Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Does A Budget Matter - The Eye Cream Edition

Does A Budget Matter - Eye Cream Edition

I've teamed up with Voucher Codes to find out does the price of a product really matter?
I mean how often have you been pleasantly surprised by a bargain yet let down by a high end product? Three different eye creams, three different price tags: under £5, under £10 and under £20.
Which one came out the overall winner? Let's find out!

Does A Budget Matter - Eye Cream Edition

Under £5 - Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream £1.69 - link.
For the price point I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this eye cream, it has a lovely thick texture that really moisturises the under eye yet doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It is easily absorbed so you can apply it in the morning before make-up should you wish. Boots do claim that it can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. In all honesty I am a little sceptical given how little it costs but it does contain Vitamin E to help improve the elasticity of skin. I used to swear by The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cream which costs £11, I would honestly say that Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream is pretty much the same formula only marginally cheaper. A great starter eye cream for those with no ageing concerns.
Overall score - 8/10

Does A Budget Matter - Eye Cream Edition

Under £10 - Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream £9.50 - link
I personally love Avene products but the Soothing Eye Contour Cream was not for me.
I found it to be greasy which I guess I could deal with if it was a night time product but rather than absorb it sat on top of my skin and never sank in. It claims to be light weight (it isn't) and contains chamomile to soothe the eye area. This product has been designed to moisturise and de-puff the skin as well as calming any redness or irritation. I've tried to get on board with this a few times but simply can not get it to work for my skin type. I didn't find it particularly cooling or calming either. Sorry Avene this one is a skip!
Overall score - 2/10

Does A Budget Matter - Eye Cream Edition

Under £20 - NUXE Anti-Fatigue Moisturizing Eye Cream £18 - link
There was a time this eye cream would have received 10/10 from me but since the first time I have used this, I have tried many other eye creams some of which blow this out the water. Don't get me wrong this is a wonderful eye cream, it is light yet deeply hydrating. It boasts the technology to both soothe puffy skin and combat fine lines. It absorbs instantly, makes a great base for make-up and is a great general all round eye cream for those in their mid-twenties to thirties but like I said there is better out there. Would I purchase NUXE Anti-Fatigue Moisturizing Eye Cream again? Yes but I do feel like it's general eye properties such as moisturising and cooling the eye area outweigh its anti-ageing benefits which is generally what I use an eye cream for. That being said if you simply what a rich yet light eye cream this is the one to go for from the bunch.
Overall score - 7/10

So no, budget really doesn't matter.
It is a case of being able to shop with an open mind which is easier said than done.
You can find discount codes for some of the products mentioned above here - link.

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  1. I'll have to pick up that Boots one when my It's Potent sample runs out :)
    Megan x

  2. I've been looking for an eye cream for a while so will be giving this a try.

  3. Nice review! x

  4. I have the boots eye cream and I love how it has SPF and it has a slight colour/tint so it slightly brightens and covers up darkness under your eyes!

  5. I really love the Simple eye cream / gel. It's cheap and gets the job done!
    Philippa // Time For Teal

  6. Really glad I just read this! I've been looking to buy an eye cream having never really bothered with them before and was almost going to buy an expensive one thinking it would work better! I'll be popping out to buy the Boots one now I think!
    Thank you for your reviews!

    Steph xx

  7. I love the boots vitamin eye cream! It's very moisturising and affordable
    Sarah x

  8. Great post - definitely think I am going to pick up the Boots eye cream as I'm a first timer with eye creams x

  9. I use the Simple Kind To Eyes Soothing Eye Balm and I love it, it really moisturises my under eyes and stops them from puffing out and going red every morning - which is a massive plus for me! Just shows you that sometimes going for the more expensive product doesn't mean it will be the best xxx

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  10. I have been searching for a good eye cream for a while now but i have very sensitive eyes so im always wary about putting products near my eyes.
    And with the highest rating at the cheapest price it shows price isn't always important.
    Great post.

    Aimee xo

  11. I was just looking for a new eye cream and I now know that I am getting that Boots one. Thanks xx


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