In this week's Gloss Report the glossy posse do their best to look wide awake with the help of eye creams and serums - but which ones actually work?
Buy online www.escentual.com
Feedback "This is a gel-like serum which, being fragrance free, was ideal for my sensitive skin. It promises that its hyaluronic acid and glycerin formula will rehydrate and de-puff the eye area, which after too many late nights is exactly what I needed. I smoothed and patted it on gently in the mornings before make-up to find that it has quite a cooling, refreshing effect - I certainly felt more awake but I'm not sure I looked it.
"It didn't help to de-puff eyelids as such but the area under my eye looked smoother and less dull, and this continued after a few days' use; even better, my make-up glided on perfectly over the top. My only real bugbear is the packaging - it's too easy to use too much and end up with a sticky residue so it would be far better in a pump for more control over dispensing the right amount."
Buy online www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Feedback “I can’t say that I’m an eye cream devotee - remembering to apply moisturiser après wash is about as far as I get and as I haven’t hit the anti-ageing stage quite yet I’m stringing the minimalist skincare routine out for as long as possible. I think that this gel based gem will, however, become a firm fixture within my otherwise somewhat basic regime. I’ll be applying it sparsely as the price tag makes me wince (not good for future wrinkle prospects I expect), but luckily you don’t need much product to achieve a brightened, de-puffed eye area.
"The eco-friendly gel is rich in antioxidants and sea nutrients that serve to combat the evils of ageing, but I found that it was equally beneficial when it came to waking up tiny hungover eyes and soothing sore, sleep deprived peepers. Store it in the fridge for added zing and wear under make-up for an eye lift that lasts all day. If we have a summer this year, I’ll also be reaching for this reviving gel at regular intervals - its calming and cooling powers would be the perfect antidote to hot, itchy eyes.”
Score 9/10 (perfection comes at a price)
Feedback “This eye serum is designed to refresh and hydrate puffy eyes and diminish dark circles on contact. I can't say I noticed any brightening effects as such (although I don't really have dark circles just yet) but this is certainly a very refreshing serum that also feels quite nourishing. Quick and easy to use, I do love the fact that it has a rollerball applicator which is used to massage the serum onto the skin - it adds to the therapeutic effect which is why I've kept up with the morning and evening application, as recommended.
"This is an all-round great product to pep up and de-puff the eyes, especially if you haven't had your eight hours of beauty sleep. I would very much recommend it to those who are not quite ready for full-on anti-ageing lotions and potions.”
Buy online www.clinique.co.uk
Buy online www.esteelauder.co.uk
Feedback “The part of my face that I’m particularly conscious of is the area underneath my eyes. A mixture of genetics and trouble sleeping have caused me to have dark circles that have been pretty hard to shift despite trying out a plethora of targeted under-eye creams. This product was fantastic at de-puffing and smoothing out lines. I particularly liked the almost water-like texture too which was lightweight, very nourishing and didn’t feel too gloopy or thick which I have found to be the case with other eye creams that I’ve used in the past. I’ll definitely be using this little pint-sized wonder-serum from now on.”
Buy online www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
Feedback "Firstly from a purely aesthetic perspective, I love the packaging of this eye cream - it looks so pretty on my beauty shelf. But onto the product itself; the texture of the cream is quite thick so I was a little dubious about whether it would sink into the skin very well and thought it may feel too heavy. However, it was incredibly smooth and moisturised the eye area brilliantly, leaving it refreshed but not congested at all. In fact, it created a perfect base for my under-eye concealer to go on top.
"It claims to be a 'brightening eye cream to fade dark circles', but though it definitely adds radiance in the morning to hide any dullness or lack of sleep, I wouldn't say my dark circles were reduced. I'd recommend it for those with younger skin who just need to brighten up their eyes for the day ahead, but for those looking to remove darkness and lines I'd suggest they find something that works a bit harder. I'm sticking with it though - it really wakes me up for the day and who knows, maybe once I hit the end of the pot my circles will be gone."
Buy online www.marksandspencer.com
Feedback “This eye cream had a lovely smell and came in a handy pump bottle too which meant measuring the right amount was easy (one pump was plenty for both eyes). Although a little sticky at first, it did eventually sink into my skin quite nicely and plumped up and hydrated my under-eye area, making a small but noticeable difference. This product would be best for those with sensitive eyes or those looking for an eye cream to rectify and protect against the first signs of ageing. If you have heavier-set fine lines and wrinkles, I would recommend using something a little more specialist.”
Buy online uk.spacenk.com
Feedback "For an eye cream, this is eye-wateringly expensive. The science is that it uses tomato and raspberry stem cells to halt the ageing process and strengthen the skin. So does it do what it says on the tin? To be honest it is pretty darn good. I've been using it for three weeks and I swear I've seen a change in the texture (less crepey) under and around my eyes. Plus the eye roller is delightfully cold and soothing on my forever tired eyelids. I think it has made a difference; I don't suffer from dark circles so can't comment there. Would I pay £179 for it? Ask me in six weeks. So far so good."