Clarisonic • Opal • Misc Beauty Tools
|Would buy this product again.||76%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I was introduced to this product at the Canyon Ranch spa In Las Vegas at the Pallazo resort and casino. I absolutely loved the result. I flew home and was lucky enough to find a barely used one on Ebay. This machine is absolutely WORTH it. It will change your life. It reduces puffiness, it makes your fine lines disappear. I use the Clarisonic facial brush, and the Sonicare. Both of those products were great life changers for me, so I trusted that this would work too. I use the sea serum which is quite sticky but it does the job, but I think I will try using my La Mer with it and compare the results. Buy this and you can thank me later.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I love this for my puffy allergy eyes. Not only does it feel great, but it really depuffs both my upper and lower lids. In the evening I use it with Dr. Dennis Gross Retinol and Ferulic eye serum (and finish with a moisturizing eye cream by Bobbi Brown on top). In the morning I use it with Caudalie Lip and Eye Serum (and finish with an SPF eye cream by DDF on top). My biggest problem is I want to keep using it and using it - sometimes I will do a whole 2 minutes per eye! I find that I use a lot less of my (pricey) serums with this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Medium Eyes: Blue
So... I had a points to use in Shoppers, so was walking around the store. This thing cought my eyes. As I have Clarisonic MIA, so bought the Opal, because I just wanted to spend my points on my coupon. OMG!!! I did not expect that this thing is that good. I did not have really any problems with wrinkles or so, but what a difference. Just LOVE this thing. If I knew that would be so great I would buy it erlier. FANTASTIC!!!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
We are moving into our new house, so I am swamped with boxes and of course, I will sit down and write a review. because it soothes me.... So our loan closed and one day until we get the keys, so I walk into Nordstrom and it is the first day in two months that I can buy something that is not from Home Depot. (I was afraid they would keep checking my bank account, but they don't... lol) So I walked smack dab into the middle of the eye care spider web and she sat me down and tried the OPAL on me. I swear one of my eye wrinkles disappeared. I bought it. I like it now that you can use any serum, as opposed to when it first came out. It is cheaper at Nordstrom's than Sephora by $10. I am loving it and I like the spot wrinkle remover for lips, etc.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I love love love this. I put my cream on my eye, then use this to massage it in. The first time I used it, woo it felt weird. But I learned to allow the thing to do the job, not with me pressing it in. I just lightly massage it with it vibrating. My son said, and this is after using it twice, that my lines/crows feet are disappearing and I noticed the bags are getting deflated a bit. The blue seems to be getting lighter as well. I am using my own cream, Dior, not the one that comes with the unit. So nothing would be due to the cream. I am loving this thing, almost more than the clarisonic brush!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I like the Opal but I'm still on the fence if I really need this product. I have bad dark circles (part heredity, part year round allergies), and anything that comes onto the market that claims to diminish puffiness/dark circles I usually try it. When I bought my MIA I saw this and was curious, but for the price I wasn't going to just jump. I did some research and bit. So many people claimed what a big difference it made. So then I decided I had to have it. It does feel good (which is probably my favorite part). Overtime some of the darkness and puffiness have diminished and yes , the fine lines around my eyes do seem to be less noticable. But overall its not a huge dramatic effect like I look so much more refreshed thing, this is why I am on the fence. While I like it and think it has helped a little I'm not sure if I would repurchase. In fact my first one stopped working for no reason at all so I had to take it back to Sephora for an exchange. That makes me wonder how reliable this product will be after the warranty wears off. So over all I think I would repurchase but not 100% sure.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Ok, so I know this is VERY soon, too soon to be reviewing, BUT I've had such dramatic effects after only two uses, that I had to write in. I have become obsessed with the Opal while I was trying to decide whether to purchase it or not, and am so glad that I finally just went for it!
Background-I take very care of my skin, I religiously put serums and creams under my eyes (and all over my face) every morning and night.
The Opal appears to be massaging away my dark circles. They are not gone, by any means, but there is a major difference. I hope that continued use will make a big impact.
I will update in the near future, but I just had to excitedly report in. If you're on the fence, go for it!
Also, I suggest you buy it at Sephora. My sister's Clarisonic stopped working so she brought it in 3 days before her 1year warranty was up, and she upgraded to the Mia2 for free- no questions asked (well, since she paid $150 for the Mia at the time, there was no price difference).
