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Knowing that my most recent eye cream was on its way out, I needed to get a replacement pronto. On my usual top up shopping trip to my local Asda, I thought I would have a quick look to see what was offered as they tend to have quite a decent range of skincare products and alot are reasonably priced. I thought I would go for this one as it was only £3.00, and I have never used this range before so thought it would be nice to check it out. And as the product is called a ' balm ', I thought it would give more hydration than a standard eye cream, which is exactly what I want.
Simple are a skincare range that have been around for 50 years. They started off creating soaps that didnt contain perfume or colour, to help those with very sensitive skin. Then in 1978 they formulated their cleanse, tone and moisturise products. Their main aim was to produce products that were kind and gentle to the skin, which probably helps them having the position of being the UKs Number 1 Facial Skincare Brand.
How is this product packaged?
The product itself is in a 15ml long and thin plastic tube. Its white in colour, with all the writing in green, including the ' Simple ' logo. On the back of the tube it tells you what the product does, how to use, company details and states you have 9 months use when opened.
The tube came in a box with the front mirroring what the tube looks like in regards to design and detail. Connected to the tube is a further piece of cardboard that on the front has a picture of an eye on it, and explains what the product does to the eye area. On the back there is the ingredients, how to apply and what the product is for. Plus contact details for the company.
Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Cyclomethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Bisabolol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Methylparaben, Laureth-7, Sodium Hyaluronate
How to apply
Apply a thin layer around the eye area by gently patting, not rubbing until absorbed, morning and night. Avoid contact with the eyes.
What does this product supposed to do?
This eye balm is supposed to reduce puffiness, soothes and nuture and help the eye area to ' relax and wind down '.
So what do I think of this product?
Firstly, the price is very good. £3.00 for a 15ml eye product is inexpensive and very affordable. The packaging looks very ' earthy ' and gives you the impression that this product has alot of natural ingredients in it because of the use of the colour green and its general lay out. Design and look is simple ( excuse the pun! ) but not cheap looking.
I did have a problem with getting the product out. Basically, the tube has a tip at the end with a see through plastic cap that screws on and off. When cap is removed, you have to squeeze the product out and it comes out at the nib at the end. But I found too much product came out. I thought maybe I applied too much pressure, so I remembered when using later on that day, and still too much came out. I just used the spare product by dabbing around my mouth area so it wouldnt waste.
The balm itself is white in colour.Not quite a cream or a gel, something in between.Dont let the word ' balm ' fool you, its not greasy or jelly like at all. It does have a slight fragrance to it which is very sutble and clean in smell, but its not very obvious. Placing it around the eye was very easy as it wasnt too fluid of thick so sank in straight away.It didnt feel heavy but left my eyes feeling hydrated. I dont suffer from puffiness so cant comment on that aspect, but I needed something to make my eye area feel less dry which it does.
Would I buy again? Yes. It does what I need it to do and was very cheap.
This eye cream is a little bit different from the other ones that I have in my eye arsenal at the moment. Recently I have noticed that my eyes are looking quite tired and lack a bit of sparkle so I have been using various creams and gels to try and perk them up and help them look a bit more youthful.
I was intrigued by this Simple cream when I saw it on the shelf in Boots and I thought it claimed to do something a bit different than the other eye creams on the market did so I decided to try it. It was fairly cheap, I would say in the mid range of other eye creams on the market and so I didn't mind spending just under £5 for it.
This Simple eye cream is actually called a soothing eye balm and is claims to wind down and relax tired eyes which I think is something new and different from all the other creams I have used/am using. I am quite tired with two toddlers running around the house and by the end of the day my eyes are usually quite tired and so I liked the idea of an eye cream/balm that would actually relax my eyes and help them and me to relax after a hard day. The balm also claims to reduce puffiness and soothe and nurture. It has Vital vitamins in it, Pro-Vitamin B5 which actively restores, softens and smoothes and Vitamin E which moisturises to improve skin condition. I love vitamin E and how it works on my skin so I was excited that it was in this eye balm.
The balm also has skin loving nutrients which are listed as jojoba oil which soothe, brightens and protects, shea butter which nurtures and replenishes and bisabolol which soothes and calms.
