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I suffer from quite dark circles under my eyes and therefore try to use an eye cream to reduce them. I was therefore interested in trying this Origins Ginzing Eye Cream
Origins are a natural skincare brand whose motto is "Powered by nature, proven by science." They have won several beauty awards and their range uses potent plants, organic ingredients and essential oils.
The Ginzing eye cream is a cream that has been developed to brighten the appearance of the eye area and reduce puffiness. It includes the ingredients caffeine from coffee bean, panax, ginseng, magnolia extract and natural optic brighteners that are meant to rapidly wake up, refresh and restore radiance to tired eyes. The cream is Opthalmologist tested and suitable for all skin types and all ages.
Origins state that the benefits of the cream are:
- Provides an immediate appearance of vibrancy, radiance and evenness with a blend of optic brighteners to diffuse darkness and illuminate under eye skin
- Fights the appearance of puffiness, swelling and signs of fatigue in the delicate eye area while improving microcirculation and increasing the flow of energy so skin remains resilient and balance is restored
- Combats dark circles by strengthening capillaries and providing both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits
- Keeps skin soft, supple and comfortable with multiple moisturisers to keep eye area skin well hydrate
The cream comes in an orange round plastic pot with the Origins logo on it and a twist off lid. When the lid is taken off you can see the cream underneath which is a pale cream colour and has quite a thick consistency. To apply the cream you just dip your fingers into the pot and then gently dab it around eye area with your fingertip.
The cream has a nice consistency when applied and sinks into my skin well without feeling greasy or sticky at all. However the Origins claim that "unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear" was unfortunately not true for me. I used this cream for about 6 months and although it did help to keep my eye area moisturised it did not help at all in reducing my dark circles
The cream is expensive and costs £21 for 15ml although this does last several months. Personally I do not think that it is worth the money and after using one pot I sold the other pots I had (which I had got as part of a set) on Ebay and no longer use it as I think there are much better and cheaper eye creams available.
I often get dark circle beneath my eyes which leave me looking as tired as I feel. I am never far away from my trusted Touch Eclat but there's only so much that little stick can do and so I bought the GinZing Eye Cream by Origins.
What does the product do?
The product promises to turn you into a 'perky person' by reducing the appearance of those dark circles which can leave you looking so tired by strengthening capillaries. It also claims that it will reduce the appearance of puffy eyes and bags under the eyes leaving you looking fresh faced and wide awake. It contains a wide range of natural ingredients to awaken the area including coffee beans, Ginseng, Magnolia and other optic brighteners to refresh the eye area and to leave it looking radiant. It is suitable for use on all skin types. When used frequently, you are an 86% increase in brightness and an 80% reduction in puffiness. Sounded good to me.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be applied to cleansed, dry skin. You need to take a little of the product onto your finger and very carefully dab the cream around the eye area, ensuring that it doesn't get in your eye! You need to carry on patting until the product has been fully absorbed. It works best when applied in the morning but it can be used at any time of the day.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a tiny glass rusty coloured jar. The product is protected by a white screw top lid. The pot isn't big enough to have any real decoration on it and other than the Origin trees and some writing, it is quite plain. The product is very pricey and it will cost you around £23 for a tiny 15ml. It can be bought from department stores such as Boots or Debenhams and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a very light consistency but it isn't runny. It almost seems more like a gel than a cream. It manages to be rich without being heavy. It is very pale pink in colour but it has a noticeable pearlescent shimmer to it which makes it look even pinker at certain angles. It looks quite glittery in the pot but thankfully this doesn't transfer onto the skin. It has a really nice aroma to it and while this is not the be all and end all of a product which you are using beneath the eyes, it's a nice added extra.
You really don't need to use much of this cream at all which is lucky considering the price so the pot, despite being small will last you ages. If you over use the cream, the effects don't look good and it won't work properly. I use the smallest amount by lightly dabbing my finger onto the cream and then dabbing it onto the area beneath my eye. The product doesn't exactly sink into the skin and it isn't easily absorbed so that why you need to use such a small amount. It is gentle on the skin and it doesn't tingle or cause me to experience any discomfort. It does however sting a lot if you get the product in the eye, especially if you are wearing contacts so you don't want to rub your eyes while wearing it.
It isn't exactly moisturising and it won't leave the skin super soft or feeling hydrated. It has quite a greasy texture on the skin although it doesn't make it look shiny. The light reflecting elements works well and it hides the dark circles a bit although they are still there. It doesn't look pink or shimmery on my skin but it definitely brightens the area making me look more awake. It also makes the eye area a little less puffy which again makes me look more awake but this could also be due to the tapping again which is used to apply the cream. The other problem I have with this product is that my make up doesn't sit too well on top of it which makes this a better product for when you're on holidays and don't want to wear make up.
All in all, this does brighten the area beneath my eyes and masks my dark circles using the light reflecting particles. It smells nice and it helps to reduce the puffiness of my eyes which leaves my looking more alert and awake. The negatives are that it isn't too hydrating on the skin, and the consistency is a little greasy which means that my make up doesn't sit well on top of it. It also stings when it gets in your eye! I use this product now and again when I look particularly tired but I wouldn't repurchase it. My advice with this one is to try before you buy.
Reasons for buying
I wanted to try this eye cream for ages as I suffer with dark shadows under the eyes and when I saw this in a gift set on QVC for a good price I knew I had to get it! This cream can be purchased direct from Origins online, QVC, Boots and other stockists and has an RRP of £21 for 15ml
Origins GinZing is an eye cream which aims to brighten and de-puff, which has been ophthalmology tested. It is pinky-brown in colour and has a typical foundation-like smell- if that makes sense?! The cream is light weight in consistency so is easily applied and absorbed to the eye area. When it is applied it has a pearlescent, slightly shimmery affect on the skin which helps instantly brighten the eye area.
