The Gloss Report: Eye creams

13 April 2018
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The Gloss Report: Eye creams

Tired eyes are one of our biggest beauty bugbears. Sometimes however much coffee you drink (and how much much concealer you use) there will be nothing that will disguise those eye bags and give the illusion of a solid ten hours shut eye. This is where eye creams come into play: a specific moisturiser to target the delicate eye area and a promise of tighter, brighter eyes and the claim to rid us of puffiness and those dreaded dark shadows. Did the creams we tested live up to the hype? Click through to find out…

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Awakening Gel

Price: £12.99

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Feedback: "I used this lightweight gel after noticing dry patches of skin above and below my eyes. It was the first time I’d suffered from this and so was a little unsure of what to do to resolve it. My immediate reaction was to try something more hydrating and thanks to this eye gel’s inclusion of ‘a hyaluronic gel matrix,’ I thought it would fit the bill very well. I saw a massive difference overnight. The next morning, the delicate skin on my lids and under-eyes was much smoother and more supple. And after three days, I was able to wear makeup on top without it cracking. Delivering on its promises to quite an impressive degree and with a price tag that won’t break the bank, I’ll definitely be seeking out its help if my skin gets especially parched again."

Reviewer: AM

Score: 10/10

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Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream

Price: £105

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Feedback: "There’s no escaping the fact that a triple figure price point for such a teeny pot is excessive, but if you’re going to spend big on an eye cream, you want one with hydrating, protecting and brightening clout, and this is amongst the best I’ve tried. I’m about halfway through mine, and I’ve found that it’s made my eye area look more smooth, taught and generally alive over time (circa two months), plus my eye makeup glides over it beautifully, with no gathering in crinkles whatsoever. It contains a vitamin C derivative (ascorbyl glucoside) to combat the effects of pollution and brighten dark circles, but given that I’m not overly troubled by dark shadows, and it’s impossible to monitor the impact of city fumes vs. eye cream, these claims are hard to verify- all I can say is that early fine lines (I’m in my thirties) seem to have backed off and that my eye area definitely isn’t betraying my sub-par sleep habits. A huge investment, but a worthy one if you’re shelling out.”

Reviewer: AH

Score: 8/10 (because, ouch)

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Susanne Kaufmann Eye Fluid Line F

Price: £60

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Feedback: "Traditionally I’ve never really been a massive fan of eye creams as many that I have tried have been far too rich and heavy for my eyes. Having oily skin I prefer products that are super light and absorbed quickly into the skin. This eye cream has answered all of my wishes. It’s a beautifully silky, smooth and lightweight formula that is so incredibly easy to apply. It sinks into the skin in no time at all, without leaving behind a heavy or greasy feeling, which makes it perfect for using both in the evening and in the mornings before makeup. It feels wonderfully soothing on the eyes too due to the inclusion of chamomile and witch hazel, whilst also giving a really lovely brightening effect to the eye area. This is a perfect pick for those who want a little nourishment but that prefer more of a fuss-free formula that still gets results. Big thumbs up from me."

Reviewer: ATH

Score: 9/10

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La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes

Price £15

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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 makeup 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."

Reviewer JJ

Score 7/10

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Clinique All About Eyes De-Puffing Eye Massage Serum

Price £26.75

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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.”

Reviewer SB

Score 8/10

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion

Price £49

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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.”

Reviewer: AM

Score: 10/10

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Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream

Price £28

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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."

Reviewer SM

Score 6/10

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NUXE Prodigeux Eye Contour Moisturising Eye Cream

Price £18

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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.”

Reviewer AM

Score 7/10

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Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum

Price £179

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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."

Reviewer ST

Score 9/10

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Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Price: £21

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Feedback: “Origins GinZing eye cream claims to brighten and depuff the eye area using the powers of panax ginsing, caffeine and magnolia extract. Designed to be used in the morning as a pick me up for the eyes  (much like a morning coffee) I applied this under my eyes on a Sunday morning after a night of definitely not clocking my eight hours. The pink based cream had an iridescent quality to it, some may even describe it as shimmery, and made a great base for under eye concealer. It did not cover dark circles or reduce puffiness but working perfectly as a radiant under eye primer before applying concealer. I enjoyed the cooling sensation and pampering ritual of adding an extra step to my skincare regime application and will definitely keep this little pot on standby for any upcoming late nights.”

