The new eye cream by The Body Shop claims to brighten and target signs of fatigue around the eye area. Does it work? Read this review to find out.
Over spring cleaning before Chinese New Year, I dug out some not-so-old photos of myself. There was something about them that made me gasp in abject horror. No, it wasn’t my hideous fashion sense or painfully pathetic attempt at looking sexy – rather, it was how youthful I looked just five years ago. The most visible difference is in the area around my eyes. Where it was bright and line-free in those photos, it now appears dull and coloured with dark circles.
I probably shouldn’t be so shocked. After all, the area around the eyes is the first to bear the brunt of ageing. Age isn’t the only cause of under-eye circles, though. There are many other factors – stress, sun damage, lack of sleep and, of course, smoking – that contribute to the pronounced appearance of those darned dark rings. According to a 2011 survey in Nutraceutical World, dark circles are the main concern for Asian women, with seven in 10 claiming to have them.
While the fastest solution is to apply concealer to cover up the dark circles, what we are all looking for is a treatment that not only brightens but also delays further signs of ageing around the eyes – which is exactly what The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso 2 in 1 Brightening Eye Cream claims to do. Besides the exclusive Shiso complex, an antibacterial herb said to tackle pigmentation and treat acne, the eye cream also contains vitamin C, liquorice, as well as Community Fair Trade ingredient organic aloe vera. Another highlight of the Moisture White Shiso 2 in 1 Brightening Eye Cream is its metal micro-circulating massager, which was designed to boost blood and lymphatic circulations.
Now, the all-important question: Does the eye cream work? If you’re after an immediate brightening effect, then yes, it is one of the better brightening eye creams out there. The cooling sensation of the metal applicator, coupled with the massage, helps perk up tired eyes. But if you’re pressed for time, you can also apply the eye cream with your fingertips – this also saves you the hassle of wiping the applicator with a sheet of tissue paper before and after using it. The texture of the cream is great; unlike most rich eye creams, this feels nourishing yet it’s quickly absorbed by the skin.
The instant brightening effect lies in the slight shimmer it leaves behind upon application. As you can see from the before-and-after picture, the shimmer is very subtle, but it works well to brighten up the under-eye area. After I top it off with a thin layer of concealer, I’d look instantly fresher and perkier – still not quite the Lili five years ago but, hey, I’ll take it.
The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso 2 in 1 Brightening Eye Cream, $44.90, is now available at all The Body Shop stores islandwide. The eye cream was given to Material World for review purposes. The review was neither paid for nor advised by The Body Shop. All opinions are the author’s own. You may read our advertising policy here.
About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.
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