This year Santa left lots of lovely things under the Christmas tree for me including a Number 7 gift box which included in it this number 7 cream.
I am not generally a lady that uses cream just for my eyes, especially not just for waking my eyes up, but as I have it I though why not, maybe I had been missing out on a trick fir all these years and my eyes needed help waking up and I just didn't know it.
This No7 cream details on it that it is hypo-allergenic which I believe means that it should not hurt your skin. I have sensitive skin but have not suffered any reactions from anything in a long time. I followed the instructions on the tiny little bottle and applied some of the cream sparingly around the edges of my eye. Within a second my eye felt like it was on fire! It stung so bad I had to immediately wash my face and I am certainly not going to try this product or other similar eye creams in the future.
As I have said, I do have very sensitive skin and so I suspect that the reaction that I have had to this cream is not typical. In particular I have quite over sensitive eyes and it is always the first place that gets irritated so I am sure that others have more positive experiences of this cream than I have had. Unfortunately though I have had to rate this cream as only one star.
boots are always running offers on No7 and I bought this with my £5 off voucher and paid approximately £3. If you don't have a voucher then there wait for a 3 for 2 offer as there is always one along soon.
The tube is usual eye cream size and you never use very much in the eye area so one tube lasted me for a few months.
The packaging is usual No7 packaging and looks pretty swish and more expensive than it is.
The products is light - invisable in colour as is typical of a gel rather than eye creams. it is also light textured. I usually put a small dot of gel on each small finger and then tapped along my eye area.
I have dark colouring under my eyes along with some fine lines which are only really noticeable when i smile - note to self, stop smiling!!
the gel was easy to apply and absorbed well. because it is a gel, it was cooling as it went on and it felt soothing particuarly on days when i was feeling tired and your eyes feel a little hot (or is that just me?!)
However, unfortunately, for me, that was the only benefit. My under eye area remained the same colour, although it felt cooling and soothing there was no noticeable de puffing effect and my eye lines remained.
The search for the miracle under eye cream remains, for me at least
I received my tube of No 7 awakening eye gel in a gift set. The tube is white and contains 15ml of the eye gel. The lid twists off and you have to squeeze the product out. For me this is a slight disadvantage because if you squeeze out too much there is no means of returning any of the gel to the tube. I often call my fella over at this stage and pop some on him much to his amusement.
As the container informs, the product is fragrance free and is designed 'to help reduce puffiness and dark circles.' I don't normally purchase these types of products but as I received it in a pack and am trying to be less wasteful I have used it. I was very pleased with the results and will continue to purchase this item when I run out. On application the gel feels cool and this is soothing and instantly helped to make me feel more refreshed. I could also feel a tightening of the skin where this had been applied. This was not uncomfortable and I definitely felt like the product was working its magic.
On the back of the tube is printed: 'Soothe away the signs of long hours and late nights...' I am not the best sleeper in the world by any means and do tend to wake up at the slightest sound and then take forever to snooze off again. So as you can imagine, most mornings I look like I've been beaten up by the sleep demon with my puffed up eyes. Also, with my fair skin any darkness beneath them just seems more pronounced. Applied around the contours of the eyes - the tube has application instructions printed on which advises: 'Close your eyes and carefully dot around their contours, patting gently to smooth in.' This gel does helps make me look more perky and awake although it doesn't completely eradicate the effects of a bad night's sleep. I then continue my make-up routine as normal. The tube does not advise what the ingredients are so I would recommend checking this first before trying just in case of any allergies.
The cost of this tube is approximately £8.
Now as anyone who regularly reads my reviews will have probably saw this sentence in many of my reviews BUT I am addicted to the No7 range and I cannot live without most of their products one of which is this dinky little eye gel! I think I got my first tube of this in a gift set a few Christmases ago from my mother who if anything is an even bigger fan than me and this eye gel came highly recommended so I though Id better try it out! I'm very glad I did because It worked so well for me, it did exactly what it promised and left me looking noticeably better, I'm never without a tube of this now!!
Appearance & Packaging:
Blink and you will miss it because this gel only comes in a tiny15ml tube which isn't coloured in anyway! So not great on the eye catching front (but who really cares right?!) At the top of the tube there is a screw off lid which when taken off reveals a very tiny nozzle which is perfect for precision application! The front of the tube is very simple it has the No7 logo on the front in gold lettering with the name of the product underneath in black. The back of the tube has slightly more information telling us how to apply, what the effects are, where it is made, how much product you can expect to find in the tube and how long they recommend you keep it for (6 months). So they fit a lot of information onto such a tiny tube, but unfortunatley no ingrediants so if you do have allergies Id suggest a peek at the boots website (at the bottom of my review).
