I’ve been working on a sample of this eye serum from Clarins for a couple of months now. I initially received in a gift with this purchase, but considering that I only use it on a small area of my face, it’s absolutely lasting me ages. I still have quite a bit left! Anyway, this product is right up my alley because it’s supposed to help tighten as well as relieve eye puffiness and dark circles. I’ve always had an issue with dark circles and puffiness, and I’ve been using this serum twice daily in my skincare routine to see how well it works.
I typically mention this in my reviews of Clarins products, but it really bugs me that they don’t post ingredients on their website or on many of their samples. So, at the moment I can’t provide an ingredients list but I’ve sent the question to Clarins and will update if/when they respond. They usually respond pretty promptly, but they may be getting tired of me always sending in the same question.
Update! Here are the ingredients: WATER – GLYCERIN TAPIOCA STARCH- PENTYLENE GLYCOL – PEG-8 CAFFEINE – TREHALOSE – CARBOMER – TROMETHAMINE – AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT – ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN – CAPRYLYL GLYCOL – BUTYLENE GLYCOL – ACADIA SENEGAL GUM – PINUS PINASTER BARK EXTRACT – PHENOXYETHANOL – BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-4 – DISODIUM EDTA – SODIUM DEXTRAN SULFATE – ROSA DAMASCENTA FLOWER WATER – SODIUM POLYACRYLATE – GINKGO GILOBA LEAFT EXTRACT – CITRIC ACID – SODIUM BENZOATE – XYLITOL – ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS EXTRACT POTASSIUM SORBATE – CITRONELLOL – GERANIOL
This serum is a yellow gel with a thin and somewhat runny consistency. The directions say to apply with light pressing motions on the eyelids morning and/or evening. It spreads easily over skin becomes a little sticky as it starts to absorb into skin, as many gel serums do. I like to just give it a minute to sink it, and once it does I really don’t feel it on my skin much at all.
Regardless of whether I could feel it doing anything for my skin or not, I’ve continued to use it in my routine without thinking about it much. It sinks in nicely and I experience no issues with layering it among the other components of my skincare and makeup. Plus, it does feel like a soothing serum to ease tired eyes. It’s neither drying nor hydrating, and I prefer to use it under a moisturizing eye cream.
I do think it helps a little with puffiness. I’ve noticed absolutely no difference in my dark circles, but if I’m being honest with myself, I should admit that it might be a little silly to think a topical treatment can make a big difference in that kind of issue. Side note: I’ve actually had some luck in easing dark circles with dietary changes. It’s something I’m working on and I’m not ready to make any big proclamations, but if you have dark circle issues it may be worth experimenting with trying to identify possible underlying causes.
Back to the issue at hand, I guess I’d say I like this serum but I don’t have much reason to love it or pay for the full size. I’ve been using it for a couple of months, but I also have started using a much cheaper but similar product in the last couple of weeks, the Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Brightening Eye Roller (blog post here). A few days after starting with the Blueberries, I actually saw a difference in the lines under my eyes, and find it a soothing product that’s even more cooling and lightweight than the Clarins. More recently I’ve been layering them, with Blueberries first and Clarins layered on top since the fist one is thinner in consistency. Because, why not? The point I’m trying to make is that I don’t hold the Clarins serum in higher regard simply because of the higher price tag. Much higher, by the way. The Blueberries eye roller is $17.99 at full price, and the Clarins is $54.
I will point out that the value of the sample is pretty great, considering that the sample is 40% of the full size amount. So, if you ever see it offered as a gift with purchase, it’s a a fun product to try out and I certainly don’t see any downside to using it. But I have some trouble fully recommending it, and I think it might be really overpriced for what it is and what it does.
The Defining Eye Lift serum costs $54 and is available at Clarins.
Do you have any eye treatments you’ve been enjoying?