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The Sanctuary Brightening Eye Gel

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Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Eye Gel / Suitable for: Eye / What it does: Protects / Quality Standard: Organic

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      20.05.2011 19:45
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      Good product

      If you are looking for a product that will freshen up and moisturise the skin around your eyes then you cannot go far wrong by opting for this Sanctuary Brightening Eye Gel, it is a super product that is really sensitive to the delicate skin around your eyes and it works a treat. It is available from Boots and I paid £9.99 for mine and you get 15ml of the gel.

      It is supposed to reduce the effect of dark circles around your eyes but this is not something I have suffered from ever so I bought it more for the moisturising effect that it would provide and this was based upon a recommendation from a friend and some positive reviews of the product. It is delivered via a pump action and the gel itself is clear.

      It is simple to apply, simply dispense a small amount onto the tip of your finger and then gently massage it into the skin around your eyes and across the bridge pf the nose, you are advised to avoid direct contact with your eyes. The gel absorbs into my skin very easily and while it is not runny it does blend in very fast. It has a nice cooling effect as you rub it in and certainly I can see the mositurising effect in the way my skin looks after use. After a short while it is fully absorbed and you skin is left dry to the touch.

      I find this to be a very effective product especially when my eyes are feeling tired, I tend t use it after using an eye wash and first having washed my face with lots of cold water to ensure there are no traces of the eye wash before applying the gel.

      It certainly smooths my skin and leaves it feeling fresh and cared for. For the price and the fact that you do not need to use a lot at a time it does represent good value for money and is well worth checking out.

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        17.05.2011 11:09
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        A good moisturiser but has not fixed my dark circles

        The Sanctuary Spa produce their own range of skin care products, including facial skin care and body care. I decided to try their Brightening Eye Gel as I suffer with terrible dark circles under my eyes and nothing seems to shift them regardless of how well I sleep. You can buy this item through Sanctuary Spa outlets or from Boots stores. It's currently available at the price of £10.20, and Boots often have special offers so it's worth having a look to see if there are any freebies or reductions on offer. I got a free mini travel selection with mine which made it much better value for money.

        Product description: "Diminishes the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and signs of fatigue."

        The eye gel comes in a white plastic tube with a pump dispenser inside the lid. This is very easy to use and you can manage to get a reasonable amount out to use over both eyes with just one pump. The bottle is 15ml in size and this has lasted me for 10 months of constant use, so the ~£10.00 that it costs works out as fair value for money when you consider that it equates to spending ~£1 per month of use.

        Directions for use: Using your finger, gently pat the eye gel from the outside of the eye towards the bridge of your nose. Avoid direct application into the eyes. If this occurs, rinse thoroughly with clean water.

        The gel itself has a pale, almost clear colour and is quite light although it has a firm consistency. The texture of the gel is nice and smooth and this makes it very easy to spread over the skin. It is important to be careful when applying products to the delicate area of skin around the eyes, as it is much thinner in this place and can be more prone to damaging easily. Luckily, this gel glides over the skin and requires very little action to get it to soak into the skin. The gel sinks in easily and leaves a light, fresh feeling to the skin. It dries fully within a couple of minutes which is good if you are waiting to apply make-up as well, it doesn't cause too much of a delay to the morning routine.

        This eye gel feels moisturising and it leaves my skin softer after application. I do suffer with extremely visible dark circles and I am very conscious of how they look as it really stands out against my pale coloured complexion. This Brightening Eye Gel contains arnica, which is good for use on bruises to reduce colouring, and so I had hoped that it would have a similar effect to reduce the look of my dark circles. It did have a minimal effect, but couldn't provide me with the drastic results that I so badly need. I always have to follow up with applying an under eye concealer product, and although it helps to moisturise my skin I would not say there was much of a brightening effect. I do not often experience puffiness unless I have had very little sleep, and I don't yet have any wrinkles in this area so there are a few points to feel good about! The eye gel also contains anti-ageing and moisturising ingredients, and on these points I am happy with the performance of the product.

        Overall I would say that the Sanctuary Brightening Eye Gel worked in some areas, but not where I specifically needed to. It is moisturising and smoothens my skin, but it did not have a positive effect on reducing my dark circles, and even after continued use there was no cumulative effect in helping this problem to appear improved. I would recommend it if you need something to freshen and moisturise the skin around your eyes, but not if you have sad dark panda eyes like me!