The balm comes in a little tube with a small cap at the end and a small nozzle. When you squeeze it only a little bit comes out at a time which is good because you only need a tiny bit of this balm to cover your whole eye area. The cream is white when you apply it to your undereye is goes clear daily quickly. I don't rub it on, I just pat it on and leave it on the surface. I tend to put this cream on my undereye and at the sides of my eye too where wrinkles can appear although I don't have any at the moment thankgoodnes. I only apply this cream at night when I am about to go to bed as it does sort of stay on the surface of my eye and I don't think it would look good if you put make up on over it but I do like the way it looks. In the morning my eye feels really soft and I do think it looks a bit fresher too so I will continue to use this cream as I am liking the effects.
After watching a few videos on YouTube about the benefits of a layering evening skin care regime I decided it was about time I invested in an eye-specific moisturizer, so as always, my first port of call was the Simple brand. I have been a religious user and advocate of their brand for many years now, having rather sensitive skin, I never have a reaction to their products so I was happy to leave the moisturizing of my eye are in their hands.
The 15ml tube set me back around £3 in Tesco, not bad considering other brands wanted £8+ for similar products. "Soothing Eye Balm is a perfect blend of active ingredients and vitamin goodness to reduce puffiness and relax tired eyes". Consider me sold so off I popped with my new product in hand.
It's designed to soften, smooth and improve the skin condition around the eye area and I have seen some results, though only slightly. You use a tiny amount on your ring finger (the weakest finger on the hand) and pat it around your eye - avoiding contact with the eyeball of course. I pat it around until it starts to feel tacky, then allow it to soak in which takes no time at all. I'm not sure how good of a base it would be under make up, but it doesn't seem to effect applied make up in a bad way, or any way. The skin around my eyes, my eye lids in particular, does feel much softer but looks wise, not much has changed.
I have used it morning and night as instructed on the packaging and the improvement isn't as noticeable as I would have liked. I'd like to say my eyes look much brighter and happier but I think that's more to do with a good nights sleep than the eye balm. I don't tend to suffer with a lot of puffiness around my eyes so how it combats this I'm not sure. I have ad zero issues with irritation, and it is completely fragrance free.
£3 is not a bad price considering how long it will last, a little really does go a long way with this product, but you can't expect miracles. Would I buy it again? If I'm at the end of the tube and my eyes are looking amazing then yes - and I'll update the review of course, but if things keep as they are, which I feel they might, then I can't see this being a future investment. As far as the quest for bargain beauty goes, I would add this to the 'give it a try' basket, but I don't think it's found a permanent home in my beauty box.
I bought this to try as I have very sensitive skin that reacts to alot of products.This did feel really soothing on the eyes and really helped them in the mornng,felt a bit more wide awake.The tube is also recyclable after use which is always a plus with me as I try and recycle as many containers as I can.However,if you are looking for anti-ageing or anything of that sort I dont think this is the product for you! I really did not see a significant change of any sort in the eye area,but if you are looking for something soothing that does not irritate your eyes,this would be ok and its not the most expensive product.The tube is a great size for handbag/toilet bag as well.
I have sensitive skin, which means that I have to be careful what I put on it. This stuff is amazing and lovely, even on the skin around my eyes.
Packaging: comes in a little tube with a tiny screw-top lid which, I'll warn you, is VERY easy to lose! The tube is white and opaque, with the 'simple' brand name and product information in green. The writing is tiny, particularly that on the back of the tube.
Price and availability: 15ml costs around £3.70. I get mine from Boots but it is available for the same price at Superdrug and I'm fairly sure other chemists. I have yet to see it in a supermarket, but then I've never gone looking for it there.
Contains: Pro-Vitamin B5, which moisturises and conditions; Jojoba oil which soothes, brightens and protects; and shea butter which nurtures and replenishes.
Doesn't contain: colour or perfume. This makes the balm very gentle.
Claims: to reduce puffiness and refresh tired eyes. It is cooling and soothing and leaves eyes revived and radiant.
Directions for use: apply morning and night as a thin layer to the delicate eye area without massaging. Gently pat in until absorbed, avoid contact with eyes.
Using it: it comes out of the tube at a very useful rate. Only a dab is needed on each eye, so even though the tube is only 15ml, it lasts quite a while. The balm doens't seem to smell of anything at all, which is reassuring as I don't think I'd want anything scented that close to my eyes.
