Review: Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

By Voxy  

garnier rollerball

Voxy : rollerballs ::

A. fish : bicycle

B. Paris Hilton : endowed professorship

C. Charlie Brown : football

That would be C … always getting my hopes up, only to have them yanked away at the last minute. I suppose that in this situation, that makes Garnier Lucy. (Admit it, you were hoping it was going to work out to be B somehow.)

This is an intriguing little product. The point behind the rollerball as a de-puffing agent is this: most undereye puffiness is just simple edema — the accumulation of fluids in the eye area, usually during sleep, when you are (presumably) horizontal and gravity isn’t helping your circulatory system keep those fluids moving. Gentle massage of the area on rising can help start moving those fluids along. The rollerball is a cunning little mechanism to make that massage easier. Applying cool things to the area (the stereotypical cucumber slices, or a washcloth soaked in cool water) will also help reduce swelling and puffiness. And it’s a funny thing — that rollerball does always feel unusually cold. I’m sure there is some science that explains that. The metal of the rollerball always seems much colder on my skin than, say, a spoon, or a spatula, or a can of hairspray. Not that I go around rubbing spatulas on my face as a general rule — only for the purposes of Scientific Experiment, of course.

So that’s the hoopla with the rollerball. Of course, there’s also some product inside that nifty packaging, and it’s a thin, light lotion (thick ones won’t work with a rollerball delivery system) containing, among other things, caffeine, a much-lauded de-puffing ingredient.

My take on this is that the rollerball is very cool (both figuratively and literally), but the product itself is not much to write home about. I prefer a more emollient cream, and in the few weeks I used this I didn’t notice any difference in either overall hydration or dark circles, both of which the product claims to improve. The directions also say to only roll the ball over your skin “one to two times,” but if I’m waking up with clamshells for eyelids after a salty Chinese food late-night binge, I want a bit more massage than that.

So in the end, I’m not sold on the product inside the package. However, I do really like the idea of a cool, soothing rollerball massage. I have some empty rollerball vials that were meant to hold perfume oils, and I think I’m going to fill one with toner, maybe add a bit of glycerin, chuck it in the fridge, and give it a go.


Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller: about $13

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (drugstore: poor/fair/good/excellent): fair

Purchase again? No

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know in the comments!)

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