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A skin problem I have been a lot more concious of since having had children is the appearance of my under eye area. I don't sleep great at the best of times, and when the kids compound the issue waking me in the night and getting up early, I can look pretty fatigued before the day has even started.
On one of my trips into Boots I was browsing skin care items, and this pot of cream appealed to me. This is more expensive than I would have spent on a moisturiser when I bought it. Currently this is no longer in Boots but is available on amazon for between £13 and 15 for a 15ml pot of cream. However, this is something you apply in such a small amount that this little pot has actually lasted me quite a long time, especially as I don't tend to apply it every day. (The use by date once opening is 6 months, but this has been on the go for a lot longer than that. )
The appearance of the packaging is lovely with this product. It is within a little glass pot with a screw top lid. The glass is blue in colour, and the lid features a silver circle around the edge of the white lid. You can see the product through the opaque packaging.
Inside the tub, the product was initially sealed with a layer of metal foil with the Nivea logo printed on it. I have never fully removed this seal. I opened it part way and dip a clean finger tip into the gap, before sealing my cream from the air again.
The cream itself has virtually no scent and is quite thick in appearance. If I put some on my finger it will not drip off. I thought this would mean that this cream would take a long time to soak into my skin, but I find that if I dip one finger tip on, I have sufficient cream for my under eye area on both eyes. This cream is so smooth it rubs across this delicate area very gently with no dragging effect. It is very quick to absorb, and within seconds I cannot see where I have applied it. The only reason I know it is there is because this area does feel really soothed and my eyes feel a bit less fatigued.
This cream contains a mix of magnesium, cucumber, ginseng and Vitamin E. The cream claims to reduce puffiness and reduce dark circles. I don't really get lots of puffiness in this area unless my hayfever is really bad. I do feel this cream has some effect on my skin - after a few days of continual use applying at least once per day, this area does seem as though the dark patches are less pronounced and not as dark, though it doesn't make them disappear altogether. I have not come across anything that does as yet, so some reduction in their appearance does make me feel happy that I am not being conned.
Overall, the price is high for the quantity of product, but a little goes a long way on such a minute area of the body. This cream has not irritated my eye area at all even when my eyes have felt quite sore with hayfever symptoms, and it feels really soothing, and does make my eye area look a bit brighter and healthier.
As such, this is something that I would consider purchasing again to keep the signs of ageing at bay a little.
I came across this eye cream as I suffer from bad bags and dark circles (mostly due to lack of sleep!!) and did not want to spend a lot of money, lets face it skincare products are expensive and you have to buy so many different brands before finding the right one. At £5.99 I thought it was a reasonable price and felt that it fitted my problems well 'anti shadow eye cream'. Another reason why I chose this is because a lot of eye creams tend to be anti-ageing and I am in my 20's and do not want to start using anti ageing products until I am older but this did not say it was anti ageing. Anyway, I go home and try it, the next morning I didn't notice anything...in fact I think I looked more tired! Nevertheless, I continued using this product twice a day for well over a month as it's unreasonable for me to expect an overnight transformation. I can honestly say that it has made absolutely no difference to the bags under my eyes, the dark circles an the general condition of my skin. It is really disappointing that ok if it does not get rid of the bags and dark circles, at least my skin will be soft? NOPE!
So you pay £5.99 for a 15ml round glass tub. The packaging itself is quite misleading as you get the impression of something wonderful in this tub with its name being 'antishadow eye cream' when really its a load of rubbish. The cream itself does not have a particular smell to it, neither pleasant nor unpleasant. The cream is white and of medium consistency. You use your ring finger to take some of the cream and gently use it around the eye area. It does stay quite well under eye make up and does not interfere with eye make up application. As you only need to use a small amount, the tub itself will last you a long time unless you are like me and throw it away. Personally, I do not recommend this product and would like to warn you not to become sucked in by their claims. It does NOT get rid of dark circles/shadows, it does NOT do anything to eye bags and it does NOT even improve the condition of the skin around the eyes. They also say that 'make-up your eyes with the instant sensation of freshness' .... yeah you've guessed it..... it does NOT give you an instant sensation of freshness
I purchased this quite some time ago when in Boots, and wanting to take advantage of a buy-two-get-one-free offer. This being the 'free' element of the deal, I cannot recall the price of it.
