Happy Friday, today we’re going to round up the work week with a first impression of a product that’s been sat in my night time routine lately. This is the Lanoliné Ultra Firming Eye Créme, which I picked from TK Maxx for £6.99. This is fairly affordable compared to a lot of eye creams I’ve seen on the market, and is also allegedly a cruelty-free brand.
I’m not extremely familiar with the brand, but I was curious to try out this eye cream when I had a gap in my stash. Like with most eye creams my major concern was how thick and heavy the formula would be which is one of those factors that I’m going to talk about a bit later.
I want to address the claims first and get those out of the way, and I’m going to start with the front of the box. The two key terms I want to look at first are along the bottom which say “soothes” and “relaxes”. These are fairly vacuous on their own, but my interpretation of these two words together is that it’s going to be good as a night time eye cream. In my mind, it creates images of massaging the cream into my eye area as a mini pampering session.
The second set of claims are on another side of the box which are as follows:
“Lanoliné Vitamin C Ultra Firming Eye Créme is an advanced eye moisturising créme infused with Vitamin C and Collagen, helping to moisturise delicate skin around the eye, while helping to refresh and sooth[e].
Directions: Gently apply around the contours of the eyes, using the finger tips in an upward outward motion. Use morning and evening.”
I’m not sure what they consider to be “advanced” about this product, or if it’s all for marketing, but the parts that appealed to me are about refreshing and soothing the skin. My eye area is an especially finicky area of my face, as it’s oily on my lids, while also being extremely sensitive. My under-eyes are also prone to clogged pores, and while I’m only in my mid-20s right now, I am being conscientious to look after my eyes and prevent wrinkles from developing prematurely outside any natural lines that form from the movement of the muscles of my face. Another one of the issues I find with my eyes is the skin directly under my eyes – so where you’d apply eyeshadow or liner along the lash line – are especially prone to dryness and irritation, and are prone to redness and irritation. I’m not sure what causes this, but it’s another factor I need to consider where using any form of product on my skin. So the claim to be “soothing” really stands out to me as my eye area is temperamental in the ways I just described.
The packaging itself is fairly simple: An orange tub with a silver twist cap. When twisted fully shut, the cap has a nice resistance to it before it then gives way to opening it. That’s really reassuring for me as although I wouldn’t necessarily travel with this specific eye cream, if I were to travel with it, I can feel confident that it wouldn’t open and create a mess everywhere.
The reason I wouldn’t really travel with it is because while this tub is quite petite and travel-sized, it has a decent amount of weight to it. This is absolutely fine for me to sit on my vanity, but for travel, I want to minimise the weight of my suitcase as much as possible. However I’m not completely opposed to it to travelling with it either.
When you open the lid up, one of the things that pleasantly surprised me was the divider that separates the cream inside from the lid itself. It fits comfortably inside the lid, and although the divider was initially coated in the cream (probably from the tub being upside down and shaken about during travel), now that I’ve used the product on it and kept my tub upright, it’s almost entirely clean.
I really like this design touch although I think one thing I would change is find a way to make it so you have to manually remove that divider by having it attach around the side of the tub or something similar in effect. That would give me more peace of mind during travel, and the extra step isn’t something that would put me off.
Inside the tub itself, the tub is filled almost to the brim with product, although as you can probably tell, I’ve started working a dent into the middle of the packaging. I’m the kind of person who, once I’ve started a dent, I work down and then out from there once I hit pan/the bottom of the packaging. This is just what satisfies me most, so I can understand if that’s a bit strange to you.
The cream itself I initially tried as a day time eye cream, and found that it has a slightly too slick texture for my tastes. For day time, I want something lightweight and absorbs easily, so the texture just wasn’t quite right for my needs. So I quickly moved this to the night time routine, and it fits my needs much better there. The slick texture itself isn’t a bad thing in itself, but it was just about finding the right time for it. I currently have two eye creams on the go for night time, and this is the second one. I will review the other one in the near future, so keep an eye out for that!
I think it’s the slickness that makes this cream have a ‘thick’ quality to it, but when tapped in small amounts around my eye area, it’s actually quite lightweight. It’s the slickness requiring time to absorb into the skin that makes it not so great for day time for me, but great for night time. The slickness also makes it great for gentle eye massages, and I enjoy taking a couple of minutes every night to just sit down and tap this cream into my skin until it absorbs and dedicate those couple of minutes as some ‘me’ time.
I could use this eye cream on its own as my only night time eye cream if I wanted to, but honestly I’m enjoying having two creams on the go right now. I definitely won’t use this up before the other one, but for now this extra pampering is really enjoyable. I wake up with really soft and smooth under-eyes, and so far they’re not feeling clogged or over-moisturised either.
Ultimately, I think this is a nice eye cream if you can get your hands on it. I think this would work best for day time if you have dry or normal skin, or you prefer a slightly thicker cream for your day time routine. If like me you prefer something really lightweight instead, I’d consider this instead for night time if you’re in the market for one.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me to receive your support. This week has been a busy week of blog posts, which has been really fun. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.