As you may or may not know I was given this set for Christmas from my beloved auntie. I have been using the products for a few months now so thought I would share my thoughts with you all.
I was using my no 7 protect and perfect eye cream but after using it for...not all that long, just over a month I think it was, it started to irritate my eyes. It gave me like a burning sensation to my eye area so I stopped using it and gave my eyes a break then went back to it a week later. The same thing happened so I binned it. I gave my eyes another little break this time for a fortnight and then thought I would give this Clarins set a go. Clarins can be a gentle brand which is just what I needed for my eye area after my no 7 disaster.
In the set you get a full sized wonder perfect mascara and 3ml of the Eye Revive Beauty Flash (white tube) and 4ml of the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch (red pot). The first one is an eye cream designed to minimize dark circles, tighten, decongest and depuff your eye area and the latter is an primer for your under eye area for use alone or under make up.
Lets get the negatives out of the way first, the mascara. The only full sized product in the set and its the one I have been the least impressed with. I just plain don't like it. It doesn't do anything for my lashes, it doesn't lengthen them, it doesn't make them look thicker, it doesn't hold a curl well and on top of that it clumps ALOT. I have tried to find away to use this and not hate it but I haven't managed to yet. I have to be soo careful applying it or it clumps on the first coat it always clumps on the second coat. it makes my lashes look quite spider like and that is really not the look I am going for. Its supposed to deliver maximum length, curl and volume and I can't say that I think it did any of those things sadly. I have passed this on to my mum to see if she has better luck with it. This retails for £21 for 7mls and comes in black, brown and blue.
Next up is the instant smooth perfecting touch eye primer. I freaking love this product! My eyes are generally quite puffy at the moment and a little dark due to disturbed sleep I have also noticed a couple of fine lines forming too, oh joy! Without this product my concealer and foundation settle in the lines making them look far deeper than they do when I don't have make up on. When I use this it almost acts like polyfiller or something because although the lines are still there they look ever so faint and nothing settles in them, its like the make up skims over them instead making them far less noticeable I have used this every day since I started trying it and am so pleased with it. It says to apply to fine lines, wrinkles and diluted pores. I have some pores either side of my nose and tried using it on them and again my foundation skimmed them rather than settled in them making them less noticeable so I was even more pleased. Then I kind of took it a step too far and thought a little is good so more must be better and just slapped it all over my face underneath my foundation. This gave me a terrible breakout. Now this might just be me but I have now gone back to following the directions on the side of the tub and just putting it on my under eye area and occasionally on my diluted pores. I think my breakout was caused by a combination of things so I am not holding this product wholly responsible but it was certainly a contributing factor. Just using it on my under eyes and pores though has not resulted in any spots so I am a happy bunny. I still have a fair amount of this left too so it lasts well. This retails for £26 for 15 ml and I would imagine that would last ages as I am still plowing my way through 4 mls despite daily use, but none the less it is a pricey product.
Lastly the eye revive beauty flash eye cream, I also really freaking love this product! I have finished the 3 ml sample but ran out and bought the full sized version as soon as I had squeezed the last drop from the sample. This retails for £29 for 20 ml so is a bit more pricey than your standard eye cream but most eye creams are 15 ml so you get a bit more product too. You only need a tiny amount of this and I apply it morning and night. It has brightened up my whole eye area, it has made them less puffy and less dark. In fact I wouldn't say they are puffy at all anymore. When I touch my under eye area it feels a lot softer and hydrated than it did before and it never feels tight under there any more no matter how tired I am. The cream is quite thin and so is easily patted into the skin and it feels light so is great to use in the morning before your make up. I must admit I tend to feel that thicker creams do more for your under eye area but they aren't really practical to use in the morning as they take so long to sink in, as this cream is quite thin you don't have that problem but I really do feel like it is doing something for my problem areas.
To sum up...
I am really pleased with this set it was £20 and I think its a great way to try out some expensive products for not too bad of a price. As I mentioned above I have already purchased a replacement for the eye revive but I haven't bought the instant smooth as I still have a fair amount left. I am toying with the idea as it is quite expensive for a primer, especially as it only primes one part of your face but I am leaning more towards purchasing it because it just makes such a difference to my face when my make up is on. When your fine lines look like deep wrinkles you look ALOT older and like most of us I don't want that! Plus I think 15 ml will last you quite a while as 4 ml is lasting ages. I would avoid the mascara but I do think mascara responds to everyones lashes differently so just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean that it won't work for you but I think the clumping issue is something to bear in mind. I think this was a limited edition set for the Christmas period but is still available on ebay, it seems to have been released the last few Christmas' too so may be one to add to your Christmas list if you fancy trying it and can wait that long!
Sorry its such a long post! Have you guys tried any of these products? What were your thoughts?