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If you've read my recent Bo-ing concealer review you'll know that I suffer from under-eye circles, which I appear to have inherited from my dear old Dad. They really are quite noticeable and I am quite conscious of them when I am wearing contacts. They make me look quite tired (despite having around 8 hours sleep) and unwell and I would try anything to try and get rid of them, or at the very least make them less noticeable. I tend to use concealer quite a lot to cover them up but I would really like to treat them so that they disappear altogether!
Around a year ago I read some glowing reviews about the Elemis Absolute Eye Serum, which praised its ability to drastically reduce, and in some cases even get rid of dark under-eye circles. I was intrigued but the rather large price tag (£27.00) put me off somewhat. So when my mum asked me what I wanted for my birthday I put this high up on the list and was delighted when I received it.
I'd not really come across the Elemis range before - probably because this is a premium brand and I am not rich enough to afford many of the items in the range! After a little research I learnt that Elemis is a British spa company that run spas around the world. They also make their own cosmetics to use at these spas but also to sell to the general public. Elemis try to combine cutting edge skin-care technology with natural active ingredients to produce each of their skin care products. As such their motto is 'defined by nature, led by science'.
The Absolute Eye Serum comes packaged in a plain white box with the Elemis logo and product name written in silver writing. At the back there is a brief product description, some instructions on how to use it and a rather extensive list of ingredients! The packaging looks quite simple but at the same time rather classy. The serum itself is housed in a silver bottle with a dropper attached to the lid and contains 15ml of product. To dispense the product there is a button at the top of the bottle which when pressed squeezes some of the serum into it.
The serum contains Absolute of Osmanthus and Rosewood oil to help reduce dark circles, leaving the eye area rehydrated and feeling rejuvenated. The product also uses Elemis' unique anti-aging system which challenges the aging process by focusing on three main actions for effective anti-aging; Anti-polluting Detox which attacks skin blocking toxins, Active Cellular Delivery which allows the product to be delivered to a deeper cellular level and Extra Cellular Restructuring which strengthens the outer skin matrix.
To use, lightly apply a couple of drops of serum around the upper and lower eyelid. The instructions don't say how often this should be applied but I have been using this twice a day - in the morning and just before I go to sleep for around 6 months now. The serum is easily dispensed from the bottle and is a deep orangey brown colour. I apply a couple of drops just under my eyes and then gently rub this in using my ring finger, ensuring that I don't apply too much pressure as the skin in this region is quite delicate. The product is easily absorbed and despite being an oil is surprisingly not really greasy! In fact it is no more greasy or heavy than my normal moisturiser and I am able to apply make up over this after a few minutes.
The serum leaves my skin feeling really soft and moisturised. I have applied this serum religiously twice a day for the past 6 months and can honestly say that it has not made the slightest difference in terms of reducing my under eye circles. My circles are just as dark and prominent as ever. On certain days if I squint hard enough I would say that perhaps there is an ever so slight reduction but really I am just kidding myself. I am so disappointed! I thought that perhaps as this product was much more expensive than the ones I'd previously tried it would make some difference.
I must say though that the skin under my eyes does look good - it's soft and feels moisturised and although I don't really suffer from lines under my eyes I guess this will go some way to delaying their appearance. However this is not what I bought the serum for. For treating dark circles this is not great. Overall then, I am quite disappointed with this product. It did nothing to minimise my dark circles, which I shall have to continue to cover up with concealer until I find another product to try and treat my under-eye circles.
I first started to use Elemis products after going on a pamper weekend at Centre Parcs where Elemis is one of the main products used in their treatments. They had a skin care specialist there who analysed my skin and told me the best products for it. As the range is quite pricey I did not think I would carry on using it after I had used my samples up but here I am a year later still using Elemis on my face and willing to pay full price for it.
The Elemis Absolute Eye Serum was recommended to me as I had quite bad bags and dark circles under my eyes. I told the expert that I had been using an eye treatment to reduce them that contained caffine but it was not working - the reason she informed me was that it contained the caffine and that caffine makes it worse so she told me to use the Eye Serum from Elemis.
