I'll always remember the point in my life when I made the decision that I needed to use eye cream. It was a moment of realisation that, yes, I was aging and yes, I probably was turning into my mother, gulp. It was not long after having my first son and I felt run down, haggard and in need of some help with my appearance. I invested in night creams, make up and this Ultra Lift eye cream. I have never smoked, worn heavy make up or drunk heavily and I drank lots of water and (until my son arrived) went to bed at a reasonable hour. Therefore I had no wrinkles and fairly good skin but the tiredness was taking a toll and I wanted to perk the thin skin around my eyes up a little. This cream costs £8.99 for a tube of 15ml from Boots.
The cream comes in a small red squeezy tube which is like a mini toothpaste tube in shape but has a long white plastic applicator on the end of it, covered with a white lid. It comes in a cardboard box with a picture of the cream on and product labelling. The cream is specially designed to 'smooth the delicate skin around the eyes' and the box promises visible results in 28 days.
The tube is a fairly thick plastic but is still easily squeezed to remove the cream in a thin strand - it is easy to control how much comes out too. The cream is white in colour and feels thick and non-greasy to the touch. It has no obvious scent to it but it has a light perfume smell, which disappears as soon as you apply (although it is meant to be fragrance free). To apply, you cleanse and tone as usual and gently dab the cream around the thin skin at the edge of the eye and gently rub in. It does not take much effort to rub it in - and you need to do so gently as the skin is so delicate here - and it absorbs really quickly. It is suitable for use morning and night.
The cream is said to be firming, anti-wrinkle and radiance boosting. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and firms and evens complexion. It is suitable for sensitive skin and contains regenerative plant cells.
I tend to apply the cream at night after cleansing, when I apply my night cream. I find that a few dabs of cream around each eye is sufficient to give full coverage of the skin around the eye. It rubs in well and feels cool around my eye. The tube itself is an ideal container for application too - it is easy to squeeze and the thin white plastic end makes it very easy to direct the cream to the exact spot you wish to apply it to.
I have quite sensitive skin so I was wary of applying anything to the notoriously thin and delicate skin around my eyes but it was gentle and did not irritate it at all. It was also non greasy and quickly absorbed - after only a couple of minutes my skin was completely dry to the touch. Therefore, it would make an ideal base for make up if you choose to apply in the morning. After just a couple of uses, my skin felt softer and smoother although I could not notice any visible improvements in its condition.
After a couple of weeks use, my skin did feel a little firmer and I felt that my eyes looked a little less tired and grey. It had definitely made a difference on the 'radiance' side of things. The skin felt firmer and more moisture rich to the touch - a bit more full of life and 'springy'. I didn't really have any wrinkles there so I cannot comment on any effect it may have in this respect but, given the firmness of my skin, I would definitely anticipate it having some effect on any wrinkles you do have. Now, after a couple of years of use, the effects this may have are probably less noticeable but I am confident that it has helped lessen the effects of aging around my eyes and keep the skin here healthy and lifted.
MY OVERALL OPINION
I have found this eye cream both easy to use and effective. The tube also lasts me a decent length of time - usually between 2 and 3 months - so, although a fairly pricey initial outlay of cash, it works out to be pretty decent value. Obviously, I use this only once a day rather than twice so it lasts me longer but I find that one application per day has enough effect on the skin around my eyes so two applications per day are unnecessary for me. It leaves my skin moisturised, plump and radiant and I don't think that I could ask much more from an eye cream. I have used this for almost three years now and I think that I will continue to use it for a long time yet - which itself is a good indicator of how pleased I am with the product. It is definitely one that I can offer my full recommendation for.
Since I was in my forties I have always used eye cream and although I have definitely got a few laughter lines they are not really very deep and also they don't seem to have gotten much worse over the years. I am not particularly loyal to one brand of eye cream and like to have a change from time to time and will buy whatever takes my fancy and also what is on offer at the time.