It sinks in quickly, and does leave eyes feeling much, much better, even after just one use. The skin around my eyes looks and feels less tired, and generally revived.
I love this stuff, and use it daily. It's an inexpensive way of making eyes look more awake after a long night, and doesn't irritate sensitive skin around the eyes.
I have been using this product daily for a year now. I use it under make-up in the morning and to keep the skin around my eyes hydrated at night. It has improved the puffiness around my eyes, and keeps the skin around my eyes smooth and soft.
For some reason my eyes are irritated by many products, (i have been told it is allergies), so i have to be careful about what i put on my eyes as the lids can react badly and get puffy. However, i have never had an adverse reaction to this product, so the ingredients must be very gentle.
I only need a small amount each application, i pat it under my eyes and on my lids as sometimes the skin can get dry there and this balm really helps to prevent that, it also smooths the skin ready for make-up. I also feel it has slightly improved the circles around my eyes as it keeps the eye area hydrated, however it has not done miracles in that area as i don't think this is what this cream is aimed for.
Each tube usually lasts me around 3 months, so i think it's really good value as most high brand eye creams are very expensive, this only costs me around £4 from Boots.
The tube the product comes it is easy to use and hygienic. However sometimes too much product might squeeze out of the tube.
I will recommend this for anyone looking for a gentle eye cream to keep the delicate eye area healthy and bright but does not want to pay the earth.
Simple - Soothing Eye balm
What is it?
A moisturiser for the eyes by Simple.
It is called an 'eye balm' by Simple and claims to sooth and nurture the skin around the eyes, to refresh and reduce puffiness around the eye area. It contains two vital vitamins; pro-vitamin B5 which actively restores, softens and smoothes, and vitamin E which helps improve skin condition. The eye balm also contains Jojoba oil, Shea butter and Bisabolol. There is also no perfume or colour added.
What do I think?
I think this is one of the nicer eye creams. I've been using it for two months and I feel that it is more of a general moisturiser - however, a good one at that. It absorbs very easily and has a lovely light consistency. It doesn't leave any residue or greasiness around the eye area and leaves the skin looking fresh. However, I do find it difficult to apply make-up over this area, so it may e possible that you would need to wait about half an hour for it all to sink in, but generally I have give the area a good wipe with tone before applying my make-up.
It's probably a very good moisturiser for young skins, if the skin around your eye area has already started to sag or has lines, this doesn't really do much for it, at least I don't think it does for me anyway. I have some very faint lines around that area and some sag (sadly, to admit) and after apply this ofr two months I have noticed no improvement. Luckily, I have found something that does but at a very expensive price (!).
This is a lovely moisturising cream and at a very reasonable price for a well known household name. It is only £3.99 which I think is very good value considering the ingredients it contains and for the brand as well.
Well worth a try, it's a nice decent eye moisturiser.
Thanks for reading.
©Leighsa 2010 (also on Ciao).
I'm becoming quite the fan of Simple products and after reading some good reviews about the Kind to Eyes Balm, I thought I would give it a shot as I do suffer from dry eyes from time to time and am not currently using an eye product.
This product is readily available from most supermarkets and high street stores such as Boots and Superdrug.
It comes in a 15ml white tube with some information about the product on the back and the directions for use.
What I really like about Simple products is that they are so gentle on sensitive skin and this eye balm is no exception.
I would describe the balm itself as more of a light lotion which seems to melt slightly when rubbed between your fingers. It is white in colour and has a nice smooth texture. It's extrememly easy to apply and absorbes really well into the skin leaving the eye area feeling smooth fresh.
The product contains Pro-Vitamin B5 which is to restore, soften and smooth the skin and Vitamin E which moisturises and improves the condition of the skin.
It also contains Jojoba oil, Shea butter and Bisabolol. There is also no perfume, colour or chemicals which can be quite harsh on the skin.
I have been applying this in the mornings and also at night as the directions advise, and I have noticed quite a difference. The skin around my eyes feels much more moisturised and it's also great to use before applying make up as I find it helps the make up to adhere better to the skin.
It's a great little product but I do feel that more mature people would need something a little richer and more nourishing.
This little bottle is a life saver and the best £4 I have ever spent!!! I have used expensive eye creams in the past and they have never been this great.
