K-Beauty LANEIGE

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Eye Sleeping Mask

To be honest, I never really paid much attention to skincare for my eyes. I knew they looked terrible thanks to my not-so-stellar sleeping and dieting habits (which I find it hard to get around to fixing), and I could cover my eyebags with concealer, so I just didn’t give it much thought.

However, I started noticing that my eyes would sometimes get very puffy at one moment, and extremely dull & dry the next. I also got comments telling me that I looked dead tired when I didn’t put concealer, so I decided that it was high time I found a cure for it.


Product description

The eye sleeping mask moisturizes, revitalizes, and brightens skin around the eyes by taking care of puffy eyes with the ceramic ball massage

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 46


Ingredient list

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HESPERIDIN, CAFFEINE, BETA-GLUCAN, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, MANGANESE SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, ADENOSINE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKY LACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/BEHENETH-25 MET HACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, PROPANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, PEG-14M,DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE

This looks like a mouthful of incomprehensible terms on first sight, but you can infer bits and parts of it. For example, water is its top (or rather, most common) ingredient, and fragrance is added in the smallest percentage, which is a great thing.

Upon further research (thanks to websites like The Derm Review), the next common ingredient, butylene glycol, is actually a controversial chemical that’s derived from petroleum. It’s added to increase penetration by other ingredients in the formulation, as well as to give products a thinner consistency. It makes sense to use thin, easily-absorbed products on the area around your eyes.

However!! This product also raises alarm bells. As I quote from TDR:

“Although butylene glycol has many benefits for the skin, one of the likeliest side effects from this chemical is the potential for skin irritation. Several studies suggest that this ingredient can cause a rash around the eyes and other forms of irritation in individuals with sensitive skin. Further, it may even cause irritation of the respiratory passages if it is accidentally inhaled from products like hair spray or skin mist sprayers.”

If you have sensitive skin, do take special note of this!


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Packaging: I love LANEIGE products’ packaging. They always look and feel so luxurious despite being AMOREPACFIC’s mid-tier-price-brand. The frosted/ombre effects on the packaging, coupled with LANEIGE’s signature blue (to symbolize hydration, which the brand is famous for), give the impression of a clinical skincare product.

The one thing I didn’t like about this particular product, however, is the fact that the roller is separate from the actual bottle, which is capped with a normal cap. It’s not the easiest (or most hygienic) to keep and store, so whenever I use this, I always wonder why couldn’t LANEIGE just combine both.

Texture: It has a very thin consistency which allows for fast absorption by the skin. It reminded me of their most-famous Water Sleeping Mask, just less viscous and more watery. I really like this thin texture, because products that are too heavy usually end up clogging my skin instead.

Effectiveness: While I’ve not noticed any spectacular or mindblowing results yet, I have to say that this product has indeed been effective at moisturizing and depuffing my terrible eyebags. They don’t look as bad ever since I started using this sleeping mask, and I find myself not needing to apply concealer under my eyes all the time.

It is also extremely relaxing to massage this product into the area around your eyes. It feels naturally cool without me having to put it in the fridge.


Final Verdict

If you’re looking for an eye product to enhance your under-eye area, this is definitely the product you need.

Despite the presence of ingredients that can possibly cause allergies and discomfort, I’ve been fortunate enough not to report any of these reactions… yet. So don’t fret too much about having harmful ingredients in the product.

At SGD46, it’s definitely pricier than what we might normally want to spend on skincare, so this may be another deterrent for you.

I’ve seen travel sizes for this eye sleeping mask online, and I’m hoping to get these in the future when I do travel. Having to bring such a huge bottle around (together with that cap) is not ideal, and small rollers sound much more practical. If you’re worried about having to commit immediately to a full bottle of product, do consider getting the travel sizes as well!


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

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One comment

  1. I’ve been looking for something to cure my dry undereye area and circles…I really appreciate your focus on ingredients and providing the full ingredient list. That’s my #1 frustration with brands – when they don’t provide their ingredient lists on their websites!

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