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I bought this having read many reviews. I couldn't bring myself to spend that much money on something that seemed so gimmicky. However, I broke down, after a friend of mine swore that the reason she looked so rested was due to the Opal. I have used it twice daily for three weeks. The area under my eyes is smoother, more toned and less puffy. A small reduction in dark circles is evident, too. Most improved is the lip area..the fine lines look more hydrated and less pronounced. I would say if you can swing the price, it's a good investment.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I purchased this after my fantastic experience with the Mia and have been using it morning and night for over three weeks. From other reviews I've read, people who have results seem to notice them anywhere from first use to 60 days after starting the system. So far, I've not seen any results or changes at all, including changes to my under eye circles (which aren't too severe, thankfully) or my twinkle wrinkles, both of which this product promised to reduce. However, it has become a very enjoyable part of my morning and evening ritual. The silicone tip and is comfortable and the treatment feels lovely around my eyes and upper lip. However, as delightful as it is to use, I think it's way overpriced, particularly as the promised results have not been forthcoming. In the end, I'm going to return this one. Although it is pleasant, I have reasonable expectations of getting more from a product at this price point and just don't think it's worth the dosh. I'd probably keep it if was priced around $85 and may buy it again if I find it somewhere (i.e. Ebay) for that price, hence my answering a very qualified "yes" to the question about whether or not I would buy this product again. I just don't have the inclination to throw away money on something that feels "nice" but does't deliver overall. Also, I hated the serum that came with it (it's purported to be the only one acceptable for use with this machine). It left my skin feeling tacky and not particularly soft and was all together, well, yuck. I ditched it in about two days and started using Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum I got as a sample elsewhere. Lovely stuff, that, but that's another review. I would have given this a score 2.5 if I'd had the option, but I had to choose between 2 and 3 and was feeling generous tonight.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I was very excited to try this as I suffer from medium bags, dark purple circles, and thin undereye skin. I use all sorts of treatments on my face and around my eyes, including full strength retinol@ .01 and a high frequency machine, so I thought nothing of trying this system. I was shocked that while my left eye looked noticeably tighter, my right eye looked puffy and the undereye was blue and bulging! Obviously the sonic waves had damaged some blood vessels, and it appeared as a varicose vein under my right eye....the SA, who was quite knowlegeable and the store manager, had no explantion for me but acknowledged my condition, which was met with a look of repulsion by my daughter. I imagine this machine might work well for people with thicker skin around the eyes, but it caused too much damage for me to even try it again.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This product didn't do anything for me that a good eye cream doesn't do. I dont think it's worth the (considerable) price.
I don't have undereye puffiness or crow's feet to begin with but I do have a few, fine laugh lines only on one side of my face. I also, on that same side, have a little crepiness, if that is a word, under the brow. the Opal didn't do a thing for either issue.
I sent the product back for full refund and would advise anyone asking me to not waste their money.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought my Opal in February. I have used it faithfully twice a day since then. My primary reason for buying it was under eye puffiness. It's something I've struggled with for years, and admittedly, watching my sodium intake and drinking lots of water did help a lot, but it didn't completely remedy the problem. I was beginning to get very frustrated when I was still waking up every day with bags under my eyes, and that finally pushed me over the edge to plop down $250 for this thing. Honestly, I like it. I won't say that it gets rid of 100% of the puffiness 100% of the time, but it makes a very noticeable difference, at least for me. My best friend commented the last time I saw her that my dark circles look great also. I hadn't noticed, but hey, I'll take it. My results were enough to push her to buy one. I have also used it with Kinerase C8 Peptide eye instead of the sea serum, and that worked just fine also. I will likely use up the sea serum that came with my initial purchase but I'm not convinced that product is superior. Perhaps I should do an experiment and compare sea serum on one eye something else on the other.
As for wrinkles, eh, I can't really say. I will say my under eye area is overall improved from using the Opal.
Also, based on the review below, from individual who recommended using the sonic care toothbrush. I thought this was an interesting concept. I emailed Clarisonic and asked if their devices vibrated on the same frequency, and they called me. They wanted to know why I asked that question. Of course, they sold the toothbrush line to Phillips so they couldn't really answer about the frequency of the toothbrush any more. Either way, I did what the reviewer suggested, and pulled all the bristles out of one of my extra brush heads and used it to massage my face. It felt really good. I used it to massage my non-foaming cleanser all over my face before I rinsed it off. If you intend to try this, definitely put some type of covering over the brush head before you use it on the delicate eye area. The vibrations are a bit much for that sensitive skin, in my opinion, without some sort of cushiony or rubberized surface between.
