Dark circles and puffiness under my eyes is something I've tackled since a young age. The years of having trouble sleeping, especially if it has been a tough week always show up on my face. As having sinus problems, allergies, thyroid or kidney problems bags may be more pronounced, I started to accept that I would never win the battle against my bags. When I saw that the GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment targeted all under eye problems (dark circles, puffiness, brightening, tired eyes, hydrating, plumping...need I go on?) my first thought was, is this the superhero product I've been waiting for? Will I finally get rid of the slugs under my eyes? And for £39.99 on Feel Unique I thought it must be the one...
The product is a quick 3 minute treatment, which makes it easy to incorporate into any routine and its as simple as dabbing it on under your eyes and wiping it off when the time is up. So, it really is a great on-the-go product which makes sense considering its intended use is for Hollywood stars to use on set.
I could not possibly review this product without talking about the packaging. The silver box completely reflects the personality of the brand and the concept of 'glam'. When you first open the box it says 'hello sexy' which personally I think this is a genius packaging idea.
The first thing I noticed as soon as I received the package was just the vast amount of different natural high bioactivity, bentonits and mineral ingredients in the product and that it doesn't include parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
14% Nitroffeine™ - a caffeine formula which stimulates the lymphatic system to awaken the eyes with a tingling sensation.
5% Juvelane™ - has the same effects of retinol to revive the eye area.
TEAOXI™ - uses a combination peppermint, fatty acids, vitamins A and C to de-puff and brighten the eyes.
The pack features 12 chromes (pictured above) and within that two dimples that hold the same amount of product. The intention behind this is that one dimple is for each eye but on application it seems like a lot to put on. So I have occasionally only used one dimple for both eyes (especially as its not something I can easily repurchase given the price point), although I'm not sure whether this has affected the results.
I apply the treatment with my fingers under the eye area and leave it on for the recommended 3 minutes (it's not recommended to leave it for longer). When I apply the treatment there is a cooling, tingling sensation which if applied close to the eye can almost feel like a bit of a burn but at least you know the product is working. After the 3 minutes I simply wipe it off with a tissue or cotton pad. It's also advised not to use water to remove the product as it may mean that the ingredients will not continue to work.
To be honest I am still unsure about the results. I can't deny that I haven't noticed somewhat of a difference after application. The under eye area is smoother and fine lines look like they have been reduced, however, I noticed little contrast in the appearance of my dark circles. As I only use this product occasionally maybe with more frequent use I would see a bigger difference. Despite this I have heard people who have amazing results from this product.
I do believe that the £39.99 price is on the expensive side but when you work out the cost per chrome each chrome costs £3.34. If you use one dimple then it is £1.70 per use (a total of 24) and when you put it in that perspective the price isn't as scary as it is originally perceived to be. This is a product I will probably keep using but only in my pre-night out routine. Targeting dark circles is difficult and few products truly achieve this, and as I do have a predisposition to dark circles, as far as this product is concerned it does target eye problems to its full ability.