I recently bought this Garnier Ultralift Firming Eye Cream from Superdrug and paid £5.76. It is currently £8.99 at Boots and £9.87 at Lloyds and is also widely available from other chemists, supermarkets and online. This cream is designed to un-crease the skin around the eye area and leave your skin feeling firmer and looking smoother and Garnier claim that you will be able to notice a difference after just one hour.
It comes in a red and white box with the usual list of ingredients and instructions for use. The tube is only 15ml and it is red and white and soft and squeezy to the touch. It has a small white screw top lid with a thin nozzle where the cream comes out and as it is narrow it is easy to direct and apply the cream to the desired areas so there is no waste.
I will use this cream before I go to bed after cleaning and toning but before applying my moisturiser or night cream as I find I get the best results this way. I will dab a few dots of the cream underneath my eyes and then very gently rub it in using small sweeping movements towards the outside of my eyes. Your skin is very delicate in this area so you should try not to rub too hard or for too long. The cream is quite thick so it stays on my face until I rub it in and it doesn't run. It has a light fresh smell but this is only very mild and delicate and you can only smell it when you first squeeze it out as it fades when you apply it to your skin.
It absorbs nicely into my skin and doesn't leave it looking greasy or shiny at all. This is the first time I have used this product but similar sized brands I have used will probably last me for around three months. I have noticed that the area around my eyes looks brighter and my skin appears to be smooth and firm. I would not say that this cream is better than others I have used but as my skin looks as firm as it did before this cream is working just as well as more expensive brands.
I have paid a lot more than this for eye firming creams which have produced exactly the same result so I would definitely buy this one again and highly recommend it. At £5.76 it is very affordable and widely available so it is ideal to try if you have not used firming eye cream before.
Since I reached 30, those crows feet have started to show so I always use an eye cream as part of my beauty regime. I didn't used to stick with one brand, I would normally just pick up what was on offer at the time I was running low, that was until I discovered the Ultralift range.
===Price and availability===
I brought mine from Boots, but it is also available from most high street chemists and supermarkets too. The RRP is around £8.99 for a 15ml tube but it does tend to be on offer quite frequently, I have noticed Superdrug seem to offer 1/3rd off and Boots quite often have a promotion of two items from the Ultralift range for £12 which was when I first brought mine along with the facial serum.
The cream comes on a white and red squeezy tube which is only a couple of cm in diameter and measures around as long as an IPhone which I like as it doesn't take up too much room in my makeup bag. The tube is topped with a screw top lid which when removed, shows a long thin nozzle from when the cream is dispensed.
A word of advise I would give is that before you start cleansing etc, remove the lid from the eye cream. The lid doesn't have any groves on so it can be quite hard to grip, especially when I have just applied my face cream and my hands are quite greasy (I have lost count of the number of times I have had to remove with my teeth!)
===How to use===
The product is really easy to use, after cleansing and toning, I simply add a few pin head sized amounts around the contours of you eyes and dab in. I think it is recommended that you use your forth finger when applying creams/makeup etc around the eye area so that you don't apply too much pressure as the skin around your eyes can get damaged really easily. (I must admit I am a bit naughty and always use my index finger which I am sure I will regret in years to come)
The cream is a nice consistency, quite thick yet it absorbs really easily into my skin so that I am not 'pulling' on my skin. I really like how quickly it absorbs because in a morning, I never seem to have enough time to get everyone ready and get myself off to work so this means that I can apply my makeup more or less straight away after applying.
Because the cream is so thick, I only need to apply a small amount to get a good coverage which is good, considering that this isn't the cheapest eye cream on the market.
Garnier say that the product is fragrance free, I am not sure if I agree with this and it does have a slight nice floral fragrance to it, however this isn't too strong and it doesn't irritate my eyes in any way.
Garnier make several statements about what using the product will deliver: After the first week of application, your skin will feel smoother, Wrinkles appear reduced, Skin feels firmer and that your natural radiance is revealed.
