (thank you Freud!). I don't send lots of time or money on looking after my rapidly aging skin, and as I liked the sound and the price of this product I thought it was worth a try!
The Gel comes in a clear green tinted tube and cost £1.50. As it cost so little I was able to use some points from my Boots Card so didn't even have to spend real money to acquire this! The tube contains 15 ml and it is made from a simple green tinted see through plastic which is recyclable. It is lanolin free, dermatologically tested and made in Germany (one for you, Malu!). The instructions say to use it morning and night, but I only use it in the morning at the weekend when I'm not wearing make-up.
I keep mine on my bedside table and apply it each night around my eyes. It has a fresh smell, although I can't quite detect the cucumber - but it feels cool and relaxing when applied. Maybe it is just because it's a pleasant thing to apply at the end of the day, but I imagine it makes me feel quite sleepy - or ready to sleep at least!
I'm prone to getting odd and often unexplained allergies where one, or both of my eyes swell up like a golf ball - it's OK, this product didn't cause it! After an antihistamine or two the swelling goes down, but as my skin has been stretched and a lot of goo has come out, around my eye is sore, crusty and (more) wrinkly and baggy. I took one of these allergies only last week, and it was pure bliss to spread this lovely cooling and soothing gel over the eye area once the swelling had subsided. It was really comforting and really helped to restore the skin around my eye to its pre-allergy attack state.
Whether or not it will make a difference to the regular wrinkles has yet to be seen, but as I'm of the opinion - and age - that I don't mind how things look, so long as they feel good I am happy!
This lovely gel has now become part of my bedtime routine and I would recommend it as it is both inexpensive and effective.
Thanks for reading.
I am a 61 year old female and, although everyone I meet says I don't look it, I cannot be fooled by my mirror showing me what I look like with no make-up first thing in the morning. The dead giveaway is my eyes which are apparently one of the first signs of aging in most of us.
I have looked at many reviews online re various lotions, potions, balms and serums which supposedly help with thin lines, wrinkles and puffiness but became overwhelmed and confused by the number of products out there making tremendous claims and varying from around £8 to well over £100. I next resorted to looking for online home remedies which included teabags, egg white, frozen spoons (yes, you read that right!) and milk. The main word that came up time after time was cucumber whether it be as a treatment using sliced cucumber over the eyelids or an actual ingredient in eye products.
An interesting point made online was that eye creams are basically thin skincare creams and it was suggested that you can use moisturisers and day/night creams around the eyes but a smaller amount because it is a more delicate skin area- if true then I'm sure many of us could save a fortune??
I was so confused by all the research and reviews but needed something to fit in with my very tight budget so I bought a 15ml tube of no7 Boots Essentials Cucumber eye gel for just £1.50 and works very well for me. It states on the tube that it is suitable for all skin types. There is not a pic of the product but it is a green squeezable tube with a darker green top and is fairly easy to find in Boots and the staff are usually helpful.
Once unscrewed you'll find a well designed nozzle (a little like you see on icing tubes) only longer and it is really easy to dispense exactly how much or little as you need. I experimented with mine and found that 1 gentle squeeze is more than enough to do both eyes on both the lids and underneath. This makes it a very economical product to use. I use it both in the morning and last thing at night and it has really helped in
reducing the puffiness and has helped a little with the fine lines and crow's feet. I don't have dark circles but read that it can be beneficial for these too.
I have now got into the habit of popping it in the fridge overnight because it seems to work better when cold and gives my eyes a bit of a lift. I have also tried mixing a little with a very thin layer of night moisturiser and this seems to have soften the look of slightly deeper lines although I guess results will very much depend on one's age, whether they have inherited baggy eyes or are taking medication, stress levels, amount of sleep and food intake etc but I am happy with the product and it does not break the bank.
The gel is clear, easy to apply and there is no residue left around the eye area. I could not dtect any fragrance so I reckon it's great for men as well. No7 have printed directions on how to use and a list of ingredients but unfortunately they are in very small writing which I cannot read until my new glasses arrive - but rest assured they can be checked out before purchase instore as it isn't wrapped or have packaging around it.
For the price I think it is definitely worth giving this a try for the above reasons and will be buying this again and again.
