Eye masks are excellent in the morning when you’re busy, tired and needing some TLC. I keep them in the fridge for extra soothing and de-puffing effect. Wearing the under eye patches for 5-10 minutes while brushing your teeth or making coffee is enough for some hydration and helps makeup apply smoother. Today I’m reviewing three patches I’ve tried recently. Enjoy!
*Products kindly gifted for consideration. Opinions are my own!
LUMENE BRIGHT EYES AWAKENING PATCHES
€24.9 for six pairs.
Lumene’s new eye patches are thick hydrogels that come in a packet of six. I’m not a fan of individually packed eye patches, but they are convenient and this is the first time I’ve seen biodegradable hydrogels.
Lumene Bright Eyes Awakening Patches would adhere better than other eye masks I’ve tried, but there’s something odd with the design. The sides are not identical and one patch needs to be applied ‘backwards’, making it feel more slippery and less secure.
The ingredient list is fairly simple: hydrating glycerine and sodium hyaluronate, a couple of brightening ingredients and antioxidant cloudberry extract. I don’t believe that the cloudberry extract makes much difference in this INCI, but the patches do give a rested feel and hydration to the sensitive under eye area. And they are fragrance free! Rating: 4/5
KOCOSTAR PRINCESS EYE PATCH GOLD
€24.90 for 30 pairs
Kocostar has a variety of eye patch sets and even single packed ones, which may be wasteful but convenient for travel. The outer lid has a beautiful water drop embossing which makes me happy every time I touch the jar. The inner lid keeps serum from spilling and stores a spoon for picking up the patches. I find Kocostar hydrogel patches somewhat flimsy and slippery, but they mostly stay on the skin without a problem.
The ingredients include niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid), which are great humectants with skin hydrating and plumping properties. There’s also some questionable ingredients such as lavender oil, lavender extract and peppermint leaf extracts. I haven’t had any problems with Kocostar Princess Eye Patches, but lavender and peppermint are potential irritant fragrant components and it feels weird they are used so close to the immediate eye area.
I don’t think I will be purchasing Kocostar eye patches once I run out. They are nice when chilled in refrigerator, but there are more comfortable hydrogels on the market without possible irritants. Rating: 3/5
KICKS FIRMING AND PLUMPING HYDROGEL EYE PATCHES
€19.90 for 20 pairs, made in Korea
While Kocostar has some Sodium Hyaluronate, KICKS house brand eye patches have it as the 4th ingredient. There is also soothing aloe leaf extract, peptides and various botanical extracts that act as antioxidants. Plumping and soothing properties are the highlight of these eye patches. I reach for them when my under eye area feels dry and makeup starts to look patchy. These are also excellent if you have fine lines forming because of dehydration. KICKS hydrogel patches do have a little bit of perfume as last ingredient.
The patches are generously sized and adhere well on the skin. I feel these hydrogels are a bit firmer and better quality compared to Kocostar. KICKS jar also have a second lid for securing the serum and keeping mini tweezers so you can pick up patches hygienically. Rating: 4/5
If I had to choose a favorite it would be hands down the KICKS eye patches. The hydrogels and ingredients are good while they are on the affordable side. Lumene I would purchase as a treat or for travelling. I’m intrigued by luxury and Korean eye patches and curious to hear any recommendations! Have you tried under eye patches?