Having used the product on a regular basis for a couple of years now, I can say that I absolutely love it! Although my wrinkles aren't that deep yet, the cream does seem to have that filling effect and the ones I do have left, are a lot finer than previously. My skin does feel a lot firmer and my eyes look a lot brighter, I have always had quite dark circles under my eyes, Garnier have definitely helped improve this and I now find that I have to apply less concealer around my eyes to cover up the dark patches.
The product boasts that within 8days, the results are evident. I must say, I actually wound say I started to notice a difference a lot sooner that this, within a few days, the wrinkles seemed to shrink (I probably noticed because I have spent many hours looking at my wrinkles) and my skin felt a lot smoother and softer.
15ml doesn't seem a lot of cream but it does seem to be the standard size when it comes to eye products. I will say that this does last me a good few months and seems to last me a lot longer than other creams I have used in the past which I think is due to the fact that because the cream is thick, I don't need to apply too much.
Overall, I quite like this, and even better, it works. Don't get me wrong, I don't look 10 years younger, but my skin looks a lot better and so for that reason, this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
I bought the Garnier Skin Naturals Ultralift eye cream, as part of a three for the price of two offer in Boots a few months ago now.
****WHAT DO YOU GET? AND WHAT DO THEY SAY IT DOES****
The cream comes in a bright red 15ml tube with a pointed end which allows for precision applications and it is simple to squeeze just a small amount for each eye.
This is packaged inside a white cardboard box with the picture of the product on the front and details.
The cream has a 6 month expiry which is about the right time based on daily use.
Box and tube can be recycled.
Price is around £8 - £10
They say they product is pro-retinal - meaning that the apparently natural ingredients are contented to be released into your skin even after it has been applied. This allows for firmer looking skin and the reduction of wrinkles.
****WHY DID I BUY IT?****
Garnier always seem like a good brand and it was on offer. Aside from that the person reason is that I never used to use a separate eye cream until a few years ago, now especially after night shift I start to feel like my eyes need a bit of a lift and some TLC and so now it is part of my daily routine.
***DID IT WORK FOR ME?****
The cream is much lighter than your average face cream and has the texture of a lotion. This is so that it can be gently applied in small circular motions with your finger tips without pulling or dragging the delicate skin area. It blends in very easily with just a small amount of sheen left on the skin, which absorbs within a minute, therefore allowing easily application of primer and or foundation.
Although it seems to moisturise well I felt no tightening of the area or significant difference in my under eye appearance not after a fews months daily use at least, aside from a mild lessening in bags after a night shift! There was defiantly no difference in the fine lines around the corners of my eyes and so for me does not do what I require of it.
It apparently has effectiveness proven by clinical study but the box only says 38 women , 4 weeks which in study terms means absolutely nothing to me without how many this was out at least!
I guess I am not one of these 38.
Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username
I have reached that stage in life (mid 30's) where I am on the lookout for a miracle eye cream, having tried a few over the years, I found the Garnier Ultra Lift Firming Eye Cream and hoped my prayers had been answered.
I bought mine in Asda for around £8, it is currently retailing on the Boots website for £9.98.
The cream comes in a 15ml red tube, with a pointy screw lid, that is easily removed and secure to ensure no spillages. It sort of looks a bit like a syringe in a way, possibly giving the impression that this product is much better, and cheaper, than undergoing eye surgery.
The product aims to firm the skin around the eye contour and to smooth wrinkles in 8 days - this is beginning to sound amazing is it not? It also claims to recharge the natural cellular regernation mechanism of your skin in order to reduce the appearance of new lines and wrinkles. The product has been ophthalmologically tested and is fragrance free. The cream itself is off white in colour, quite rich and is easy to apply. I use a small amount morning and night on cleansed skin, and dab it around my eye contour area. It sinks into the my skin well and does not leave it looking greasy.