TIPS for eye puffiness I found time & time again whilst researching included the following -
- drink loads of water per day as eye area can dehydrate quickly
- using the ring fingers gently massage around the orbital bone and around the eye using tiny circular movements
- reduce salt intake
- try to get 8 hours sleep per night.
Due to the current economic climate, I have been trying to save money on every last thing in which I can. I have recently changed my complete skin care routine by dropping The Body Shop's more expensive products, and changing to Boots Essentials Cucumber range. Having had a good experience with their cleanser, toner and moisturiser, I decided to try out the eye gel as it was really cheap and I didn't have much to lose.
The price of this eye gel is £1.52 which really is hardly anything when you compare it to some of the other eye products available. The reason for this price is because it is only available from Boots, and it is part of their own branded products. This range is fantastic for all skin types, so I would recommend checking it out if you want to experiment with different skin products without breaking the bank.
The eye gel itself comes in a little, green tube with a dark green lid. You get 15ml worth of product within it, which does not seem like a lot but really is when it is something such as this. The tube is a good size, yet still compact enough to pop in your pocket, handbag or make up bag to carry around with you for the day. The liquid itself is clear in colour and quite cool upon touch.
When using this, I tend to squeeze only a little dot on to my finger. I then apply directly underneath my eyes, and sometimes on the top too if it is an early morning. This is really simple to use, as you just need to rub it into the skin and it will absorb in. One thing to note is that this is quite a wet eye gel, and does take a minute or two to actually soak in completely. Because of this, I tend to apply it in the morning after I have cleansed and toned my skin and before moisturising. If you apply this after moisturiser, it will probably not have such a good effect. I would also recommend applying this of the night before you go to bed, just because it helps cool and soothe the eye area and reduces the amount of bags.
It is a lovely gel to use, and I definitely prefer using this as opposed to an eye cream. I find it great to use on early mornings as it sort of wakes you up slightly as it is quite cool when applied on to the skin. This does therefore make me look a little more alert and not so dark under the eyes. However, although this does make the skin look healthier, it is not good enough for those who suffer from wrinkles under the eye area and quite dark bags. It is only good for a quick fix and to refresh the eye area, and has no real visible results. Because personally I don't tend to suffer from bags under my eyes too much, this is not an issue. I like to use this just to refresh the eye area so overall, I am quite pleased with it. I just urge those who do require extra from their eye creams and gels to consider looking elsewhere.
I have had this now a good while, and I have still got loads to get through. This is a long lasting product, and only sets you back £1.52. I think this is a steal, and although the results aren't fantastic, what it does provide is value for money. If you want great results, pay for a better product. However, for a quick fix for your under eyes, I would pick up one of these. I now use this twice a day and carry it around with me just in case I ever need it.
Overall, a very mixed review for this eye gel, as I feel it does do a great job for what I require it for. Great price, does what I need it to, however I have to knock off a star simply because the visible effects are not fantastic. A good budget buy, thanks for reading.
I bought this about a year ago because I felt I had quite hefty bags under my eyes. I used it for the first few days, but now it sits on my shelf hardly being used.
I bought it for about £1.50 for a 15ml tube. The good thing is that it's cool. It is good in the mornings when your eyes feel like they don't want to open. It smells really fresh and cool; I own quite a few products in the cucumber range and like the smell of them all.
I apply this gel before make-up to avoid any smudges. The tube allows you to squeeze out exactly the right amount of product through the little nozzle. The texture of the gel is thick enough to sit as a ball on your finger without sliding around, but it's not as thick as hair gel. I apply a pea sized blob all over the lid and under my eye where bags form. I don't rub it in too much because I like the way if feels when it's left to dry itself. Because of this I have to leave it a while before applying eye make-up as my eyeliner doesn't sit well on moist lids. Once dry, the gel leaves to sticky or greasy residue and sadly no lasting effect. It might be nice to reapply throughout the day, maybe in the middle of a long shift at work, but it would smudge my make-up so I can't really use it for that.
The reason that I don't really use it is because I just don't think it does enough. If I'm in a rush I just don't bother because the effects aren't worth it for me. If I only apply the gel to one eye, there are no visual differences. I'm not going to throw it away because sometimes the cooling sensation can be quite nice, but when it runs out I won't buy it again. I might try one of the caffeine roll ones that has an active ingredient that might actually reduce the appearance of bags.