The cream does reduce any puffiness that I occasionally suffer from and the pearlescent nature of this cream does help give the illusion of brighter eyes. My under-eye concealer does apply nicely after using this cream. However, the brightness is not hugely noticeable, and I definitely wouldn't be able to get away with not wearing any concealer. I also didn't find this cream to be moisturising enough for the eye area and at times the skin under my eyes did feel a little dry. Apart from some dryness after continual usage, I had no other problems or irritation with this
I would perhaps recommend this to someone who has a slightly larger budget when it comes to experimenting with beauty products, who suffers with puffy eyes but who isn't wanting a moisturizing eye cream. I have read plenty of other reviews singing the praises of this product, so it obviously works for some, but for me; my £1.75 eye cream is doing a similar job and achieving the same, if not better results than GingZing!
I am pleased that I tried it, but for the price, I will definitely not be purchasing it again.
ORIGINS GINZING EYE CREAM
In my effort to find products that are more natural and free of parabens I have been trying a few different companies. Burt's Bees is one such company and while I like some of their products I have found others to be very expensive and not that great either. Another company I found that creates products using more natural ingredients is Origins. I had heard about them before but it is only in the last year that they have had a counter in our Boots in Derby so I was able to try their stuff.
Origins is another US company but is now a world wide concern. They proudly claim that their products are;
" Formulated without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petroleum, paraffin, DEA, synthetic fragrance, animal ingredients."
Origins also state that they test their products on volunteer panels, presumably human as I can't see other animals volunteering!
WHAT IS IN THIS EYE CREAM?
This attracted me as I struggle to find any cream to use around my eyes that does not make my eyes stream once I go out in the sunshine. This is marketed as a cream that refreshes , brightens and de puffs the area around your eyes making you look less tired. As I like to travel one of the less good parts of travel are the long tiring flights and after a long flight my eyes look awful, I feel awful and probably look worse. This cream using natural ingredients helps to refresh me, my eyes feel cooler and look a little better too even after thirteen hours in the dry atmosphere and very little sleep.
The cream contains Panax ginseng and magnolia extract which apparently are magic ingredients that naturally revitalise and energize the skin around your eyes without stinging. The lack of stinging is essential for me as I hate it when I have streaming eyes from the sun's glare which them mixes with makeup and moisturisers and makes my eyes sting and stream even more!
This cream comes in a small plastic orange pot with a screw top white plastic lid. Inside you get just 15ml of a cafe au lait coloured fairly thick cream. The little pot comes in a cardboard box made from 80% post consumer recycled fibre. The paperboard and carbon used by Origins in their packaging is made using wind or hydropower only both of which are renewable energy resources. They also ask that you recycle the carton and pot when finished.
The cream itself is a sort of creamy coffee coloured with a very slightly fresh citrus herby sort of clean smell. It may be what ginseng smalls like but I am not sure. It certainly isn't floral or very sweet but more fresh but not zingy either.
The little plastic pot also has the recycle symbol on the bottom so this is a company that is thinking about its products and packaging and how they might affect the environment years later.
I use my finger tips to get a little of the pale coffee coloured cream from the pot and very gently pat this cream around my eyes. I concentrate on under my eyes as this is the part of my face that gets tired looking and can look drained and puffy. I do also pat a little at the corners of my eyes and after a long flight I also shut my eyes and pat some on my eye lids.
As this is sort of skin toned it doesn't stick out if it doesn't soak in when pated onto your skin. As soon as you put it on it feels cool. My eyes feel better and I think they look a bit better too. In the interests of reviewing I have put some on one eye and not the other. The effect isn't startling but it is evident. There is a slight sheen to the cream which helps the lightening effect so you get the dark bags under your eyes lightened and the sheen looks a bit like the effect I get from benefit's eye brightening cream but this is natural whereas that I would suspect is not.
The skin around my eyes feels a bit tighter and my eyes don't feel quite as weary. It is a bit like a splash of cold water on your face but without the skin reddening effect you get from that. I use this cream combined with eye drops for tired eyes and the combined effect is really freshening. I can't say I no longer feel tired after a long flight but at least I no longer feel like someone has thrown sand in my eyes.
I think this cost around £20 but it has been around six months since I bought this last so I have forgotten. I was lucky and paid for this product but got a face wash and a charcoal face mask free so for three products I thought £20 was good value. Origins are a good company for offers and recently I took an empty moisturiser to the counter and got a free tube of one of their rather superior moisturisers so I was well chuffed. It is worth keeping your eyes on their website as this tells you what offers are on and how to get what they are offering.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Yes this does a good job as a makeup base or just by itself of tightening the skin around my eyes and adding a bit of a lightening and brightening effect. It has NEVER stung my eyes and has been tested by human beings who volunteered and uses all natural non animal ingredients which has to be a good thing in my view.
I am so pleased that I have found this company as I really do like to use products with plant based ingredients. I like the ethics of this company and the fact that they are thinking of the environment with their packaging as well as their product ingredients.
I will certainly be buying from Origins again as all the four products I have used have been excellent and I like the way the company is working so as not to harm the environment any more than absolutely necessary including using renewable energy sources.
This is a lovely eye cream to use alone after a tiring flight or under makeup when going out in the evening. One I shall be buying again when mine runs out but you use so little at a time it will be quite a while before I need to buy another pot.
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