What Elemis say -
Elemis states that this dynamic light serum is a concentrated treatment that helps minimise the ravages of time and dark circles around the eye area. Herbal actives of Rosewood, Osmanthus, soothing Comfrey, Lavender and Chamomile help to gently preserve, lift and refine the eye tissue.
What I say -
I say that Elemis is right, after using a tiny amount of the serum for a couple of weeks I started to notice a clear difference in the bags under my eyes, they had reduced and were not as dark. I have been using it for over a year and my bags have gone. It is the only product ever to have worked for me so as you can imagine I am over the moon about it. The only down side is that you have to keep using it. I went on holiday and forgot to bring it, I thought it would be ok for a couple of weeks but in that time the bags started to reappear.
The serum is a very light and non greasy clear/white lotion that wont irritate the skin but does sting a little if you get it in your eye. It is quite refreshing to use especially in the morning as it wakes you up! I apply it by pumping out a tiny amount onto one finger and then divide this by putting half on another finger and then applying it under each eye and rubbing in.
The Price -
Like I said before Elemis is not cheap and I paid £26 for 15ml but it lasted around 6 months before I had to get another one. I bought it from timetospa.co.uk.
I also use a number of other Elemis products and am so glad it was recommended to me. I will continue to use it.
I have been using this product for quite some time now. I don't use it everyday, as I like to use a variety of products to get the best results because your skin become tolerant to products over time and so you don't get as greater result overtime.
I first brought this product about three and a half years ago from a shopping channel. I do suffer quite a bit with tired looking eyes and often don't get a good nights sleep, and it tends to show the next day! I liked the idea of this because Elemis products tend to be gentle and calming to the skin. I had also been told about it by a friends, who said it was great.
After about two weeks of using it morning and night I started to see a result. My dark circles were starting to improve and the bags looked softer, I also found my eyes didn't feel as irritated.
The serum is a liquid texture, quite thin, so it goes a very long way. The smell is lovely, kind of botanical, but not too strong and it is very cooling around the eyes. You just need a drop from the dropper applicator that's included with the product. This for me was easily enough for the two eyes and sunk straight into the skin. I did this twice a day.
Now that my eyes have improved a bit and I sleeping better I don't get such bad bags and dark circles, so I don't use it everyday. I tend to combine it with other eye products and use probably on average three or four times a week.
This product is quite expensive but, it does go a very long way and lasts for ages. You can also buy it in kits from some of the shoping channels or over the internet, which helps to keep the cost down.
Skin type: All
How it works: Active ingredients of rosewood, osmanthus, comfrey, lavender and chamomile gently preserve and refine eye contours.
I've been using Elemis products since last July and found that their exceptional high quality skincare products have helped me improve my eczema-prone, rosaceous and very sensitive skin. Not all of their products have worked for me but at least none of them has caused any adverse effects. Due to the price tag Elemis products come with, I've been using other brands' eye creams / serums. As a couple of month ago I ran out of my Clinique Eye Serum I bought for £23 / 15 ml, I decided to go for Elemis Absolute Eye Serum (£23 / 15 ml).
The 15 ml bottle itself is a silver glass bottle and has a metallic eyedropper lid and a glass pipette. The bottle is recyclable (it means you can screw off the eyedropper and fill it up with something else after you've finished it).
Overall, I wasn't happy with the bottle design at all. It is a glass bottle, not a pot, so it makes it difficult to estimate how much is being used. The pipette does not work as well as the rubber tipped ones, and you will most likely to drop 1-2 drops on your fingertip and not directly to the eye area anyway before applying the serum, the eyedropper idea is clearly wasted.
When the bottle started finishing, it was impossible to get out the remaining drops as the eyedropper wouldn't pick it up from the bottom. A glass bottle with a rubber tipped eyedropper would have worked a lot better; I have plenty of those to keep my essential oils in.