I did once use this when I was suffering from a pretty bad cat allergy reaction. It helped somewhat to reduce the discomfort I was experiencing around my eyes.
Overall this is not what I was looking for; I'm not sure it actually does anything and there's nothing in it that reduced the appearance of bags, but the coolness of the gel can be quite pleasant if your eyes are feeling a bit puffy. It's not a bad product for the price, but it's no miracle.
This is a pleasant way to refresh your eyes. The gel feels cool and soothing when you put it under and around your eyes. My eyes get itchy from from hayfever and it's difficult to resist rubbing them so I find this a really good way to sooth and rehydrate dry skin in around the eyes at the end of the day.
I like the cucumber fragrance. It would feel strange to put anything any more highly fragranced so close to eyes in case it was irritating so this is perfect. Sometimes the gel can feel a little sticky when it is drying but it dries quite quickly so this doesn't last too long. I usually use it before going to bed so it doesn't interfere with wearing make up.
I am not particularly aware of it visibly reducing puffiness but for under £2 I'm not expecting miracles and I'm happy enough with the cool feeling of applying it. The price is very good and a little goes a long way so one tube lasts a long time meaning that you get value for money. It's worth trying as if it works for you, it might save you splashing out on a more expensive cream alternative.
I love anything with cucumber in it as I think the commercial smell is amazing, very fresh and clean and anything that has cucumber in I find very soothing and good for my skin. It's interesting because I don't think a regular cucumber actually has a smell but when you put it in lotions and potions it really does have a nice delicate scent. I remember when I was younger putting slices of cucumber over my eyes because my friends and I had read that it put moisture back into your delicate eye area so we wanted to try it. Well, with this cucumber gel from Boots it's like effectively putting slices of cucumber on your eyes, just in gel form.
The Boots Essentials range are cheaper beauty products than named brand ones but in my opinion are still of the same high quality.
This cucumber gel costs just £1.52 for 15ml which I think is excellent value and as you only use a few little dots at a time it really will last a long while. Boots say that this gel is enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins to aid the delicate skin under the eye. It is intended to cool, refresh, reduce puffiness and lightly hydrate the delicate eye area. I have other eye gels that I have used that are more expensive but I would have to say that this eye gel is definitely on par with them.
When you first put the gel on, and I only dab a few little dots under my eye, you instantly get a nice cool feeling and I feel like this does do a good job on my puffy eyes. It's not really intended to take away any wrinkles but it does make my eyes feel nice and bright and for that reason and the price I will continue to use it.
I first bought this product about 15 years ago (I'm actually shocked it was that long ago!) and I'm still using it today. I have to confess, I don't use this product twice a day as suggested on the tube, but I do use it frequently. I hadn't seen this product about for a while but I came across it a couple of weeks ago whilst browsing in Boots. I was really pleased as my last tube was getting towards the end of its life and I was ready to consider a more expensive product.
The tube is pale green in colour with a darker green screw cap lid. The nozzle for dispensing the gel is about 1cm long and slender. It holds 15ml of gel and costs only £1.52 - bargain! This product lasts for ages!
The gel is very cooling and refreshing for your delicate eye areas. If you keep it in the fridge, it's even better but obviously not so convenient. I tend to use this product in the morning, especially if I'm still feeling tired but I do also sometimes use it before I go to bed as it works as a good moisturizer. My only real negative comment is that it can leave a bit of a sticky residue. This isn't something that you can see but you can feel it slightly. Due to the sticky residue feeling, it's not great to apply before you put on any eye make up, which is a shame when it suggests using it twice daily.
As with most cucumber products there is not a strong scent either, which I think is an advantage. There is just a slight, light, fresh smell.
All in all I would recommend this product. It's not a miracle product for reducing puffiness around your eyes but it certainly makes your eyes feel more awake and refreshed.
Top tip: Never rub moisturizers around the delicate areas of your eyes just tap/dab moisturizers, gels and creams. The reason being - because the skin around your eyes is so thin, when you use a sweeping motion it stretches your skin and causes the sagging and bagginess. The lady at the Clinique stand taught me this. I'm sure most people are already aware but it was a real eye opener for me! (Excuse the pun).