Reviewer: EB

Score: 8/10

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Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado

Price: £26

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Feedback: “Having suffered with bouts of eczema on my eyelids on and off over the years I am always intrigued to try hydrating eye creams. I had heard great things from the blogosphere regarding Kiehl’s avocado eye cream and as a big fan of avocado (eating them that is) I had high hopes for this eye cream. Unfortunately though I was pretty disappointed. The cream was a lovely thick texture which felt cooling and hydrating on the skin but when applied in the morning took ages to sink in (not good when short on time or makeup application) and when I applied before bed the next morning the skin around my eyes felt just as dry - in fact I think it may have made them more dry and flaky than usual. I do have particularly sensitive eyes though so I think for someone with less sensitivity issues might be ok - sadly for for me though the avocados will be staying firmly in the kitchen.”

Reviewer: EB

Score: 5/10

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Aurelia Eye Revitalising Duo

Price: £90

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Feedback: “My under eye area is the part of my face I always try to cover up. I would say my diet is pretty good, I drink plenty of water and I certainly get enough zzz so I am at the end of my tether with why I still get really dark circles. Therefore I am always on the lookout for something that will brighten the area and this Eye Duo from one of my favourite brands Aurelia is just the ticket.

The Revitalise & Brighten Eye Dew is a super refreshing morning treat for the eyes, the rollerball product noticeably brightens and softens the appearance under the eye, and the Illuminate & Smooth Puff Reduction Eye Cream used at night feels completely indulgent, luxurious and hydrating. The fact that both products are free from scary ingredients such as parabens, sulphates and synthetic fragrances makes it even better.”

Reviewer: FD

Score: 10/10

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Eve Lom Eye Cream

Price: £48

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Feedback: “Designed to be used both morning and evening, a dabble of this ultra rich eye cream is a luxurious way to give your peepers some much needed hydration - but I’m afraid that’s about all. A week of late nights meant my puffy, dark rimmed eyes were the perfect candidates to test such a cream, but I was left disappointed when continual usage had little to no impact on their state. (Having said that, I fear ten tonnes of sleep itself may have had difficulty lifting and lightening these bad boys, so it may have been a tough one to judge). Lovely as it was - I was more smitten with the way it looked sat on my bathroom shelf than anything else.

Reviewer: KR

Score: 5/10

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Heal Gel

Price: £32

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Feedback: "Thanks to my genes and apparent aversion to a good night’s sleep as of late, dark circles seem to be an inevitability of my future. With my under eyes looking their most raw, red and puffy, this particular Gloss Report really couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m a big fan of HealGel so I had high hopes for the brand’s eye cream.

Unfortunately though, I believe the solution to my predicament doesn’t come in the form of a pot. While I felt that this particular eye cream fared a lot better than others I’ve tried in the past in terms of a non-greasy texture and fast absorption, I believe the only way I’m going to see a more noticeable change is by sorting out the source of my sleeplessness first. For those looking for a product that provides a great base for makeup and for a way to combat the first signs of ageing, this eye cream could be for you. However, should you suffer from more obvious signs of under eye wear and tear, it’s best to look for other solutions in my opinion (e.g. diet adjustments and  ways to treat insomni a) in order to make more effective and long-lasting improvements."

Reviewer: AM

Score: 6/10

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This Works No Wrinkles Tired Eyes

Price: £42

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Feedback: "The name of this product hits the nail on the head in terms of my eye concerns - fatigue and a slight crinkliness around the edges prevent me from looking as bright eyed and bushy tailed as I'd like to. My eye cream habits are on the simple side; I tend to favour light gels and can be very forgetful in terms of regular application, but investing in such a targeted treatment such as this would make me a lot more disciplined (I'd hope). It's about the amount of cash I'd spend on a face serum, but if it mimics the effects of a saintly sleep pattern then that's value for money in my books"

"The fact that it's designed as an overnight treatment appeals, as it feels like you're maxing out on beauty sleep, even if the actual sleep part is somewhat lacking. The cream's texture is fairly thick, meaning that a Borrower sized drop will suffice to cover both eyes. It feels cooling on application but far more nourishing than my usual slippery eye cream, although it does take a bit longer to absorb. The proof of its power shows the morning after, when I noticed reduced puffiness and bouncier skin under the eye (I'm convinced that the hydrating hyaluronic acid was responsible). I can't say that I saw any fading on the dark circles front, although redness is more of an issue for me than shadows. All in all it certainly plumped up the thin skin around the eye area, but you may want to supplement its effects with an undereye concealer come 7am to really max out its benefits."

Reviewer: AH

Score: 7/10