Cooling Eye Treatments

Here are my three favourite cooling products for the eye area. Boy have I needed these recently! I’ve spent so long at the computer that I’ve trapped a nerve in my shoulder, lost most of the feeling in my left hand and made myself virtually blind. Hot, tired eyes are just one of my more minor complaints but it has been nice to be able to remedy the situation instantly – God only knows how many hours I’ve spent in total, rolling metal implements about on my face!

Do you really need a cooling eye product? No. Is it nice to have one? Yes. If you like to faff at your desk, as I do (it breaks up the day) then you’ll love owning an eye rolly-thing. I tested over ten altogether and these are my faves. The Lavera one would have been in here but it had gone off – it was nearly two years old and probably lacked any preservatives. It’s a nice one though, if you want to go down the natural route!

In 3rd place: the one out of focus in the picture, Ole Henriksen’s Ultimate Eye Lift Gel. Soothing, calming, cooling. Yes please. I took this on hols with me at the end of July and the ball applicator stayed nice and cool despite the ridiculous temperatures. This is £26 with free delivery at

2nd place: Clinique’s Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector – I think this is a magnificent little product. I seriously doubt that it can actually lighten dark circles in any kind of long-term way, but it’s a lovely formula with added light-reflecting, circle-reducing concealer. Not a proper concealer, but a nice touch all the same.  It all helps, doesn’t it? And the applicator is cooling, too.. £28 from

1st place!  Lancome’s Genefique Eye-Light Pearl is my favourite. It WOULD be, wouldn’t it, as it’s the most bloody expensive!

[Goes off to check price and have a cry.]

ARGH! I’ve just done some sums! Clinique is £28 for 10ml and Lancome is £44 for 20ml. Lancome is cheaper! Buy it! Woohoo! This has the most brilliant applicator, it has a swivelly steel tear-drop thing on the end that rolls around like a drunk man’s head. Because it rolls and swivels, it doesn’t drag the delicate skin around the eye. The steel also stays cooler for much longer than any of the other metal ball eye-things that I tested. Don’t know why – perhaps it’s magic. God, I am so pleased that this works out to be not insanely expensive. What a treat! £44 with free delivery from

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  1. Jennifer
    September 14, 2012 / 3:46 pm

    Sadly, the fifth ingredient in Lancome’s Genifique Eye-Light Pearl is denatured alcohol, which is not only drying but also, over time, aging to the skin (due to its inherently dry/evaporative nature). Otherwise it basically sounds like a dream product for the under-eye area!

  2. Sera
    September 14, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    Sorry Ruth i forgot the name of a primer you suggested for us by estee lauder? One of your readers said it was a god send and i forgot where the post is for that and what you had recommended! All the best and cheers!

    • Ruth
      September 14, 2012 / 4:51 pm

      It’s the matt primer – type that into the search box and the review should appear! x

      • Sera
        September 14, 2012 / 8:17 pm

        Thank you so much! Keep up the amazing work – you are a joy to watch/read and you are an excellent reviewer! All the best!

  3. Rita the parachutist
    September 14, 2012 / 4:56 pm

    It’s definitely very nice to have a light and cooling eye product. It can give you great pleasures ;-)
    Nice recommendations, thanks!
    Have you ever tried any skincare products by Babor Ruth?
    They are quite luxurious but oh-so-amazing and I don’t find them ridiculously expensive for their value!
    I’m currently using the Purifying Anti-Aging Lotion (great for combination/oily skin!) and the Cooling Eye Gel (it also has 3 little metal.. rolling.. things to apply… you know what I mean)
    Not that you need any more skincare recommendations, but still ;-)

    • Ruth
      September 15, 2012 / 7:33 pm

      No!! I shall look them up right this minute! xx

  4. Phil
    September 15, 2012 / 5:13 am

    hey,, check out the armani regenessence eye serum,, its cooling effect is spectacular! esp put in the fridge!
    btw the ysl top secrets eye roll-on is fabulous too! just it’s too expensive for a 2.5ml product!

  5. ei
    September 15, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    I agree with the above reviewer Phil that the YSL top secrets rollerball is fantastic. Am on my 2nd one already. It’s strange because I have never really seen it reviewed/recommended much. It is very expensive though for the tiny amount

    • Ruth
      September 16, 2012 / 7:08 pm

      I have it!!!! It is great! I totally forgot about that one. Booo. I shall have to dig it out! I only just realised that I had it. Somewhere. In the pit of hell that is my office. x

  6. September 26, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    off to find your summertime gel moisturizers post.. dooo dooo doooo…

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