I've never been one to stick to one brand of toiletries or cosmetics for any length of time, I love to try new things, however Boots Cucumber Eye Gel is one the exceptions to the rule. I have been using this products for about 10 years now, and I wouldn't be without it, and feel it very worthy of a review.
*About The Range*
The eye gel is part of the Boots essentials Cucumber range, a selection of products using the cooling soothing tendancies of cucumber. The range includes moisturiers, masks, facial washes and scrubs and everything in the range retails at around £2 or less, very good value for money.
*Price, Appearance and Scent*
The eye gel currently sells for £1.52 for 15ml tube. The tube is pale green with dark green screw top lid. The gel itself is clear. It has a very subtle scent of cucumber, not overpowering and very fresh. A tiny amount is all that is required, a pea sized blob of gel is enough for both eyes.
*How it works*
The gel works by soothing and cooling the delicate skin under the eyes, and reducing puffiness, dark circles, swelling and redness. The gel is applied gently using the fingertips to under eye, after moisturising. I have found it to be very effective, reducing puffiness in a matter of minutes, minimising dark circles, and leaving this delicate area cool, soft and refreshed. The gel is non greasy, and dries into the skin within a few minutes, there is no sticky residue and leaves the skin cool and fresh. it is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It's ideal to carry in your handbag and can be applied during the day if your eyes feel tired and in need of revitalising, it's ideal morning use to combat that a.m. sleepy look round your eyes - especially after a late night!!
I have found this product far superior to many similar, more expensive products. This eye gel has been part of my daily routine for a long time, and will be for a long time to come. I think this product proves that sometimes, the simple, less expensive products are often more effective than some the faddy, over-priced products that are advertised constantly, and when it comes to eye refreshment, I recommend going back to basics!!
I have used this product twice a day, every day for a few years now. I put in under my eyes and on my lids too. It smells quite nice and gives a refreshing feel when you first put it on but I felt it didn't last. It is quite watery too.
It doesn't reduce puffiness like it says but it does moisturise my eye skin. It's delicate and goes on nicely. The gel dries quickly too! I have sensitive skin and I find this product doesn't affect me.
I have dark circles under my eyes and the gel didn't do anything for these. Although it didn't claim to do so I thought it was worth mentioning. I do like this product and it is great value at £1.49 but I feel it could be improved. I sometimes use in during the day to refresh my eyes or just before I'm going out as a way of re-freshing my skin and to wake me up! It's worth taking to work if you work in an office!
This cucumber eye gel from Boot is one of my beauty basics, although I don't use it religiously I always have a tube of it on hand to fall back on.
Firstly, at £1.49 for a 15ml tube, this really can't be beaten on value. It now forms part of Boots Essentials range, but they have had this product in their range in one form or another since I was a teenager. It contains extract of cucumber (surprisingly) to soothe the eye area and reduce puffiness.
The gel itself is clear with a green tint, which is fitting for a cucumber based product. It also has that fresh cucumber smell which you would expect, although this is not overly strong. A smaller than pea sized blob is sufficient for both eyes.
On application, the gel instantly feels cooling and refreshing, and you can feel that it is reducing any puffiness. My skin sometimes feels slightly tight after applying this, not to the point where it uncomfortable but it is definitely noticeable. However, I don't mind this as at least you can feel the product is working. Because of this, it also makes me feel more awake because my eyes feel refreshed.
I wouldn't say this product works miracles, so don't expect drastic effects, but it gives good results in proportion to the price and is well worth splashing out a few pennies on.
I've used a few products in the Boots Cucumber range and thought they were very good value for money. My eye area was kind of dark and tired looking, so I thought I would give their eye gel a go.
The gel comes in a small 15ml clear plastic tube with a green lid. It costs £1.49. It has the name of the product printed on the front and the directions and ingredients on the back. It claims to "cool, refresh, reduce puffiness and lightly hydrate the delicate eye area". I don't get any puffiness, but I thought my eyes could do with refreshing and hydrating.
The directions are very straightforward. You are simply instructed to "apply gently around each eye morning and night". This is more or less what I did, although I sometimes forgot to apply it at night. I concentrated on the skin underneath my eyes, but used it on the skin above them as well. You only need to use a small amount. A little goes a long way, but at the same time it is easily absorbed - not too oily.
