[REVIEW] TONYMOLY Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick

This came free in the Samyang x Tony Moly collection gift set, so I thought it would be great to try this out. I’ve heard about it before, partly for the cute packaging, and partly because it is said to be a good & affordable product.


Product description

This Tony Moly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick is a portable eye serum in a stick that moisturizes and cools the delicate skin around the eyes as it smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Instantly cool and de-puff tired eyes while minimizing the appearance of fine lines with this multitasking eye stick.

Infused with nourishing and hydrating bamboo extracts, this serum cools and soothes skin around the delicate eye area while it hydrates.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90


Ingredient list

Water, Butylene Glycol , Sodium Stearate , Alcohol , Xylitol , PEG-12 Dimethicone ,Glycerin, PEG-8, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Niacinamide, Sodium Citrate , Dimethicone, Potassium Alginate ,Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum , Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Actinidia Arguta Fruit Extract , Sea Water , Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot Extract , Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract , Glacier Water,Fragrance, Adenosine, Steareth-20 , Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 42090, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chlorhexidine Digluconate , Potassium Sorbate , Chrysin,Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tropolone

At first glance, a few ingredients are already ringing alarm bells: butylene glycol and alcohol. These 2 are infamous potential irritants that I talk extensively about in other product reviews, and I really try as much as I can to avoid using products containing these. However, it also appears that other ingredients may pose other forms of health risks: Chlorhexidine Digluconate, for example, is a potentially harmful disinfectant – now what’s it doing in an EYE stick??


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Packaging: I recently developed this love for pandas, and so I obviously find this packaging super cute! It’s quite small – easy to carry around for sure, but another potential concern is that it will run out pretty fast if, say, you use this everyday.

Texture: This strongly reminded me of RiRe’s All Kill Blackhead Remover Stick because of the gluestick-like texture. Both of them even smell similar (like glue!), and yet they don’t serve the same skincare purposes 😂 Thankfully, the texture is not very thick, so it gets absorbed by the thin skin around your eyes quickly.

Effectiveness: To be frank, I can’t really tell if this is doing its job. In fact, I think it’s probably not working as it should.

While the eye stick does give a slightly cooling feeling upon application, it doesn’t really feel all that hydrating. I don’t have much fine lines to begin with, and my eyes just look the same as before. Eye bags are definitely not reduced, dark eye circles still as bad as ever, and my eyes still look puffy sometimes.


Final Verdict

You know those products that look super cute but serve no other purpose than looking cute? Yeah, this would probably fall under that category.

I’m quite disappointed because I’ve read about how this product contains ingredients such as glacier water, bamboo extract etc. and hence an affordable way to take care of the delicate skin around your eyes. However, this product has really not done much for me.

Perhaps it is because I can’t test for its effectiveness on aspects such as wrinkles and fine lines. Or perhaps it just doesn’t work.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

Primer for the face, and now finally primer for the eye. I’ve definitely come a long way since my lazy days of applying nothing other than BB cream on my face.

I’ve actually always wanted to try eye primer because I love playing with eyeshadows, and I can’t do without eyeliner. My eyelids are always oily, so it really messes with my eye makeup as the day goes by. The UD one is waaaaay out of my budget, so I decided to try something more wallet-friendly from Etude House.


Product Description

Proof 10 Eye Primer supplies coverage to eyelids and around the eyes to enhance eye shadow color and integrity for a longer lasting, Perfect 10 look.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.90 


Ingredient List

TALC, ISODODECANE, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, MICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, PEG-40 STEARATE, BEESWAX, PROPYLENE CARBONATE

I’m not very surprised that talc is included in this product because it is fantastic for keeping your makeup in place. A lot of setting powders would definitely have talc. If you look at UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, you’ll find talc in it too, except not in such large proportions.


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Packaging: I’m not exactly sure what this is supposed to resemble. A mermaid? A woman wearing a dress? LOL. But I do appreciate that it’s compact enough for me to pack into my makeup pouch, definitely handy when travelling.

Texture: It looks like BB cream/concealer in the product shots, but actually applies almost like sheer, nude glue. It really does look like glue, although thankfully it doesn’t smell like glue. I’ve found it a bit difficult to apply evenly on my eyelids – sometimes I get too much product on and it doesn’t dry fast, and sometimes I don’t get quite enough. It’s a tad frustrating, but nothing too hampering.

Effectiveness: I’ve often talked about how Etude House’s eyeshadows disappoint quite a fair bit with their colour intensity and payoff. I realize the missing key must be this eye primer. Take a look at the swatch shot below:

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I used the Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick to show the difference. You can clearly see that the one used on top of primer is definitely a lot more glittery, and it looks a lot better than the one applied on bare skin.

In terms of longevity, I’ve found that using this with my Clio eyeliner definitely works miracles. This eyeliner hasn’t been working too well since it’s on the verge of drying up, and it sometimes smudges when I sweat buckets. However, I notice that it’s been holding up a lot better whenever I apply this primer before I get to drawing my eyeliner.


Final Verdict

Can I call this a dupe for UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion? Yes, I definitely can.

At a fraction of the price, this Etude House product is definitely something you need if you’ve been spending all that money on your expensive eyeshadow palettes, and cannot afford to splurge any more money on primer.

I make sure to use this every time I decide to apply eyeshadows for the day because I know that it will effortlessly boost the intensity of my look. I’ll definitely repurchase this, but I’m hoping that it won’t be anytime soon…


Rating

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

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[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: ✮✮✮