Pros: Decent improvement in undereye area, SPF6, absorbs well
Cons: the Price relative to how well it worked for me
Baggy, tired eyes and dark circles are a result of multiple factors. Sodium/caffeine intake play a role as well as the way you sleep, too. Sleeping without your head properly evevated on the pillow can allow fluid build up, thus giving you unsightly bags. It is also a hereditary trait that many can inherit. Of coarse lack of sleep is a big reason, too.
After being already impressed with the Nivea for Men line I picked up a bottle right away when I first saw it. They haven't let me down before and I figured I could benefit quite a bit from it. I suffer from a bit of puffiness and dark circles under my eyes, so of coarse I was curious to see the outcome of using the product.
Its retail is similar to the Q10 Lotion, so expect to pay between $6-$9 for the bottle. Its packaging is much like the other Nivea for Men products, just on a smaller scale, being that this is a mere half ounce product.
Once opened, the bottle is about the size of a Bic lighter, but a bit taller. When you remove the cap you notice its tiny dispenser, which is good because a small amount of the product is all you really need. My only real gripe with this product and many of the other Nivea ones, is that it isn't a transparent bottle, so it leaves you guessing as to how much is really left inside.
The directions say its best to use the product on a clean face, right after a wash. I definately agree. Your face is much more 'absorbant' afterwards and it allows it to work better. Though I did use it occasionally on my face, unwashed, the best results were achieved after a shower.
The best way I found to apply it is put a little lotion on your ring or pinky finger and gently massage in, working in a circular motion back and forth. The dispenser works well, but you have to be carefully not to pump too much since even a small amount is too much, since you are only applying it on a small area of skin.
The final result after about a month or two of regular use, and almost the entire bottle gone, is decent. It looks as if it works better eliminating puffiness than darkness. I did notice a slight positive improvement in 'bagginess'. However, the improvement with dark circles was marginal.
It also helped a bit with the lines on the outside sides of my eyes. The minor crows feet and puffiness were almost totally erased.
So while the product did help a bit in making my eyes look less tired, some darkness and puffiness on the inside corners of my eyes remained, only slightly improved. I must admit I did like what it did, but overall it wasn't as dramatic as what I might have hoped for. For half an ounce the product is pricey and its up in the air if I might buy it again.
However, if I do use it again I will try to incorporate it into using frozen spoons or other methods to help. I would say the product is best for those with only slight cases of darkness or bags.
For tired eyes, fragrance free
New Eye Care with Coenzyme Q10 & SPF 6
Reduces Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines
Advanced Eye Care
Life's active pace takes its toll on your eyes. Dark circles, puffiness and fine lines begin to appear. Nivea? For Men Revitalizing Eye Creme Q10 provides the skin around the eyes with relief from the signs of tiredness. The superior caring treatment is instantly absorbed and leaves the skin around your eyes feeling smooth and revitalized.
The Power of Coenzyme A10 and SPF Care
Containing Coenzyme Q10, a natural component of the skin, the Revitalizing Eye Creme Q10 formula revitalizes tired eyes. It reduces signs of tiredness ~ dark circles, under-eye puffiness and fine lines. The combination of an effective moisturizing system and SPF6 protects the skin against environmental aggressors and light induced skin aging.
Non-greasy, easily absorbed
Suitable for contact lens wearers
Nivea? For Men: advanced men's face care ~ improves the condition of your skin.
Questions? Toll Free 1-800-227-4703 or visit nivea.com.
Made in Germany
Use morning and evening after cleansing face with Nivea? For Men's Face Wash. apply from the dispenser directly onto finger and spread gently over the area under your eyes.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone, Ensulizole
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Biosaccharide Gum 1, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Carbomer, EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin
Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep out of eyes. Stop use and consult a doctor if irritation develops.