Today I went shopping to look for some remedies for my worsening dark circles. (I know, the first big remedy is SLEEP. But since that's not really possible since I'm always sleeping late. Let's just assume that's not an option.)
Since I have some credits I can use away, I thought I could go to the department store to find some brands which I like and look for some samples.
I've always liked Clinique's Pep Start eye cream ever since I tried their sample. But it's quite expensive (SGD 50 for I think 15ml) so I never considered getting it. After some looking up, I realised it's not really suitable for my situation right now either, since the cream is meant to tighten, hydrate and brighten the under eyes as a quick remedy for a busy lifestyle, and not so much of a long term remedy to fixing dark circle issues.
So I approached the staff at the store and asked for some advise. She introduced me to 2 eyes creams.
The first being RepairWear Anti-Gravity Eye Cream(SGD $60). It's a pink gel that is supposed to tackle fine lines and brighten the under eyes. I'll quote from the website:
"Densely hydrating cream helps lift up, firm up around the eyes. Helps erase the look of fine lines and builds cushion into time-thinned skin. Even the first application creates a cushiony feel and a brighter look. That's just the beginning."
So that sounds pretty good. It's very light too and could be absorbed easily. It have some shimmery dust inside too which was supposed to help with the brightening effect. Another thing I learned is, apparently these eye creams are catered to be non-heavy so that it doesn't clog the skin at the area which is actually very delicate. The more you know huh.
The other one I got to try is called Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (SGD $70). Now this is more concentrated on helping with dark circle issues.
"Benefits Hydrates and Brightens. Lightweight eye cream is clinically proven to visibly lighten dark circles by 30% in 12 weeks. Instantly brightens all skin tones. Ophthalmologist tested. Cooling metal tip helps massage away puffs."
It is more cream based but still very light. The product is also skin toned for some reasons, though it is not like a concealer of sorts. It's much nicer than the RepairWear. A bonus point for me too is the metal tip, which acts as a massager to help with better absorption. I was more keen to this one as I could feel my skin hydrated very quickly. However it's really expensive (70 bucks omg) so I was contemplating if it'll be worth it. I know, technically it's free since I'm redeeming credits for it but what if I wanna buy again? Will I be able to afford it?
In the end I asked for a sample to test it out first. Hoping it'll be my holy grail for dark circles. Oh did I mention, the staff is a little judgemental too haha When I asked for a sample she reacted like I've exploited her like an aunty trying to be cheapskate ): She even tried to explain to me that she can't give me much cause it's expensive. And I'm like "Err it's fine, I don't need a lot. I really just want to test it out." x_x It was quite awks. Well at least I got it anyway, and get to test it.
Btw my journey doesn't end here >:D I went on to test out 2 more brands.
The next brand I tried out was from Aesop. They are known for using plant extracts in their products. I've always thought they only focus on bath and body products but apparently not! I'm glad they have this eye serum in the product line. The staff was very informative and helpful regarding my concerns with my dark circles.
The Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum is sort of like an oil extract, so it is very potent. It is recommended to only use a drop for both eyes. When I tried it I can't even finish one drop XD Anyway, as it is very concentrated, you are advised to keep massaging the serum until it is fully absorbed into the skin. If not it will leave an oily residue on the skin which might clog the pores.
"This concentrated, vitamin-rich serum delivers targeted hydration and nourishment to the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. Abundant in anti-oxidants and fatty acids, it possesses exceptional protective benefits."
It instantly makes my eyes feel very refreshed and relaxed. Somehow the serum took away the fatigue on my eyes too. And the guy in the store said it could also be used anytime in the day when you need some refreshment or a break for the eyes. It's really good but it's really expensive.. A small bottle for SGD 106. So.. yeah. However he did mention that the small bottle can last up to 6 months, so in a way it's worth it too. I got a sample pack to test it out and see if it is working to the way I want it and before I come back again.
The last brand I looked for is Dr Wu. It's a Taiwanese based brand that I was introduced to by a relative. The products are dermatologically certified so they are definitely safe for use. I was keen of it so I wanted to take a look at them. So far they are the cheapest, priced at SGD 59.90 each.
The sales person seemed really inexperienced to me. She couldn't give me more information about the product that was't already written on the packaging itself. I just find it a little pointless as a result because what's the point of having someone assisting you if all they do is read off the packaging. It's the same concept as reading off the slides. But anyway.
I was recommended the orange first. It's a serum that is formulated to brighten the eyes and fight dark circles and fine lines. The vitamin C will assist in reducing dark circles, as how I've found out too through my research. It is easily absorbed, and very lightweight. No scent too and it feels very nice.
"Brightening Eye Serum With Vitamin C+ is formulated with several patented technologies that dramatically improves skin elasticity and firmness and help reduce the appearance of serious dark circles, puffiness and under-eye bags."
The second one, which is more of a hydrating serum, is recommended to me as the staff see that my eye area is quite dry, which she concluded led to my dark circles. I don't really know if that is just her trying to hard sell me or not, but okay. I kinda prefer the orange one just because it is targeted at resolving dark circles. The hydrating serum is just okay. It does feels kinda hydrating, but also it's really not what I'm looking for.
"Advanced Hydrating Eye Cream is formulated with several patented technologies which dramatically improve skin elasticity and nourish the delicate skin around the eyes. Its main ingredient 5th generation HyaluComplex, which attracts, retains and creates hydration and moisture all through skin layers."
I was hoping to find out more about the product but I can't as the sales person isn't very detailed about what it does.. I'll have to do more research and review comparison I guess.
After testing the different serums on my hand, I could feel the differences of each. I compared the effects based on the softness of my skin and smoothness to determine if it is working or not. I know it's not exactly an accurate test but based on feel, I think it could be a good indicator? Haha And currently, Even Better Eye serum is in the lead.
I'm not gonna get it right away though. I think I should test out the samples first, and observe its effects. I should probably look up more reviews too to compare these few brands. I think I can safely consider between Clinique and Dr Wu too as they are my most ideal options now. As much as I love Aesop, it is too expensive for me T_T