Dark under eye circles and bags can add years to your overall appearance and make you look older than you actually are! For most people, the first signs of ageing start to show around this area. A lot of factors contribute to this and can range from having a poor diet, not getting enough sleep to using wrong skincare products. Over the years I’ve bought a lot of eye creams. Many of them failed to meet my expectations and only a few I could say gave positive results. That’s why I was very cautiously optimistic when I purchased the Boots No7 Laboratories Dark Circle Corrector. I had read some positive reviews of this product and was eager to see for myself. So without further ado, let’s look at the product in more detail.
Ingredients – Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isononyl isononanoate, HDI/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, Butylene glycol, Dimethicone crosspolymer, Cetearyl alcohol, Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Boron nitride, Alcohol denat., Caffeine, Ascorbyl glucoside, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 20, Mica, Xanthan gum, Dimethiconol, Ammonium glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl glycol, Sodium polyacrylate, Propylene glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Asparagopsis armata extract, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Potassium hydroxide, Citric acid, Silica, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ascophyllum nodosum extract, Tin oxide, Sophora angustifolia root extract, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, T-butyl alcohol, Panax ginseng root extract, Morus alba leaf extract, Potassium sorbate, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron oxides), CI 77491 (Iron oxides), CI 77499 (Iron oxides).
The info on the product packaging claims to do the following:
- Make skin firmer
- Calm the skin
- Make skin less hyperpigmented
In terms of what stage to use the corrector; it mentions that you should apply every morning and evening as the last step in your skincare regime.
The corrector comes in 2 shades. Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. It comes in a nice metallic silver box and the product itself is a small 15ml white tube. It has a twisting cap to open and apply. When squeezed, the cream which is light brown in colour comes out of a tiny hole. It has small metallic rollers to help you apply and spread under the eye area.
I bought mine from Boots. At the time of purchasing, the No7 Laboratories Dark Circle Corrector cost me £28. Boots sometimes run promotions, for example 3 for 2 on certain product ranges. This is where you buy 3 products and get the cheapest one free. Worth keeping an eye out for these as the No7 products are featured in many promotions.
Best way to apply:
I find putting a small pea size amount on the finger and gently doing a pat motion and applying works really well. It allows me to apply evenly and make sure it absorbs in to the skin. The reason I don’t apply direct from the tube with the rollers is because you can easily drag the skin or press too hard, causing more of the cream to come out than you would want. Also, as the skin around the eyes is very thin I try to take extra care and precaution and be as gentle as possible.
There are a lot things I like about this product. Firstly it is very cooling on the skin. I feel this from the moment I apply. On top of that it doesn’t cause any irritation or burning sensation under the eye area. You do however get this mild tingling sensation, it simply means the ingredients are actually working. I have used one or two eye creams in the past which did cause irritation, not this one. This means those with sensitive skin will really like this.
I have been using the corrector now for over 3 months and can say from my experience it does reduce dark circles. After using the product for a week both in the morning and at night, I noticed my dark circles became lighter. After using for over a month, it further reduced by a few shades. Though my circles haven’t completely gone, I can definitely see a noticeable difference. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being no dark circles and 10 being very bad circles. I will say before using the product I was a 7. After using the product I am probably a 3.
The cream is not too heavy and soaks in to the skin very nicely. It comes in two shades which means you can purchase the one to suit your skin tone. As you apply it naturally blends in to the skin and you don’t get that odd ‘cakey’ texture. The fact that it works both as an eye cream and a concealer means you don’t need to apply additional foundation around that area. In my case, it takes away that tired look and gives a more uniform tone to my overall face.
Even though the tube is only 15ml, you only need to apply a small amount. Initially I was a bit turned off by the fact I had to spend £28 for something so small. However, despite using both morning and at night it has lasted me couple of months (I did buy a second one, though this one I use once a day).
There are a few downsides to this unfortunately. For example, one of the ingredients used is hyaluronic acid which is meant to plump up the skin. In my case along with dark circles, sunken eyes are another issue that need attention. I was hoping this eye corrector would help by firming this area and filling it up. However, after using the product for several months it hasn’t made any difference. This was a disappointment as I was expecting at least some improvements.
If you’re looking for an eye cream that moisturises and hydrates the skin then you maybe disappointed to find this offers neither. Those whose skin is dry under the eye area will find after applying the cream, the skin tends to crease and if you apply make up then it gives that ‘crumble’ look. Those with oily skin on the other hand may not experience this.
There was a period when I stopped using the product as I had to buy a second one. In between this time the circles did appear back again. This made me realise that the cream wasn’t working from deep within. Instead some of the improvements were down to the concealer that was essentially masking the problem rather than addressing it from within.
The cream is definitely one of the better ones I’ve used. With any skincare regime, having a good eye cream is a must and I always ensure I have a decent one. My dark circles were reduced and I was very pleased with this. However, it did nothing to plump up the skin. If it had helped here I would’ve given it a 8 out of 10. Will I buy this again? I probably will. In my experience finding a good eye cream tends to be much more difficult compared to getting a good face scrub. A good eye cream needs quality active ingredients that work for the delicate skin around the eyes. In the case of the No7 Laboratories Dark Circle Corrector I will wait until Boots run a promotion where the product is offered at a reduced price.
Let me know your thoughts. Did you get positive results with this eye corrector or have you found a product which is better than this.