Review: Estee Lauder Eye Lift & Clarins Eye Serum.

I want eye’s that say “I go to the gym everyday and do a 100 Eye Lifts!”

IMHO nothing short of surgery is able to reduce or remove a puffy upper lid or eye bags, but as they say ‘hope springs eternal…’

I have hooded eyes, but 3 years of continuous crying over my dying mother gave me eye bags that makes me look like an alcoholic.

And the other problem I have is my crepey lids. Making liners jump and eye shadow look extra wrinkly. My hooded eyes I don’t mind as I was born with them, but the bags and lids are my bug bear.

I try and do what I can. I also Llook for an eye lift treatment without alcohol. Currently I am playing with 2 products for my AM and PM routines.

Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ulimate Contouring Eye Lift for the AM20160608_165632The cool ceramic tip is great as a massager and applicator, but what I am more interested in is what’s inside.20160608_165717It’s a light cream that’s fast absorbing. You will get a subtle brightening but I am guessing that is because of the Mica.  Unlike other’s on Youtube I can’t see immediate (seriously?!) results, but I do love how it feels and the finish.est2I squeeze out about 1.5-2 rice grains worth and massage one eye.

The ceramic tip is cool and has a nice soft edge that helps to give my upper orbital bone a lovely pressure-pointy-massage. The bottom, I tap tap tap. I don’t drag because I don’t like dragging my lower eye skin.

Short of surgery I don’t think I will ever be a 100% happy, but Estee Lauder group of companies have the might of money, research and technology to pump into their products so I am happy to experiment with this over the other products available here in Hong Kong.

The ingredient list is below. As with my food, I dislike  long ingredient list in my skincare and this one is HUGEEE. But in this case I bit the bullet and bought it. I have heard rave reviews about this and will update once I have used this for atleast 3 months

Insane ingredient list ……or Ingredient List for the Insane!

INGREDIENTS: WATER\AQUA\EAU [] VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER [] DIMETHICONE [] DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER [] SILICA [] BUTYLENE GLYCOL [] HYDROGENATED LECITHIN [] AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER [] PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED EXTRACT [] POLYGONUM CUSPIDATUM ROOT EXTRACT [] ASPARAGOPSIS ARMATA EXTRACT [] BOSWELLIA SERRATA EXTRACT [] RHIZOBIAN GUM [] CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT [] CHRYSANTHELLUM INDICUM EXTRACT [] ARTEMIA EXTRACT [] CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) [] GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) PROTEIN [] HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN [] ALGAE EXTRACT [] LAMINARIA SACCHARINA EXTRACT [] PEG-11 METHYL ETHER DIMETHICONE [] LYCIUM BARBARUM FRUIT EXTRACT [] SIGESBECKIA ORIENTALIS (ST. PAUL’S WORT) EXTRACT [] LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT [] LAMINARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT [] TREHALOSE [] EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS (EUPHRASIA) EXTRACT [] ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE [] SODIUM HYALURONATE [] ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM EXTRACT [] CAPRYLYL GLYCOL [] POLYIMIDE-1 [] TOURMALINE [] SORBITOL [] CAFFEINE [] TOCOPHERYL ACETATE [] PEARL POWDER [] ACACIA SENEGAL GUM [] ARGININE [] ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8 [] DECARBOXY CARNOSINE HCL [] ERGOTHIONEINE [] C12-14 PARETH-12 [] CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE [] SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE [] DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER-3 [] GOLD [] GLYCERIN [] HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE [] PROPANEDIOL [] POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE [] HEXYLENE GLYCOL [] TIN OXIDE [] CITRIC ACID [] DISODIUM EDTA [] CHLORPHENESIN [] PHENOXYETHANOL [] MICA [] IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) [] TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <ILN40082>

Update: 2018. I really enjoyed every drop of this eye serum and was going to buy one more but then I watched Drunk Elephant’s Tiffany Masterson’s interview with Caroline Hirons’ and bought that one instead. read post here.

Clarins Defining Eye Lift Serum Does not contain Alcohol and has Caffeine and Citric Acid which I like.IMGP2865I use this in the PM following up with my anti-wrinkle eye cream. This is a serum that is a gel, so for me additional hydration is necessary. I.e. I put an eye cream over it.

I pump a bit out and tap, press, tap, press all around the orbital bone and take it up to the temple. Wait for 3-4mins for serum to be absorbed and then put an eye cream over it.

This is Clarin’s, so of-course it advices the usual Clarin’s application malarkey, which honestly I can not be bothered to do. (Maybe that’s why I don’t have super toned-100 eye lifts a day eyes! haha)

I like how it feels and how my eyes are looking good, or is it just the placebo effect.

Ingredient List: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-8 , Caffeine, Trehalose, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Disodium EDTA Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Xylitol, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Geraniol.

 

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