“ Brand: Boots / Stick / Type: Eye Stick / Suitable for: Eye / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Boots No7 / Gender: for Men / „
This Boots No 7 product anti-fatigue eyestick claims that it can help with tired eyes, and reduce the signs of wrinkles and bags under your eyes. Luckily I received as part of a gift pack at Christmas so have never actually paid for it, however given it's very small size (just 6g) I was surprised to learn that it sells for £7.50.
The product comes in a small tube - rather like a lipstick tube but slightly shorter and fatter. You pull the cap off, twist the bottom and the central section rises to allow you to access the paste. The paste itself looks a bit like a glue only it is a bit slimier and the colour is more yellow than white. If you choose to smell it you will notice that it has a pleasant if not especially strong scent.
You rub the product under your eyes where you will find that the paste will spread easily and will sink in without any traces. Supposedly you continue to use it twice a day and your wrinkles and bags under your eyes will magically fade away. Sadly, this has never been my experience....what actually happens is you rub it under your eyes at which point you will feel some instant relief in that there is a nice cooling sensation. This will around 5 seconds after which your skin will start to feel sticky. The stickiness lasts for around 20 minutes..... or as long as it takes you to rub it off - it is not unbearable but it is slightly annoying.
I would have said that the stickiness was a small price to pay were it not for the fact that I have seen no benefits to using this eyestick. I used it once in the morning and once in the evening for around two months before I gave up. I was pleasantly surprised that it lasted so well during that time - looking at how much I used I imagine there was another 6 months of use left in the stick. On the other hand I saw no noticeable change in either wrinkles or bags under my eyes and a friend who tried the product also mentioned the same thing. To sum it up I would say that this eyestick is overpriced and ineffective
Having suffered from eczema for a number of years I have never had the best of skin conditions, so I am constantly being badgered by my girlfriend to keep my skin moisturised to prevent it from drying out too much. Since becoming a father I now really understand what sleep deprivation is, relaxing and sleeping are something that is now becoming a thing of the past for me, especially with the increasing amounts of energy that my children have got and my advancing years. This has greatly increased the poor condition of my skin and just lately has lead to the areas around my eyes starting to become a little worst for wears. Not only are they sunken with black rings around them, but the delicate skin around the eye area is becoming quite dry and sore due to my constant rubbing from tiredness.
Although I'm not a vain man and I don't have any real kind of skin care regime, I thought it was high time to do something about my poor little peepers. I work fairly close to Boots and so I am usually down there buying one thing or another and I will quite often find a £5 voucher in my bag for the No7 range. Although I have always considered this to be a female range of beauty products I thought I would have a little nosey to see if there was anything worth using the voucher on as I was passing the No7 stand on my way out of the store.
I happened to notice a tiny shelf relegated to the men's range of skin care products, with only a few products to look at I didn't feel overwhelmed. However looking at the high prices I wondered who in their right mind would buy any of these products if they had to pay the full retail value. The selection of goodies were mostly new to me and after perusing the shelf for a couple of minutes feeling somewhat self conscience I plucked up the courage to have a closer look, I noticed the eye stick and picked it up for further inspection. At £7.50 for a tiny little box I was a bit stunned, but after reading the blurb on the back of the box and all its promises I decided to give it a shot only because I had a £5 voucher of course.
==Just look at that box!==
The miniscule box contained a small stick tube that contains a measly 6g of product, so you're really not getting much for your money at all. On the plus side it is something that will easily slip into my pocket and the dark grey packaging doesn't draw attention to it. There is no information on the actual tube itself, other than the name of the product and a recycling symbol but to be honest they wouldn't fit much more on there.
==Is this eye cream or glue?==
The tube looks similar to that of a glue stick, however do be aware that's where the similarities end as all the posters I tried to stick up with fell down again after only a couple of seconds. The large cap lifts off with ease to reveal the slimy looking goo inside, and the colour isn't very appealing being a putrid yellow colour I don't think the slimy appearance helps though. Upon sniffing the contents, (not sure why...) it has a subtle but odd scent to it. The base of the tube is to be twisted for the product to rise in order for it to be applied in a similar manner to a lip balm (damn now you know that I use lip balm too). It states that you are to glide it along the contours of the eyes, not too difficult to do then. Applying it feels slightly cooling as you rub it along your skin with a slightly thinner texture too it than your standard lip balm. It does absorb into the skin fairly quickly without leaving any sticky gung behind, plus once it is applied it is not visibly noticeable so you don't look and feel too girly whilst using it.
==Does it work then?==
After applying it morning and night I was expecting the skin under my eyes to improve, after a few days I can't say I noticed a vast improvement, in fact I'm not sure that there were any visible improvements at all. However I continued to use the stick in hope that it would work eventually, but after a week or so the skin under my eyes had become irritated and the skin where I had been applying the cream had become red and inflamed. The product claims to be hypo allergenic and suitable for sensitive skin so I wasn't expecting it to have any bad reaction with my skin, but I know that I have many problems with these so called sensitive skin products before in the past so I'm not truly surprised for my skin to have reacted in such a way.
==Harry's final thoughts==
All in all for the fact that the product should have cost £ 7.50 I certainly wouldn't recommend it as it hasn't really given over any of the benefits that it claims to have to me. To be honest even at the £2.50 that I did pay for it I'm feeling slightly ripped off. Oh well back to the old drawing board, maybe a couple of hour's kip will do the job (at least it won't cost me anything.)