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One of my biggest beauty related problems is the dark circles around my eyes that I have inherited from my mother. I have tried every kind of product under the sun to help alleviate the problem but to no avail. I was quite expectant at this one from Clarins because it is obviously a premium product and I thought it might succeed where others didn't. Unfortunately I was left both disappointed (again) and even worse, more out of pocket than ever before!
The gel comes in a little tube that looks a bit like a small toothpaste tube and it has a long nozzle type thing on the end with a tiny hole in it. This packaging is very fit for purpose because it makes applying the gel very easy and it also helps you control the amount that comes out. A good thing about the gel is that a little does go a long way so it is extremely good that you can control how much comes out.
The gel is supposed to reduce puffiness and I'll give it credit for doing that a little bit. Whenever I apply it first thing in the morning, it does, more or less straight away, make my eyes feel less puffy which is nice. The gel isn't great either which is great.
It is suitable for contact lens wearers and for people which sensitive eyes, which I can voucher for because it didn't irritate my eyes at all.
The gel is available directly from Clarins for £29 for a 20ml bottle. Whilst I think there are some benefits to it, I can't honestly say that it is worth this much, mainly because it did absolutely nothing to lighten the dark circles around my eyes, which is what I wanted it for. For that kind of money I wanted more, not recommended.
For Christmas last year I was lucky enough to receive a big bag filled with lots of Clarins goodies which I have since been working my way through. Clarins were I brand I was aware of but due to their high prices didn't have much experience with so I've been quite happy about getting to give these products a try. One product I received in my bag was this Eye Contour Gel in a mini 3ml version. I'm always on the hunt of new eye creams as I'm yet to find my perfect one and was particularly keen to see if a premium branded one would work any better than some of the others I've been trying.
A full sized 20ml tube of this gel costs £28 from the Clarins website and just about any store which sells premium branded face care such as larger Boots stores, Debenhams and House of Frasier. For that price I really was expecting something very special and in a way I hoped this wouldn't turn out to be the eye cream of my dreams as I'd definitely have to be waiting for birthdays and Christmases to receive a tube!
I'm assuming the packaging for the full sized version is the same as my mini version just on a larger scale. Mine comes in a tiny tube with a straight, flat top and curved bottom which has a little white plastic screw on cap on it. The white tube contains the Clarins red logo and the product name on the front. The tube tells us this is for puffiness and dark circles and that this should be applied to the eye contour in the morning.
Unscrewing the lid reveals a long, thin tube with tiny hole on the bottom and gentle squeeze of the tube releases a little of this gel. The gel odourless and blue in colour and a tiny amount is needed. I find a ball slightly smaller than a pea is enough to do both of my eyes and I've used this most mornings since receiving it for Christmas and still have enough left for a couple more applications despite only having a 3ml tube so I suppose that adds some value for the money.
The gel absorbs into the skin perfectly and takes very little rubbing in before it's 'dried'. It has a slight cooling effect on the skin which feels very refreshing and I've experienced no irritation around the delicate eye area despite having such sensitive skin. It's not greasy in the least bit and, according to the Clarins website is suited to oily, dry, normal and combination skin so would apparently benefit everyone then!
Despite a very pleasant and easy application the results of using this are nothing spectacular. I don't find the gel has any softening or hydrating effects on my skin whatsoever and actually, when I've applied this after day cream, I've been able to tell a clear difference between where this hasn't and has been applied as the skin around my eye area just feels dryer to the rest of my skin. Having said that I don't feel it particularly dries my skin out as such, it just doesn't hydrate it and leave it as soft and smooth and my moisturisers do.
The coolness of the gel does help to reduce early morning puffiness of the eye area which is about the only good thing I have to say about the results of this. But then, I've tried many eye creams for a much lower price which have also reduced puffiness just as well so I certainly don't think that alone makes this eye gel worth buying.
