My first bottle of Dr Nick Lowe Age Correct Eye was one of the products I chose for my YouBeautyDiscovery monthly box at the end of last year. This stuff normally retails at just under GBP19 for 15 mls so getting it included in my box which cost just GBP6.95 was quite a bargain. I’ve since gone on to buy several more bottles from Latest In Beauty when they’ve been on offer.
Dr Nick Lowe is a consultant dermatologist working in the UK and USA. For those of us who can’t afford to see consultant dermatologists,he offers an interesting range of products. To date, with one exception, the ones I’ve tried have all been good.
The packaging of the serum is a little over the top. A tiny quantity of serum - just 15 ml - is presented in a pack that’s easily twice that size. On the other hand, whilst it’s bulky it’s also simple so you don’t get a fancy schmancy bottle that makes you think half the price was for the packaging.
The pump container is a white cylinder of opaque white plastic with a very simple transparent sticky label. The opaque plastic means there’s no way to see how full the bottle is which can be a problem for me when I’m travelling. That said, the pump mechanism is a really good way to dispense the product hygienically. It took me a while to get the hang of dispensing the tiny amount of serum I need out of the tube and this stuff is expensive enough that I really don’t want to waste it. I try to keep the nozzle nice and clean, not out of some fit of OCD germ obsession, but to ensure the product comes out in a controllable way. Less is more with eye products and I’ve learned to squeeze the nozzle gently and get the smallest possible amount out. A blob about the size of a cooked grain of rice (Basmati of course!) is enough to do both eyes.
Once my tiny blob is on my finger, I pat it around the area under my eyes. I’m clumsy by nature and far too often I seem to end up sticking this IN my eye and I’m happy to say that it doesn’t sting if you do that. Once I’ve dabbed it on, I rub it in very lightly and if there’s any surplus serum, I put it on my eyelids too.
According to Dr Nick, this is supposed to give an ‘instant lift and tone’ effect to the eye area. In all honestly I can’t say it’s a visually dramatic effect but it certainly feels good. The cooling and slightly tightening feel is pleasant. The serum is apparently “boosted with a unique peptide complex” and who am I to argue with that.
I bought this eye serum in the second half of last year when I saw it on offer in Boots. I had run out of my current eye cream product, and although this was a brand I had never heard of, it looked like a decent brand and was significantly reduced in price in Boots so I gave it a try. I wanted to give it a good length of time to see if it made any difference before reviewing it, and now I think that time has arrived.
Dr Nick Lowe is apparently an internationally renowned consultant dermatologist with over 30 years experience. According to his website his aim is to prove that effective skincare need not be expensive. I'm not sure I agree with this because I personally find his range to be quite expensive but I guess it depends what you're comparing it against.
The eye serum describes itself as an anti-ageing correcting serum, and the packaging makes the usual claims about firming, toning and moisturising the eye area, and claims to help the appearance of dark circles. It was this claim which drew me to the product, because I have always had very dark circles under my eyes, not helped by the fact my skin is quite pale. I've always used eye creams since my early twenties, and so I also look for ones which claim to minimise the appearance of wrinkles. These are the two things I look for in an eye cream, but unfortunately I've not found one which ticks both these boxes yet.
The eye serum is dermatologically tested, ophthalmologically tested, and is fragrance free. This means it is very gentle on the eye area, which as we all know is quite fragile. The guidance given is to apply the eye serum to the eye area, morning and evening, being careful not to get any into the eye, or overload or drag the skin.
I don't intend to drone on about packaging too much, but the eye cream is in a small bottle/tube with a press-down pump dispenser. This makes it easy to use without getting all over the place, but does mean as you're getting near the end it's hard to get the last of the product out. I find one press on the dispenser is more than enough for one application of this product, in fact I don't usually press all the way down otherwise it's too much and you feel like you've wasted the product. The serum is white and feels smooth as it glides over the skin, it doesn't tingle or burn or give any sensation that some of the eye products on the market can do.