My eyes, have a few fine lines, mainly laughter lines and the skin around my eyes is normal, not dry or oily. I have been using the product for two weeks, day and night, and I am pleasantly surprised by the results. I still have my fine lines, but they do appear slightly reduce, in addition my eyes feel a little firmer and also they look more refreshed, which is always a bonus. I cannot yet say whether the product has reduced the appearance of new lines, as I'm sure this is probably impossible to tell, unless I stop using it on one eye, but then that could quite possibly produce ridiculous and also wonky results, which I am not willing to try!.
Anyway, overall I would say that this product really does live up to what is says it will do and I am going to carry on using it in the vain hope that the good results continue. I would recommend this product to others as it is well priced, easy to apply and provides me with a tiny weapon to fight off the evil signs of ageing, thank-you Garnier.
I do like to use different skin products, particularly those which are designed specifically for use around my eyes. I suffer from dark circles and puffiness occasionally and have tried many different types of creams, lotions and potions in a bid to keep them at bay. One of my favourite brands in the anti aging war has to be Garnier. I just love this brand.
Most recently I have been using (and loving) their Ultralift Firming Eye Cream. It's usually on the expensive side but I got it at the bargain price of £5 for a 15ml tube. I really like the shape of the tube and the way it dispenses such a tiny amount out of the end so you can be really economical with it if you need to be and use it very sparingly. It has a very small nozzle which enables my to predict and direct exactly where the cream is going to come out.
The cream is white and of medium consistency and I use this morning and evening after I have thoroughly cleansed and toned my face. This cream is specifically designed to reduce the signs of early wrinkles and to smooth out the delicate skin around the eye area. I like to use it not just underneath my eyelid but on top too and right up to the brow bone.
The cream contains pure ginger extract and this is designed to recharge the skin's natural regeneration of cells and so prevent new wrinkles from appearing and reduce the ones which may already be there. The cream is light and easily absorbed and sinks in wonderfully without my having to drag it across the delicate eye area underneath and around my eyes. I like to pat it gently rather than rubbing it in and I leave it a little while before I apply my make up, ensuring it is properly absorbed. It is fragrance free and ophthalmologically tested and feels lovely and light upon application.
I have read many excellent reports about this product, but I think the secret is to keep on using it. I used to buy expensive eye and face creams and then quickly become disappointed and disillusioned soon after using them. Then I realised I wasn't actually giving them a chance to work. You won't notice an immediate result with this cream, however, I would say that if you keep using it religiously morning and night for at least four weeks, you will notice a definite improvement in the tone and appearance of the eye area. I do think it has brightened my eye area up a lot and ironed out some of the fine lines I used to have there.
I will continue to use this lovely cream and buy more when it is all used up - even if it is no longer on offer.
Time to share another review based on my constant attempts to improve skin tone and keep hold of my fleeting youth!
In autumn of last year when I was still feeling very under confident as I felt that I still looked terrible after a three-week illness that took me a while to get over, basically I felt that my skin was starting to look its age. Now, I moisturise every day and I know that my skin could be a lot worse but there's nothing like feeling you're not at your best to undermine your confidence and make you walk without a spring in your step. Obviously I was recovering and had every right to look thoroughly naff, but I was damned if I was going to put up with it, as I always looked tired and felt that the fine lines around my eyes were more pronounced and even more so when I smile or laughed - and as laughter is good for you, who wants to be worried about that?
So, for the first time, I decided that I needed to invest in a specific cream for my eye area to complement my existing skin care routine. As with most products, I was happy to try to find a product by a company I trust from past experience and try to take advantage of a money-off promotion to get the most I could for my money while I try to find a product that works for me.
So in to town I wandered, avoiding Boots and going straight to Wilkinsons, who in my experience will always have a product of good reputation on offer in some way, shape or form. I found Garnier UltraLift Eye cream was on offer at a pretty decent half price, which took it from almost £10 (Boots retail it just shy of that mark at present - Jan 2012) down to a more standard £5 bracket that I prefer not to breach if I don't know I can trust a product from past experience.