As soon as I applied the gel I noticed a difference in the way my eyes felt. They suddenly felt very cool and refreshed. It was great to use early in the morning when I was tired. It made me feel much more awake. I didn't notice any difference in the way my skin looked, but I thought it might take a few more applications before it started to change.
I continued using the gel for a few days and after a while my usual skincare products such as toner and make up remover started to irritate my eye area. Removing my eye makeup became quite painful as my usual products made the skin around my eyes sting. I had never had this problem before, so I assumed it was to do with the eye gel. I stopped using the gel and now I can use my usual products as normal without irritation.
I was quite disappointed as the gel did feel good to apply in the mornings, but it is obviously bad for my skin in the long run. I have read a lot of positive comments on reviews on the eye gel, so I must have a very sensitive eye area. Although it didn't quite agree with me I still think it's worth a try, especially if you don't have particularly sensitive skin.
I am a massive fan of boots cucumber skin range! I think all the products i have tried are fab and i have probably tried the majority. Not only are they cheap but boots always have offers on them such as; 3 for 2 - i always stock up! You really don't need to worry about it being boots own and cheap as i used to have acne and still suffer from irrated skin and for years i haven't had a problem with any of the products, infact i wouldn't use anything else. The eye gel is rather odd but on the off chance i picked it up and thought i would give it a go. I place a small bit under my eyes (which can be tender, dry and sore) either at night or in the morning and it makes me feel; awake, re-freshed and genereally gives a better look to the dull under eye. Deffinately a must buy!
I will start by saying, if you are an oddball like me, who is allergic to their own tears and has a tendency to puff up like a balloon after a crying session, you need this stuff!
We all have our bad days, and after being stressed out last week I ended up falling asleep exhausted having had a bit of a blub. Not a problem you'd think, everyone sobs from time to time lol. Well, MY problem is, if I fall asleep without washing my face, my eyes seem to react like I've been bombed with tear gas. I seriously look like my eyes have swollen to the point where they are all puffy and painful.
This is where Boots essentials cucumber eye gel comes into it's own. Applying this stuff, especially if you keep it in the fridge, is a massive relief for my tired and sore eyes. It's light weight and easily absorbed. Not at all greasy, and with a vague refreshing aroma of the cucumber. It is just a small tube, 15ml, which is a useful size for popping into your handbag.
This product lightly hydrates, meaning it's not richly moisturising, more a wake-up call for your eyes. If you have ever had little tiny white spots around your eyes as I have, this is an indication of over moisturisation anyway, some face creams are just too rich for the thin skin around your eyes so this is a good alternative.
This particular eye gel is only £1.46 a tube. Great value as you only need a tiny pea sized amount for each eye. I tend to just dab it on and let it sink in, which it does very quickly, especially if my eyes are sore. It's such a great feeling when your skin is all dry and tight.
I have tried a number of eye gels and creams over the years, usually fairly cheap ones, and have found them to be good for using on the delicate skin around the eyes, but they have not made a dramatic difference to the appearance.
The Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel is suitable for all skin types, and is enriched with vitamins and soothing cucumber. The ingredients list doesn't actually say which vitamins it contains though. The Eye Gel is packaged in a small pale green tube with a darker green screw top lid. The instructions say that it should be applied gently around the eye area twice a day, morning and night. I have found that it is beneficial to apply it with a dabbing movement, rather than rubbing it in, as the skin around the eyes is very thin, delicate and easily damaged.
The information on the tube states that the gel is easily absorbed and will cool, refresh reduce puffiness and lightly hydrate the eye area. Due to the hot and humid weather recently, I decided to try keeping the gel in the fridge. When applying it after it was chilled, it did feel really refreshing . I am not sure how much any puffiness was reduced, but I am sure that the eye area was hydrated by the gel. Maybe the fridge helped by cooling it further. As I have a young daughter (19 months old) I sometimes get woken during the night, and am subsequently tired in the morning. This eye gel has a refreshing feeling when I have applied it in the mornings, and it helps me to wake up and feel a little more alert. It is not a miracle product, but it is very reasonably priced, and thus good value. It cost £1.49 from Boots.