I do remember that at the time (and even now), dark under-eye circles were not something I paid attention to - they are not at a stage where I am prepared to spend lots of money for products, which is why when I saw the option of taking this for free, I took it!
The packaging is a box, which holds the small circular product. This can be opened (or demolished!) quite easily and then recycled. The product I have is a 15ml pot/jar.
The product itself is a fairly solid and well-built glass container, which is an attractive glassy blue (on the base) with a plastic white screw-top lid.
The bottle/case is incredibly durable. I have had mine for years and this 'lives' in my make-up bag - and the writing on the back is still very legible - which is why I have decided to write the review (because I can still see the contents of the product).
I have also dropped it a few times, and it has lasted regardless of the surface or height from which it has fallen - which I think is brilliant!
The back of the product states the following:
"Nivea Visage Anti-Shadow Eye Cream with Cucumber Extract and Ginseng reduces dark circles and puffiness for refreshed radiant eyes. Apply a small quantity of cream on the outer part of the skin under each eye and dab towards the nose"
The product should be applied using one finger, and then patted down so as not to stress the eye area, which is incredibly sensitive and able to get worse rather than better if skin in this area is stretched - even when applying creams and things.
I find the consistency of the product to be great in that the tiny amount I use does absorb itself under the eye quite quicky and well. (I literally use the tiniest amount - I would say I use the same amount as a tippex brush would dispense as a drop, or less!). It does last a long time just because not very much of it is required!
Personally, I do not feel that this product has ever helped me with reducing eyebags or puffiness at all. Maybe I do not take this as a serious concern on my skin but I have used it at times (as per the directions, religiously - so to speak) but have never noticed a difference and as a result, this floats about with my make up - being used as and when, more as a moisturiser than for dark under-eye circles because I do not feel it is up to the job.
As and when I do feel I should take this part of my face/grooming more seriously, I would not opt for this product because although I like the packaging and feel of the product, I just do not feel it satisfies the claims it makes.
I bought this product a while ago because I wanted a cream that would reduce the shadows that I often have underneath my eyes. I went into Boots looking for a product that would do this and came across this, which I decided I would give a try.
The product itself is made by Nivea which is a well known producer of skincare products. Therefore I did put some trust in the product and thought it should be of a reasonable quality. The product itself comes in a small blue tub that is a sort of see through plastic. It has a white lid which unscrews to open the tub. On the front of the tub there is the name of the product and the Nivea logo. On the back there are the ingredients so you can check these out if you allergic to anything. It also tells you that the tub holds 15ml of the product.
The container is a nice little neat tub that will look nice on your dressing table with your other toiletries. It is quite small but due to the nature of the product you won't need much of it. The size also means it doesn't take up much room and you can also carry it around easilly in your handbag.
To open the product as I said you just need to unscrew the top. This is very easy to do and is also an unmessy way to open a product of this type I find. It then leaves you with a tub that is easy to get the product out of. As I said earlier you don't need to use much of the product so you only need to be able to get a finger in which is easy with the size of the pot.
I use just one finger to apply the product below both of my eyes. This is obviously quite a sensitive area and so I always take care when applying it and do so gently. The cream itself is white in colour and has a nice subtle sweet smell to it. It is reasonably thick but still easy to apply. It spreads across the area quickly and is not too hard to rub in considering the sensitive area.
The problem with the product comes in how much it actually works. I really wasn't that impressed with the cream at all. I wasn't expecting it to work miracles but I was hoping for some sort of improvement in the darkness under my eyes. I found the cream to be very soft and I think it does help if you have dryness under your eyes. As a moisturising eye cream it isn't too bad. As an anti-shadow ete cream which it claimes to be it isn't so good. I used this product over a couple of weeks to begin every day so I think I did do a fair test of the product.
