REVIEW: Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment

Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment
I can clearly see why the big social media ‘influencers’ are treated like queens, although I think some brands go too far over the top sucking up to them. In fact, it actually puts me off buying their products.

However, I do take note when beauty journalist Nadine Baggott recommends a product. Her channel on You Tube is The Beauty Know It All; her videos are chatty and informative, you feel confident she knows what she’s talking about.

I’m definitely in the market for a new eye cream, I’ve been loving Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream, but I got a bit of a fright a couple of weeks ago when we had that heavy snow. I do my make up in front of a huge bathroom window, the snow in the garden seemed to bounce a lot of light into the bathroom (my excuse anyway, it’s either that or I’ve aged horribly overnight), because my eyes suddenly looked VERY wrinkled and creased.

I’ve also not used my anti-ageing gadgets for a while so that may have added to the crepiness. Frankly, I was looking for a miracle.

That miracle is retinol, a form a Vitamin A, a proven anti-ager. It helps to speed up skin renewal, reduce the appearance of fine lines and even out skin tone. But, it’s potent and can irritate normal, never mind super sensitive, skin, and possibly make it redden, peel or thin – there’s always a price to pay!

So, when I saw Nadine recommend an eye cream containing retinol AND is safe enough to apply under the lower eyelid, I ran out like a lemming (or should that be lemon?) and bought 3 tubes on sale at Boots, usually £29.99, but now with £10.00 off.


These are the claims:
  • It smooths the look of even deep wrinkles in 4 weeks
  • Helps increase surface cell turnover, combating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Intensely hydrates to allow the natural production of collagen
  • Plumps up the skin with moisture to visibly smooth the eye area
  • Formulated with powerful anti-ageing ingredients, such as Pro-Retinol and Pentapeptides

I’m still unclear if ‘Pro-Retinol’ is actually retinol, or another name for a retinoid – which is a weaker, over the counter retinol based formula.


  1. I didn’t notice the word #AD on the video; I’m not saying it would’ve changed my mind, but maybe I wouldn’t have been so hasty.
  2. I watched the video again and looked at the comments, I saw one by someone I know, Mandy from Mirifique Beauty, probably wouldn’t have bought it after reading this:

How effective can something this gentle be around the eye? I have tried hundreds of eye creams over the years and none do anything very different to any other, other than getting rid of dryness.

Sadly, none get rid of crepiness or tighten up effectively for a 50 + eye. I have tried out the Vichy Retinol cream for around the eye without any irritation.

Good points Mandy!

Anyway, I’m on week two. The cream is a serum/cream hybrid, it applies smoothly and takes a few minutes to dry. I haven’t experienced redness or irritation, although a couple of reviewers on the Boots site certainly have.

I also haven’t noticed any improvement, but it is only week two. I bought three tubes to specifically trial it for at least 3 months, so we’ll see.

23rd March 2018

Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment 15ml £29.99 Boots 

UPDATE 23rd July 2018

So, the three month trial is over. I cut the tubes down to get every little bit of product out, so no one can say I didn’t give it my best shot.

There was no redness or irritation at all on my sensitive skin throughout the trial. I was looking out for redness and flakiness in particular, but thankfully, it didn’t happen.

The verdict? Well, it only slightly softened the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes.

But what it did do though, was plump up the skin around my eyes. I could still see those fine lines, but I noticed that the skin was much softer. There was a tangible difference.

Is this difference enough to make me buy it again? Yes and no. Yes, if Boots put it back on offer for £19.99, but otherwise, no, I’ll stick with Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, review here


  1. March 12, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog- and followed you because your first paragraph summed up what I’ve been saying for a while now about the top influencers being sucked up to! lol Love it! I feel the same way! <3 Great review!

    • March 12, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Tell me about it! I’ve seen and heard about some ridiculous freebies. The funniest was a trip to Gleneagles, the vloggers (who all looked identical), were gifted the same Barbour hats and scarves. When they vlogged, you could see at least one other person dressed exactly the same, in the shot. I don’t blame the vloggers, they (mostly) work hard for the money. Imagine having to hold a camera in front of you to ‘record’ the moment instead of enjoying it. Brands are at fault, it turns me right off them.

  2. April 1, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Hi Ann-Marie,

    I would seriously love to hear your results on this. I know Olay have given this a big push with the paid bloggers/Youtubers out there and thats why i’m a touch skeptical.
    I am currently using the La Roche Posay Redermic R for the eye area. It doesn’t irritate but i find that i have to use another cream after it because it is quite drying.
    I also noticed that Nadine didn’t answer my question but another reader did. She said i would need to get prescription strength to see any real results. Its almost a shame we cannot get it off our NHS doctors.
    I notice the really expensive eye creams e.g Chanel Sublimage Le Yeux does take the crepiness away from my eye because it is super moisturizing but it costs a fortune.
    None have ever diminished any real lines around my eyes, sadly.

  3. unfadedbeauty
    July 21, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Hey Mandy,

    Well the trial is over and the verdict is up!
    I’m sticking with Shiseido Eye Contour Cream, it’s expensive, but I found it’s better at softening of the lines than the Olay one.

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