What Does This Product Promise?
It promises that it will help soothe away those pesky dark circles and puffy eyed looks that long hours and late nights will inevitably leave us with, with just a few dots of this magical soloution! Sounds great!
How To Apply:
I usually close my eyes whilst doing this just in case a little drop gets into my eye as Im guessing it could really sting! All you need to do is dab a few drops of this gel around the contours of youe eyes (three little dots is usually more than enough for me) and then begin so pat gently to smooth the gel into your skin. *TIP*Best results if you use circular motions when patting it in!
Does It Work?
I am very happy to report that yes it did work for me! On the first morning I used it I hadnt been to sleep all night so I was looking very tired and had bags I could have carried shopping in! However a few drops of the "magical" eye gel and they actually looked better. They didnt disappear all together it's not a miricle cream but after applying a bit of foundation over the top I honestly dont think you could tell I hadn had a wink of sleep!
What Did I Think Of The Product?:
Well as you may have guessed (although I did hide it incredibly well (!!))
I LOVE IT! I find it really difficult to get enough sleep so as I dont feel and look tired the next day but with this gel I could not sleep for a week and no-one would be any the wiser! I still cant believe how well it worked and I dont think you will either as those dark circles? Well the question is more what dark circles?! Works wonders on tired eyes, however for those of you who are expecting your bags to disappear forever that isnt going to happen, but they will be heavily disguised. It is now a must ahve in my make-up bag and I use it every morning before applying my make-up and once you have tried it yourself Im sure you will too! Highly Recommended.
As this is a No7 product it is only available from Boots stores and online at boots.com and costs around £8 for 15ml, that may sound like a lot but it lasts a very long time so it is definatley worth it!!
Last Xmas I was given a huge box of No 7 skincare items and over the year I've been working my way through most of them. A couple of weeks ago I noticed my eyes felt dry and puffy and the thought that sprung to mind instantly was "I need some eye gel" but I didn't think I had any. I finally rummaged through my box of No 7 items and realised I had a tube of the No 7 Awakening Eye Gel so I decided to try that.
The tube is 15ml which is not a trial size but full size and if you buy this from Boots it will set you back £8. It claims to "soothe away signs of long hours and late nights" and reduce puffiness and dark circles. It is hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and fragrance free.
Boots website tells us it contains witch hazel, horse chestnut and pro-vitamin B5 to leave eyes completely cared for. Now witch hazel has long been used for reducing inflammation and swelling so that's a good ingredient for an eye gel, it is often contained in eye washes too so it's harmless around te eyes. Horse chestnut has been used for centuries by herbalists for things like varicose veins so that ingredient should help with the blood vessels and veins under the eyes. Pro-vitamin B5 is something we see in a number of cosmetics these days and I looked it up and found it is a moisturising ingredient so the other two reduce swelling and work in an astringent way while the B5 keeps some moisture in the skin.
I can't comment on the outer packaging as mine came in a gift set without any but the tube is a simple ivory colour with gold writing on it and can be recycled after use. The gel is indeed fragrance free and a translucent white colour. It's more like a cross between a cream and a gel than a pure gel.
The first time I used it my eyes were so puffy and hot I found it instantly cooling and soothing and was so glad I'd found some in my No 7 box set. It reduced the irritation around my eyes immediately and left them feeling much more comfortable. I applied as you would normal eye gel, dot some lightly around the eye, both below and on the brow bone and then smooth into the skin. Too much rubbing and you're going to make things worse so always keep any contact around this delicate area light and brief.
I didn't need to use make up after that first application because it was late at night but I have since used the gel and then worn make up. In order for this to work out you just need to use only a tiny amount and leave it a couple of minutes to absorb and dry. If you wanted to use this in the morning I would suggest applying it before you have breakfast so it has plenty of time to sink in before it comes to applying make up but it takes only a couple of minutes.
Has it reduced my dark circles? I think it has a bit but I've got very, very dark circles so I didn't expect it to magically remove them! It does decrease puffiness though and you can feel a definite tightening of the skin around the eyes after using this which has got to be a good thing! It is cooling and soothing and doesn't dry out the skin either.
Any gripes? Naturally I have one! Like all eye gels I've ever used it leaves behind a residue in the form of a coating of dried gel. This is fine unless you touch your eyes at any point and then you can easily rub bits of this layer off and end up with them on your face. Not a good look so it's best to avoid rubbing your eyes after you've applied this. In all fairness though I've yet to find a gel that doesn't do this so it's not a huge problem.
