Anyone remember the Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder that I was raving about in this post? Well ever since then I’d been dying to try more from Image Skincare and I finally got the opportunity to do so a few weeks ago.
We all know that my dark circles are the bane of my life and while I’ve pretty much mastered the technique of concealing them with makeup, I’d love to just wave a magic wand and have them vanish forever.. Ya know what I mean?
I get that will never happen, but a girl can only hope and so I love putting new eye cream to the test! I’m yet to find one that does everything it claims to do, but I’ve been trialling two popular offerings from Image for the past few weeks..
VITAL C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel | £49.00
As the name describes, this is a gel formula that is extremely soothing, cooling and gentle on the eye area – particularly if you keep it refrigerated. I love the packaging of this; it’s sleek and lightweight, but most importantly, has a handy pump making it very hygienic – My only concern would be that there’s no way of locking the pump, so I’d be worried about something weighing down on it in my makeup bag, causing the product to leak when travelling.
The formula is a super-hydrating, anti-ageing eye gel with a blend of antioxidants and peptides that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and perks up tired eyes.
Vitamin C has many benefits for the skin; it protects against pollution, evens out skin tone, brightens skin and banishes any sign of dullness – all of which sound ideal for my dry under eye area.
The gel has a light, sweet scent that’s barely detectable and inoffensive, it feels very soothing and hydrating on application and slightly plumps up the skin which is great! It sits well under makeup and doesn’t disrupt any concealer applied over the top, however, as with most gels, it does feel a bit tacky at first. It absorbs quickly and that sticky feeling diminishes almost immediately though.
As with every other eye cream I’ve tried, I haven’t noticed a difference in my fine lines, puffiness or dark circles, but I think that’s often down to not using it for long enough. I reckon it’d take a good few months of regular use before I start to see any noticeable changes.
Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Creme | £68.00
I must say I prefer the formula of this eye cream over the Vital C gel purely because it has a creamier consistency and feels slightly more hydrating. It claims to combat visible signs of ageing and reduce the look of dark under eye circles, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity, however again, it’s just too early for me to say whether it does all of these things.
The formula absorbs really easily into the skin and provides a great base for concealer application, but the best part is that on those no-makeup days, this cream really brightens and hydrates the whole area. It may not eradicate my dark circles – I don’t think there’s anything out there that will do that tbh, but it certainly makes them look lighter which is all I can really ask for!
I have the same issue with the packaging as with the gel above, but I can’t complain too much as there’s nothing I hate more than sticking my fingers into pots to apply skincare. Ugh!
The pump releases just the right amount of product, and while £52.50 is eye wateringly (pun intended) steep, if it does help with my fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and loss of elasticity, then I think it’s a small price to pay.
Iluma Intense Brightening Creme | £110.00
I adore the packaging of this moisturiser; not only is it sleek, lightweight and pretty, the pump squeezes out the perfect amount of product and is obviously hygienic, which I love! It’s just a little bit chunky to travel with which is a shame.
The moisturiser claims to fade age spots and hyperpigmentation and contains an exclusive lightening complex to even out discolouration and brighten skin for a healthy, youthful and radiant complexion.
Having used this for a few weeks now, I can instantly see that my skin appears brighter and more radiant. I have a few sun spots and blemishes from a bad reaction I had to an SPF I was trialling a couple of months ago, and I’ve noticed that these have started to lighten since I switched to this moisturiser, which is amazing!
My skin feels hydrated, soft and supple and in case you can’t already tell, the Iluma range is fast becoming my favourite! I’m sure with regular use over a longer period of time, it’ll continue to do wonders for my skin by lightening all my pigmentation.
The only thing I’m not keen on is the scent. I can’t describe what it smells like, and though it isn’t overpowering, it’s definitely noticeable and not very pleasant. Thankfully it doesn’t linger and tends to disappear by the time the moisturiser has absorbed into the skin, but for £110, I’d want something that smells a bit nicer!
I know most of us think we only need SPF when they sun is out and I’m sure we’ve heard it all before; ‘rain or shine, SPF is so important, blah blah blah’ but it really is.
Our skin has to compete with both UVA and UVB rays on a daily basis and a good SPF gives us the protection we need to prevent this damaging our skin. UVA rays are the ones that actually penetrate the skin causing ageing and wrinkles, but we’re not only exposed to them in the summer – they come from our computer screens, lights and even through the window when it’s raining.
UVB rays are what can burn the surface of the skin and can lead to skin cancer. One of the differences between the two is that we are not aware of UVA damaging our skin while we can actually feel and see UVB rays, so I always look for SPF (and sunglasses) that protect against both.
This SPF does just that and if you have oily skin, you will love this! It has a really subtle, citrus scent to it that’s really fresh and doubles up as a primer, which is brilliant. I apply this after my eye cream and hyaluronic acid and wait a minute or so for it to sink in before applying any make up. My skin type is generally normal (with an occasional oily t-zone or dryness) so I don’t particularly love that it has a matte finish.
The formula is thicker than your average moisturiser and can leave a white caste unless it’s massaged in extremely well. I must admit I’m not a fan of the packaging as it has a tendency to release too much product, and when I put too much on, it just sits on my skin and feels quite heavy.
This is one I’d use up, but probably not repurchase.
Have you tried anything from Image skincare? What are your top picks?