The product is for sale for around £5 at a number of stores including Boots where I purchased it. In terms of the amount of product you get for your money it isn't too bad but when you think that it doesn't do what it promises I think it is a bit of a waste of money.
Overall I think that if you are looking for a cream to try and improve shadows under your eyes I wouldn't get this. Also if you want just a moisturising eye cream , while this is good I am sure there are better out there. A bit of a dissapointment overall.
First of all, I love love love and love this product! It's the best eye cream I have had in a long time.
In the winter, I get really dry skin and my eyes suffer the most. For some reason no matter how often and how much eye cream I put on my eyes, they still get really dry and sore.
I purchased Nivea Visage aqua sensation anti-shadow eye cream. The first impression was you get a lot less than what you paid for. The cream comes in a tiny little pot and costs over £6. When I dipped my finger in it, the texture of the cream was really nice and smells gorgeous. After I applied the cream, my eyes feel really hydrated consider I only used a tiny little bit of the cream.
Thought-out this freezing winter I have been using this eye cream. I bought it in July, 08 and I still have half tub left. I used the cream twice a day everyday, and my eyes were moist and didn't get a single dry eye day!
I often suffer from dark circles under my eyes and the fact that I haven't been sleeping well has made this all the worse lately. I was swayed by this as it claims to contain ingredients that reduce the dark circles, which I had hoped would make me look a lot better.
The cream itself is white and in terms of its look and feel, it is much the same as any other Nivea Visage cream that I've seen or used in the past. You don't need to use much of this, especially as the undereye area isn't particularly large so the cream should last you a good while. I have been using this on a daily basis for the last three months now and the pot is round about half empty.
Sadly this has not done much for my dark circles, even after three months of using it everyday. If anything, they are ever so slightly reduced but you would have to scrutinise me very closely to notice this! I am still getting the same concerned comments about looking tired and ill so this clearly hasn't done much in the eyes of the people around me.
From Boots, this costs £5.76. The pot is quite a decent size and as I mentioned earlier, it should last a fair amount of time so it is probably worth the price if the product actually works for you. That said, I'm not recommending this to anyone else based on the fact that it had very little positive effect on me. I've read other less than glowing reviews about it but it is currently out of stock on the Boots website so clearly some people have also been fooled into buying it too!
I purchased this item when I worked in the city as having to work long hours, travelling and not having much sleep I needed a quick fix for my under eye shadow which I suffered from. This was the only eye cream in the isle that stated it reduced shadow and puffyness so I purchased this with high hopes.
But ladies what a waste of my pennies. Not only did it cost a small fortune for a very small pot of this (about £6 from Superdrug which is ok as you only need a little dab but it's a lot of money on something that doesn't do what it claims to do!) but it actually claims to be gentle and cooling for the delicate eye area but it is not! when applied it actually stings a little and seems to do more bad than good as my skin appeared quite red-ish after application and I applied this really softly and sparse. Ok so it is cold on the eye area but I would not say it is cooling or that it revives the face one bit.
So to sum this up - this item is gimmicky and a complete waste of money!
The best solution for under eye shadow I have found is either get more sleep or cucumba!
- Why I tried Nivea Visage Aqua Sensation -
Having once again taken part in the Race for Life, I was given a few free samples of skin care products and this was another one of the freebies!
- What is it and what does it promise to do? -
Quoting from the Nivea bumph.
~ Invigorates the eye area, giving eyes a fresh, radiant look.
~ Gives a cooling sensation of pure moisture.
~ Reduces dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
~ Contains UVA and UVB filters.
~ Provides long lasting hydration.
~ Visibly reduces signs of tiredness under they eyes.
~ Eye area becomes softer and smoother.
