Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review | Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Gel

I've been using Dragon's Blood Eye Gel from Rodial for six months now and I can sense the end of the pot is nigh. I think six months is long enough to determine if it's any good, so read on for my honest review!

The eye gel retails for £45 for 15ml of product. I didn't pay this much - I've been known to overspend but I've not quite reached that level of stupid just yet. I think I got it on offer for about £25 which is still quite a hefty price. It comes in a round pot with an innovative method of delivery in the form of a push down pump that dispenses a small amount on to the top so that you aren't dipping your grubby fingers into the pot twice a day.

"What's with the name?!" I hear you cry. Well, the 'Dragon's Blood' is the sap of the Croton Lechleri tree which "forms a 'second skin-like' protective film on the skin", apparently. I have mental images of a sword-wielding knight fighting a tree to extract it... perhaps that explains the price tag!


Rodial describe the eye gel as a "sub-zero de-puffing and plumping eye gel" which "instantly cools and refreshes tired eyes with soothing rose water and hydrating hyaluronic acid." My main problem with this description is the use of the word "sub-zero" - what the hell does this mean in this context?! Absolutely nothing, that's what.

Now, I'm going to admit that I bought this to help with the dark circles under my eyes. Rodial don't claim anywhere on the packaging that this helps dark circles which shows that dark circles aren't the only problem with my eyes! I've checked the Rodial website however, and the write up does state "target fine lines and dark circles in one with our instantly cooling dragon's blood eye gel containing Rose Water, Arnica and Dragon's Blood." I'm confused - why say it targets dark circles on the site but not on the pot? (I'm also confused as to why brands feel the need to capitalise words like rose water and arnica!)

Moving on to the gel itself. It's easy to press the pump too hard and dispense too much which is a bit wasteful. There's no smell and the texture isn't greasy in any way. It's quickly absorbed but often, when I'm using it at night, it stings when I apply it. I don't know if this is because I've recently removed eye makeup but whatever the cause it's not a nice feeling.

Now for the million dollar question... does it work? Well, on me, no it hasn't worked at all. I don't have puffy eyes or wrinkles, I have dark circles, and six months after I've started using it they're still there in all their glory. My dark circles aren't as a result of environmental factors because I get more than enough sleep (how many people can say that these days?!) but are genetic in nature (thanks Mum!) Sadly, six months of using this eye gel has resulted in no improvement whatsoever in the state of my under eye area. Sorry Rodial, but I won't be repurchasing. I hope anyone else who has tried this eye gel has had better results (reviews on the Rodial and Space NK sites suggest older ladies love it!)

Have you tried this gel? More importantly, can you recommend something to get rid of these dark circles other than an industrial strength concealer?!

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  1. I've never used it before or tried anything for dark circles. I'm sorry I can't help! x

  2. I would totally get this just for the name - sad it's a dud though. Strivectin has a dark circle cream I believe so does clinique. I know alot of people use IT cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer for dark spots. Good luck!

  3. I could be wrong but I'm not sure anything can rid dark circles. Aren't they just due to the fact the skin around the eyes is so thin and delicate hence it looks darker? I guess an improvement in skin texture could make them appear less but not drastically so... I dunno. It looks an interesting product still. And SubZero? Rodial and Nip + Fab can be a bit out there with their descriptions, lol!

  4. Thats such a shame it didn't work after such a long time of use! I've used an eye cream from Transformulas that worked quite well, maybe give that a go!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

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