HOW TO APPLY
you only need the smallest drop, not even a pea size. Dab it under your eye and gently massage until it is blended into skin and leave it to absorb naturally.
I applied this product in the evening before going to bed and I noticed the difference by morning!!
My eyes were far brighter, the dark circles under my eyes really lightened it was great.
On appliation it also feels very soothing to the eyes. I often find by night time my eyes are sore from working all day and it really helps relieve them before I go to bed.
Because you only need to apply a very small amount this little tube lasts for ages, I tend to use it once a day at night and that is enough, However when I am extremly tired I apply it in the morning too.
I am a big fan of the simple range they are great for everyone even those with very sensitive skin and at a great price.
Having run out of the last simple eye cream that I was using I was on the lookout for a replacement that would fit in with my now tighter budget (last purchase was on a half price offer). I really like the simple range of face products as I always feel that I get good value for money and also that they don't colour or perfume their products which I feel is a bonus when using creams around sensitive eyes.
The balm comes in a squeezy plastic tube within a small cardboard box all of which are recyclable where facilities exist. There is a little clear lid (which I've nearly lost a few times) on the end of the spout presumably as a hygiene measure as well as being there to stop you squeezing it out all over the place in your makeup bag.
It has been formulated to help reduce puffiness, refresh tired eyes and smooth the skin. It contains Pro-vitamin B5 and Vitamin E which both help to replenish moisture and smooth the skin, Jojoba oil, Shea Butter and Bisabolol (which is used for its anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties).
The cream is also dermatologically tested and approved and contains no harsh chemicals. One thing I also noticed, as well as it not being tested on animals, is that it doesn't contain any animal derived ingredients either which is good news for those animal friendly people out there.
The balm itself is like a thin white cream and as it contains no perfumes, it doesn't smell of much either apart from a hint of Vitamin E and It costs around £3.91 for 15ml tube which lasts around 12 months.
The directions for applying the cream are to apply a thin layer to the eye area and pat in until absorbed without rubbing. I have been using this for a month now and I find that the balm is nice and soothing around my eyes especially on a night after I've been sat at a computer desk all day. I have also noticed that the skin underneath my eyes looks more hydrated and in better condition. I don't really suffer from puffiness so I couldn't tell you if that element of the balm actually works but it delivers a nice simple light moisturising effect which should suit most people.
I have also been using this under my makeup on a morning and I find that it really does help to keep the moisture in my skin underneath my foundation and concealer. The moisturising effect also means that once I have applied my makeup, there are less notable wrinkles and dry patches around my eyes that you can sometimes get if your eye cream isn't enough for your skin type.
With it being specially formulated for sensitive skin, it doesn't sting or make your skin feel tight or irritated in any way.
The only downside I can see to this balm is that it doesn't contain and SPF but I suppose at a low price, you can't have everything.
I can really recommend this to anyone who wants a lightweight moisturiser that isn't too heavy but gives a little more moisture than an eye gel. It's great for using underneath makeup and I feel that it's very good value for money as you only need to use a small amount at a time.
I got this about a month ago in a sample size 5ml bottle free with a pack of Simple face wipes. I didn't actually need a new pack of face wipes at the time but the free eye cream convinced me to buy them!
Simple claim this eye cream will reduce puffiness and refresh tired eyes. It contains multivitamins including vitamin B5 which softens and soothes. It also contains jojoba oil to brighten and shea butters to replenish. The actual bottle size is 15ml and it costs £3.91 in Boots.
It comes in a little white tube with green lettering in different shades reading 'Simple Kind to eyes balm and a green swirly pattern beneath this. I usually have a moan the Simple packaging but in this case I think it is quite fitting for the product and such basic packaging looks good on such a small bottle.
The cream is white in colour and has a fresh smell, which isn't any particular fragrance just a clean smell, like with most of the Simple stuff. It is a lovely consistency, it is neither thick nor watery, just right in my opinion. I'm 22 so I want to use some cream on my eyes but nothing too heavy which will make my eyes age quicker but I think the texture of this is just right for my eyes.
When I apply the cream it has an instant cooling and refreshing effect on my skin, I really like putting it on in the mornings to wake my eyes up. Despite this it doesn't sting or make the eyes feel frozen! It is easy to massage in and whilst doing this it has a really nice soothing effect. It sinks in really quickly yet leaves the skin feeling hydrated and flexible.
