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As I have mentioned in earlier reviews, Clinique isn't a brand that I am overly familiar with - mainly because it is usually well out of my price range. However, I recently received some Clinique miniatures, which included a small tube of Clinique Moisture Surge Eye Gel.
This product has been develop to hydrate the area around your eyes. Most beauty brands develop products specifically for the eye area - they are supposed to deeply moisturise and reduce the visibility of fine lines.
This product is a light pink colour and it has a fairly thick consistency. You only need to put a little bit on your finger and it absorbs into the area around the eye.
Clinique suggests using this serum after going through their three step skin-care regime - but this is something I have neither the money, time, or inclination to do - so I just use it around my eyes as an addition to my usual moisturiser.
This gel is cold and fairly refreshing to apply. However it does feel a bit thick and does absorb as well as other gels I have tried. I often find that it leaves a bit of a residue on my skin and leaves the area feeling a bit tight.
It is, however, 100 per cent fragrance free, which I like, because sometimes fragranced products irritate my skin.
As I mentioned earlier, I got a sample sized tube of this to try, but if you buy a 15ml tube from Boots or Debenhams then you can expect to pay anything from £20. This seems expensive, especially considering I have tried similar products that are better and cheaper.
Overall I'd say I am disappointed with Clinique Moisture Surge Eye Gel. I don't think it moisturises the area around the eye particularly well, I think it's very expensive and there are also other alternatives available that are better.
I can only award it one star. Not recommended.
I got this as a sample from my friend who works on the Clinique counter in Selfridges. She gave me a few little pots of it so I've been using them for a few months now. Apparently they are the same kind of pots you get in some Clinique sets or the bonus time sets.
They are tiny clear pots of 10ml with a green lid and Clinique printed on the side. But the actual eye gel comes in a 15ml tube, and I think is around £20.
The gel looks really nice, it's like a pink/orange colour. It doesn't really have any smell, a bit like many of the other Clinique products. I do generally prefer things to have a [preferably nice] smell but I think fragrance-free quite suits Clinique's simple fresh products, making them seem more clean.
The gel feels really nice, it is really smooth on the skin and quite thick. Other gel products I have tried before have been quite watery but this is really thick and actually feels more like cream than gel. I expected it to have a cooling effect on the skin but it doesn't really do this and is actually more of a warming effect when you rub it in. It has never irritated my eyes in any way or left them feeling sore.
It doesn't soak into the skin too fast, leaving you more time to massage it in without stretching the skin around the eyes. It is fairly greasy on the skin so I only use it before bed, as I would find it too thick for during the day.
Despite the gel not being instantly cooling on the skin, I find once I have rubbed it in the skin around my eyes feels refreshed and less tight. I'm only in my twenties so I haven't got a lot of wrinkles anyway so I couldn't say that it has dramatically changed the appearance of my eyes, but I like to think it is preventing any future wrinkles!
Since I've been using it I think my eyes do look brighter, as the dark circle beneath them aren't as obvious, this could be partly to do with massaging my eyes every night but I do also think the eye gel has helped.
I hardly have to use any of the gel each time I use it, as it spreads really easily. Therefore the little pots my friend gave me a few months ago that I thought I would have used up ages ago, are still going!
I still have another 2 pots left which I'm sure will last me a while, but I'm not sure what I will do when the run out as I think it is quite expensive, especially when I haven't actually got problems with wrinkles yet! I will definitely be tempted to buy it though as I've been really pleased with the results and enjoy using it, and feel the cost could be justified by this and how long the pots have lasted.