First things first: Clarins Eye Contour Balm is not what I consider to be a balm. When I think balm, I think salve or (in icky terms) ointment. Thankfully, this is a balm in name only, and wears like a traditional eye cream and has the consistency of a lotion.
I’ve been using this twice a day for about a month and a half now, and I have some thoughts:
Formula: According to the box:
“Chicory extract revitalizes and hydrates the eye contour to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
“Shea butter nourishes and soothes to restore skin suppleness and softness.”
Packaging: Loving that it’s in a tube and not in a jar. Creams in jars get germ-y quickly, and I always end up scooping out too much product at once.
Results: Unfortunately, I haven’t noticed the softening of fine lines that the box promises. Prior to picking up this eye cream, I was using Avène’s Ysthéal + Eye Contour Cream Gel, which contained Retinaldehyde, a minimally irritating form of vitamin A. That cream absolutely smoothed the fine lines around my eyes, but was a bit much to wear day and night. I feel like Clarins Eye Contour Balm would make a great day eye cream paired with a more intense treatment cream at night. It’s super hydrating and serves as a great base for my eye primer/makeup, but not super effective (thus far) as my fine line treatment.
Bonus: Smells LOVELY. Clean with hints of floral notes. Definitely makes it feel very luxe.
Cost: $35 (I purchased my tube from Sephora)
Overall: I am a HUGE fan of Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream, and the Courtin-Clarins cousins in general. I mean, their SKIN is FLAWLESS. BUT chicory < retinol. Great for hydration, not enough for me as a treatment.