Our under-eye area is by far the most delicate and prone to irritation and wrinkles part of our face. In this hectic lifestyle, with sleep deprivation and just generalised fatigue, many of use have made war against dark circles a number one beauty concern. I am in my late twenties, so I started to notice some nasty wrinkles nested under my eyes on top of my pronounced dark circles, so I decided to enter the fight fully equipped. I use a lot of different Korean face sheet masks, but although many of them work well on the under eye area some can cause irritation or just don’t target satisfactory the specific needs of this sensitive area. That’s when I started buying hydrogel eye patches. At the beginning, I went for those fancy looking patches, packed in sets of two, with ridiculously expensive price tags before someone on Instagram brought my attention to the more economical patches sold in packages of 60 patches (or 30 applications). Their accessible price (when divided by the actual applications number) allow even a daily application, if you want to embark in a more intensive treatment, and as they are securely packed in a plastic container they don’t get dry and can last a long time (Berrisom package has even an extra layer of protection to keep them moist). For those concerned by the so called ‘smile lines’ (nasolabial fold) these patches also fit and work well. Both eye patches come with a little spatula to help you with the application. Trying them was a revelation. These hydrogel patches are just so practical and easy that it’s a pleasure to use them. They are slightly gely-sticky so they stick a bit on your face, which allows you to go ahead with your daily tasks with the patch staying in the right place (more or less). Which is great, because we rarely have 20 minutes to just lay flat on our back and do nothing, right?
So here comes a review of the two Kbeauty Hydrogel eye patches that I am currently using: the Berrisom Placenta Firming Hydro Gel Eye patches (60 ea) and the PetiteFee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye patches (60 ea).
- Berrisom Placenta Firming Hydro Gel Eye patches (60 ea)
As the name of these Hydrogel eye patches suggest prepare for some unconventional and innovative ingredients. Ok ready? These eye patches contain Placenta, that is extracted from pregnant mammals (again, as with snails and all that Kbeauty Jazz better not give this too much thought). Placenta has a high concentration of proteins and amino acids that enhance skin cells repair and renewal. It also contains peptides, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and hyaluronic acids – all these star ingredients I probably don’t need to introduce to you. These patches also contain collagen, known for its firming properties and arbutin that helps in brightening the under eye area.
As advertised, these patches are really easy to use and mess free. They are sufficiently large to cover the whole under eye area, and are nicely moist for an extra cooling effect. For an even better cooling effect, you can store these patches in your fridge (which I don’t do because I tend to forget cosmetics I keep in my fridge – far from the eyes far from the heart). What I really like about these patches is that they are thin and feel weightless on your skin, and also that they are very gentle. I often get some minor irritations under my eyes, from cleansers or creams, but these patches are gentle enough for my skin. These Berrisom eye patches also have a nice discreet smell, that is not overwhelming but just makes you feel like a VIP (kind of nice Spa smell). Just after the application, my under-eye area always looks a bit brighter and moisturised. I haven’t sticked so far to an every day regular routine, so can’t really speak for the long term results, but I like using them for ex. before a party or a special occasion. Thanks to these patches, even after a full work day (loaded with stress, computer screens and long meetings) if I apply these patches before going out, people finally stop telling me I look exhausted! It’s a win!
- Ingredients: IngredientsWater, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Placental Protein, Camellia Japonica Flower Water, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Arbutin, Adenosine, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Allantoin, Calcium Chloride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide
- PetiteFee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye patches
I feel the PetiteFee eye patches are somehow more famous than the Berrisom ones, but maybe I just see them more in Beauty online stores. As compared to the Berrisom patches, these are not as discreet at all. On the contrary, they have a dark colour with little gold sparkles in it – kind of festive! And these eye patches indeed contain Gold and Pearl extract (well, a small concentration, but that’s still pretty cool). These PetiteFee eye patches also contain a blend of green tea, mugwort and tangerine extracts for extra moisturising and anti-wrinkle effects. And here comes a little warning. These patches give a slight tingling effect, and the first time I applied them I kind of freaked out. But in the name of science, I persevered my whole 20+ minutes, and to my surprise my eyes were not irritated at all. Maybe it is psychological, but the tingling effect was less pronounced the more I used them. But of course avoid using (or at least patch test) if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or have super sensitive eyes. Also, at the beginning the first patches were super moist, to the point a bit of essence was dripping on my cheeks. Now, maybe because the packaging doesn’t have an extra layer of protection like the Berrisom patches, they are a bit drier. The smell is also very pleasant, a bit strong at the beginning but fine afterwards.
Similarly to the Berrisom eye patches, the immediate effects are quite bluffing. My under-eye area looks rejuvenated and less stressed. I can really tell these patches have a plumping effect. I also find they work well for a decent price (their more expensive ‘cousin’, the Shangpree Gold Black Pearl costs twice the same!). These eye patches also claim to have a lasting anti-oxidizing and anti-aging effect, in which I choose to believe!
- Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Calcium chloride, Butylene Glycol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Mineral Oil, Alcohol, Synthetic fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Peat Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Gold 0.0001%, Pearl Extract 0.01%, Betaine, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance.
Judgement time! As you probably understood, I am a believer in hydrogel eye patches and I was very satisfied with these two! I would say, that I maybe preferred that the Berrisom ones are so gentle and yet effective, but the PetiteFee ones have all these fancy and tempting ingredients (versus the placenta is kind of freaky). I will give both Kbeauty products 4 out of 5 KinBeauty points but they may deserve more!
Do you also like hydrogel eye patches? Which ones are your favourites?