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I don't usually write negative reviews but I do occasionally purchase a product I am not happy with. This was one of those products. This eye roll on usually costs £9.99 to buy (which is a complete and utter rip-off in my opinion) however my local Tesco store were selling them at a reduced price. I paid £2.24 which I thought was reasonable. The only shade available was the "Fair" shade, which was handy as I have naturally pale skin anyway. The only thing I could think of as to why it was reduced was the bashed cardboard box it was packaged in.
Upon getting the product home I read the claims and initially I had high hopes for the product. It was said to leave your eyes feeling more awake and to hide dark circles and imperfections. It was marketed really well. HOWEVER, this was not the case!
Upon first trying the product I noticed how sticky it was as I rolled the "ball" underneath my eyes. It didn't roll on as smoothly as I had hoped, it just left my skin feeling sticky and tacky with a horrible residue left behind. Ew! I left it on though, hoping it would perhaps settle down. It didn't. Come lunchtime there was a horrible beige coloured crust underneath my eyes which my mum kindly pointed out to me! I was mortified when I looked in the mirror in Wetherspoons. Luckily I had a packet of wipes in my handbag so I took out one of those and quickly wiped it off!
Even after wiping the product off my eyes still felt sore and itchy. This product was immediately thrown in the bin. I am so glad that I didn't pay the full price of £9.99 for it. It's just awful. In fact it makes dark circles appear even darker due to the awful crust it leaves behind.
An awful product. Avoid this like the plague!
I bought this not for my extra dark circles, but I do have a bit of shadowing that I wanted covering. I wouldn't say it was the most expensive under-eye product out there but for £9.99 I expected it to work a little better. I have since seen it on offer, but after this current one runs out, I can't say I'll rush to buy another, even at a reduced price.
The packaging looks great; it's quite elegant looking, the long curved 'tube' is easy to hold and is quite ergonomic, and it is a seductive (a creamy gold). It doesn't look like there's much in it, especially for the price, but there seems to be quite a good few uses in there. I've had mine for a good four months (granted, I don't use it every day) and I still have over a quarter left. I'd say you get approximately 140 'swpies' out of it. Of course, this container is the type that makes it difficult to see the level inside, so you may find yourself running out without much warning!
The roller-ball design is great, but I feel a little too much cream comes out with each swipe. I tend to do a half swipe and then blend along the length of my undereye. That seems to be a good amount. When the liquid is applied it feels cool and refreshing - I'm assuming that's mostly down to the caffiene in the product, and it feels like it's moisturising my skin straightaway.
The trouble I get with most skin care products, is that they look great once applied, but after a while it has an undesirable effect on my skin. This is no different. Immediately I feel the coverage is good (the light colour actually matches my skin tone very well), it feels refreshing and moisturising, and my dark circles looked a little lighter. However, after time (and I mean 30 minutes, not hours) it seems to get into my fine lines, and look dry and 'obvious'. My dark circles look no better, in fact they look worse due to the dry matt layer of concealer this product leaves.
If I could make suggestions to Garnier, I'd advise them to lower the price, make the roller ball slightly tighter/fitted so that not so much cream escapes, and (apart from making the anti-dark active ingredient work better!) make the cream dry to a more sheer finish so it reflects more light and looks less obvious and caked on (even with a thin layer).
Good try, Garnier, but nothing beats a good night's sleep (a perhaps another brand's concealer!!)
I have has this product for quite a few months now, so I have fully made up my mind about it.
The product is packaged in a long, skin coloured 'tube' I guess, but it's not squeezable. You unscrew the white cap to reveal a metallic ball which is the 'massaging' part, and when it rolls over your skin the product is released.
I'm not a big fan of the ball roll ons because it can cause too much of it to come out. And this does - a lot. I often have a problem with skin colour shades as I am really pale, but I found this wasn't too brown or tinted for my eyes. Maybe this is because it doesn't actually conceal that much... I have just applied the product to one eye and left the other, and I have to be honest I can't see that much difference with my dark circles. It does cover slightly, but not like a proper concealer. But they do claim that this prevents dark circles as well as covering. This claim, I feel is not really true. My dark circles haven't got any better, worse maybe, but obviously that is because of sleep and other things. I still use this almost every day as its the only eye cover I have at the moment, it'll do but I definitely won't be purchasing again. I seem to remember it being really quite expensive too for such a simple and non effective product.
Overall - not worth the money, not great at concealing or preventing dark circles, not great packaging.
I bought this for about £8.
It claims to prevent: dark circles, bags and tired eyes- with it also being tinted, helping to cover up those dark eyes too.
I have huge dark circles under my eyes (it runs in my family) and i have always been fed up of trying every different concealer in order to try and cover them up.
I came across this product and was probably drawn in by associating the word 'caffeine' with having energy and being more awake, hoping that it would rub off on to my eyes- literally.
I must say, the actual texture of the product does feel great- it's like a very thin concealer, and you can just tell that there is no way that it can become cakey.
However, i do hate how cold it is when rolling it under my eyes- perhaps being so cold is their idea of how to wake up the eyes, like a cold shower in the morning (slight exaggeration, but still...)
So i usually apply it before my foundation so that it touches my dark circles rather than touching foundation on top of my dark circles.
However, i only have to do one sweep across each dark circle for there to be a great amount of product rolled on to my eye; i'm quite apprehensive as to whether this is a good thing or not, perhaps the more the better? But even so, i always have to dab a tissue to take away some of the product as it is a bit too much!
With all this in mind, I have not noticed a difference to my dark circles; it does not cover them (in fact barely at all); and the cold application still annoys me every morning-ugh!
Is Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles right for me? Yes, if you regularly experience dark circles and bags under the eyes and find that your usual care routine is not enough / You are searching for a solution to hide and reduce their appearance / A favourite of Harpers Magazine's Beauty Director, Newby Hands: 'A genius product that does two jobs in one, I just love this and now have one on my desk, another in my bag and various others scattered around at home / A de-puffing cream treatment mixed with a lasting eye concealer, it covers up quickly without leaving the eyes looking dry and cakey / I now can't live without it / &rdquo: How is it different? Garnier creates Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles / It is their first roll-on massage which combines a caring formula with natural ingredients and a long lasting tinted concealer as effective as make-up / The formula, along with the massaging ball, offers a complete solution to tired eyes and dark circles and bags / How does it work? The roll-on has a refreshing effect which delivers a double effect on dark circles and bags: Immediate coverage: The texture is concentrated in mineral pigments / Long lasting, it camouflages dark circles and bags through its subtle shade which complements the skin tone / Reduces the look of fatigue: Enriched with caffeine, known for its stimulating action, and lemon extract, known for its clarifying properties; the hydrating formula with roll-on massage reduces the appearance of fatigue / The formula also contains a UV filter to help protect the eye contour in the sun /