In desperate need of an eye cream to, well give my eyes some life (excuse the pun) I headed to the shops and did not come back empty handed. Now I’m someone who finds eye creams increasingly disappointing and I’ll tell you why, I just don’t think they really do what they claim, so if I’m going to talk about one it’s either a) because it miraculously has had a great effect and I want to share that with you, b) it’s just pleasant to use or c) I just want to tell you not to waste your money. Read on to find out where I place The Body Shop’s Oils of life Eye cream-gel in these categories.
What do I look for in an eye cream?
Now firstly let me explain what it is I look for in an eye cream. If I was to really be honest for a moment, then I want something that gets rid of dark circles, helps diminish fine lines, plumps those pesky buggers too, preps my skin for makeup, hydrates, and depuffs… not much I know.
In reality, I hope for something that hydrates without being too heavy or greasy and plumps my fine lines. I always add SPF on top so I don’t rely on finding this solely in my eye cream, although it’s always an added bonus to find.
I’ve noticed a change in my under eye skin over the last couple of months in that it looks more dehydrated, not normally a complaint coming from my skin that tends to lie on the oiler side of the scale but I took this as a sign as needing to give the delicate area some much needed love and attention, or at least a bit more so.
So having picked up the Oils of Life, I swapped out my old cream and started up using this as a trial to see if I’d notice any difference and indeed if I liked it at all.
The product itself
First things first, it comes in a glass pot with a recyclable lid and contains 20ml product for £20, which is a decent amount as far as eye creams go. The glass itself has a orange hue, the gel cream itself more translucent. It does have a lovely hint of iridescent to it which helps to bring life to tired eyes (and trust me, mine are.) with an illuminating effect, not a glittery sparkle (see swatch).
It is very soothing and cool upon application and is even more pleasant if stored in the fridge. The coolness also aids in depuffing of eye baggage.
Because it is a gel-cream texture you have the hydration of a cream with the lighter consistency of a gel which leaves your under eye area well prepped and beautifully hydrated for makeup. It lends itself well when working with concealers and fighting the dreaded ‘concealer crease’, this lighter texture from being a ‘gel-cream’ hybrid means it doesn’t cause any creasing with my concealers (this maybe a skincare goodie that might make it into my pro kit).
I’ve been using this eye cream-gel for just over a week, day and night, and while I haven’t noticed any major differences in improvements of skin texture as yet, I do find it a very pleasant eye cream to use. It is hydrating whilst not heavy or occlusive, it’s a delight to apply with its cooling sensation and works well under makeup.
So far I’m a fan.
The Body Shop also has the added benefits of being a cruelty free brand.
What The Body Shop say :
`By infusing three precious seed oils known for their revitalising and repairing properties into an ultra-light and airy smoothing texture, we created the Oils of LifeTM NEW Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel to revitalise the eye contour and visibly reduce signs of ageing.
Eye life for your eyes
Eye contour looks smoother – 100%*
Radiance appears revived – 96% agree*
Dark circles appear faded – 90% agree*
Wrinkles appear smoother – 87% agree**
*Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 50 women
** Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 100 women’
The good stuff inside
The gel cream does indeed contain three seed oils in the form of Rosa Canina Fruit oil which promotes collagen, cell renewal, hydrates and can help fight pigmentation, Olea Europea Fruit oil which is replenishing and Camellia Oleifera seed oil which is a great source of omega 3 and fatty acids.
The eye gel cream also has some great goodies in B3 Niacinamide, a hidden gem for smoothing pores, some lovely humectant and emoilant ingredients and Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract which is a natural antioxidant, has anti wrinkle, moisturising and protecting properties. Caffeine is a nice bonus ingredient to help depuff any morning puffiness.
All in all this is a small cream richly jam packed with some great ingredients, I’m really looking forward to seeing how this performs over time.
983501 9 – INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Caffeine, Phenoxyethanol, Silica Silylate, Dimethiconol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Menthoxypropanediol, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, t-Butyl Alcohol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 19140.
You can buy the ‘Oils of life’ eye cream-gel directly from The Body Shop
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