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I am a big Clinique make up fan and I also use quite a lot of their beauty products too such as the clarifying lotions and the facial products. Just recently with a newborn and a toddler I have started to notice dark circles under my eyes and that tired haggard look. It's not the prettiest sight when I look in the mirror and I think I just look really tired and drained and I'm only in my early thirties and don't want to look middle aged yet so I decided to do something about it. I had read about this eye cream before so armed with some Debenhams vouchers I decided to give it a go. I like Clinique products and trust how they work on my skin and even though this eye cream was quite expensive I decided to give it a go. A small 15ml pot cost me £24 which is quite expensive but so far I am fairly pleased with the results.
Clinique say that this is a densely hydrating cream which lifts and firms the appearance around the eyes. It builds cushion into time-thinned skin and brightens the eye area. Like I've said above the cream comes in a little pot with a screw top lid so its easy to get into and easy to apply. The cream is white and is fairly thick and has quite a rich texture to it. I almost has a kind of whipped like consistency to it and when you put some on your fingers it stays on there even if you turn your finger upside-down. I use my fingertips and just dab it underneath my eye lids and wait for it to soak it. You can feel it under your eyes for a little while and its not the quickest at soaking it but it does not leave your eyes sticky like some eye gels I have tried. You only need to use a little bit as a little goes a long way and I would not recommend rubbing the cream in as this area is delicate anyway and you don't need to further irritate the skin.
You are directed to use the cream twice a day, morning and night and in the morning I have no problem using this under my make up. So, what have my results been like? Well I can't say that my dark circles have cleared up any but the area under my eyes does look a bit firmer and a bit brighter which I like and this in turn brightens up my face so that is good, I think I will just have to stick to makeup for my dark circles or carry on the search for a miracle cream.
I have tried a ridiculous amount of Eye Creams to date as I tend to suffer with very dark under eye bags which look absolutely awful and I'm also a tad paranoid about getting wrinkly eyes which will make me look older than I actually am, hence the reason I have spent so much on these types of creams.
The Clinique Anti-Gravity Firming Eye Lift Cream is the most recent one I've tried and when I bought it in my local Boots I was expecting to see good results from it as I'm normally very impressed with Clinique. I paid £23.50 for the cream which tends to be the going rate for this product from what I've seen, so it wasn't exactly cheap but from my experience I've found that any cheaply priced Eye Cream is a waste of time as they are totally hopeless, so again the price tag for this one got my hopes up.
Since the tub of this cream was only 15ml, I used it very sparingly to try and get my money's worth. The cream is white with quite a rich texture and the instructions directed me to apply the cream twice daily - which I did morning and night. The first problem I had with the cream is that it didn't absorb very quickly with it being to richly textured, so even though I only applied a very small amount it took a long time to sink in and dry on my face which was a bit of a nuisance when I was trying to get ready in a hurry.
I have to say though that once the cream had absorbed, it did leave the area around my eyes feeling very soft, so it is certainly very moisturizing. The cream is supposed to make the appearance of your eyes firmer with fewer lines and also brighter - which is the main thing I was looking for to cure my under eye bags. After 3-4 weeks of using this cream I can honestly say that it hasn't done any of these things. Whilst the area around my eyes is very soft from using this, the darkness is still very apparent and there are no other benefits it has given me.
The cream does say that is is very hydrating for the skin and I wouldn't argue with that, but sadly it didn't tick any of the other boxes for me and it doesn't seem to do what it is supposed to so it's been a big let down for me and it's certainly something that Clinique need to look into and improve. Using this twice daily has also already used up a considerable amount of the small 15ml tub meaning that if I wanted to continue using the product, I will shortly have to go out and buy another tub which would be almost £50 spent on such a useless cream. I certainly won't be buying it again though.
I have the world's worst baby, and after my extremely patient mum handed him back with a sigh of relief the other day it was made official. You see, David doesn't need anything like the amount of sleep that most four month olds need - and when he's awake he's bellowing. I think he's an demon.
This isn't just a random moan, it's the reason I splashed out £23 on this Anti-Gravity Firming Eye Lift from Clinique on the recommendation of the oompa loompa behind the counter. I rarely buy Clinique but as there was a decent freebie with purchase offer on I decided to go for it. My problem is that I'm so ridiculously tired from broken nights and having to get up early to get the other three shoo-ed out of the door to school/nursery that my eyes are really starting to feel the strain.
I have pretty good skin, this isn't a boast it's just the way it is. I've never had problems with the skin around my eyes and even when the worse for wear through drink it's been commented that I still look wide awake (even if I don't feel it) due to the tight skin and lack of lines. I'm 34 (for another few days!) and throughout the sleepless nights of my other three babies I could still snatch enough winks for it not to affect my appearance, but things are very different with demon-babe.
So the Eye Lift. Bah, waste of money, don't even bother. If anything it made my eyes look worse, I should have stuck to a couple of cold teabags and the inevitability of the fact that eventually I will sleep again. Maybe.
The main problem is that this cream is too thick, it's just impossible to apply properly. As I'm sure most of you know, to get the most out of any eye product you need to dab tiny amounts on the skin around your eyes and keep dabbing until as much of the product as possible is absorbed. You can't do that with this due to the thick (almost clay-like) consistency, you need to scoop a small amount up on your finger and draaaaaaag it across your skin. This is ridiculous as the skin underneath anyones eyes (let alone a knackered-type like myself) is extremely thin so trying to apply such a heavy cream actually CAUSES small lines to appear, which is obviously the total opposite of the effect I was looking for.
If you stick with it (and I find warming it slightly in my fingertips before application can help slightly) the results are, well, negligible really. There is a strange tightness to my skin after use, which stops at just the right side of unpleasant, and this does make me feel like the bags I've been sporting for the past few months are reducing. They're not, the cream just makes you think this is the case. Thank god Cliniques claim of a plumping effect was utter guff as the last thing I want at the moment is plump bags. Lines were increased due to the pressure I had to put on my skin to apply the cream and to add insult to injury, once applied the cream just kinda 'sits' there under my eyes in a greasy looking slick. Vile.
Another thing I noticed was that I was getting a few spots starting to show their heads where I had used the cream, this just screams to me that the formulation is just too heavy for my skin - and considering it's supposed to be suitable for all skin types I don't think that point bodes well for many women who may think about trying it.
I took it back. I ended up shouting at the oompa loompa until she refunded my money, I'm one of those people who really couldn't give a stuff about creating a scene so was absolutely prepared the wreck the joint in order to get what I wanted. Actually to begin with I'd have been happy with an exchange (choosing a different product, obviously) but when Oompa decided to start arguing it was like a red rag to a bull. I think I stopped short of swearing at her, but by that point the red mist had descended and I can't quite remember.
Anyways, I got my money back and gave Oompa the finger on my way out. Oh dear, now I DO remember swearing at her. See how tired I am?
This stuff really works. The wrinkles under my eye have been completely removed. It also moisturizes my eyes the whole day. This one is a keeper.