Ren Active 7 Eye Gel - review


I wouldn't normally write a full review of a small sample like this, but 3ml is a reasonable amount for an eye product and the tube should last me a few weeks - plus I only needed two days' use of this product to know that it wasn't for me.

Prior to this gel, I was using an eye gel from Alpha-H, and I couldn't work out what the Alpha-H product was doing so I decided to try this one for a while and then go back to the other product.

My eye area looked worse within 24 hours of changing products, so at least I can say that the Alpha-H product works much better for me than this one does, and I now have a good idea of what I do and don't like about each product because I've been able to compare them.

Anyhoo. More on all that below.

Ren claims/product details:
  • A light and cooling gel to treat, revive and brighten the delicate eye area
  • Can be applied under or over makeup
  • Reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles
  • Helps the eye area to look smoother and firmer
  • RRP $39 AUD for 15ml


This is quite a thick gel so it's easy to apply too much of it - for me at least - but if you do that it won't absorb and you'll be left with excess product.

If you use the right amount (about a grain of rice per eye), it absorbs quickly and well and my eye area drinks it up. It wants to keep drinking, however, because this product isn't hydrating enough for me and it needs something with more punch. I felt the same about the Alpha-H product mentioned above, but that one is definitely better than this product, so at least I now know that it's doing more than I first thought.

You may have heard me mention before that I have a big wrinkle that appears over my right eye if the eye cream I'm using isn't good enough. After I switched from using the Alpha-H product to using this one, that wrinkle showed up after 24 hours - so I know this isn't doing much in terms of hydration or plumping out fine lines.

Indeed, I can see just from applying it that this gel has little effect on fine lines and I think it's probably better-suited to skin that's younger and less dry than mine. I think if you're in your 20s and don't need a heavy eye cream, you might really like this product because it does feel nice to use - it's soothing and the texture and feel are beautiful - it just doesn't do enough for me.

I haven't noticed any effect on dark circles or puffiness, but then again, I rarely do so that could just be an issue with my eye area because I've seen others say that this product does help with puffiness in particular.

All in all, this product is nice - and it's not super expensive, which is a huge plus because eye creams can cost the earth - but it's just not for me.

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