Clarins claim this gel uses wild rose to 'drain toxins to tackle dark circles' and I can firmly say wild rose does no such thing. Dark circles are my biggest eye issue and I always find they're the hardest thing to get rid of. I'm happy enough to use decent concealers which cover them but I'd much rather not have them to cover in the first place and I'm always looking for something which will help me achieve that. Clarins Eye Contour Gel certainly isn't the thing I need in that respect. I've been using this fairly regularly over a couple of months and I can positively say this does absolutely nothing for dark circles. It doesn't worsen them which can only be a good thing I guess but it doesn't reduce them or make them look less noticeable in any way either.
If you wont to reduce puffiness and you've got money to throw away then by all means buy this. But that is about all it is good for in my opinion. I've used eye creams which have had much better results than this one which cost half the price. It's a very average eye care product for a very high price and I definitely think you're paying for the Clarins name rather than the quality of the product in this case. I personally wouldn't recommend this one at all.
A few months ago I was lucky enough to receive some Clarins products as a gift. One of the items I received was a tube of Eye Contour Gel. The gel is meant to reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eye. This is not something I would have bought myself as I don't expect products like this to work miracles. To reduce puffiness and dark circles I believe you need lots of sleep and a balanced diet without too much alcohol. Having an active toddler I don't get lots of sleep and I definitely need a glass of wine at the end of the day! I tend to rely on face cream and concealer to minimise the visibility of these eye issues. I also had a bad experience with a Soap & Glory eye gel which left my skin with a nasty burning sensation so I wasn't particularly looking forward to trying this product.
- The Packaging -
The 20ml eye gel comes in a white squeezable plastic tube that displays the Clarins logo and information about the product in red writing. You can't see the contents of the tube so it isn't possible to see how much is left. There is a screw on white plastic lid with a gold strip. The lid screws on and off easily without any leaking. The opening of the tube has a small hole to allow a controlled amount of the gel to be dispensed. The tube is functional but also looks rather smart, expensive and classy.
- The Gel -
The tube says to 'apply a very small quantity with gentle tapping motions to eye contours' in the morning. This is very easy to do and fairly mess free. The gel is turquoise in colour and doesn't have a strong smell, just the hint of something chemical but fresh. The gel is quite runny so you only need to lightly squeeze the tube. Once applied to the eye area it feels cold and fresh. It makes the skin feel quite tight but there is no burning sensation with this one. It doesn't leave your fingers sticky which is good and it leaves the eye area feeling soft. A minute or two after application the gel has been absorbed so you are able to apply face cream or make up.
- The Results -
I think that this gel does minimally reduce dark circles and puffiness but the results are too subtle to be sure. Ten minutes after applying the gel I thought there was a slight improvement but certainly nothing miraculous. After using this gel every morning for around two weeks I maintained this initial opinion, perhaps a slight improvement but it was rather too subtle to be certain. Whatever the results I did find this gel pleasant to use. It made my eye area feel a little tighter and fresher and there were no ill effects or reactions.
- Price and Availability -
This eye gel is available from the Clarins website where it is priced at £28.00. There are usually Clarins concessions in department stores where they sometimes have offers such as 10% off. I think £28 is very expensive for a product that at best produces minimal results. This price is fairly competitive compared to other luxury brands but to be honest I doubt any of these products produce amazing results.
- Would I Recommend? -
I can't really recommend this eye gel as I won't be purchasing another when my tube runs out. I will continue to use the one I have simply because it is easy to apply, feels quite refreshing and causes no negative effects. However, the results are so minimal it is certainly not worth £28.
Active Ingredients: Caffeine: lipolytic action / Organic ginkgo biloba extract: encourages circulation / Organic cornflower and camomile extracts: soothe and protect the fragile skin of the eye contour / Aloe extract: leaves skin smooth and supple // Treats puffiness and dark circles / Beauty Benefits: An intensely refreshing, cool blue gel enriched with four super-active organic plant extracts / A legendary product first launched in 1966 which makes it an eye-opening 45 years of age / Suitable for even the most sensitive of eyes and contact lens wearers / A very lightweight, refreshing, non-oily gel which visibly reduces undereye puffiness and dark circles to brighten and refresh the eyes / Application: Apply Clarins Eye Contour Gel sparingly each morning using just the tip of the ring finger in light pressing movements around the eye / To refresh eyes, reapply over make-up during the day /