Overall it is an effective eye gel and I continue to use it most days at the moment. I'd say the price is reasonable for the 15ml you get in the tube because you need so little it lasts ages and the product itself is very soothing. Anything that can reduce my puffy old eyes is a winner for me! The one downside of the residue means I'm lopping off one star but don't let it put you off if you need a good eye gel.
I had a Boots voucher for £5 off any No.7 product, so it was too good a deal to miss and to buy something I wouldn't normally spend my pennies on.
I chose Boots No.7 Awakening Eye Gel as it would normally have cost me £8 so getting it for just £3 was a great deal. My eye care habits normally being to use nothing special on my eyes, or almond oil or tea bags. (Make a pot of tea and once brewed take out the two tea bags, wring them out to a point they are just damp and position into your eye sockets- lie back and rest for ten minutes- oh loverrrly!).
Back to the Eye Gel- it is very easy to use and you only need the tiniest amount- (which is a good thing as the tube is only 15ml). I put a weeny amount on my little finger and with closed eyes dotted around the contours of my eyes, then patted it into my skin. Remember not to rub- you will be doing more harm than good if you do.
It is fragrance free and is suitable for the sensitive skin around the eyes.
According to Boots marketing of the product it will "soothe away the signs of long hours and late nights.....help reduce puffiness and dark circles.
I trust Boots and I liked this product, and if an eye gel is often on your shopping list - this is one I would recommend. But I now ask myself the question, would I buy it again at full price and the honest answer is no.
Because it didn't appear to do anything better than a good night's sleep and some almond oil would do, and as I am not rich, two equal results means I will stick to the cheaper option.
I very often work 9-5 in the office and then 7-3 in the pub meaning that I generally always have 'tired eyes.' I bought this product when Boots was offering "3 for 2" on their No 7 products as I didn't want to pay the £8 for a small tube to find it didn't work.
The packaging promises to "reduce appearance of puffiness and dark circles" leaving you looking refreshed and awakened. Perfect - just what I needed.
The gel itself comes in an almost translucent white tube which has a nozzle to allow better control over the amount dispensed. This is very handy as you only need a small amount. It is fragrance-free and states that it is suitable for sensitive skin.
As a sufferer of excema around the eyes, I am particularly wary of what I apply to that sensitive area and I'm pleased to say that I suffered no adverse affects from using this gel.
To use the gel, you simple squeeze a small amount onto the tip of your finger and pat it onto the affected areas. It does feel very wet at first, even with the smallest amounts, but after a few pats and seconds it does begin to dry into the skin feeling very light and fresh. If you keep your gel in a cool place you will find the cool gel on your eyes very refreshing.
Overall I would say the best part was the cold gel on my puffy eyes, it felt lovely, but I would not say that it did much for the puffiness or the black circles. I think I'll have to stick to concealer to hide those. I keep the tube in my handbag and apply it when my eyes feel tired and hot in the stuffy office. The cold gel does make them feel more refreshed but makes no visible difference (for me anyway).
Tired eyes can make your whole face look tired, and unfortunately when I worked I used to suffer with viral conjunctivitis and had to use medication from the GP, my eyes were often red and puffy. But since retiring it has cleared up, but I am guilty of staying on the computer for long hours and staying up late, then if I don't get to sleep my eyes are puffy the next day. So I was very pleased to see a tube of Awakening eye gel in box of No7 goodies I received from my daughter at Christmas.
My tube contains 15mls, and is pearly white with a screw top lid. I checked the cost at Boots and it is currently selling at £7.83, so an expensive product, but you need very little. Clarins have something similar but the 20ml tube costs £22.
It claims to soothe away the signs of long hours and late nights, as the soothing and cooling gel reduces puffiness and dark circles, making your eyes look re-vitalised. As a teenager I used to relax lying down with pieces of cucumber on my eyes or pads of cotton wool soaked in Witch hazel, so wasn't surprised to see that witch hazel is contained in the gel, as is Horse Chestnut which is known to add radiance and vibrancy and Pro-vitamin B5, which is in a lot of beauty products. It is fragrance free and hypo-allergenic. Although it doesn't mention contact lens users I imagine it is safe to use it.
Obviously there is no smell, it is almost clear, and I just squeeze a little onto my finger and gently pat around the eye area, do not rub as this stretches the delicate tissue. I usually put it on after moisturising, it doesn't say when you should apply, but I have also patted it on after applying foundation if my eyes looked tired. It feels cool for a few seconds then gradually is absorbed over a few minutes.