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          15.07.2010 17:44
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          Reduces puffiness, but does not brighten or do anything for under eye circles.

          This product caught my eye when i was shopping in Boots. I had never used any of Sanctuary's products before, but this Brightening Eye Gel sounded interesting. It promises to diminish the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and signs of fatigue, so i was looking forward to giving it a try.

          The packaging is nice and simple, it is mainly white and silver so it gives the product the impression of being quite pure yet luxurious. I quite like the tube, it is quite small it it can fit easily in my make-up bag for traveling. It has a lid you pull off and then a small pump. It lets me easily control how much product comes out of it, which is good as it doesn't leave me with lots of leftover product.

          The product is easy to apply. It is a translucent white colour, and is the consistency of a light serum. It doesn't really smell very nice, it smells like the alcohol in hand wash, but it wears off after a while. Every morning and night i pat a small amount all over my eye area. It absorbs quite well and feels quite cool and calming on the eyes. I find i can wear it under make-up easily as it disappears into the skin without any sticky residue. It makes the skin around my eyes feel a bit tighter for a while, but it doesn't feel uncomfortable. My eyes are quite sensitive, so i usually have to be quite careful about what i put on my eyes, but i have never had a reaction to this product, which is good.

          I have used this for about two months and i do think that is had helped reduce the puffiness of my eyes and has keeped them looking refreshed. But, i don't think it has dramatically helped lighten my under eye circles or brighten up my eye area.

          I am a bit disappointed with this product as it doesn't really seem to brighten my eyes like it promises. It works as a simple eye gel to help soothe the eyes and reduce puffiness, but is doesn't really do any miracles.
          It cost around £8 in Boots, which it a bit pricey, but i bought it thinking it would help brighten up my eyes and save me some under eye concealer, but it hasn't. I proberly will not repurchase, i think i will search for something a bit more effective.

          I have given this product 3 stars as it absorbs well, it does help reduce puffiness and feels refreshing and calming on my eyes. But, it does not help brighten or reduce under eye circles as promised.

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            14.05.2010 11:18
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            I'm still on the search for the best... this one's off the list!

            I'm on the search for the greatest eye gel/cream to banish my dark circles and impending wrinkles which is how I ended up with a bottle of The Sanctuary Brightening Eye Gel. I don't normally buy Sanctuary products but I had a voucher so I thought I'd try it out.

            This product is available at Boots and costs £7.99 which is fairly standard for an eye cream and I wouldn't begrudge paying it if it did a good job.

            ~~The Packaging~~
            This is very simply packaged in a solid white bottle 79mm tall and 29mm in diameter. There is a label on the bottle with the Sanctuary logo on and in blue and silver writing the name of the product and the claim that it 'Diminishes the appearance of dark circle, puffiness and signs of fatigue'. There's a silver banner below this saying 'SPA PERFECT SKIN' which seems like a fairly confident promise!

            The bottle has a pump dispenser and a white lid. Whilst the packaging is nice, clean and simple, it does stop you from seeing how much is left which is annoying.

            ~~Application and The Product~~

            The pump dispenser gives a generous measure of the gel, which is more than enough for both under-eye areas.

            The gel is a pearly colour and smells quite alcoholic, like the sanitizer gel you use on your hands. This is quite off-putting. The gel feels quite nice though and goes on quite smoothly.

            The directions on the bottle say 'Using your finger, gently pat the eye gel from the outside of the eye towards the bridge of your nose.' The gel rubs into the skin quite well when you do this and dries quickly.

            I think it may mean to tighten the skin because my skin does feel a little tight when I use it, but it isn't a nice feeling. It doesn't tighten up enough to be one of these wonder products that banish lines, it just feels... not right. I have thin, slightly dry feeling skin around my eyes and this gel just made it feel drier and I was desperate to get some moisuriser on after applying the gel.

            ~~Does it Work?~~

            In my experience, it does nothing! After using it every day for a few weeks my dark circles stayed just as dark and the skin just felt dry and nasty.

            I will not be buying this product again, I won't even finish the bottle. It may work better for other people but personally speaking, this is no good for me.

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          • Product Details

            A light and refreshing eye treatment with skin soothing organic Eye Bright, Neem and Arnica to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles whilst anti-oxidant Ginkgo Biloba, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil protect the delicate skin around the eyes /