I hope that's useful to someone in making their decision whether or not to spend the $.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I have been using this product religiously for about 4 weeks now and glory be it is finally starting to work. I have not seen the instanaeous results that others have; but I have terrific puffy under eye circles. They're horrendous. Otherwise, I never would have dropped the money on this product that I did, it's very expensive. In the past week though, the worst swelling under my right eye - (the kind of out pouching that sent me over the edge enough to buy this tool) is finally starting to recede. Hallelujah. I am considering using another eye gel when the one that came with this runs out. I think I know of a better one for the puffiness. But it's pretty spendy too, so I'm going to use all this sea serum up first,
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
i've had excellent results from this product...i've been using it about six weeks now, most of those days in the morning and at night. i'm still on the first dispensing cap...not sure exactly how much is left (which is slightly annoying) however it feels like i may be getting towards the end. i think clarisonic says a cap should last about a month. at any rate, i've not only used their sea serum, i've also used philosophy's miracle worker serum and when hope is not enough serum along with perricone's deep wrinkle serum...all three work perfectly with the opal though i'm not sure if they are able to penetrate deep into the skin like dr. robb says the sea serum does. anywhoooooo, i babble and digress a bit. this little thing has done wonders for my undereye area...hardly any puffiness now...fine lines lessening by the week as well. i don't have deep crows feet so i can't comment there. my undereye area is brighter though i still have dark circles (and always will). i have noticed how much smoother my undereye concealers apply and i've also noticed how i have next-to-no creasing in that area anymore. now i've tried me a concealer or hundred and though some are better than others re the creasing, i almost always end up with at least a little (creasing) at some point during the day. since using the opal on a regular basis, i hardly crease at all...and i've experimented with several different concealers, same results. that in itself makes the opal worth every penny to me. i've also been using it on my laugh lines...well i think "folds" better describes the horrid things...on the folds with the perricone deep wrinkle serum...it's helping, i swear. i had a co-worker (who i don't see often, maybe once every week or two) stop me the other day and say "you look good" and then she gave me another long look and said "what've you been doing? you look good!" LOL maybe i look less tired, maybe my latest concealer is covering the circles better, maybe my 12-products-in-the-morning and 6-products-in-the-evening routines are helping, maybe all that extra water i'm drinking is plumping and hydrating...i really don't know. something is working though and at this point, don't think i'll be straying from my current routine...well, not too much anyways. i bought this on the Q on four easy payments...they had a good deal, extra dispensing caps and a lower price point when i purchased...made it less painful. but still, i would pay full price with no extra caps as i firmly believe it's making a difference. oh also it is soothing.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I will be 50 this month and always used the high end skin care products including eye serums and creams. Nevertheless my major problem, puffiness with just a few wrinkles, remains and I have never found a perfect solution for those. I never smoked, do not drink at all, stay away from the sun, get enough of sleep, etc. I was using Opal for 5 weeks 2x a day and saw absolutely no results. In fact sometimes I see my bags are heavier, which I don't blame on the product but it certainly indicates that it is not working for me so far. I will be able to use it for another 8 week before returning so I will give it a try and will post an update. I already felt like sending it back several times but I never give up, so now I am practically forcing myself using it without any pleasure (amazing given a price tag) for the sake of this experiment which will continue for now :-)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I personally love the opal, I believe it is such a convenient way to package an eye cream for someone who is very low maintenance. It cost me around $300 from sephora and I do believe its worth every penny. The vibrations from the opal really stimulate the under eye area and help with darkness which is my main concern. As I am still in my youthful years I find that this is also a great way to prevent under eye aging. Also the sea serum does not clog pores which is surprising for my skin. It leaves my under eyes hydrated especially from a long night of studying. I strongly recommend the opal for someone who does not get a sufficient amount of sleep and wants that under eye glow after a good nights rest
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Edit 1/17/12: I upped the rating from two to three lippies as I do notice that my corrector & concealer don't crease as often since using the Opal on a regular basis. It still don't help with my circles. I still use it with La Prairie's eye caviar complex.
Like one of the first reviewers, I am very disappointed with the Opal. I love my Clarisonic Pro Skincare brush and thought the Opal would change how I view skin care.
I'm in my mid-30's with mild crinkles/crow's feet around my eyes, moderate dark circles, and mild to moderate puffy bags under the eyes. I've used multiple high end eye creams (La Mer, La Prairie, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, Chanel) but none of them seem to help with the circles. Some do better with hydration (which helps the the crinkles) and puffiness, but overall, I'm still on the hunt for my HG eye cream.