Does it work? It does make a slight difference, the puffiness tightens up slightly, but I haven't got any dark circles to test it on! Would a pad of witch hazel do as well? I think it might, but then it takes time, this way you can pop it on and get on with your life. Would I buy it? Probably not, this will last me quite a while and it does seem a bit pricey, but as Boots do 3 for the price of 2 offers then I might get it that way or it could be in one of their gift bags that give away when you spend a certain amount, and in that case I would use it as it is soothing. Certainly it's handy to keep in your bag for perking those eyes up.
I bought Boots No7 awakening eye gel as I needed a cream to sort out puffy, tired eyes (and I had a voucher so couldn't resist). The lady at the counter advised me to get this eye gel and told me to pop it in the fridge to give that extra cooling effect. I tried it and was very happy with the result. It does indeed feel nice and cooling and wakes up the eye so it comes out looking brighter and wide-eyed.
I'm also a huge fan of the protect and perfect range and find that this works well with my protect and perfect beauty serum. I keep this in my fridge and apply when needed. Some days you wake up with puffy eyes or arrive home from work, not looking as awake as you would like. This is an excellent solution to that problem. I also like to use a gel eye mask that I've popped into the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes to wake up my eyes. However, I don't always find the time to do this and this cream is an excellent substitute or complimentary product to use along with the gel eye mask.
I bought this at Boots when I had one of the £5 off No7 vouchers, this should have been £8 so I got it for £3.
The gel comes in a little tube which looks white but as you start using it you will realise its a slightly see through plastic.
The tube stands upside down on its lid, it comes in one size, 15ml.
On the back of the tube it shows the symbol of an open tub stating it lasts 6 months once opened but i've had mine over that amount of time and its not caused any problems (yet) lol.
On the front it says; No7 in gold writing, and then 'Awakening eye gel' underneath in fine black writing, at the bottom of the tube it says 'Hypoallergenic' as do all the No7 products.
On the back of the tube it says 'Soothe away the signs of long hours and late nights with this gentle revitalising eye gel, created to help reduce puffiness and dark circles'.
As this is to be used on the sensitive eye area it is also fragrance free.
Instructions for use: Close your eyes and carefully dot around their contours, patting gently to smooth in.
I apply this before bed as I don't think it would sit well under make up.
Its gel based and sinks in nicely without the need to rub it in which is again good for this delicate area. It feels lovely, cool and refreshing as you apply it and it doesn't make your eyes sting at all and as I have very sensitive skin I'd know if it did.
I don't know how this works on puffiness as I don't have puffy eyes but I do have dark circles from lack of sleep and too many late nights and this works wonders on them!
After about a week of applying this every night, my dark circles had faded significantly, about 3 weeks after this they'd almost disappeared and I was defintely not getting any more sleep so the cream is 100% to thank
When I run out I hope it'll be timed nicely for having another No7 voucher but if not I'll probably buy some anyway as its a very good product that last ages.
I do night shifts and as a result my sleeping pattern has been quite badly affected. Although I've done nights for several years now, its only the last 6 months or so that I've felt the tiredness creeping up on me - I must be getting old!! Anyway, sometimes I only manage a few hours sleep at a time, and my eyes look puffy and tired. I decided it would be a good idea to invest in an eye gel or cream to try and combat the problem, and eventually decided on the No.7 awakening eye gel from Boots.
~About the gel~
This gel promises to 'reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles' so the skin around your eyes will look revitalised. It is fragrance-free and is specially formulated for the delicate skin around they eyes. It also contains witch hazel, horse chestnut and pro-vitamin B5.
The gel comes in a small tube, and I think (although I can't be sure) that it originally also came in a small cardboard box. When you remove the cap the gel has a pointed nozzle which helps not to squeeze out too much of the product, as only a small amount is needed.
Using the gel is very simple. You simply apply a very small amount to the tip of your finger and pat the gel onto the area around your eyes whilst keeping them closed. It is important to pat the gel in rather than rub it in, as rubbing will drag the skin under your eyes.
When you first apply the gel it feels quite greasy, but after a few minutes it does settle into the skin and leaves a non-greasy finish. It also feels quite cold and cooling on the eyes, which is an especially nice feeling on tired eyes.
I find this does reduce puffiness, but doesn't cure it completely. It didn't make any difference to my dark circles, but the circles around my eyes are, I think, genetic and I don't think I'm ever going to get rid of them! It has a lovely cooling effect and although it feels greasy at first, once it has dried the greasy effect goes completely.
This is fairly expensive at £8 for a 15ml tube, but as you don't need to use much, it will last a while.
This is a great product to give your eyes a little pick-me-up and stop you from looking overly tired, although it will not reduce puffiness completely. . It is expensive, but as I said one tube lasts a long time, so I think it is worth the money.
Calming and cooling to the touch, reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles around your eyes, so the skin looks and feels revitalised /