This is a firming eye cream which comes from a Garnier range designed to be a complete skin care system. This eye cream contains a pure ginger extract and is meant to be an anti-wrinkle formula. Now, I'm not exactly in dire straits in that respect but the ageing process is something that I want to try to pre-empt as far as I can and negate the effects for as long as I can, as effectively as I can, as I near my 30s. So I was happy to take advantage of the offer on this particularly as I was so impressed by the hand cream (reviewed previously) that I have been using from Garnier this autumn / winter.
The product has 15ml content and is a tall, thin tube with a red background, a red and white logo and the Garnier logo. The product is dispensed through a long, thin and tapered nozzle at the end which has a screw cap that fits well and is easy to keep grip of and replace when you have moisturiser residue on your fingers. Originally it came in a small cardboard box.
There is little room for information on the packaging so on the tube on the back and in small text you have a brief description in different languages: "visibly uncreases the eye contour" is the claim.
The tube can be recycled as can the box.
The eye cream dispensed is not overly thick but it does not try to escape when you squeeze some from the tube! It sits without melting on your finger tips but when you rub your fingers together it spreads easily and looks as if it will soak into the skin quickly. I find that a very tiny amount of this product squeezed onto the finger tips goes a very long way - this was a reassuring thing to realise when you consider that this small tube is normally nearly £10! At first I did wonder how long it would last, but with hindsight I have been using this, twice a day on most days, for about six weeks and I would guess that I still have nearly half a tube left, if not possibly more.
I smooth this on my finger tips and dab and smooth it gently around the eye area. Now, I'm not saying you can get away with whacking it straight in your eye without feeling pain (funnily enough I haven't tried - I'll do a lot for you review types but there are limits!) but I have yet to have any problem with this causing me any discomfort in what can be a very precarious place to venture with any moisturiser! Given the texture and consistency, it won't run into your eyes so any such contact would have to rely on accidents in application. It has a very mild chemical-type scent but this has never lingered and was subtle enough to never really be notable anyway, and certainly the vapours - if there are any - have never irritated my eyes or caused watering.
Having been using this for some time I feel I can now put forth a balanced and reflective review on this product's capabilities; basically, it works! My eye area looks a lot smoother, any dark patches seem to be a lot less noticeable and I have also noticed that when I put foundation or powder over the area it doesn't settle into such notable creases - mostly because they're not there any more! The skin has regained some of the elasticity I felt it had lost and I feel overall that the area looks less tired and a lot more youthful.
The product is absorbed quickly and does not have a negative effect on trying to get foundation or concealer to settle on the eye area smoothly.
Regarding the full price, I feel that it is a lot of money but I can't deny that this product works well. Because it is not the only product of its type that is available, I would probably prefer to buy another good firm's equivalent when on offer when this eventually runs out, but if this was on offer again I would not hesitate to snap it up as I really like it and find it to be a real help, particularly when the seasons are changing and your eye area can really show the stress of that.
If I have one criticism it is my bug bear about this type of product full stop: I cannot stand seeing these long, thin tubes of creams with a very narrow nozzle and a conical cap that comes to a very tiny point. Why? Because you cannot stand them up when you are coming to the end of the product, the only thing I can think that would help make the most of what remains lurking in the tube is to prop the tube up in a mug! There must be a way to devise a good lid mechanism that would keep the product from leaking but also allow you to stand the packaging up so that the remaining products moves naturally down the tube. I can't detract a star from this product for that though as from what I can see this is a design tendency across the board for creams like this - on the bases on performance alone, I can't fault this and thoroughly recommend it.
Nothing looks worse than tired eyes, bags and black rings, for whatever reason can put years on you.
Drinking lots of water can help. Avoiding excess alcohol and caffeine can also help. But some times nothing works and you need a bit of expert help.
It's in those times that I turn to my Garnier Ultra Lift eye cream.
It actually works, and works fast.
