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Day 34: Origins GinZing Eye Care
First of all, I have to write a few words to explain this review. I wasn't going to review this product, and I did not want to review any other Lauder company products either. I'm mad at Lauder right now. The company has chosen to discontinue my beloved Prescriptives line. I want to boycott them and not use any more Lauder products. My favorite eye care product has been Prescriptives Vibrant C For Eyes for many years. I have a few backups, but once it's gone, I will have to look elsewhere and I know there won't be anything comparable to the Vibrant C. It has just the right moisturizing effect, and that little bit of glow really brightens my eye area. It was perfect for my eye-area skincare needs.
But my curiosity got the best of me. I can't remember how I heard about Origins GinZing For Eyes, maybe in a magazine ad or an editorial layout on new skincare, or maybe on MakeUpAlley, but the promise of de-puffing and brightening the under-eye area had me wondering if this new eye product would be a good substitute for the PX. After all, it is a Lauder brand. Maybe, just maybe, there could be similarities in the formulas. And so I purchased it.
My eye-care needs are not extreme. I don't have wrinkles (well, maybe some fine lines, but nothing too severe or noticeable) and other than the dry skin issues of a post-menopausal woman living in Northeast Ohio (and surviving one of the worst cold snowy Winters on record) I don't need anything super-heavy or thick. Just a little moisture. I do admit to being intrigued over any products that promise a brightening effect. The words "brightening" or "luminizing" always have me wanting to try.
GinZing is a lovely, lightweight gel-cream product that promises de-puffing and brightening. I was wondering if the product would be similar to the old No Puffery, an Origins product that I used to use when I did have puffy eyes. I took No Puffery to a women's retreat weekend at my parish, and all the weepy women borrowed it from me and declared it to be a miracle! I think the formula changed soon after that, because my next No Puffery purchase just did not seem to be the same to me. I'm sure that's happened to many readers here, all of a sudden that perfect product just didn't seem to work as well as it used to.
I love the texture of GinZing. It is light and airy, almost liquidy, absorbs instantly, and has a soft and unoffensive fresh-fruity scent. I don't mind scented products for the most part, and the scent is gone in a few seconds after applying. The product dries quickly on the skin and leaves a subtle dewy appearance. It's not sticky at all, and I was able to apply my undereye concealer within less than a minute. I noticed the de-puffing effect soon afterwards. It wasn't drastic or life-changing, but the area under my eyes appeared smoother and more firm, and the little crinkly lines did look diminished, although not totally erased. That doesn't bother me. I have to say that the GinZing did help the concealer to stay on all day and not crease.
The second time I tried the GinZing, I used it all over the eye area and not just on the under-eye area. It felt cool, refreshing, and clean. My eye area looked like I'd had a good night's sleep! I can't say it changed the effect of my eye shadow that I applied over top of the GinZing, but it did seem to help keep my shadow in place longer. It almost worked like an eye primer. My eyes looked bright and alert, even though I felt neither of those things that particular morning!
So there, I have done it. I have recommended to you a Lauder brand product. If you have minimal eye-area issues, no severe wrinkling or lines, and no terrible dryness around the eye area, this product would be something to try. I wouldn't say it has any big moisturizing effect, but it does everything that it is supposed to do. It's not a substitute for my Prescriptives, but it's close. I'm glad I tried it. The cute little jar is a half-ounce and retails for just under $30.
Back to the boycott.
Disclosure: This product was purchased by the reviewer
Credit: Cavewoman for Blogdorf Goodman
Melanie Parker for I Married A Witch