Long time no speak, my dear readers. After a mix of technical issues and poor weather in the UK for taking decent photos, I finally have an opportunity to write a review. Today, I want to talk about a little something that’s been sat in my desk for the past few months. This is The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cube, and I want to talk about my experiences with it.
So what is this little thing? It’s a roll-on eye product, which for me, seems kind of unusual. I’ve tried roll-on metal ball eye products before, and found them to be not worthwhile – they tend to tug the skin randomly if the eye cream isn’t on the ball, which not only hurts, but causes unnecessary tugging on the delicate skin around the eyes. However, this is a little bit different, as although it’s a roll-on, it’s more of a ‘smooth across the skin’ as there isn’t a metal ball, just the stick of product. It’s unusual for me to see an eye-product like this, so curiosity got the better of me a couple of years back when I bought it. Yes, I stockpile things for a lot longer than I expect to, haha.
As I’ve already mentioned, I keep this little guy in the drawer of my desk, and pull this out whenever my eye area feels tired of strained – which as of the past couple of months has been very often. A lot of stress is happening for me at the moment, as well as the hours of gaming in my downtime causes strain on my delicate eyes. The product is simple and easy to use – it twists up to reveal the product, and you simple smooth the product over the eye area. It doesn’t tug the skin too much, but I do encourage careful motions whenever you use any product near the eye area just as a good habit to keep.
On the side of the box for the product, it claims to “revive[s] appearance of tired eyes. Dry lines, eye bags and dark circles appear reduced.” One of the first things I noticed is that it is quite cooling when smoothed gently over the skin, which is really nice, particularly when I have headaches or just been sat playing games for a while and I can feel tension building around my eyes. I may be remembering this incorrectly, but I think I recall back when they were marketing this product a while ago that they encouraged putting this product in your fridge to cool it down and enhance the cooling effect. I haven’t tried this – my office is all the way on the opposite side of my apartment, so it would only cause me to forget it was in the fridge instead of going to get it. I keep it in my desk for accessibility.
As for reducing the appearance of dark circles, eye bags, etc, I definitely find this to be the case, to a limited degree, but I can fairly confidently say this is because there are sparkly pigments in the product itself. So, the product is a mix of an eye product and a highlighter, as the shimmers are what reduces the appearance of dark circles, and not the skincare effects themselves. This is purely personal preference, but I wish the product didn’t have shimmers in it. I find myself feeling self conscious about needing to be especially effective with cleansing them off at night, and they’re quite stubborn to remove. The product isn’t sticky in texture, but adheres to the skin well enough that the shimmers are a bit of a nuisance to cleanse. However, if that isn’t a factor that will bother you, then this isn’t really a negative.
As for the packaging itself, this really impressed me. In hindsight, I didn’t position this photo very well, but what the roll-on is sat on (to avoid contact with my carpet) is a second lid. So you have the lid on the left, which you pull off, then a second lid which clips and seals shut. I really can’t express how happy this little design factor makes me. I really appreciate the foresight for keeping products safe and hygienic. I wouldn’t be surprised if losing lids for products like this one is a common occurrence, as the lid is proportionally small and would fall under furniture very easily or just get lost, so the second lid is a really great feature. It clips shut with that satisfying pop of the air sealing, which makes me happy every time I close up the product. Whoever in The Body Shop’s design team thought of this, kudos to you.
Is this a product I’d replace as part of my day or night time routines? No, it isn’t really that powerful of an eye product that it’s a standalone type of product. Or at least, not for my needs. But it is a lovely supplementary piece that I happily keep in my desk for whenever I need it. I find myself grabbing this nearly half a dozen times during a gaming session with friends, yet I’ve only made the smallest dent to it. So I can see this lasting a long time, so I can’t even predict when this will feature in an empties post.
Overall, this is a nice product, but isn’t part of the foundations of my skincare routine. But I can see this being a great product to keep in your bag, or your desk, as it works for in-the-moment needs, where other products you may have in your main routine are too much for touch-ups. I can see this being useful for most people, although it isn’t ideal for applying over makeup, but as someone who works from home and doesn’t wear makeup every day – this fits my lifestyle very well.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, now my PC is up and running again, I plan to kick my butt into gear. However, as a fair warning, the next few months are going to be hectic so I may see some disruptions again although I’m going to try and be as organised as I can to avoid this affecting you. In the meantime, I hope you are happy and healthy.