Absolute Eye Serum
The serum is a very light, clear liquid. It's not a jelly or a cream but it's rather runny and once I managed to tip over the bottle and some of the serum ended up on the bedcover. It got absorbed very quickly into the fabric before I even had a chance to scoop it up. It wouldn't have happened to my other eye serums I've ever used because they wouldn't have leaked in the first place.
Apply one drop around each eye daily.
It wasn't suggested that I should be using the Absolute Eye serum alongside any other eye cream. Even on their website Elemis only says that it can be used under Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal. To me this suggests that this is a standalone product so no complementary eye cream is needed.
Yet it is too light to be used alone. My eyes felt naked and non-protected in this respect. All the other eye serums I've used (Clinique or Simple Regeneration Plus Eye Serum) felt more protective, were richer in texture and lasted longer.
The couple of drops do get absorbed very quickly but after that I don't have the impression of just having adequately treated the delicate eye area. My skin is very sensitive so it needs a protective layer of a cream applied that will lock in moisture and keep out irritants.
The delicate skin below the eyes did look brighter and less tired, though the results were very similar to those I was experiencing with similar products before (Clinique and Simple Regeneration Plus Eye Serum). Or, if there were to be more results, unfortunately the serum didn't last enough to see it happen.
How long does a bottle last?
I was told by my Elemis beauty therapist that the 15 ml serum should last 2 months. It unfortunately only lasted for a month using the recommended amount.
I wouldn't heartily recommend this product. Elemis do have fantastic products but I found this to be too expensive for too little value. I almost felt like I was using a sample sized product. 15 ml of eye serum should have last at least 2 months as I was told it was going to.
For me a serum says it is a concentrate so that's why a drop or two should do. Having said that, without complementing it with a regular anti-aging eye cream, I didn't find it to provide enough aftercare for sensitive and very sensitive skin types.
The use of a few essential oils renowned for their anti-aging properties didn't warrant this heavy price tag. Personally, I will stick to my home-made eye serum I created using the same oils with the added bonus of being a lot cheaper, lacking any additives and has the perfect texture too.
Thanks for reading my review.
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I am a big fan of elemis and have a wide range of their products. I saw an offer on QVC which included the eye serum along with some other items. All very good.
The bottle looked very nice, it was a 15ml size and made of glass, which used a dropper to apply to the fingers.
First if all I cleansed and toned my skin before using the eye serum. I then put a couple of drops on my ring finger and patted the serum under my eye and around my brow bone.
My eye area felt instantly refreshed.
After using the serum for a couple of days my skin did look and feel softer.
It had a good fragrance and was nearly colourless and I think this size bottle will last for around 6 months as you use such a minimal amount.
The bottle is available off QVC on its own for around £21.00.
I have a favourite skincare brand that includes an eye product, but in January when I was feeling particularly dull and jaded I saw an Elemis skin booster set advertised on QVC and decided to give it a try. There were several products in the kit but I started with the eye serum as I felt the skin around my eyes was looking a bit lined. The usual state of my lines is that I don't have any when I get up in the morning having used a cream at night and they gradually become dried out during the day, but ealier this year they were looking lined in the mornings as well. Elemis is a range based on aromatherapy and the Absolute oil is purest form of these oils. It comes in a little green bottle with a dropper and you only need two tiny drops for both eyes. Unlike most eye products it does have a slight scent but this is not added perfume it comes from the ingredients such as chamomile and rosewood. Although it is based on essential oil the serum does not feel oily it is a light liquid that is easily absorbed. The results well I could not believe it I actually felt the skin around my eyes looked better by the next morning. I have carried on using it every night and it does not cause puffiness. I will buy another one but when I don't know because after nearly four months of constant use there is hardly any gone from the bottle.
This dynamic light serum is a concentrated treatment that helps minimise the ravages of time and dark circles around the eye area. Herbal actives of Rosewood, Osmanthus, soothing Comfrey, Lavender and Chamomile help to gently preserve, lift and refine the eye tissue. Can be used under Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal. Helps minimise dark circles , Lifts and refines , Minimises the ravages of time,