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Every now and then I do very ‘grown up’ things. These include reading care labels on clothes in shops and rejecting the ones that need dry cleaning, taking back things I’ve bought and realised I don’t want or need, and – the subject of this review – buying eye cream. That might sound like an odd thing to classify as grown up, but I had been merrily looking after my skin for decades without registering that the skin around the eyes is different and should be treated with a bit more respect. Thanks to my love of skin creams, I’ve done pretty well in holding back the worst signs of getting old, but last year I realised I’d better start taking a bit more care of my eye area before it started telling tales on me. One Saturday I sat down with a mission – to buy an eye cream.
I don’t recall exactly where I found my Elizabeth Arden Intervene Anti Fatigue Eye Cream (let’s just call it the ‘eye cream’ from now on) but I wouldn’t have paid more than £10 to £12 maximum against its regular price of around £30-35. I’ve loved and used Elizabeth Arden for many years and its a brand I like and trust.
My eye cream came boxed and cellophane wrapped but both the wrap and the box went to the bin a long time ago. The tub inside is bulkier than it needs to be and oval in shape. Getting the top off (and on again) is trickier than it should be and rather a faff.
Getting the product out of the tub is easy – just stick a finger in. Getting the right amount is more tricky and this product subsequently taught me that I preferred eye creams in tubes or pumps because I find both more hygienic and easier to control. The cream is a light yellow in colour with a pearlescent effect.
I dab the tiniest amount of cream that I can get out of the tub around the skin under my eyes and gently pat it into place. The smell of the cream is light, old fashioned and one I almost instinctively recognise as Elizabeth Arden. It reminds me of their ceramide products that I bought back in my mid-20s when I perhaps had more money than sense.
The initial feeling on my skin is cool and gentle but I find this cream stickier than most I’ve used since I started to buy such products. I don’t love this cream and I wouldn’t rush to buy it again. I’ve had better, cooler, nicer scented eye creams that give a more immediate feeling of ‘action’ on application. It’s not a BAD eye cream – I just evolved onto better ones rather quickly and now find this a bit old-fashioned.
This multi-benefit eye cream with naturally derived Biodormin technology helps combat the first signs of ageing in the eye area / Helps minimise the look of existing lines, dark circles and other signs of fatigue / With continued use, helps combat the appearance of future ageing signs in the eye area / Delivers intensive hydration to relieve dryness / Directions for use: Pat gently around eye area / Dermatologist, ophthalmologist and clinically tested /