Normally, I reserve using eye creams at night because I find that creamy eye creams mess with makeup application. I also have found that they’re not good for any kind of eye makeup and everything will begin to slip, slide, and smudge. However, with the changing season, my eye area has been uncharacteristically dry and I’ve never had this problem before. In the past, using whatever moisturizer I had left on my hands on my eyelids was good enough. I decided that finding a gel formula was important since I needed the eye cream to absorb right away, so I found the Clarins Eye Contour Gel and I feel that I made the right decision.
This eye cream is described as a “cooling eye gel to minimize puffiness and dark circles.” The “lightweight gel minimizes puffiness and dark circles, preparing skin for eye makeup application and long-lasting wear.” As you can tell by the product description, it addresses my concerns making it the perfect daytime eye cream. This eye contour gel is “made with certified organic plant extracts,” and claims that the “Ginkgo Biloba [in it will] minimizes dark circles while the “caffeine decongests undereye puffs.” Also included in the formula are cornflower and chamomile extracts which “relaxes, refreshes, and soothes the eye area.” Not only does this product hydrate and soothe, but it can also be worn in conjunction with makeup since it’s not oily and creamy. This “pure and refreshing gel is the way to go if you’re just starting to see puffiness and dark circles.”
While I don’t have any dark circle concerns, my eyes are puffy in the mornings. If I’m extra tired or a little sleep-deprived, the puffiness gets worse which tends to give me a swollen look. This gel is cooling when you apply it to the skin and absorbs right away. I pat it into my skin all over the eye area — including the lids and the under eye area. The cooling sensation lingers so it provides a soothing and relaxing feel. Since it absorbs instantly, I can move onto other areas of my morning routine without having to wait for the product to sink in. Also, I’m happy to report that applying this in the mornings hasn’t affected my eye makeup application and has also provided me the hydration I’ve been looking for.
I recommend this product to those who have oily/combination to normal skins; and, to those who are looking for a lightweight, gel eye cream that isn’t oily and messy. I have sensitive eyes and wear contacts during the day, and this product has been perfectly fine for me. However, if you have serious lines, eye bags, and really dry skin, this may not be the right product for you. I’d say that for me this an age-appropriate eye cream. If you’re looking for something creamier or heavier, Clarins also has the Eye Contour Balm, which may be a better texture for you.
Contains 0.7 oz.
Retails for $35.00 USD.
Made in France.
Dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested. Fragrance-free.