Now, as for the effectiveness of this product, I have found that it has made my dark circles ever so slightly less dark. They've not gone by any means, but in places (especially towards the outer part of the eye), they appear more shadowy than dark, as if they're reflecting the light better. This means that when I cover the shadows with concealer, they look less obvious. I wasn't expecting miracles with this serum, because I've yet to find an eye product which lives up to its claims, but this did make a tiny bit of difference which might encourage me to buy it again.
As for the wrinkles, I've used various eye creams over the years and am lucky to not have many wrinkles, so I think in general as long as you're using something, it should keep the wrinkles at bay. Obviously, I'm not going to know the full effects of this until later life, but I am confident that this is a quality product which will delay wrinkles.
Now for the downside....the price. I was lucky when I bought this because it was on offer. I can't remember how much I paid exactly but I think it was around £8 for 50ml. On the Boots website, this product is currently advertised at £17.35 for 50ml which is EXPENSIVE!! I'm not sure I'm convinced this product makes a big enough difference to justify the price tag, but I do have more faith in it than some I've used so if I see it discounted again I might stock up whilst it's reduced.
==Dr Nick Lowe Age Correct Eye Serum==
I'm 28 now which means my fresh plump face is becoming a thing of the past and smoking is most certainly not helping! So to try and combat the signs of ageing I am always on the look out for products that will help my fine lines especially around my eyes.
This Dr Nick Lowe Age Correct Eye Serum is not the cheapest product you can get but with the phrase "you get what you pay for" always ringing in my ears I opted to pay the £17.50 p that this little bottle of 15 ml was priced at. I picked mine up from Boots but I am not sure where else this brand is sold because I can't say that I have seen it anywhere else than all the tons of Boots stores or online. However it wouldn't be hard to track down as even my small local Boots stock up on it.
The product is specially designed for the under eye area and it says it will instantly tone and lift the delicate eye area while moisturising and firming at the same time. I am a bit fan of serums in general because of their smooth and silky feeling when they go on the skin so this was really the main draws for me when buying the product.
The bottle itself is a small white plastic one which is thick and chunky and generally easy to use. The nozzle is a push down pump action style and the only trouble I found with the packaging of the serum was that when it was coming to an end it was impossible to get every last drop out as you can't take the pump off to get inside the bottle and I knew there was definitely a few uses of the stuff left in there.
The product is said to contain Pomegranate and Raspberry which fight against damaging free radicals whilst being fragrance free and containing a stack of vitamins such as A, C and E. using the product is simple and really only one press down of the pump lets out enough of the serum to do one under eye area at a time. The silky liquid then needs to be dabbed lightly onto the skin and blended in very gently. To look at the product is has a translucent white appearance and lilke they say there is no fragrance to the serum and it is a very light weight product which is really nice to apply.
The serum doesn't notice on the skin although does feeling cooling and moisturising whilst taking a mere minute or to to sink into the skin. It has never once irritated my eyes and because it is dermatologically tested you know that in most cases it will not have any adverse affects on the skin around the delicate area that is the eyes.
I must say that having used the product for a good few months I didn't notice any real difference in any of the fine lines or the general appearance of the under eye area itself. I did however love the feel of the product on my skin and it did give a little lift and refreshing feeling each time I used it. There were no long lasting affects to the eye area though and this was really what I was looking for with this product considering how much a little bottle of the stuff is.
On the whole I would have to say that I shan't be buying it again and I probably would only recommend it to people who are not looking to change the appearance of their under eyes but more have a nice base for which to apply concealer to this area and generally have a fresher more hydrated look from this area of the face. It is a nice serum which feels lovely and works quite well for the time of application but I was expecting a little more from the product and was hoping that it would improve my skin with time and perseverance. This however was not the case and the reason I will only award the serum a score of 3 out of 5 stars.
Nice to use but didn't give any noticeable difference to the under eye area for any length of time which I would have expect at least a tiny bit for the price that I paid for it.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.