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Clinique All About Eyes Serum
Member Name: helenc72
Clinique All About Eyes Serum
Advantages: Cools, refreshes, reduces puffiness, some dark circle improvement, easy to apply
As you might know from my previous reviews, I really like Clinique skincare and tend to use a lot of their products. This All About Eyes Serum depuffing eye massage roller pen is one which I received in a Bonus Time gift with purchase goodie bag a month or so ago from House of Fraser. The full sized product contains 15 ml of serum, whereas mine is a miniature version containing only 5ml. Other than that it is the same.
I am quite conscious of taking good care of the skin around the eye area, as I have a tendency to get some dark circles there and if I don't get enough sleep my eyes can look puffy and squinty, which I hate! I am also starting to notice some people getting slight crows feet from my age onwards (I will be in my "late" 20s from my next birthday!), so I am paranoid about that too (though I don't have any yet...) and am therefore always on the look out for a good eye product to try.
I have been using this serum in the mornings only, as I prefer a richer eye cream at night (All About Eyes cream which was one of my early reviews). The serum is easy to apply by simply rolling the metal ball over the undereye area in a gentle motion. A small amount of serum is transferred onto the skin. This feels instantly refreshing and cooling, which is partly due to the cold metal as well as the serum itself. Clinique say that it hydrates and brightens the eye area, reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. It definitely does help my eyes feel more awake and revitalised, banishing the puffiness and making my eyes look wider open. Some eye serums make the skin feel tighter, but I do not experience that sensation from this serum at all. It feels very gentle and mild.
I was sceptical of the claim that it can reduce dark circles, as I have never found anything which can really get rid of them, but in fact I do think they have improved a bit over the weeks I have been using this. It is hard to tell whether it is really all down to the serum or just a coincidence or because I am getting more sleep and relaxation now that my final exams at law school are over! I have seen an improvement in any case, so I think it is fair to say it has some positive effect on dark circles even though they obviously cannot be completely erased by any product.
The serum contains caffeine, antioxidants and soothing botanicals. It is oil-free, non-irritating and ophthamologist tested. I have not encountered any irritation or side effects from it at all and I find it really pleasant and nice to use.
At full price it is quite expensive, costing £20.00 for 15ml. I would consider buying it during a Bonus Time deal as I find it really nice to use and it is effective, but I would also be interested to try some of the cheaper brands' (e.g. Simple) serums to see how they compare, as most serum applied by roller ball would give this cooling and refreshing effect.
Summary: A nice refreshing serum, but not sure if price is justified