I only use a tiny bit each time as I don't want to overload my skin with the product, and I find this cream easy to spread on the skin so you can make that little bit cover the whole eye area. A few hours after application my eyes still feel fresh and hydrated. The cream has never irritated my eyes or the skin around my eyes in any way.
In the short time I was using the cream I did see a difference in my eyes, the skin looked lighter and felt tighter. I plan on buying another bottle of this once I have run out of the one I was currently using. I think it makes a great eye cream for young people or anyone wanting a lighter cream, particularly for use during the day.
I would recommend this eye cream as a great cream for protecting the delicate skin around the eyes during the day without weighing the skin down with heavy creams. It is a great value product that does everything it says on the bottle.
I bought some of this eye balm after I tried a free sample that came with some of the Simple make-up remover wipes I was purchasing. Like the name suggests, this product claims to reduce puffiness and refresh tired eyes when it is applied morning and night.
You can buy the product in most chemists for normally just under £4 and you get 15ml of the cream in a squeezy tube that is 10cm long in total, so it is the perfect size to slip into any wash bag without taking up too much room.
Staying true to the Simple brand the product has no perfume and no colour, which is really good if it's going to be applied near your eyes. The ingredients that it does include pro-vitamin B5, jojoba oil and shea butter, which are supposed to moisturise, replenish, soothe, brighten and protect the under eye area. I'm not convinced that the product does all these things it says it does, but I do feel that it has a greater effect at caring for tired eyed in the morning than a regular moisturiser. The directions for use are to apply a thin layer under your eyes and then pat it, without massaging, until it is absorbed. This isn't great if you're in a hurry because I found that it was better to make sure it was totally dry before appling other make-up on top.
The results haven't been amazing, but I suppose the long-term benefits will be worth it. I like the lightness of the product and its sensitivity is really important if you sometimes react to eye creams.
I purchased this product recently as I like to apply some kind of eye cream or balm to my eyes in the morning, not only to soften and refresh the area but to act as a smoothing base for my concealer too. I use Cliniques "All About Eyes" cream at night but find it a little rich for me to use in the mornings too so I decided to see if my go to skincare brand - Simple - had anything to offer and of course, they did :-)
Simple's 'Kind To Eyes Balm' is made to protect and care for your eyes - the most delicate and sensitive part of the face. It promises to reduce puffiness and 'refresh tired eyes'. It is cooling and soothing and claims to leave your eyes 'revived and radiant'. Active ingredients include - Pro Vitamin B5 to moisturise and condition, Jojoba Oil to soothe, brighten and protect and Shea Butter to nurture and replenish.
It has no perfume or colour and its Dermatologically tested and approved which makes it perfect for sensitive skin.
It is packaged in a small, white squeezey tube - just the image shows. A clear lid unscrews to reveal a long 'spout' with a tiny hole in the end that releases just the right amount of balm when the tube is squeezed. Simple and easy to use.
It retails for £3.91 currently (in Boots) and has a shelf life of 12 months - plenty of time to use it up in my opinion.
I apply after washing, toning and moisturising my face every morning. Using my ring finger I tap the balm lightly under each eye, starting from the inner bridge of my nose all along to the outer corners before blending very lightly downwards. Then, using whatever is left on my finger I lightly wipe it across the upper eyelid too.
It absorbs quickly, drying to a colour free, smooth result. It is a little refreshing on the eyes, especially if they are feeling tired and achey, but nothing amazing. I sometimes like to pop it in the fridge for ten minutes or so before use - especially in the summer.
It dries with a smooth, very slightly 'powdery' finish that makes a great base for makeup. My concealer really sticks to the balm and looks a lot smoother, more seamless and lasts longer throughout the day too.
By using this daily I really feel that I am protecting my eye area from dryness etc. Paired with a sun screen I think (hope!) that I will be protecting it from premature lines and wrinkles too - I wish this product included it's own SPF though as it would make things a lot easier.
But overall I really like this product. A nice, lightweight balm texture that is absorbed quickly with a non sticky result. Easy to use, lots of product so great value for money, it primes the eye nicely for concealer and has some long term effects too. Highly recommended! :-)