If you are an old follower of my blog then you might be aware of my struggle with dark circles and fine lines and my hunt for the perfect eye cream. As I am slowly but steadily approaching 30, the fine lines around my eyes have become more prominent, and my search for an affordable but effective eye cream has reached new heights. One day I noticed that the St. Botanica Under Eye Gel has some rave reviews on Nykaa, so I decided to give it a shot because it was affordable compared to some of the most raved about eye creams. I usually don’t review an eye cream until I have used it for approximately 2 months, but in this case, I am making an exception because the reviews on the internet claimed that this eye cream makes a difference within a week or two. I have been using this eye gel two times a day for three weeks now and here are my honest thoughts on the product.
The St. Botanica Under Eye Gel contains Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Argan Oil and Vitamin B3 as its star ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid attracts and seals a lot of moisture on the skin, which is why I expected that this product will plump out the fine lines and make them gradually disappear. The other ingredients sounded promising to provide a cooling effect to tired eyes and to hydrate the skin while lightening dark circles. After using the gel for three weeks, both day and night as recommended by the brand, I can definitely confirm that this gel has a lovely cooling effect that instantly provides relief to my tired under eye area. It is hydrating too, but not as hydrating as I had hoped for, and sometimes gives a stretchy feeling to my skin. I sometimes mix the gel with my Mama Earth Eye Cream to reduce the stretchy feeling and the combination works quite well.
Coming to the miraculous effect of this eye gel as claimed by the reviews, I do see a positive difference in my under eye skin, but nothing as drastic as the reviews suggested. My fine lines have reduced slightly and the under eye skin feels more supple, but the dark circles are still there and have not lightened to a noticeable extent. I am sure, that the benefits of this eye gel will become more evident after another month of use, but what I want to emphasize is the fact that despite what the internet might say, hardly any product, especially an eye cream, provides overnight results, so you have to be patient and regular in using the product to actually reap any of its benefits.
Overall, I feel that the St. Botanica Eye Gel is a good buy at INR 699 for a 30ml travel-friendly bottle that comes with a pump. I love the fact that this gel does not sting the eyes and is, therefore, suitable for those with sensitive eyes. I also enjoy the light hydration and cooling it provides to the under eye area. If you buy this product with the right expectations, i.e. mild hydration and cooling and slight reduction in fine lines then I am sure you will like this eye gel. Just remember to take what you read on the internet with a grain of salt 🙂