It's simple to apply, it comes in a handy small thin tube that can fit anywhere. And is small enough that you can bring it out even on a night out with the girls. I know that sounds strange, most people will put this on first thing in the morning or last thing at night. But if you bring it with you when your out partying or whatever. When you go to the lady's to check your lipstick, just look and see if your under eyes are looking at their best. If not, just dab a bit of this easily absorbed cream under your eye and gently rub out towards your temple. It quickly tightens the skin, removes puffiness, and minimises dark circles. Then simply apply some powder. It's a quick trick that works and I've never seen anybody else doing it.
It costs around £6 and is a light nice smelling cream that actualy works.
I recommend using it at night and in the morning for best results.
And another tip, if you put it in the fridge it will not only last longer but the tightening effect when applied under eye is far more noticeable.
I work as a beauty consultant so when ever I can I'll give you these little tricks of the trade.
Stay beautiful xxx
I don't normally use eye cream, however I was thinking perhaps I should start in order to prevent lines and wrinkles after reading in a magazine that your 20's are the perfect time to start. Luckily my mum had bought a tube of this and got one free so she gave it to me to try. I was quite shocked when I checked online to find that a tube of this which contains just 15ml costs £9.99. The cream is readily available in Boots and supermarkets.
The cream comes in a small tube with a precision applicator. The tube is bright red in colour. Garnier market their Ultra-lift range as being a complete regime to care for the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The cream is said to visible soften wrinkles and fine lines, firm skin, recharge the natural cellular regeneration mechanism to effectively reduce the appearance of new lines and wrinkles the cream is also ophthalmologically tested so it is gentle to the eyes.
The cream contains ginger which helps to relax and uncrease wrinkles, it also contains AHA's and cherries which smooth the eye area.
You can use the cream morning and night. After cleansing and toning you are recommended to put a small amount in the outer corner of the eye and then massage gently under the eye.
The cream is white and has quite a thin consistency. It is fragrance free. The cream absorbs in really well. It has a cooling effect on your eyes which is noticable as soon as you have used it. Immediately after use I noticed that dark circles under my eyes looked reduced, this may be due to the cooling action of the cream. I do have a few fine lines around my eyes and I noticed that this does mask them. It is also just nice to moisturise around your eye area as most moisturisers aren't suitable for that area.
I would definately recommend this purely on the basis of it's moisturising abilities. It is a little on the pricey side but looking at other creams which do the same they tend to cost a similar amount. 4 out of 5 from me.
I have recently swapped my face cream and skin care regime from Simple to Garnier UltraLift. I have to say that I just love the products in this range and that I wish I had swapped years ago.
The cream is to rub under your eyes to lift and firm those bags that appear oh so easily when you get to your mid thirties.
The tube is quite large and when you first use it the liquid appears to be quite runny but then starts to thicken and become more luxurious. It smells gorgeous and is so smooth when you massage into the face that you will wish you had used it before.
When you use this in line with a moisturiser, and the anti-wrinkle roll-on you will start to notice instant results.
The only down side was the price but if you keep your eyes out there will be a special offer on and you can pick up 3 for 2 or 2 for £12 sometime and then it is a bargain!
I LOVE this cream- I bought it a few weeks ago, as I was feeling/ looking particularly haggard after a few nights' lack of sleep (which, when you reach forty, show up on your face much more quickly than before...:-(
It was on half- price offer at Waitrose- next to the Fruit and Veg display (those retail psychologists certainly know what they're about...!), so I popped it into my basket. It was a 'calculated' impulse buy, as I have used such products in the recent past and found them to be ideal for boosting my skin around the eye- area. The Garnier version has certainly performed what it advertises- i.e., uncreased superficial eye wrinkles. I would never look to spend more than the £6 or so that I spent on this tube, as I simply don't believe the far- fetched claims of more expensive, deisgner- label creams. Neither do I believe in women trying to attain or re- tain the skin of a 20 year old! But there is a lot to be said for a cream which can plump the skin out around such sensitive areas as the eyes. With this product, one only needs a little dab, so it does go a long way. My skin has responded well to this; I think that nature sometimes needs a little boost when one is feeling under the weather!