Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Opposite of Stay Puft: Clinique's All About Eyes De-Puffing Serum


Eyes can get puffy for a lot of reasons; allergies, other illnesses, overindulgence in certain beverages the previous evening, crying, lack of sleep, lack of caffeine, etc. The important thing is not why your eyes are puffy, but how to get to the point where you can leave the house without looking like you’ve taken to keeping a spare set of cotton balls shoved up above your cheeks.

I bought Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum several months ago in order to get a gift with purchase that was totally worth the expenditure. The Clinique saleswoman sold me the eye serum by mentioning the stainless steel applicator ball at the top and pointing out that you could refrigerate the tube in order to chill the ball down and increase its effectiveness the same way that boxers use cold stainless steel compresses to relieve swelling during fights.
Having never been sold a cosmetic product by having it compared to an athletic event, I was impressed by the non-traditional pitch. Also by having something to give me a little help on those days when nature and biology decided that it was desperately important that I retain water in my face.

After using this both after chilling it in the fridge and at room temperature, I can say that it does have some de-puffing effects. However, it’s not instantaneous and it’s not perfect. It gets the puffiness down (especially if it has been in the fridge) but I can still tell there is a bit of swelling going on under there.

The part I like best about this product is the roller-ball applicator. It says to just rub it back and forth under the eye, gently, twice but I like to run it in a little spiral pattern. It sounds silly but it feels like a little bit of a massage and like it’s helping to sort of unclog the area to help swelling flow away.

Overall I’ll give this a 6 out of 8. It works pretty well, but not spectacularly. However, as most of us know when you’ve got super puffy eyes going on, any help is appreciated.

Rating: 6/8 tentacles

1 comment:

  1. Pretty much how I felt about it. It feels REALLY nice, but I think that's almost entirely because of the roller. I just don't think the serum is that wonderful.