- How? -
This anti-shadow eye cream contains:
~ cucumber extract ~ this is promised to instantly revive the under-eye area with a feeling of freshness.
~ It is enriched with magnesium and ginseng extracts:
Magnesium is apparently an essential mineral for cellular metabolism which helps maintain your skins vitality.
Ginseng Root Extract is said to stimulate the circulation of blood which in itself reduces the signs of tiredness. All I can say is that I obviously need this root extract by the bucket full!!
~ light-reflecting pigments ~ said to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
- Price -
Since I received this in a small freebie sachet, I had no idea of the price and was to be honest, very shocked as to the cost when doing a little research as to the price:
- Tesco - £5.48 per 15ml. Thats a whopping £36+ per 100ml Eeeeeekkkk!
- Boots - 5.99
- Superdrug have however reduced this to 4.99
- Packaging -
As already stated my freebie came in a little packet but since then I have seen it in Tesco. It comes in a box inside of which is a dinky little cylindrical pot with a screw top lid. I like the idea of a tub as every last remnant of the product can be scooped out, unlike many tubes or bottles. Ciao have in fact shown the correct tub, which is often a rare thing for Ciao! lol!
- My Experience -
To be fair I have to say that fortunately I dont have puffiness around the eyes but there are certainly times, in fact most days when I do have those awful dark purple / grey areas from the corner of my under-eye, spreading so attractively outwards!
~ Appearance ~
Not a great deal to say about the appearance other than a white cream!
~ Smell ~
Having been delighted with the smell of the aqua sensation moisture cream, I have to say that I was looking forward to this having, if not the same, but a similar smell.......not so.
It has nigh on no smell at all and thats after two of us having a good old sniff of it as I doubted my sense of smell when I couldnt smell anything. Not a hint of cucumber which was disappointing.
However, in Niveas defense, this cream is intended for under the eye area only and I can see that their thinking is perhaps that its better to have no smell than an overpowering one that may conflict with the smell of a moisturiser that you may be applying on the rest of your face. So I will let them off on that score!
~ Effects ~
The cream is easy to apply but not very easily absorbed. I thought that I had been a bit over generous on the amount applied, so the following times I used far less but it still didn't soak in. It isn't a thick cream with a tiny bit of a greasy feel to it.
Once rubbed in, delicately of course! Did it do what Nivea promises?
In one word NO!
Obviously it does give protection against harmful rays with the UVA and UVB filters but that is it.
~ My eye area doesnt look invigorated and any more hydrated than usual.
~ I cant vouch for the effects on puffiness as I dont have puffy under-eyes as yet but as for the purple / dark areas under my eyes, I have to be whole-heartedly honest and inform the consumer that I found no benefits whatsoever.
I know that I only got a small sample but once I adjusted the amount that I applied, this sachet lasted me 6 days which I would hope be enough to show some signs of improvement and since Nivea dont state that continued use is necessary like some products then this really should do the trick straightaway!
Absolutely no difference at all from using this cream.
- Other Nivea Visage Products -
This is a line of Nivea products that have been specially formulated for facial skincare.
Nivea have divided these products in to 3 skin types:
* Dry / Sensitive
* Normal / Combination
I have thus far only found three Nivea Visage Aqua Sensation products available:
~ Anti-shadow eye cream
~ Moisture cream
~ Shower crème
For quite a comprehensive list of the products its worth visiting their website, www.nivea.com although they dont appear to list all of their products, its sometimes a little hit and miss!
- My Verdict -
All in all this is a huge disappointment and Im so pleased that I got the tester packet so that I wasnt tempted by the bumph on the packaging and forked out the RRP.
Apologies for the very low rating but if the truth be known, if dooyoo allowed me to, I wouldnt even be giving this one star!
Id be interested to hear from anyone who this does in fact work for to give a different slant on the product.
Thanks for reading.
Nivea Visage Anti-Shadow Eye Cream / Extra gentle for the delicate eye area, this formula is enriched with Cucumber Extract, Ginseng and Magnesium /