Thus, I must apply a corrector and a concealer for my dark circles. Even with both, I still feel that I have minor visible puffiness and circles under my eyes.
I get enough sleep at night (helps with circles) and have a raised pillow to help with puffiness.
So I was excited to learn about the Opal.
I have used it twice a day for 2 months with only minor changes. I don't see a change with my crows feet/crinkles. There is no change with my dark circles. It has helped the most with my puffiness but it is not completely erased. I still need to use both corrector and concealer.
I first used La Prairie's Essence of Caviar eye complex with the Opal machine for 1 month, then the accompanying sea serum for 1 month. The Caviar eye complex seemed to make my whole eye area brighter. During the second month with the Clarisonic serum, my eyes reverted back to being slightly less bright and awake looking.
The massage mechanism does feel nice but I'm not impressed with the sea serum.
Even though most of the previous reviewers have had astounding results with this, I guess I'm one of the outliers. So please buy this from a reputable seller with a good return policy just in case you have less than thrilling results, like me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
My dermatologist suggested I buy this and I balked BIG TIME. Couldn't believe the price. Never even used Clarisonic before. After thinking about it and reading lots of reviews, I ordered it from Nordstrom and WOW. It truly does work for me. I've been using it twice a day since mid-October and I'm still using the first serum cap. It took me a few days to figure out how much of the serum I needed to put in the applicator tip so that it would run smoothly over my skin. It really only requires a small amount.
I'm not going to go over each and every point because the other ladies who have reviewed have done an excellent job of it. Just wanted to say that I love the Opal, despite its hefty price tag. I haven't had to use under eye concealer in over a month and the area is definitely brighter. I still use an eye balm. I dab it on after the serum is absorbed. Honestly, it wouldn't bother me if the dimethicone is simply filling up the wrinkles. As long as I don't see 'em (and I don't), I don't care!
One more thing: Someone suggested using a sonic toothbrush. I just wanted to point out that she clearly said it was the sonic vibrations that were so useful and those could be duplicated by using the OPPOSITE side of a Sonicare toothbrush, covered with latex. She never suggested anyone scrub under their eyes with a toothbrush. People jumped all over her without reading all of what she'd said and I thought she came up with a great alternative for people who couldn't splurge on something so expensive.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I pulled the trigger & bought the Opal with some misgivings, based on the mixed reviews here. I'm 52, with pretty good skin, average crows-feet and the usual under-eye bags (exacerbated by seasonal allergies). I've used the Opal for 14 days now (2 x daily) and am pleased to give it a solid B+. However, I would caution others that it is not a miracle worker; your crows-feet will still be there (but your puffy bags will not, and neither will most of your dark purple shadows). Basically, the Opal pretty much erased all my under-eye puffiness, leaving me looking much more rested and dare I say it, a few years younger. Family members did notice a positive change, as have I. I still use concealer (not much at all), but almost as an enhancement, rather than a spackle repair job. I did the whole Botox thing for years, but after 50, you can't have a shiny, tight forehead while the rest of your face softens up. In light of that, I'll take advantage of all the non-surgical boosts I can get. Opal was a good investment and I'm quite pleased with the results.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
Update: After using the opal for two months I started noticing that my undereye was looking stressed, veins became more prominant and I had to discontinue use. I will try it again soon but use it less frequently because my skin is too sensitive and I will make sure not to go above the orbital bone by accident. Original review: I think there's a lot of hate for this product because of the exorbitant price tag. I'm 31 and I have very dry, sensitive skin and some crow's feet forming. I didn't want to get another expensive treatment at the dermatologist so I figured I'd try this and return it if it didn't work. It is expensive so I had to be pretty sure. My results - definitely noticeable but not drastic. It plumps the lines and smooths the skin. I have not had these results after using a silicone primer under my eyes (not supposed to do that, I know) so I can't imagine it's just the silicone. I'm not sure if this has long-term benefits but I am quite happy with it and actually look forward to using it every day and seeing the smoothing effect occur - especially when I've had zero sleep. I have recommended this to people as an effective tool but don't expect miracles (for that, you'll have to spend a lot more at the derm).
The machine is cosmetically elegant, easy to use, and I've found it's more effective for me to smudge the drop of eye serum around the applicator rather than applying a full drop. This keeps the applicator from catching on my skin and I use less. I hope this helps someone else!